Category Archives: Aviation Facts & Questions

Do Plane Contrails Have an Effect on Global Warming?

The feathery, white trail that you often see airplanes leave as they fly across the sky is a sight to see, especially on a clear, sunny day. However, what people don't know about is that these pretty trails of ice have a dark side. What do these contrails do to the environment? They accelerate global warming.

What are contrails?

Contrails, short for condensation trails, are line-shaped clouds produced by aircraft engine exhaust. They are primarily composed of water in the form of ice crystals. Contrails result from the reaction water vapor in aircraft engine exhaust, soot, and the low ambient temperatures in...

What are the different types of corrosion that affect your aircraft?

Corrosion is a big problem for every mechanic in the world. Like any other vehicle, aircraft are susceptible to corrosion. Its effects may or may not be seen right away, so it is best to always check up on your aircraft for affected areas. Corrosion is responsible for a lot of damages in your plane, and it will cost you a lot if they're left untreated.    To deal with this problem, mechanics apply paint on the different parts of the aircraft. The paint will help delay the effects of corrosion on the metal. However, all metals will...

Vintage Aircraft Restoration

Taking care of anything "vintage" requires considerable amounts of effort to preserve its original condition. It needs special care and attention to detail that not everyone can give. So if you are planning to get something vintage, be ready for some serious responsibility, especially if that vintage plane will fly you thousands of feet up in the air. Vintage aircraft is a beauty. It possesses a certain characteristic and spirit that modern aircraft can never imitate. When you fly on these planes, you're flying with some of the pillars of aviation history. It gives you a surreal feeling. With that comes...

Aircraft Lessons: What is an Airworthiness Directive

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) refers to the rules and regulations published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the United States federal government. The CFR includes laws governing all aviation in the country, listed in Title 14 under Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), as prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 14 CFR 91.7 states that it is strictly prohibited for any person to operate an aircraft that is not in an airworthy condition. It is worth noting that airworthiness is not necessarily the same as flyable. In fact, many aircrafts owners might not even aware...

How To Buy Your First Light Airplane

Investing in an aircraft is a big decision that should not be taken lightly, even if you just want a small airplane for your private travel and business engagements. But first things first: what is a light airplane? The United States Department of Aviation - Federal Aviation Administration defines a light airplane as a small aircraft of “12,500 lbs or less maximum take-off weight.” Simply put, as long as an airplane does not exceed 12,500 lbs, it is considered a light airplane. Despite its smaller size, all plane purchase requirements still apply, expect the process to last from weeks...

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