Monthly Archives: February 2015

Why, on a flight from London to LA, do we fly over Greenland and Western Canada?

Take out a map and draw a straight line from London to LA and it will go across the mid-Atlantic and cut through the middle of the US. Seems like a logical route to take. So why, when you take a flight between the two points, do you fly over Scotland, Greenland and Western Canada? […]

What’s the longest (and shortest) non-stop commercial flight?

As aeronautical design evolves and aircraft become more efficient, the distance they can travel without having to refuel grows. Not more than forty five years ago, you would have had to take 5 flights to get from London to Singapore. Now you can do it in one. That non-stop flight however, has been in operation […]

Do pilots sleep on flights?

Yes, on some flights they do – but intentionally and obviously not all at the same time. Different airlines and aviation authorities around the world have different regulations about taking rest while flying but the over-riding rule that is common amongst all airlines is that, at all times, there will always be at least one […]

Top 10 Airlines for Inflight Entertainment

Voted by passengers, the Skytrax World Airline Awards are a coveted accolade of travel excellence. The following are the top 10 airlines in the Inflight Entertainment category for 2014. 10. Etihad Starting this list and even though at number 10, Etihad are by no means short on in-flight entertainment. With over 100 movies, more than […]

Do pilots have to go through regular testing?

Yes. Commercial airline pilots are subject to strict recurrent training required by their relevant aviation authority. This keeps them in regular practice should they ever have to deal with an emergency. Luckily, emergency situations are quite rare in real life so this training is carried out in a flight simulator usually over a two day […]

Video – Boeing’s new 777X with folding wing-tips

Check out this video of Boeing’s new 777X family which will be the largest and most efficient twin engine aircraft in production. With its futuristic spacious cabin and innovative wing design it has generated an extraordinary amount of  interest with Emirates alone ordering 150. Production is due to begin in 2017 with the first aircraft entering […]