Which Seat Is The Safest In An Airplane?

Which Seat Is The Safest In An Airplane?

Photo Credit: pixabay.com   Air travel remains as the safest of all other modes of transportation in today’s world. However, many people still have a fear of flying. Oftentimes, they ask themselves, ‘Where is the safest place to sit on a plane?’ The most honest answer is that no airplane seat is 100% safe. One airline disaster is different from another and no airplane crash is the same.   However, various studies have shown that those who are seated in the rear end of the plane are more likely to survive a plane crash.   It’s safer in the back Many people believe that the safest seats on a plane are the ones located between the wings. While it’s true that the wing area has the most metal reinforcements, an analysis of NTSB crash data shows that the those seated in the middle are less likely to survive than those in the back.   How to choose the safest place to sit on a plane In 2015, another crash data analysis by TIME provided us with more information about this topic. According to their research, those seated in the overwing had a 39% death rate. Passengers seated in the front part of the plane had a 38% death rate. Meanwhile, those who are seated on the rear end of the plane have the lowest death rate with only 32% chances at suffering from a fatal injury. If you still want to be extra sure about your safety, book a seat located in the middle-most seats in the rear. People who sit in that area only have a 28% mortality...
Can Planes Fly in Bad Weather?

Can Planes Fly in Bad Weather?

Photo Credit: pixabay.com   Many airline passengers worry about their safety during the rainy season. Bad weather can cause visibility issues and a shaky flight. Surprisingly, bad weather is rarely fatal for modern passenger aircraft models. Still, how do airlines know if it’s safe to fly in bad weather? During the winter or monsoon season, the number of canceled and delayed flights are significantly higher. This isn’t because the planes themselves could not handle the rain or snow. In fact, commercial jets are known for being unbelievably durable. The major reason for the delays and cancellations can be traced down to the airports.   Flying during snowfall A little snow is never an issue for airlines. The problem occurs when heavy snowfall starts covering the runways in a blanket of slush. When snow accumulates, the runways must first be plowed clear and this can take a bit of time. Snow also causes visibility issues for everyone. Thus, airports will have to slow down the operations to keep everyone safe.   How wind affects an airplane During takeoff and landing, wind can cause problems. Headwind—the type that blows towards the direction of a plane, is preferred during take-off because it reduces the take-off run. Meanwhile, tailwinds or wind that blows from the back of the plane is preferred when the plane is already in flight because it reduces the total flight duration. The problem is often caused by crosswinds. These winds blow across the plane and can cause problems during takeoff and landing. Different aircraft models have set wind limitations that will help pilots and airport personnel to decide whether...
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...
How Do Pilots Turn On an Airplane?

How Do Pilots Turn On an Airplane?

Photo Credit: pixabay.com If you’re like many people, you may wonder: “Does an aircraft have a key?” Or more specifically, do aircraft have keys for ignition? For large planes, the answer is no. In the case of smaller private jets, some of them may use keys for ignition and doors but not all.   When pilots start the engines of an aircraft, specifically most passenger jets, they do not insert a key into the ignition. To provide power to the aircraft, they need to perform a specific startup procedure.   Powering the plane engine To power a commercial jet, the pilot must operate a series of buttons, switches, and knobs successively. This turns on the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) or the Ground Power Unit (GPU) —  devices that are used to provide electrical power to the plane while also generating essential air pressure to the engines.   When you’re in the cabin, you may notice the air-conditioning system turning off and the lights dimming or flickering. This happens because the APU is directing air from the plane into the engines. The cabin lights get dimmer also because the APU must use electricity to power all vital systems of the aircraft.   Once the APU bleeds enough air to the starter, the engines will start spinning. The RPM of the engines must be monitored and when they reach a required frequency, fuel will be introduced. After that, the RPM will be monitored once again and when it reaches another set frequency, then the aircraft engine has successfully been turned on.   Conclusion Basically, commercial airplanes do not have ignition keys...