Cabin Depressurization

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Most people think that during a decompression event the inside of a plane’s cabin looks like this:

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Fortunately, this is not the case. Actually, we experience decompression in every single flight and we barely notice it. This happens because the pressure drops at a rate which is almost unnoticeable from the human body and it’s always regulated by special instruments in order to be within certain limits.

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Which are the safest seats during an airplane crash?

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My suitcase is ready, my passport is here, all I have to do is to reserve my seat. You see, I’m flying back to Athens tomorrow, so it’s time for my online check-in. Most of the times I choose my seat having in mind the leg room. I always want the maximum space for a really relaxed travel, you know. But, what if I wanted to reserve the safest seat? What if I was looking for this specific seat which will offer me the best odds of surviving an airplane crashContinue reading “Which are the safest seats during an airplane crash?”

How do airplanes fly upside down?

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During last week I visited Tanagra airport (which is located few kilometers north of Athens) for the annual airshow of the Greek Air Force. I had the opportunity to watch at a close range skilled pilots perform some amazing aerobatic maneuvers like spins, loops, rolls and much more. It was like they were defying the laws of physics and the aerodynamic forces. As if their planes were able to produce the required “Lift” even when they were inverted!

But… did they? Can all conventional airplanes fly inverted? And if they can, does this mean that we can turn an airplane’s wing upside-down and still expect it to fly? Continue reading “How do airplanes fly upside down?”