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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...

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....

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

THE BLACK BOX: WHAT IS IT?

We’ve all at least heard of the famous ‘black box’. It’s a very important device used to record external communications, the pilots’ voices and the activity of the instrument panel on board a plane. Since 2005, black boxes have also been used on passenger...

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...