Things you didn't know about Aviation

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?

Here we go

  1. 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."

  2. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. The internet and on-line check-in was first introduced by Alaska Airlines in 1999
  2. The winglets on an Airbus A330-200 are the same height as the world’s tallest man (2.4m)
  3. By American Airlines switching a pilots paper manuals to iPad they will save $1.2 million in fuel
  4. The world-wide 747 fleet has logged more than 78 billion kilometres, equivalent to 101,500 trips to the moon and back
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Research shows that the first 3 minutes after takeoff and the final 8 minutes before landing are when 80% of plane crashes happen.
  8. 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.
  9. ‘MAYDAY’ is derived from the French word m’aidez, which means help me.



This one is just really morbid. Airlines want you to die quicker instead of saving you. Aviation is all about the money I guess.


Same reaction
It still seems legit to me

Quick and fast, like a sniper @SilverSurfer

@bobo2345 You showed me a picture of your seat with the triangle yesterday.

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Many interesting facts! But I do have to mention that the brace position fact sounds kind of fake to me… I’m sure the FAA or NTSB wouldn’t allow a brace position designed to break your neck


You never know the world is cruel and the companies are here to make money not loose money :)

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Haha I guess that’s true

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I think the brace position is designed to kill you because it is cheaper if you die than pay for your health care. Thats why I have been on regional flights in countries that have free health care and been told to do a different position instead of the brace position.


I certainly hope not

So something like this?
I’ve never thought of it like that before.


Yes something like that.

I wan’t to take a pen with me and write “killer” before the picture on the brace position on every safety card in the entire plane now…
Not but seriously I hope that really isn’t the case that its designed to make you die a quick and painless death rather than saving you. As much as I would appreciate a quick and painless death if death was the only way it could end its not so fun if you have a chance of surviving.


Yes I was in the triangle row on Thursday but I’m on a flight on an a319 and it doesn’t have it.


This was debunked by the Mythbusters, trust me, if this was actually true we would have a lot more media coverage about it.


The mythbusters were probably paid off by the big airlines… JK lol

That’s right there boggles my mind and yet doesn’t at the same time.

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Not really hard to believe when you understand that people don’t see the hundreds or thousands of hours that pilots spend training and studying to be qualified to fly them around. Most people know little to nothing about what goes on in the cockpit or the hundreds of safety regulations, standards, guidelines and laws that pilots, airlines and aircraft manufactures have to abide by. Only thing people see is when there is a crash on the news. People fear what they don’t understand, simple as that.

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I bet you all didn’t know that every 3 seconds, a Boeing 737 lands or takes off somewhere in the world. Just think about it, count in your head to 3 and randomly pick Landing or takeoff
(Side note: while you were reading this comment, 3 or 4 B737’s took off or landed somewhere ;))


Regards the Brace Position, worth checking out the Channel 4 (UK) program called the “The Plane Crash” which follws scientific experiments in Aviation Safety. The program is available on for UK citeizens and I think you should be to find on you tube. Well worth a watch!

Link below gives you some quick facts that was discovered!


If you’re being serious, can you provide evidence?

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