Category Archives: Aviation Facts & Questions

How Often Do Airplanes Hit Deer?

Stats behind wildlife strikes may surprise you When we think about birds hitting airplanes or getting sucked into the engines and forcing planes to land or even crash, many of us are reminded of the unlikely story of US Airways Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009, when a flock of geese was struck by the aircraft and caused immediate engine failure, forcing pilot Chelsey Sullenberg to safely navigate the plane to glide and land on top of the Hudson River. But other than the outstanding heroics of the pilots of that particular flight, the situation itself of planes crashing due to wildlife strikes ...

What High Levels of Jet Pollution Could Mean

Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a determination under the Clean Air Act, stating that the greenhouse gas emissions from some types of aircrafts are contributing to overall levels of pollution and potentially harming the environment. The environmental recommendations went on to suggest that in addition to the improvement in technologies to reduce carbon emissions, there needs to be some type of cap enforced on the total number of aircrafts in commission. EPA finds large commercial jets are main contributor The research informing the recent statement made by the EPA last summer reveals that greenhouse gases such as carbon ...

Why do Planes have Ashtrays?

If smoking on planes is illegal, why are they still equipped with ashtrays? While most of us know that smoking on planes is illegal, many of us aren't exactly sure why aircrafts still have ashtrays, but did you actually know that there is a reason why airplanes are indeed, purposefully made with ashtrays in the lavatories? If you’re anything like me you just assumed that the reason there are ashtrays in planes despite the signs indicating that smoking is prohibited, is because the planes must have been built prior to the no-smoking law being instituted. You may also be ...

Why Planes Leave Trails in the Sky?

Contrails, chemtrails, or smoke: What are those white trails left by planes? Have you ever looked up in the sky after a plane flew by and noticed the trail of what looks like it could be smoke, and wondered why some planes leave those trails while others don’t? Perhaps you have heard the misused term ‘Chemtrail’ used by those in some circles who believe in the conspiracy that those trails of what look like smoke from the ground are dangerous, purposefully emitted poisons from the government. In reality though, these benign cloud-like lines left in the sky by passing ...

Chemtrails: What Are They and How Do They Form?

At some point or another, we’ve all seen those cloud-like trails in the sky left by planes and other aircraft and wondered what they are and why they form.  Some of you may have heard the term “chemtrails” used when talking about these cloud trails, which basically refers to the conspiracy theory that these trails of condensation are actually chemicals released by the government. And while this may seem like a legitimate theory given the fact that some of the trails disappear faster than others, nothing could be further from the truth. So if they aren't chemtrials or simply ...

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