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 […]

Can commercial planes fly on just one engine?

Well, it depends on the plane but, yes – the majority of them can. If we look at twin-engined commercial aircraft (which account for most of the commercial aircraft in the world) they are designed to be able to keep flying in the event of an engine failure. Thankfully aircraft engines rarely fail but if […]

Video – amazing 5 minute reconstruction of Hudson River landing

On January 15th, 2009, US Airways flight 1549 made a miracle landing on the Hudson River in New York after hitting a flock of Canadian geese and losing thrust on both its engines. This video recreates the 5 minute flight with actual ATC audio overlaid. You will also see written transcript of conversation inside the flight deck […]

How do jet engines work?

A fully laden Boeing 777-300 can weigh over 300 tons as it takes off and just one of its engines alone is capable of lifting it safely into the air.  So how do they work? (Check out the video above courtesy of CFM International) Well it helps to start by explaining how the first type of […]

Why do they dim the cabin lights for take-off and landing at night?

Just before take-off or before coming into land during the hours of darkness, the cabin crew will usually dim the lights in the cabin. The reason for this, is that in case of any problems that might involve an evacuation, your eyes will have pre-adjusted to the dark and allow you to see a lot […]