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 […]

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 […]