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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...

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 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...

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!...

A CERAMIC COATING COULD MAKE THE HYPERSONIC PLANE A REALITY

Heat has always been the main obstacle to the development of hypersonic aircrafts. Travelling at Mach 5 generates ultra-high temperatures well above 300°C and, up until now, materials subjected to this type of heat have literally disintegrated. But all this is about to change....

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 IS A PLANE WINDOW MADE?

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We’ve created this column for those who love technology and always keep up with the times, but above all for those who ask themselves constantly: "How is it made?”. They allow a perspective on illuminated cities, a moment to stare in amazement at the beauty...

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...

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...

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...