Boeing Performs Parachute Test for Starliner

Boeing has successfully completed a parachute test for its Starliner crew capsule. On May 10, 2019, the aerospace manufacturing company shared a video on its Twitter account. In the video, a Starliner capsule is shown falling to Earth under the … Read More

How Are Airplanes Electrically Grounded?

Grounding is essential to creating a safe environment when using high-powered electrical devices. If a device malfunctions and begins drawing a dangerous amount of current, grounding allows the circuit to safely dissipate the excess charge. Not only does this protect … Read More

What’s the Deal With the Small Holes in Airplane Windows?

Have you ever looked out the window while flying, only to discover a small hole in the middle pane? While not found in all airplane windows, many do in fact have holes. Upon seeing this, some passengers assume that it’s … Read More

Why Airplanes Have Extended Wing Flaps

The next time you fly in a commercial jet, look out the window during takeoff and you’ll probably see that a section of the wings extends by a few feet. Although there are exceptions, most commercial jets feature extended wing … Read More

Why Do Airplanes Travel in an Arc?

The next time you fly, whether domestic or international, take a look a look at the flight map. You may discover that your flight’s trajectory isn’t a straight line. Rather, it’s an arc that either angles up (North) or down … Read More

6 Fast Facts About the Airbus A380

The Airbus A380 has become one of the most talked-about jets in the commercial airline industry. The massive double-deck jet has only been available for a few years. In that time, however, it’s attracted orders from several major airlines, including … Read More

Why Can’t Planes Take Off When It’s Hot Outside?

Statistics show that roughly 50% of all flight delays are attributed to control failures or malfunctions, while 30% involve bad weather. In certain regions, however, extreme heat can cause flight delays. Many people assume that planes can handle extreme heat. … Read More

How to Prepare for a Long-Distance Flight

Are you planning a long-distance flight in the near future? Whether it’s across the country or Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, you should take the necessary measures to prepare for it in advance. Here are a few tips to help you … Read More

Why Airplane Cabins Are Pressurized

Whether you’re flying in a massive Airbus A380 or a smaller regional jet (RJ), it probably has a pressurized cabin. With the exception of certain military aircraft, all airplanes have a pressurized cabin. It’s an integral part of designing an … Read More