Category Archives: Airlines

Do Pilots Like Being Passengers?

AeroSavvy - Do Pilots Like Being Passengers?

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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Flying the North Atlantic Tracks

Flying the NATs - The North Atlantic Organized Track System

Each day, over 2000 aircraft travel across the Atlantic ocean bound for North America or Europe on the North Atlantic Organized Track System. Have you ever wondered how pilots navigate and communicate during the journey? Communication over the Atlantic is an interesting combination of modern digital messaging, satellite communication, and early 1900’s low-tech!

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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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