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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...

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...

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,...

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...