16 Movies Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Love

16 Movies Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Love

The dawn of cinema occurred just about the same time man first took flight, so it’s no wonder airplanes and aviators have been a common theme throughout film history. Some of the best aviation films recount important historical events; some celebrate the...
Aviation Fuel Overview

Aviation Fuel Overview

Aviation fuel is a specialized type of petroleum-based fuel used to power aircraft. It is generally of a higher quality than fuels used in less critical applications. Such as heating or road transport, and often contains additives to reduce the risk of icing or...
Why Airplanes Are Safe

Why Airplanes Are Safe

Your airplane ride may be the safest part of your day. Frequent fliers, you may have heard the legend of the pilot who bid passengers farewell after landing with these words: “The safest part of your trip is now over.” That isn’t just one pilot’s boast, it’s a truth...
Vertical stabilizer

Vertical stabilizer

The vertical stabilizer, or fins, of aircraft, missiles or bombs are typically found on the aft end of the fuselage or body, and are intended to reduce aerodynamic side slip and provide direction stability. It is analogous to a skeg on boats and ships. On aircraft,...
Heroic Chinese pilot who saved 439 lives in near-miss

Heroic Chinese pilot who saved 439 lives in near-miss

Heroic Chinese pilot who saved 439 lives in near-miss drama by steering his plane out of danger is awarded £360k… as video shows just how close the incident was China Eastern Airlines rewarded a heroic captain with £360,000 today He saved hundreds of lives from...
25 INTERESTING AND FUN AVIATION FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW

25 INTERESTING AND FUN AVIATION FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW

Look up the hashtag #avgeek on Twitter or Instagram and you’ll see that there’s a world filled with airline and aviation enthusiasts. Call it a hobby, an obsession or anything in between, but this is one interest group whose reach has swelled beyond the...
This Is What A 900 Knot Closure Rate Looks Like

This Is What A 900 Knot Closure Rate Looks Like

Aircraft flying in RVSM airspace have 1,000 feet of vertical separation, which can look really close. Especially when your closure rate to another aircraft is over 900 knots. Here’s what it looks like from the flight deck. Quoted
Boeing Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Boeing Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the date when one of the most influential aircraft manufacturers in the history of the world — The Boeing Company — was born. Since July 15, 1916, the Seattle-based aircraft giant has had its ups and downs. But managed to weather...
Piper Delivers First M600

Piper Delivers First M600

Piper Aircraft delivered the first M600 single-engine turboprop yesterday, handing over the keys to the airplane to its new owners a day after Flying had a chance to put the model through its paces. Which was closely followed by the FAA’s final validation flight...
Solar Impulse: Zero fuel plane lands in Cairo

Solar Impulse: Zero fuel plane lands in Cairo

The Sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse (Zero fuel plane) has finished its penultimate flight, landing in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. It took off from the Spanish city of Seville at 04:20 GMT on Monday, taking just over 48 hours to make the trip. The zero fuel plane...
Three things no pilot wants to hear

Three things no pilot wants to hear

Pilots have many popular sayings we share among ourselves and with others. They result from a desire to impress non-pilots with our “daredevil” spirit and how we “conquer” the mystique of flying, sprinkled with a certain fatalism. I’m thinking of things like, “The...
Landing In Aspen With A 16 Knot Tailwind

Landing In Aspen With A 16 Knot Tailwind

This should have been an easy flight. As scenic trip through the mountains on a gorgeous day. And then this: So how did we get here? Aspen’s a short flight from our home base of Denver Centennial. Driving takes 4 or 5 hours, depending on traffic. Flying only...