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5 Amazing Facts About Helicopters

Aeroplanes have often been loved by us since childhood while helicopters are the ignored middle child of the aviation industry. HElicopters are often neglected because people don’t really know much about them. They are one of the most fascinating and interesting forms of transportation that would either freak you out or leave you smiling ear to ear. 

For example, they have the ability to fly forward, backward and laterally as well which airplanes are unable to do. They are quite handy in military,emergency and tourist situations. Let’s dive in to the article below to find out more:

1. Reach top of Mount Everest

One of the most googled questions about helicopters is whether or not you could take one to mount everest. Short answer is yes but it comes with its own limitations and exceptions. Reaching bigger heights is one of the inherent limitations of these little planes. The average helicopter is designed to reach 10,000 feet but can go further with special design. Mount Everest is about 29,029 feet. For a helicopter to reach that height through the thinning air pressure, it takes larger rotors and much bigger engines than the regular ones. 

2. Attacked by birds

One of the air foes of helicopters include eagles. By nature eagles are extremely territorial birds. Rather than perceiving eagles as a machine, they think of them as fellow predators. Eagles have attacked helicopters, small choppers and even drones over the years. The real fear is the eagles feel they are being attacked or their babies abducted. One particular eagle, the australian wedge tail has been caught on tape, attacking or attempting to scare off helicopters. Surprisingly, the bird can fly up to 6000 feet and is in no way scared of it. 

3. Better in emergencies

The versatility of mobility that a helicopter carries makes it better than aeroplanes in emergency situations. It can literally move in all directions while being fixed wing. Moving through and reaching tricky positions is easier with helicopters. One of the features that increases the efficiency of helicopters in emergency situations is their ability to hover in one place without much trouble. Emergency helicopters often have medical kits, rafts, and latest technology to help fish people out whatever the situation may be.  

4. Faster & Travel further than most people think 

Helicopters are thought to go very slow but they can be surprisingly fast from 160 mph to 250mph per hour. However just like other aircrafts, it completely depends on the air pressure, size and passenger capacity. The army helicopters are ofcourse much faster than the local public ones. One other misconception is about the amount of time helicopters can fly. Most of them can fly up to 2.5 to 3 hours without break, which is equal to taking a short flight. A standard helicopter can get you from London to Paris in 90 minutes. The bigger speed beasts are designed to cover up to 600 miles at a time. 

5. Safer than planes

One myth about helicopters is that they are safer than planes. Reports show that smaller aircrafts, private jets, air taxis and choppers are more prone to accidents than aeroplanes. Factors such as weather conditions and inexperienced pilots have caused around 415 fatalities in 2019 as opposed to commercial airlines with near to zero accidents. 

In conclusion, we recommend you take one at least in a lifetime. Of course with an experienced pilot. Helicopters rides are fun, exciting and can accommodate up to 4 people. Let us know of your experiences with helicopter rides & any interesting facts/stories you might know. 

The Most Expensive Jets And Their Owners

Latest studies and researches are showing that the elite of the world are spending approximately more than $40 Million each year to buy top of the line and exquisite private jets and spending even more on flying and maintaining them. Just like any other thing in a materialistic world these private jets are also now a sign of your wealth and not just a means of transportation for the head of the state who needed that extra security. Apart from the security that people seek in private jets, what really makes them popular among the riches club is their comfort. The luxurious and comfortable journey that these charter jets offer is probably their biggest selling point. 

Let’s find out who owns some of the most expensive, advanced and luxurious private jets around the world!

1. John Travolta 

If there’s one person that was going to be on the top of this list it was going to be him! The famed artist of “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” rose to the greatest heights of his career with these movies in the 70’s. One more thing he has always been known for is his love for flying. If there was one way to show your love for planes it would be to have a parking lot in your freaking law, which he literally does! Owning a total of 5 jets which include 3 Gulfstream Jets, 1 Boeing 707-138 and 1 Lear jet. 

His crown jewel, Boeing is his most expensive plane which he acquired in 1998 priced at an astounding $77-57 Million which is just the base price of this aircraft. An additional $20 Million must be added for the outstanding interior design and installation costs! The plane that could originally house a total of 150 people only caters to a total of 15 people now because two custom built bedrooms have been made for John for the time he takes a vacation with his family.  

2. Joseph Lau

A convicted felon and fugitive in Macau owns one of the most expensive private jets all around the world! Boeing 747-8 VIP which is $367 Million is owned by this real estate king from hong kong. This jet is literally one of my dreams, with a spiral case staircase inside and two levels, I mean who wouldn’t want it! A gym and a huge private office to hold large meetings is the best feature of this plane along with its flight range of 17,020 kilometers allowing Joseph to cruise around without landing for a refuel frequently. Two separate lounges and a stateroom which many hotels can’t seem to beat just goes on to show the money that has been spent on the customization of this private jet. 

While Joseph Law prefers to live a very incognito life there are a lot of details about one of the most expensive planes in the world owned by him. The plane boasts an amazing speed of 1195 km/hr which a lot of other expensive planes can’t beat. Well one thing is for sure we know why he’s a fugitive after all.

3. Donald Trump 

Trump’s Boeing 757 would have made it to the top of the list but my feelings came in the middle and I had to put him down (no offence intended). Anyway the reason I think Trump would have made it to the top of the list is one of the most unnecessary upgrades on the outside and the inside of his plane with gold bathroom fixtures and his name gold plated in 23 carat gold engraved outside of the plane. Although he brought this plane from Paul Allen he has made enough customizations to not only make it one of the most expensive planes but luxurious and comfortable too! A master bedroom with a work desk for the former president and business tycoon coupled with a home theatre system and a 52 inches flat screen for Trump to watch all his favorite movies. 

As if the gold fittings in the bathroom weren’t enough that he has gold plated seat belt buckles and multiple other gold fittings all around the plane. The Boeing 757 has two Rolls Royce Engines which can travel upto 7222 km without needing a refuel. 

4. Sultan Of Brunei 

It was clear that this man was going to make it to this lost as he’s known to be one of the richest people in the world. His custom Boeing 747-300 cost 323 million USD and to top it all off he has reportedly spent around 100 Million USD on the luxurious interior of the plane. The wash basin has literally been made out of solid gold and i just have one question, does the hand washing have any difference in this gold washbasin?! If we keep going on and on about the unnecessary things in this plane there’s a lot we might keep questioning. So let’s just get into the specifications of the plane. A cruising speed of 1000 km/h and a flight range of 14,000 kilometers the plane is ideal for long trips to Europe and America for the Sultan. A long yet comfortable journey amidst gold and silver fittings is waiting for him. 

While many of us only dream to live a life of this comfort and stature these people are living the best life in their top of the line private jets which they have converted into a literal home in the sky. Interestingly enough some of them have their planes available for chartering you can do that if you really want to live a luxurious experience.

With New Lithium – Sulphur Batteries, Electric Airplanes Could Finally Take Off

Electric airplanes are extremely popular, with models being developed in each size from conveyance robots to traveler airplanes. However, the innovation presently can’t seem to take off, and for one explanation: absence of an appropriate battery.

Less Battery Weight

For an enormous traveler airplane to take off, voyage, and land many kilometres away would take batteries that gauge a huge number of kilograms—unreasonably substantial for the plane to have the option to get into the air in any case. In any event, for generally little airplanes, for example, two-seat coaches, the sheer weight of batteries restricts the plane’s payload, abridges its reach, and accordingly obliges where the airplane can fly. Lessening battery weight would be a bit of leeway for flight, yet for other electric vehicles, for example, vehicles, trucks, transports, and boats, the entirety of whose presentation is additionally straightforwardly attached to the energy-to-weight proportion of their batteries.

For such applications, the present battery of decision is lithium particles. It arrived at development years prior, with each new gradual improvement more modest than the last. We need another science.

Advantages Of Using Light Weight Battery

Since 2004 an organisation, Oxis Energy, in Oxfordshire, England, has been chipping away at one of the main competitors—lithium sulphur. Their battery innovation is incredibly lightweight: Our latest models are accomplishing more than twice the energy thickness run of the mill of lithium-particle batteries. Lithium sulphur is likewise fit for giving the necessary degrees of force and strength required for aeronautics, and, generally significant, it is sufficiently protected. All things considered, a plane can’t deal with an unexpected fire or some other disaster by just pulling to the roadside.

The new innovation has been bound to happen, however the stand by is presently finished. The previously set of flight preliminaries have just been finished.

Lithium Sulphur Batteries 

Lithium-sulphur batteries are strange in light of the fact that they experience various stages as they release, each time shaping an alternate, particular sub-atomic type of lithium and sulphur. At the point when a cell releases, lithium particles in the electrolyte relocate to the cathode, where they consolidate with sulphur and electrons to frame a polysulphide, Li2S8. At the anode, then, lithium particles surrender electrons to shape decidedly charged lithium particles; these liberated electrons at that point travel through the outer circuit—the heap—which returns them to the cathode. In the electrolyte, the recently created Li2S 8 immediately responds with more lithium particles and more electrons to shape another polysulphide, Li2S6. The cycle keeps, venturing through further poly sulphides, Li2S4and Li2S2, to at last become Li2S. At each progression more energy is surrendered and passed to the heap until finally the cell is drained of energy.

Energising turns around the arrangement: An applied current powers electrons to stream the other way, causing the sulphur anode, or cathode, to surrender electrons, changing Li2S over to Li2S2. The polysulphide keeps on adding sulphur molecules bit by bit until Li2S8 is made in the cathode. Furthermore, each time electrons are surrendered, lithium particles are created that at that point diffuse through the electrolyte, joining with electrons at the lithium anode to frame lithium metal. At the point when all the Li2S has been changed over to Li2S8, the cell is completely energised.

Key To Create An  Effective Cell

This portrayal is improved. In actuality, the responses are more intricate and various, occurring additionally in the electrolyte and at the anode. Truth be told, over many charge and release cycles, it is these side responses that cause debasement in a lithium-sulphur cell. Limiting these, through the determination of the proper materials and cell design, is the key, fundamental test that should be met to create an effective cell with a long lifetime.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Your First Helicopter Ride

Flying in the air, a thousand feet above the ground is an exciting and thrilling experience. You get to see the world like never before, your city, its monuments, elevated picnic spots, local scenic attractions, all this is likely with the heli-tour, that gives you a birds-eye view of the stunning ground. As adventurous as it sounds, being a first-time rider, there could be some nervous jitters as well. so, we are here to prepare you for your first ride, from the seating arrangement to what to wear, timely appearance and bringing a camera, and most importantly, living in the moment. With all this, there are some safety precautions that need to have adhered to for an amazing and lifelong experience. Let’s have a look at some tips that you need to know before your first heli-ride. 

How To Approach The Helicopter

Always wait for the visual signal of the pilot for approaching or leaving the helicopter. On sloppy grounds, use the downslope side for maximum rotor clearance. Avoid any movement when the engines or rotors are getting started or running down. Prefer crouching while walking for extra rotor clearance. 

What To Bring 

The noise-canceling headphones will be provided by the pilot that would allow you to communicate with the fellow passengers. To capture the moment, don’t forget your camera. Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must. Avoid high heels, hanging jewelry, loose clothing, flip flops, hats, and scarves, as helicopter rotors create downwash and you may lose your stuff because of it. Wear comfortable clothes. Full-length pants and jackets would be convenient to cope with the changing altitude. 

Where To Sit 

The helicopter has a capacity of 7-9 people in it. It is essential that you sit in the front for the amazing views. Although general helicopters have large windowpanes and visibility is great from any angle, the best is the one which has its seats facing forward so you can enjoy the sights. In the seating arrangement, weight matters for keeping the balance of the machine. Although heli-rides are fairly smooth, if you feel motion-sickness, it’s better to sit by the window or take Dramamine before the flight. 

Trust The Professionals

Flying is the safest form of travel, much safer than road travel. All you have to do is to trust the pilot as they have the experience of numerous hours of flying and in every weather condition. Also, the machines undergo several tests before the actual flight. The maintenance engineers inspect the helicopters before every flight and they are worth trusting. 

Don’t Panic 

During the take-off and landing, it is common to feel some turbulence. Do not panic. It is normal. It happens with the sudden change of airflow or by hot rising air or by air traffic. The ride will be smooth once the helicopter gains altitude. Just sit tight and let the pilot do his work. 

Follow The Instructions

Always listen to your pilot. Never untie the belt during the session. The helicopters swoop and serve during the flight. Wearing the seat belt would keep you from tossing away. Follow the instructions of the maintenance staff. Keep a first aid kit in your approach in case of emergency. Keep check of the flotation devices, life jackets before the flight takes off. In case of any query, consult the pilot without any hesitation. You may also watch safety videos on Youtube for a better understanding of safety measures during the flight. Although the helicopter flight is extremely safe, it is essential to commit to the safety standards and follow instructions. 

For a seamless experience, schedule the heli-tour in the morning or early noon hours. This will allow you to have a perfect shot as this time of the day comes with clear visibility. Relax, take deep breaths, and live the moment.

7 Things You Need to Know Before Chartering A Private Jet

Traveling through a private jet is becoming a standard as it offers a luxurious experience and   convenience. People who are done with the unpredictable and restrictive schedules of commercial airlines are more prone to travel by private jet to avoid helter-skelter and restricted travel. Travelling through a private jet is extravagant in every sense of the word. Be it the comfort, the exquisite meals or the panache. If this would be your first flight on a chartered private jet, this article is for you. We are here with some useful information which you must know before chartering a private jet. Have a look. 

Book In Advance

Traveling through a private jet is becoming a norm and it is wise to book in advance especially in the holiday seasons and during festivals to avoid any inconvenience in the last moment. Booking early has many advantages as you may have the liberty to choose the best among the aircrafts, based on size, comfort and convenience for your family, friends or business gatherings. 

Bring Your Documents

The private aircraft travelers know that they don’t have to wait in long security lines or to follow strict luggage limitations or comply with the beverage rules. But they still need proper identification documents to get on board. For international trips, passports are a must, for domestic ones, a driving licence would work. Traveling through private jets has its privileges, but identification documents are a must.

Choose Your Type Of Plane 

Depending who you are flying with, the number of people, luggage volume, budget and the route, choose yourself the best in the market. For long haul flights, Global Express, Gulfstream G650 or Boeing Business are the best options in ultra long range jets. They come with multi zone cabins, flat beds and larger bathrooms and give VIP protocol in the middle of the sky. 

Don’t Go Beyond The Deal

Make sure you stay put with the deal you bought at the time of booking. If you require anything beyond the package, such as coffee, snacks, water, soda or Wi-Fi, inform them beforehand. While on flight these extras can add much to your post flight charges. Also inform them of ground transportation if you require any don’t think that it will be readily available for you on the spot.

Take Along Your Pets

Based on the model and the make, a private light jet can travel from 600 to 2000 miles. While booking, clearly inform them the number of people and the luggage you will be carrying so that you can get the aircraft that fit your needs. And yes, you can carry your pet with you on a private jet with a valid pet passport. A special approved kennel is placed to entertain your pet during the flight. So don’t forget to mention them while booking a jet. 

How Billing Works?

In renting and leasing a private jet, the charges include fuel, handling fees and crew. The overnight hangarage, de-icing,  and other technical considerations, along with entertainment and specific food requests cost additional charges. 

Rescheduling, Extending or Changing Destination

This all can be done but will be more effective if given prior notice of at least 24 hours. In urgent cases, permission needs to be granted and revised flight plans need to be shared. The landing fees may vary and additional flight times adds more charges in the billing. Changes are flexible but could be heavy on your pocket. 

With this information in hand, we wish you to enjoy your first private jet flight to the fullest.

Thoughts we all have during Airplane rides

The sleek Boeing dreamliner is nothing short of a technology miracle looking back at the time of Wright brothers or more accurately Brazilion inventor Alberto Santos. Since then planes have changed a lot, those first wood and cloth planes are an entirely different species. With the continual advancements in aerospace our lives have become easier by the minute but we have all had those questions about the food and the safest seat etc when it comes to airplanes that never quite got the answer we were looking for. Let’s explore those questions and get some information to flaunt at a party or get together:

  1. There is no safest seat on the flight

According to the Federal aviation administration(FAA) there is no safest seat in a plane when it comes to plane crashes although a study in TIME shows that the middle seats at the back of the plane had the lowest fatality rate. The seats in the back third of the 32% fatality rate compares to the 39% in the middle third and 38% in the front third. Due to the many variables at play it’s impossible to know where to sit and survive a crash and to surprise you plane crashes are very extremely rare.

  1. Why does the airplane food taste so bad

Airplane food has earned itself a bad reputation over the years but it’s not entirely the food to blame here. According to a study by Cornell University in 2015, the environment of an aeroplane actually alters the sweets and the salts inside your food. The dry recycled air and the low humidity makes its 30% more difficult to detect sweet and salty tastes. So it’s not the food, it’s the plane.

  1. Cabin crew Dimming lights when landing

During night time when the plane is landing the cabin crew dims the lights , why ? In the unfortunate event if the plane landing doesn’t go as planned, the passenger would have adjusted to the darkness outside and incase of emergency evacuation they can make better decisions quickly rather than wasting time on adjusting to the darkness outside.

  1. Only one engine is needed to fly

The thought of an engine blowing up mid air is frightening but every commercial aeroplane can fly easily with just one engine. Operating on just one engine will reduce the range and the fuel consumption would be less efficient but you will reach your destination. Planes that need to fly over oceans or uninhabited areas like the Arctic need to get an approval from the FAA for Extended- range twin operations (ETOPS) basically meaning how long can it fly.

  1. What are the tiny holes in our windows

Most plane windows are made up of 3 panels of acrylic panes. The first pane is usually to maintain the cabin pressure and keep elements out. In the unlikely event of the exterior panes breaking, the second one acts as a fail safe option. The tiny hole is to regulate the air pressure in the cabin and to keep the middle pane uncompromised till the call of duty.

  1. Airplanes are designed to take lighting strikes

As a child and even as an adult we all had this question about what if there is lighting. To our surprise planes are designed to withstand lighting strikes and are hit quite often. Approximately once per 1000 hours of flight, fortunately the careful engineering helps the lighting pass right through the plane without causing any damage and there have been no lightning crashes since 1963.

We hope some of your burning childhood questions have been answered today and you will feel a lot relaxed on your next flight. 

Everything You Need To Know About Helicopters & Its Flight

Getting a helicopter today is easier than ever before. The quieter and high-tech engines, the advanced cockpits, and the efficient designs have made it easy to fly thousands of miles without any distractions and hassle. Let’s have a look at some valuable tips before chartering a chopper.

To Fly or Be flown: Understand the Rules 

Make sure you have sufficient knowledge about the aviation rules of the State and have a Private Pilot license if you want to fly yourself.  If you want to be flown your pilot-in-command is a trustworthy and reliable person as he is the decision-maker throughout the flight. He must determine the weather conditions and flight conditions before boarding. A small but sufficient pre-flight is necessary in this case. Secondly, the tendency of a helicopter can be evaluated by the number of flights it has taken. An older chopper would need extra service and maintenance and would require additional power to fly at high altitudes and in warm conditions. An all aware pilot must understand the copter so he can make sound decisions in the air.

Choose the best

Every chopper has a different design, model, and features. Some have a cabin separated to the seating area which is a better choice if you are being flown by a professional pilot, the other is Airbus, in which everyone sits together and it’s a preferable choice when you or someone in the friends or family are flying the chopper. Talking about the interior, the beige, cream, and black leather seats are most in-demand and are long-lasting. The flooring is of metal but can be carpeted if desired. 

Pay Heed to the Engine

With every new day, there are lighter, more efficient, innovative, and more sleek designs coming in the market. But it’s the engine performance that matters the most. Earlier the gasoline engines were preferred but with time, the helicopters are using the high-tech gas turbine engines that are used in gigantic commercial flights. 

Understand the Jargon 

If you are piloting, make sure you understand the jargon to comprehend the helicopter settings and to make the communication easy in case of any emergency. 

Avoid Silly Mistakes

The foremost reason that leads to aviation accidents is flying close to the ground. Strictly follow the altitude rules during the flight, scud running, and buzzing. Secondly, keep the landing lights on to avoid any bird strikes and a mid-air collision with other flying machinery. The right following of traffic patterns when it comes to altitude, approaches, autorotations, landings, and emergency procedures to enjoy a smooth ride.

Understanding the weather 

This is the one thing that causes more than 50% of aviation accidents. An adept pilot would keenly observe the weather and wind conditions for a favorable experience. He will keep in contact with the meteorology course and broadcasts to detect the weather. While landing, he will pay heed to the windsock to evaluate the runway condition and his landing zone. At the off-airport landing, he will take nature’s cues to understand the wind direction. 

Practice, Practice & Practice 

Practice will make you perfect in all your actions. It will bring smoothness in your flight which is the key to safe and well-disposed flight. Never panic as it will make the situation worse. Practice will allow you to make small corrections and avoid silly mistakes. Plus rough experiences will help you be more decisive and skillful in your work. A minor scrap or a rough landing must not hinder your performance rather improve your skills. So never give up and seek remedial training for better performance.

Fly Freely 

Wherever there is a helipad and you have the permission to land, take your executive and luxury mode of transport and fly freely in the air. Make sure you carry the landing guide with you. All you have to do is to call them up and ask for permission. Some would allow you to land, some would charge a meager fee. 

Things You Should Know About Aviation Mechanics

At the point when many people think about a career in the aeronautics field, they probably consider pilot occupations. These, all things considered, are the charm occupations. Turning into a pilot, however, isn’t really feasible for everybody. There are a few different courses into carrier occupations in the event that you confirm that turning into a pilot won’t work for you: in-flight participation, support engineer, upkeep team part and airplane repairman, to give some examples. We should investigate how to turn into an airplane upkeep expert (otherwise called an airplane repairman) and what kinds of airplane technician licenses are the most popular.

Overview

An Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) is somebody who has earned a capability to do airplane maintenance. They review and perform support on airplane and airplane frameworks, including preventive maintenance. This capability gives you the information and aptitudes to fill in as an airplane repairman.

Notwithstanding support, an airplane specialist’s responsibility is to fix the mechanical and aeronautical hardware of planes and helicopters. This incorporates review and fix of the electronic, basic and mechanical components of a plane. Mechanics survey how destroyed parts are and decide if those parts need fix or substitution. Mechanics utilize a few symptomatic, manual and mechanical devices and PCs in their exchange.

Basic Requirements

To turn into an airplane repairman, you should be at any rate 18 years of age, ready to peruse, compose, talk, and know how to speak English and you should have year and a half of genuine encounter chipping away at either plane force plants (motors) or air frames, or 30 months of dealing with both simultaneously.

Required Skills

To have the option to carry out their responsibility well, airplane mechanics ought to have the accompanying aptitudes:

• Detail-situated – Mechanics must work to high and exact guidelines, focusing on even the littlest subtleties and parts. Ensuring these parts are in the perfect spot and condition is significant.

• Manual abilities – As a very energetic activity, this field expects mechanics to be capable at utilizing their hands to work rapidly and precisely with different parts. This incorporates the capacity to dismantle things and set up them back.

• Technical aptitudes – Another aspect of the activity will expect you to understand instruments and measures, so the capacity to see how instruments and diagnostics devices work is significant.

• Troubleshooting – Many occasions when a technician is brought in, this is on the grounds that something isn’t working effectively. In the event that you need an aircraft to work as a repairman, you ought to have the option to burrow down to the main driver of an issue and make sense of the most ideal approach to fix.

Aircraft Mechanic Career Paths and License Types

General mechanics have effectively finished the essential airplane mechanics course and earned a testament. They deal with a wide range of sorts of airplanes, similar to planes, cylinder driven planes and helicopters.

Particular mechanics have proceeded to gain higher capabilities focused on explicit territories of the plane, for example, the motor, the water powered framework or the electrical framework on a specific airplane.

Since planes are mind boggling machines that must have solid parts and administration to securely convey travelers, mechanics must perform booked support, total fixes and make reviews before a plane is fit to fly. They should do these tasks as per the itemized guidelines set somewhere around the FAA that determine upkeep plans, for example.

Most mechanics who take a shot at non-military airplane have either or both of the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) endorsements (portrayed underneath). Mechanics who have these endorsements are legitimately ready to perform take a shot at most pieces of the airplane, aside from flight instruments and significant propeller work.

 

Some of their job duties include:

• Diagnosing electrical or mechanical issues

• Repairing brakes, electrical frameworks, wings, and other plane parts

• Replacing imperfect parts with hand instruments or force apparatuses

• Examining trade airplane parts for issues or imperfections

• Reading upkeep manuals to decide fix strategies

• Testing airplane leaves behind measures and other analytic instruments

• Inspecting completed work to ensure it fulfills execution guidelines

• Keeping records of all upkeep and fix work

Extra duties include:

• Testing electronic instruments with circuit analyzers, oscilloscopes, and voltmeters

• Interpreting flight test information to make sense of breakdowns and execution issues

• Assembling parts, for example, electrical controls and introducing programming

• Installing instrument boards with hand apparatuses, power devices and binding irons

How to Become a Pilot for a Private or Commercial Airline

I know from experience It often happens to me that I resorted to at least two torches: one in my hand and another in the front pocket of the plane. Additionally, you may want to consider a head-mounted flashlight, which allows you to be hands-free while aiming the light at whatever you are looking at.

And you probably want a white light and a red light, or a flashlight that does both. The white light is bright enough to see during preflighting and the red light is weak enough to maintain night vision during the flight.

Let your eyes adapt
According to the flight manual of the FAA plane, it takes five to ten minutes for the rods of your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Once they do, your eyes are 100 times more sensitive to light than during daylight. And after 30 minutes, when your eyes adapt almost completely to the darkness, they are about 100,000 more sensitive to light than before. As you fly at night, keep in mind that looking directly at something, like another plane, can actually make the object disappear from your field of vision (it is one of the common night illusions). Look to the side instead.

Check the weather
It is quite easy to see bad weather during the day. At night, however, clouds, rains and thunderstorms are more difficult to see visually. Before you take off, you will want to be a little more careful about checking the weather, including current METARs, TAFs and area forecasts. A flight services specialist can be helpful in this regard, even for local flights.

Pay particular attention to the temperature / dew point diffusion. Night is a common time when fog is formed and can quickly form.

Extra fuel holder
It is not always necessary or even possible to bring extra fuel, but consider it when possible. And you might be grateful that you did this when you realize that the FBO has closed for the night and there is no fuel available for self-service.

Make sure the aircraft lights work
During the preliminary check, pay particular attention to the navigation lights (position lights) and to the landing lights and taxis. But also pay attention to the interior lights of planes, such as panel lights, which can be extremely scarce in some older aircraft. And if you’re a diurnal flyer most of the time, you should familiarize yourself with the positions of the knobs and levers, the on / off positions of the important switches and the dome lights, if any.

And it would not be bad to review the airport lighting systems. What color did taxiing lights return? How much runway did you leave when the runway lights turn yellow and then red?

Make sure you are up to date
FAA regulations state that at least three take-offs and landings must be completed up to a maximum night (one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise) in the last 90 days to carry passengers. It is easy to violate this.

Pilot planning tips for night flights

The night can be a fantastic time to fly. Usually the air is stationary and the airspace is silent. And most would agree that the sight of the stars against the dark sky is a sight not to be missed. But night flying has its challenges, and while there is nothing inherently dangerous about flying at night, a night flight can quickly become dangerous if you are not properly prepared.

Preliminary planning – and I’m not just referring to the preflight itself – is so important to fly and night flight is no different.

Here are some preliminary planning tips, according to Rob Wiesenthal the CEO of Blade Aviation, to avoid surprising you on your next night’s flight.

 

Rob Wiesenthal posing in front of Blade logo Rob Wiesenthal reading the menu

Give yourself extra time
During the day, many of us get used to jumping on the plane only after checking the windsock and a quick preliminary check, but at night things can be a little more demanding. For one, you may not be able to see the windsock clearly, so you may need to call AWOS or listen to ATIS in advance. And your preflight will take a little longer than usual. You will have a flashlight in one hand and the checklist in the other, and in general, it is more difficult to see things in the dark. The documents of the aircraft, the fuel you pumped, the surface of the aircraft, your dashboard, etc. – everything will require closer examination.

Bring at least two torches
You will need one to hold on to, and another easily accessible for when you drop the first one, and roll on the back of the plane.

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