Category Archives: Airlines

Do Pilots Like Being Passengers?

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AeroSavvy reader Steve M. asks:

“How weird does it feel to be in the back with someone else doing the driving?”

That’s a great question and I hear it a lot!

Why do pilots ride in the back?

Hey! Aren’t pilots supposed to be driving? Find out why pilots are riding in coach and how they feel about someone else sitting at the controls…

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Your Airliner Has A Hidden Engine!


How many turbine engines are on an Airbus A320?
Two, right?   Would you believe three?

How about a Boeing 747?
Four engines? Wrong again.   A 747 has Five turbine engines!

Hiding inside the tail of most every airliner is an extra engine called an Auxiliary Power Unit or APU. Time to find out what’s hidden in the tail of your aircraft!

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Aircraft Pressurization Beginner’s Guide

splashHow and why are airplanes pressurized?

It’s easy to take flying for granted. We hop onboard a comfy airliner and fly high in the stratosphere without giving breathing a second thought. The aircraft’s pressurization system makes it possible. Here’s how the magic works…

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Aircraft Engine Spirals & Swirls

Swirls and lines on engine spinners.  The spiral shapes can been seen on jet engines everywhere and come in several different designs and variations. They look cool on a spinning engine, but do they have a higher purpose?



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