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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...

WHY CAN AEROPLANES FLY?

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The moment has come to step back in time to your school desk, specifically to your Physics classroom. Whether you’ve always been a geek or are relatively new to the experience, today we’re going to brush up on Newton, Bernoulli and Lavoisier in an...

VHF OMNIDIRECTIONAL RANGE: VOR

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Welcome back geek friends! A quick warning before we start: the post you’re about to read is perhaps the most technical article on the “How does that work?” blog… If you’re keen to unleash the volts and open up the panels concealing the technological marvels that...

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!

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Heavy snowfall has its charms. Flying over the Dolomites, we wouldn’t expect anything else. But sometimes, heavy snowfall brings with it gridlock, temporary bus and train cancellations, issues in towns and cities and for those who have upcoming travel plans. So… How do aeroplanes behave when...

BOARDING ON THE LEFT

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If you’ve come across this section of our blog dedicated to flying, we’re sure you love airplanes. You may even be a frequent flyer. If that is the case, sorry for this short piece of obvious information: passengers board planes on the left-hand side....

WINDY LANDING

Take-off – cruise – landing. We don’t need to explain the meaning of these words to you, our expert AvGeek readers. Today we are talking about landing in the wind, one of the most complex landing conditions, according to our pilots. Perfect landing condition is...

AIRPLANES ENGINES

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You’re taxing on the runway and you hear a sound coming from outside, the airplane slows down, stops and that soft sound becomes a rumble filling up the cockpit, while the shadow takes off in few seconds: the best music for any aviation lover. The...

REDUNDANCY

Safety is the most important thing when it comes to aviation. Some people may wonder why aeroplanes are equipped with two engines and two radios, but our geekiest readers know that some aeroplanes also have two (sometimes even three) FCS, which stands for Flight Control...

PLANE SPEAKING

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In our last article in this section dedicated to those who always find themselves asking, “How is that done?”, we talked about ACP125 and ICAO, the past and present conventional languages used in airline communications. We received a lot of interest from our readers. So...