I made this topic because I have been recently browsing the Internet I found some interesting facts about Aviation and planes things good to know. Let me know if you agree with some of this or if you think its completely untrue also I hope this helped you gain more knowledge post below if you know any of these facts?
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The FAA says there is no safest seat on the plane though a TIME study of plane accidents found that the middle seats in the back of the plane had the lowest fatality rate in a crash. Their research revealed that during plane crashes, “the seats in the back third of the aircraft had a 32 percent fatality rate, compared with 39 percent in the middle third and 38 percent in the front third."
What that tiny hole in the airplane window does
It’s to regulate cabin pressure. Most airplane windows are made up of three panels of acrylic. The exterior window works as you would expect keeping the elements out and maintaining cabin pressure. In the unlikely event that something happens to the exterior pane, the second pane acts as a fail-safe option. The tiny hole in the interior window is there to regulate air pressure so the middle pane remains intact and uncompromised until it is called into duty.
- The black triangle
Windows aren’t there just to give passengers a good view they are also a safety feature. If the crew believe there is an issue with a wing such as a problem with the flaps, the slats or even the engines looking out of the window may be the best way to check. And to do that they will head to the seat with the best view, usually marked by a small black triangle on the wall.
- Little yellow wing hooks
This curious feature found on many plane wings could help save you in the event of an emergency landing on water. If passengers evacuate the aircraft to stand on the wing, as was the case during the so-called Miracle on the Hudson, a rope may be secured between the door hatch and these hooks. It provides something for fleeing passengers to hold on to so they don’t slip off the wing and into the water.
- You could be flying with the dead
Did you know that many passenger airplanes also ferry some freight items? No? Well, now you do. That’s not the interesting part though. Sometimes the cargo could include some HR.
Human resources you ask? Close, think ex-human resources. Whenever someone dies away from home and they need their bodies returned home, they are packaged in strangely shaped wood-framed boxes and referred to as HR on the radio. In case you haven’t figured it out yet HR stands for Human Remains.
- The brace position will break your neck
Numerous theories have been proposed about the purpose of the position passengers are told to adopt before an impact. Some have suggested that it is only useful for preserving passengers teeth, allowing for easier identification (using dental records) after a crash. Another is that the position actually increases the chance of a quick death by breaking your neck, and is subsequently recommended by airlines to reduce their own insurance bill.
- More than 80% of the population is afraid of flying
Acrophobia is defined as a fear of heights. Unlike a specific phobia like aerophobia fear of flying and other specific phobias, acrophobia can cause a person to fear a variety of things related to being far from the ground. Depending on the severity of the phobia, an acrophobic person may equally fear being on a high floor of a building or simply climbing a ladder.
- The internet and on-line check-in was first introduced by Alaska Airlines in 1999
- The winglets on an Airbus A330-200 are the same height as the world’s tallest man (2.4m)
- By American Airlines switching a pilots paper manuals to iPad they will save $1.2 million in fuel
- The world-wide 747 fleet has logged more than 78 billion kilometres, equivalent to 101,500 trips to the moon and back
- Airport control tower windows must be angled at precisely 15 degrees from vertical at the top to decrease reflections from both inside and outside the tower.
- The tires of a Boeing KC-135 jet tanker’s landing gear consist of 8 main gear wheels and two nose wheels. This is enough material to make 100 automobile tires.
- Research shows that the first 3 minutes after takeoff and the final 8 minutes before landing are when 80% of plane crashes happen.
- The FAA requires that all airplanes be capable of being evacuated in 90 seconds. It takes only a minute and half for a fire to spread and engulf a plane.
- ‘MAYDAY’ is derived from the French word m’aidez, which means help me.