Why Planes Don’t Fly in Extreme Heat

“Flight 503 has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.” That might come as a shocker when you’re sitting in the departure lounge looking at the gorgeous bright sunny weather outside. If there’s not a raincloud or snowstorm in sight, then what gives? Oh yeah, planes can’t fly in extreme heat! In the summer of…

Why There Are No Parachutes on Passenger Planes

Our world is like a great kettle, filled with strange theories and ordinary knowledge, seasoned with exciting discoveries. And some diced carrots. Kind of a big existential stew, if you get me. For example: recently, I discovered the existence of special, super-big parachutes… for airplanes! It got me thinking: if even an airplane can have…

The Main Reason Why Planes Get Delayed

You know this feeling of frustration when you’re about to fly to some exotic country for an unforgettable vacation, and then suddenly see that your flight is delayed? Or worse, you’re going to an extremely important business meeting, and a delay in your flight ruins it! I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda interested…

How Such Small Tires Can Land a Huge Plane

Airplanes are mysterious things: unimaginably heavy metal giants soaring through the sky, jam-packed not only with people but also all kinds of electronic gizmos, and overhead bins stuffed with their oversized luggage – and perhaps children. No not really. What confuses me the most however, is the airplanes tires. Yeah really. I mean, look at…

Modern Planes Vs. Old Planes

Travel by airplane is by far the fastest, but not the most comfortable way to go. It wasn’t always like this, though. Getting to lie down in a spacious bed-seat? Check. Full hot meals, bars, and even pianos on board? Also check. So what else has changed in the past 100 years of human flight?…

What Happens to Planes After Retirement

Do you think that the newer an airplane, the safer the flight? Not quite. Modern commercial aircrafts are very robust. One of the oldest commercial airplanes, a Boeing 737-200, made its first flight 40 years ago and still makes 3-4 regular flights a day! But what happens to the retired aircraft? There are several options…

Why No One Should Swap Seats on a Plane

You board yet another long-haul flight and look for your seat. “26B – here we are!” You look down to see two husky dudes sitting in 26A and C. “Oh boy…” Hmm…There are plenty of empty seats around… “Time to switch places!” But not so fast! You could put the whole plane at risk! First,…

Why Some Planes Have Backwards Wings

When you picture an airplane, a pretty familiar shape comes to mind. A long narrow body with two main wings sticking out from the middle, a pair of smaller wings on the back end, and a tail fin in the rear sticking straight up. The wings may be straight or swept to the back, but…

What Happens When Lightning Strikes a Plane

It was a cold rainy day in October of 2016. Huge balls of hail crashed into the ground. In short, it wasn’t a good day to fly, and Wow Air Flight 404 headed from Reykjavík, Iceland to Paris, France would soon understand why… That iconic fuchsia-colored plane was struck by a massive bolt of lightning…

Why Planes Fly So Low

So you like to fly? Well, the average cruising altitude of a commercial airplane is between 31,000 and 38,000 ft. At this altitude, the air becomes thinner. As a result, aircraft can travel more easily and, even more importantly, burn less fuel. So, can’t modern planes rise even higher than that? Or even fly to…