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PITOT TUBE

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Once again, in this section dedicated to fans of physics, engineering, technology, nuts and bolts, we’re looking at a fundamental component of aeronautics: the pitot tube. The pitot "tube" or "probe" is a fundamental tool for flight data measurement on board an aircraft. Technically, it’s...

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....

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,...

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,...

ROGER OR ROMEO?

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You too may sometimes use a bit of ACP 125, perhaps even without knowing it. That time you absentmindedly said “Roger” the day after you watched an aviation movie on TV… “Roger” is an instruction from the English ACP 125 radiotelephone procedures, which means “Received...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...