Category : Aviation Explainer Series

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TO/GA Party! How Go-arounds Work

Spend time at a busy airport and you’ll likely see an aircraft go-around. Find out why airplanes go around and how the maneuver enhances safety. Go-Around Terminology Go-Around terminology can be confusing. There are a few terms different terms used (and misused), so let’s clear things up! Go-Around Go-around is the general term used when […]

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Air India Taking Advantage of Tailwinds

On 15 October, Air India adjusted the routing of its Delhi—San Francisco flight to increase the distance of the flight by over 1000 kilometers. In doing so, however, the airline saved 2 hours and 15 minutes of flying time. How did they manage that? In a word: wind. Track the Pacific flight to San Francisco […]

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Making Sure an Aircraft is Ready to Fly

We often get questions when a plane seems to be flying in a strange pattern and going nowhere. Often times these are either training flights or test flights after maintenance. Airliner maintenance is a lot more than just changing tires and checking fluid levels—though there is a lot of that. We took a look through […]

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Ready for Winter—a Look at Aircraft Deicing

As winter arrives, airports dust off their deicing equipment and ready for another season of cold, snow, and ice. While a car may be safely operated partially covered in ice or snow, aircraft must be completely free of contamination to assure a safe flight. Deicing can sometimes lead to flight delays, but the alternative is […]

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