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WHO ARE PLANE SPOTTERS?

Are you familiar with birdwatching? It’s an activity, somewhere between a hobby and studying, involving observing birds in their natural environment. Swap birds for aeroplanes and you get plane spotting. :) Plane spotters are passionate about aeroplanes and sometimes also photography. They lie in wait in strategic...

AEROPLANE TAILS

Last but not least on an aeroplane comes the tail, also known as the empennage. A fundamental part of an aeroplane, the tail is structured in both horizontal and vertical planes, the ratio of which changes according to the aeroplane configuration. For example, there...

THE FLIGHT DIRECTOR

We’ve already talked about the autopilot in another article or, more generally, about flight instruments, but today we’ll talk about something even more technical for real cockpit fans. After all, we know that the #AvGeek column of our blog really gets our readers going and,...

AIR CONDITIONING UP IN THE AIR

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Imagine putting your nose out the window of a moving aeroplane, even just for a moment. Imagine that the aeroplane is cruising, you need a spot of fresh air and you’re able to easily pop open the three layers of Plexiglas that make up...

AIRCRAFT LIGHT

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How many times during a nice evening outdoors have you squinted up at a little light in the sky and asked yourself ‘is that a star or an aeroplane?’. It takes a few seconds to work it out. As you focus on that distant...

AEROPLANE MAINTENANCE

Before you go on a road trip by car, it’s a good idea to do a few safety checks. Engine oil level, tyre pressure, brake condition and the correct functioning of the lights are top of the check list for all responsible drivers. In aviation,...

HOW DO AIRCRAFT HOLD DOORS WORK?

Why don’t we all admit it? Even though it may seem a bit daft, we’ve all wondered at least one in our lives what would happen if the aircraft hold door opened while the plane was flying. Well, the good news is, it’s impossible!...

WHAT MATERIAL IS AN AIRCRAFT MADE OF?

In this section, one of the most loved by our readers, we have often wondered “what is it made of?”. However, still talking about airplanes, it is time to change question… WHAT MATERIAL is an aircraft made of? Let’s start from the most obvious parts. The...

IN-FLIGHT REFUELLING

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In this space dedicated to our geek readers, we often cover tools and manoeuvres that are used in military aviation. In-flight refuelling, which we are about to cover the history and secrets of, is precisely one such topic. The reason is obvious: airliners take off...

WHAT EXACTLY IS AEROPLANE LANDING GEAR?

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Out of all of the many aircraft features, the one that most stands out, even for those who know very little about aeroplanes, is the landing gear. The wheels on which an aeroplane sit look extremely small compared to huge fuselages and wings, but...