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HOW TO PAINT AN AEROPLANE AND WHY ALL AEROPLANES ARE WHITE

Painting an aeroplane is not exactly the same as painting a car. When an airline chooses a livery, they have to take into consideration several factors, not just aesthetic ones. Let’s start with the most obvious thing: almost all aeroplanes are white. The financial factor is...

WHO ARE PLANE SPOTTERS?

Are you familiar with birdwatching? It’s an activity, somewhere between a hobby and studying, involving observing birds in their natural environment. Swap birds for aeroplanes and you get plane spotting. :) Plane spotters are passionate about aeroplanes and sometimes also photography. They lie in wait in strategic...

AIRPORT CODES

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or occasional holiday-maker, you will have no doubt noticed that the departure and destination airport names are indicated with three-letter codes on your flight ticket. For example, if you’re a passenger on Air Dolomiti flight EN8191, you’ll be flying from...

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE PASSPORT

The passport is perhaps the document most loved by globe-trotters. For some of them it’s almost a fetish. Each stamp a memento, each page a story to tell. But what’s the story behind this booklet full of inky souvenirs? How did people used to travel...

WHY IS THE COMMAND BAR CALLED THE “CLOCHE” IN ITALIAN?

Each article on our blog is translated into three languages: Italian, German and English. Sometimes we talk about themes that cross over between languages, but in some cases the use of one language rather than another requires further clarification. No sooner said than done! In...

HOW MANY AEROPLANES HEAD FOR THE SKIES EACH DAY AROUND THE WORLD?

Wherever you are in the world, if you look up towards the sky, there’s a good chance you’ll see an aeroplane flying. Maybe even more than one. We can’t say exactly how many aeroplanes are in the air around the world at any one time,...

BLIND PILOT: FINALLY POSSIBLE THANKS TO TECHNOLOGY

“To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.” These words by the British writer John Milton, who published his literary masterpiece, Paradise Lost, 10 years after he had lost his sight, almost seem if they had been...

WHAT ARE THE WHITE CONTRAILS OF AIRPLANES?

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Internet conspiracy theorists, please excuse us. We believe it is the right time to talk about one of the most “burning” topics on this blog dedicate to the world of the flight and airplanes: the contrails. No mystery, but only science. In order to convince you that...

SAYING “I DO” ON CLOUD NINE!

Their wedding day is a day that changes people forever. It is one of the days most anticipated by lovers, one of the most beautiful memories in a person’s life. Each wedding is unique and special, but for some it’s important to give a...

FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT AEROPLANES

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Anyone who has followed our blog for a while probably knows that we have a dedicated column for more technical topics, but here on #DYK (‘Did You Know?’), we like to keep things lighter… We’ve put together a list of things you didn’t know about...