Category Archives: Aviation Facts & Questions

If My Light Aircraft Runs Out of Fuel Flying Over the Ocean, Is It Possible to Land on an Aircraft Carrier?

Are private, light aircrafts allowed to land on an aircraft carrier? Here is a story about a man who did an extraordinary feat. What if you're in your Cessna, flying in the middle of the ocean with not a single strip of land in sight, then suddenly, you ran out of fuel? Then, you look down below, searching for anything you could land on, and you see a huge ship cruising over the waters. The ship is an aircraft carrier, and you immediately had a ray of hope. But then you think to yourself, "Can I even land there?" "Will ...

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 ...

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 succumb to corrosion ...

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 ...

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 that their ...

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