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If you are flying level you climb. If it's a propeller plane and you don't add rudder to counter "P factor" you may also turn a bit.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


You may notice that wings are usually curved at the top and fairly flat on the bottom. This causes the air over the top of the wing to move faster and therefore have a lower pressure than the air under the wing. The lower pressure mixed with the high pressure under the wing cause "lift". You can demonstrate this by holding a sheet of paper at one edge and blowing over the top of it. The paper will rise as you blow due to the low pressure you're creating by the faster air flow. It's called Bernoulli's principle.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


Departure controllers have blocks of airspace with altitude limits. Chances are that there was other traffic that they needed to have out of the way so they held him at 5000 before clearing him to the next controller's airspace.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


You need a college degree and then join the military or go to a military college like the USAF Academy. They will put you through all the pilot training.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


Students and certificated pilots both are required to remain current and to have a check ride (flight review with an instructor) every 24 calendar months. The ones you're seeing are probably going out to the practice area to practice their flight maneuvers. If a pilot doesn't practice regularly his or her skills can deteriorate rapidly.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


They go through very intense training to be able to sequence aircraft safely. If there's a controller then there's at least a Class D area and all aircraft operating in that area must contact tower and let them know where they are and what they want to do. This is the information that lets them determine when it's clear.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


Older planes are usually very good purchases, IF they have been well maintained over the years. Airplanes have to be inspected annually by an A&P mechanic with an Inspection Authorization so they are usually very well maintained. Any purchase should include having an A&P mechanic review the airframe and engine logs and evaluation of the plane, including looking at how many hours the engine has since overhaul and checking compression. I had a 1966 Cherokee 140 for several years and finally sold it when I bought my current Experimental aircraft (a BD-4). It helps a LOT if you can get an A&P license and maintain you own plane though.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


As an aircraft engineer I have deep concerns over composite and plastics used in aircraft construction. I personally don't think they can possibly last simply because repairing structural damage cannot be 100% guaranteed. Metal and wooden structures are easily repaired or replaced. Splicing and repairing plastic and composites are not so easy and expensive to do. It's often cheaper to buy a new one, which means that the aircraft will be written off rather than anyone having to guarantee any complicated repair. Metal aircraft, however, can easily be repaired given a skilled sheet metal worker and the repairs are often stronger than the original structure.
What worries me about plastic is its tendency to become brittle over time. Most of us have experienced those horrific plastic garden chairs that don't last more than a year before they break. Whilst composite aircraft are clearly of superior quality, I like to see a manufacturer who is prepared to guarantee that his composite (plastic) aircraft will not suffer the same fate over time. There was a plastic glider that broke up in the UK in the late 70s. The owner had painted a dark green band around the rear fuselage just in front of the tail. The differential heat absorption from the sun seriously weakened the area and the tail broke off in flight. No-one can tell yet what we will be confronted with in the future or what people might do to their aircraft and I predict that many will have to be retired when we find out the real lifespan when they start to fail. I personally would need a lot of convincing before I bought one.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


Modern Jet airliners already have electronic screens that depict the ground, the sky, maps, terrain and many more things, They are known as "Glass Cockpit" aircraft. These aircraft can land in Zero visibility fully automatically without the pilots having to see out of the window at all, just viewing the screens. The problems are in training of the flight crews. Full automated approaches and landings are far more exacting on the flight crew than a normal visual landing and crews have to be specially trained and certified to do them. The thought that on an automatic landing the pilots just sit there and do nothing is far from reality. The procedure is one of intense concentration and if the aircraft so much a twitches the pilots will abandon the approach, they have to watch everything. Training flight crews is a very expensive business and an international operator would have to have about nine crews for just one aircraft. Training those crews to operate with just view screens would blow the training budget out the bank. No matter how cleaver these modern jets are the fastest computer on board is still the one between the pilots ears and using all his senses and especially sight through a window will be with us for some time.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


The entire weight of the aircraft is being supported by the wings. Longer wings are designed to bend upwards to support that weight. Due to the curvature of the wings (more curved on top and flatter on bottom) there is low pressure on the top of the wings and higher pressure under the wings. So the wings are actually pulled up into the air by the low pressure over the top of them.

Aircrafts | Answered on Apr 10, 2017


There are many good schools in the UK and CAE is a good one if money is no object. If you have a tight budget then you could consider some of the multitude of other training establishment, certainly up to PPL level. The downside to learning in the UK is that it can be a little slow and frustrating at times due to the inclement weather. However, don't be put off by that since you will learn significantly more about flying in the weather we have in the UK than any of the "fair weather fairies" that learnt in a climate of continual sunshine. When the time comes and you get your commercial pilot job, your new employer won't be too pleased if you told them you can only fly when the sun is shinning. learning to fly in the UK gives you a good grounding and experience that you can take with you anywhere in the world.

Aircrafts | Answered on Mar 06, 2017


Flying becomes a passion if it's what you're meant to do. Once you take that first lesson you will never see an airplane again without yearning to be in that front seat. You should go up for an introductory flight at your local airport and see how it goes. You can get a sport pilot certificate to start if you want. It's cheaper and would meet the needs of most any recreational pilot.

Aircrafts | Answered on Feb 03, 2017


The license or "certificate" does not expire, however you must have a flight review every 24 calendar months with an instructor in order to continue to fly. The flight review consists of at least 1 hour of ground school and 1 hour of dual flight with the instructor to ensure you haven't developed any bad habits.

Aircrafts | Answered on Feb 03, 2017


Most headset and aircraft mics have noise cancelling because between engine and wind noise it would be difficult to understand the pilot without it. To use the noise cancelling mic it must be very near the lips

Aircrafts | Answered on Feb 03, 2017


Personally I'd much rather fly in a DC10 than an L1011.

Aircrafts | Answered on Feb 03, 2017


You can use a program like flightaware.com to see flights that are on an instrument flight plan. That won't get you any info on most flights though.

Aircrafts | Answered on Feb 03, 2017


They can use almost any jet fuel on a short term. For longer term use there is usually an adjustment required on the fuel controller.

Aircrafts | Answered on Feb 03, 2017


Jets, by nature perform better at altitude. Fuel economy and performance are much better up high.

Aircrafts | Answered on Feb 03, 2017


It is very common for small airports not to have a control tower, radar, or communications equipment. There are very well developed procedures for "uncontrolled airports". There is a standard traffic pattern that aircraft fly at almost all airports (consisting of a downwind, base, final, and upwind leg) and there are specific radio calls that are supposed to be made at certain points in the pattern. Most airports have a fixed base operator to supply fuel and services. They often monitor the common traffic frequency and supply some info to pilots about wind direction and runway in use. There's also a specific way to enter the pattern - usually at a 45 degree of the downwind leg, Yes it's possible for aircraft to collide and it happens several times a year - usually when a low wing airplane is above a high wing airplane in the pattern. Neither can see the other so occasionally that can happen.

Aircrafts | Answered on Feb 03, 2017

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