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AIR CONDITIONING UP IN THE AIR

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

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...

THE VARIOMETER

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Welcome back to those of you who would rather sit next to the window to watch the aircraft wing flaps than gaze at the clouds ;) In this article we’ll analyse another component of the cockpit: the variometer or vertical speed indicator. First of all,...

HOLDING PATTERNS

There is no signage in the air. There are neither signs nor lines of demarcation, no traffic lights and no lanes. So, obviously, there are very strict standards to organise air traffic, especially near the most congested airports. In order to allow all airplanes to...

AUTOPILOT

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It doesn’t wear a uniform, it doesn’t have a pilot’s licence and it has never attended a school, but it is now more efficient and reliable than ever. It is autopilot - the electromechanical system that can fly an aeroplane without any human intervention. It’s...