Do Aircraft Have Key for Ignition?

Do Aircraft Have Key for Ignition?

Photo Credit: pixabay.com When boarding an aircraft, one’s imagination may wonder about the complex processes that go behind the massive vehicle. Specifically, many people wonder how pilots turn on their airplanes.   Smaller planes like the Cessna 172 still use keys for the ignition. These private jets are usually parked in private areas that do not have the same level of security that airports have. Surprisingly, most passenger aircraft do not have keys for ignition. Airplanes are that are being used by commercial airlines, like the ones manufactured by Boeing and Airbus, are started without the use of a key. One funny thing is that some people actually believe that aircraft require a huge key because of its size. Now you know that this isn’t the case.   How do plane engines start if there are no keys? It’s reasonable to think that all motorized vehicles, including airplanes, require a key for the ignition. But since we already told you that they actually don’t, how do pilots turn on the engine? Basically, the startup procedure for commercial aircraft involves a number of switches, buttons, and knobs/dials that need to be activated in the proper sequence. The process varies from aircraft to aircraft and pilots have been trained to study and master each of them with precision.   Why do planes have such a complicated startup process? You may be wondering why plane manufacturers make the process so intricate. Why can’t they just combine all those things into one single “Start” button to expedite your flight? The answer simply boils down to safety. If an airplane only has one button...
First Female Pilots With License

First Female Pilots With License

Photo Credit: pixabay.com Celebrating women’s contributions throughout the history of aviation is important. Despite being a male-dominated industry, women around the world have always been rising up to the challenge and destroying society’s ideals.   In this post, we want to remember the very first female pilots to ever receive their license. These women lived in a time where gender roles and discrimination are still very active but they fought long and hard to achieve their goals.   Raymonde de Laroche When talking about women in aviation, one can never overlook Raymonde de Laroche’s achievements. She is recognized for being the first woman in the world to receive a pilot’s license. Her interest in sports and motorized vehicles may have seemed unconventional at the time, but they eventually helped her set a world record. De Laroche received her pilot’s license on March 8, 1910 in France.   Harriet Quimby Harriet Quimby is the world’s second woman and the first woman in the U.S. to earn her pilot’s license. Back then, the Aero Club officials were hesitant to issue the coveted certificate to a woman. However, her education and flight skills cannot be denied, and she has passed all the required qualifications. After thorough discussions and considerations, she finally received her pilot’s license on August 1, 1911.   Lydia Vissarionovna Zvereva This lady is known for being the first woman to earn her pilot’s license in Russia. On August 22, 1911, the Russian Aviation Association Flying School in Gatchina issued Zvereva her license after recognizing her achievements as an aviator. Raymonde de Laroche encouraged women worldwide to enter aviation, and...