Category Archives: ATP

What exactly is a black box?

After any aviation disaster occurs, one of the primary items the crash investigators seek to find is the black box. But what is it and what does it do? Firstly, a black box consists of two separate boxes – a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder. Secondly, they aren’t black but dayglo orange […]

Turbulence – Could The Wings Snap Off In It?

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You’re in a window seat looking out at the wing as the plane flies through turbulence and can see the wing-tip bouncing up and down and you think – what’s to stop the wing snapping off? You’ll be glad to know that it’s practically impossible for that to occur. Why? Well, the wings aren’t just […]

Parachutes For Passenger Planes

Ever wish that if your passenger plane got into trouble you could just fire an ejector seat and parachute to safety? Well a Ukrainian inventor has gone one step further. Tatarenko Vladimir Nikolaevich has spent the last 3 years working on a design for an aircraft with a detachable cabin that, in an emergency situation, could be safely ejected […]

Heathrow Airport – The Easy Way To Get Around

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London’s Heathrow Airport is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world with 5 separate terminals handling over 80 different airlines. So what’s the best and quickest way to get yourself between terminals with minimal fuss? Well for starters let us say that if you have a connecting flight and you and your […]

How much fuel are airlines required to carry for a flight?

Within most large commercial airlines you will find a department that deals solely with flight planning, and the people within this department are responsible for mapping out the route each flight will take and also the fuel that will be required for those flights.  Once the route has been determined, the fuel required to get […]

Video – Just how busy is London airspace?

Ever wondered how busy the airspace around London gets? Or sometimes, when flying into London you have to enter a holding pattern before you land? Well, the wonderful people at the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) have produced another video to show you just that. It starts with each airport individually and then shows just […]

What happens when lightning strikes a plane?

Lightning strikes on aircraft are probably more common than you think, but they’re not dangerous. They usually strike one part of the plane and the current travels around the outside of the aircraft and exits into the atmosphere again at another exterior point. The aircraft essentially acts as what is known as a Faraday’s Cage. […]

Video – 787-9 Near Vertical Takeoff

From June 15 to 21, 2015, the Paris Airshow will take place giving aircraft manufacturers the chance to show off their current but more importantly their newest aircraft to hit the skies. Among these, Boeing will be demonstrating the latest version of their 787 line, the 787-9 which is a longer version of their entry […]