Category Archives: ATP

Where’s the safest place to sit on an airplane?

It’s one of the most common questions asked by people who have an innate fear of flying in order to maximise their chance of survival in the case of an accident. So where is the safest seat? Well, unfortunately both Boeing and Airbus will tell you that there’s no one place that is the safest […]

What is an Afterburner?

An afterburner is a facility incorporated into some jet engines (mainly on military aircraft) which allows them to create a massive amount of thrust in order to achieve maximum acceleration. In simple terms, fuel is added to the jet exhaust section of the engine downstream of the turbine and this reignites the air creating more thrust […]

Reducing Pilot Error

On the evening of December 28th, 1978, United Airlines flight 173 was making its final approach into Portland, Oregon. Upon lowering the landing gear, only the nose-gear down indicator light illuminated green. No green lights came on for the main wheels. The approach was abandoned and the aircraft entered a holding pattern to sort out […]

Could I run my car on aircraft fuel?

In short, yes.  Jet fuel (typically JET-A1) which is used to power aircraft with jet engines (and turboprop engines) is basically diesel fuel with extra additives. For that reason a car or truck with a diesel engine will run comfortably on airliner jet fuel although it isn’t recommended.  Similarly, piston engined aircraft (such as Cessna […]