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 […]

What’s the difference between a pilot and a co-pilot?

Whenever you read articles involving aircraft, the men or women at the controls of the plane are invariably referred to as pilot and co-pilot. But what does this mean? Well for starters, the terms pilot and co-pilot are, these days, a bit of a misnomer. They stem from the early days of flying when there […]

Wonderful Time-lapse Video of Earth

The International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting our planet for 17 years and in that time has played host to over 200 individuals as it travels at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour, 400km above the surface. This video, compiled by Knate Myers using images from the online depository of the ISS, shows the amazing views […]

Are pilots psychologically assessed?

The lives of many people are in the hands of the pilots at the front of an airliner and, as was highlighted in the tragic Germanwings crash, the psychological state of a pilot can be vitally important in safe guarding those lives.  So what assessment, if any, is carried out on pilots? Well as regards […]

Windowless Planes – The Future of Flying?

It seems quite futuristic but it’s a concept that might not be as far away as you think.  A French design company has released a video of their design for a windowless plane which instead would have a cabin that is lined with thin curved screens. Cameras on the outside of the aircraft would capture […]