• ### Could a small airplane (Piper Cub, ETC.) that has a take off speed of 50 MPH, take off flying backwards if heading into a 60 MPH headwind?

Best answer: The plane will fly forward at 50MPH, but the air it’s flying through is moving backwards at 60MPH, so the plane will move 10MPH backwards over the ground.
Best answer: The plane will fly forward at 50MPH, but the air it’s flying through is moving backwards at 60MPH, so the plane will move 10MPH backwards over the ground.
12 answers · 3 days ago
• ### Who figured out how to protect planes from crashing?

Best answer: That would be Abraham Wald, a Hungarian Jew who made it to the United States in time to help the war effort: "During World War II, Wald was a member of the Statistical Research Group (SRG) where he applied his statistical skills to various wartime problems. These included methods of sequential analysis and... show more
Best answer: That would be Abraham Wald, a Hungarian Jew who made it to the United States in time to help the war effort:

"During World War II, Wald was a member of the Statistical Research Group (SRG) where he applied his statistical skills to various wartime problems. These included methods of sequential analysis and sampling inspection. One of the problems that the SRG worked on was to examine the distribution of damage to aircraft to provide advice on how to minimize bomber losses to enemy fire. There was an inclination within the military to consider providing greater protection to parts that received more damage but Wald made the assumption that damage must be more uniformly distributed and that the aircraft that did return or show up in the samples were hit in the less vulnerable parts. Wald noted that the study only considered the aircraft that had survived their missions—the bombers that had been shot down were not present for the damage assessment. The holes in the returning aircraft, then, represented areas where a bomber could take damage and still return home safely. Wald proposed that the Navy instead reinforce the areas where the returning aircraft were unscathed, since those were the areas that, if hit, would cause the plane to be lost. His work is considered seminal in the then-fledgling discipline of operational research. "
4 answers · 3 hours ago
• ### In which flight situation would you talk to atc on a certain frequency, but listen to them on a different frequency?

7 answers · 1 week ago
• ### If a plane is about to land and the pilot aborts landing at the last minute, what do pilots press/do to take it back up into the sky?

Best answer: Depends on the aircraft. On the Cessna we firewall everything (i.e. throttle, prop and mixture) and start climbing away. On larger modern aircraft with an autopilot/authrottle if the configuration is correct pressing the TO/GA button or opening the throttles to the TO/GA position will result in the engines... show more
Best answer: Depends on the aircraft. On the Cessna we firewall everything (i.e. throttle, prop and mixture) and start climbing away.

On larger modern aircraft with an autopilot/authrottle if the configuration is correct pressing the TO/GA button or opening the throttles to the TO/GA position will result in the engines going to maximum available power and a climb command coming into operation. The autopilot is not normally disengaged. That gets the aircraft climbing away and the pilots can then sort out other matters. such as heading, retracting the gear if appropriate and so on.
8 answers · 1 week ago
• ### How can a plane fly when it doesn't have curved wings?

Best answer: Most do, if you look carefully. Many also have an angle of attack so Newton's 3rd also comes into play. Many jet fighters like the F-16, you are right, the curve is on both sides, negating Bernoulli's. These powerful planes don't require wings for lift at all, they can actually "stand" on... show more
Best answer: Most do, if you look carefully. Many also have an angle of attack so Newton's 3rd also comes into play.

Many jet fighters like the F-16, you are right, the curve is on both sides, negating Bernoulli's. These powerful planes don't require wings for lift at all, they can actually "stand" on their engines, like a rocket. Wings are delta shaped, and can be canted back at Mach + velocities for less drag,. Out for TO/landing/lower speed maneuvering.
15 answers · 2 weeks ago
• ### How is aviation industry?

9 answers · 1 week ago
• ### Is Drone an airplane or no?

14 answers · 2 weeks ago
• ### How many A380s does Airbus need to sell before they can start making profit? When did/will it happen?

8 answers · 2 weeks ago
• ### Why did the De Havilland Comet, the first operational Jet airliner, have unswept tail surfaces?

6 answers · 2 weeks ago
• ### Is there a database where I can look up flight hours from personal pilots?

The FAA and AOPA don't seem to separate personal piloting accidents from general aviation. If you know of anywhere that will break down general aviation stats into executive, instruction, and personal, that would be super helpful! (USA domestic only)
The FAA and AOPA don't seem to separate personal piloting accidents from general aviation. If you know of anywhere that will break down general aviation stats into executive, instruction, and personal, that would be super helpful! (USA domestic only)
8 answers · 2 weeks ago
• ### How often to get an oil change on a C-172?

An A&P mechanic said I don’t need to change the oil because I am adding a quart every few flights anyway, so the oil is already getting changed every few months. Others say every 50 hours it should be changed. Some say change it every 25 hours.
An A&P mechanic said I don’t need to change the oil because I am adding a quart every few flights anyway, so the oil is already getting changed every few months. Others say every 50 hours it should be changed. Some say change it every 25 hours.
6 answers · 2 weeks ago
• ### Are their any critical items that get overlooked during an annual inspection for a small single engine aircraft ?

3 answers · 2 weeks ago
• ### 13 most famous countries in your opinion?

10 answers · 3 weeks ago
• ### How do I report harassment by aircraft?

Best answer: Call whoever flies that plane. Registration numbers might lead you.
Best answer: Call whoever flies that plane. Registration numbers might lead you.
7 answers · 3 weeks ago
• ### Why does class E airspace floor start at 700’ above some airports, and 1200’ above others?

Best answer: A 700 foot Class E floor constitutes a transition area for IFR approaches. If an uncontrolled airport has an IFR approach the airspace will either extend down to 700 feet AGL if there are only non-precision approaches or all the way down to the surface if there is at least one precision approach but no control... show more
Best answer: A 700 foot Class E floor constitutes a transition area for IFR approaches. If an uncontrolled airport has an IFR approach the airspace will either extend down to 700 feet AGL if there are only non-precision approaches or all the way down to the surface if there is at least one precision approach but no control tower. Otherwise, with a tower, it would be Class D. If there isn't an instrument approach, the floor of Class E is 1200 feet.
2 answers · 3 weeks ago
• ### What weapon on aircraft can make the air feel like its vibrating?

Best answer: In an A10, firing the GAU-8 makes the whole airframe shudder. If you are talking about feeling vibration on a passenger plane, it is ridiculous to think of it as a weapon aimed at you. A "vibration" weapon would be pretty pointless. EDIT - The only electronic offensive weapons on planes are lasers, and... show more
Best answer: In an A10, firing the GAU-8 makes the whole airframe shudder. If you are talking about feeling vibration on a passenger plane, it is ridiculous to think of it as a weapon aimed at you. A "vibration" weapon would be pretty pointless.

EDIT - The only electronic offensive weapons on planes are lasers, and they do not produce vibrations. See the video.
6 answers · 3 weeks ago
• ### Will the Gatwick Helicopter couple be able to start playing with their gadget again?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho... The army have helpfully announced that they are removing their anti-drone detector and mini-missile battery.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho... The army have helpfully announced that they are removing their anti-drone detector and mini-missile battery.
5 answers · 3 weeks ago
• ### Are airplanes really safe ?

Best answer: In 2017 there were more than 4 Billion passengers who flew on commercial flights and there were only 44 fatalities. Yes, that's billion with a "B" meaning 4,000 million or 4,000,000,000 people. Of the 44 people killed in incidents involving commercial flights in 2017, NONE of them were on board... show more
Best answer: In 2017 there were more than 4 Billion passengers who flew on commercial flights and there were only 44 fatalities.

Yes, that's billion with a "B" meaning 4,000 million or 4,000,000,000 people.

Of the 44 people killed in incidents involving commercial flights in 2017, NONE of them were on board passenger jets. They were either cargo planes, smaller prop planes, or people on the ground who were in the wrong place at the wrong time when a plane crashed.

What I'm trying to do with these statistics is put your mind at ease. Your family members are FAR safer by flying to Las Vegas than they would be if the took a road trip and drove there.
18 answers · 3 weeks ago
• ### How hard is a pilots lifestyle?

I'm looking to become a pilot and everything seems like it's going good. Although, I'm very worried about the lifestyle of a pilot. Being away from a possible family seems like a very hard thing for me right now. I'm not sure how I feel about it. If anyone, who is a pilot or knows about it could... show more
I'm looking to become a pilot and everything seems like it's going good. Although, I'm very worried about the lifestyle of a pilot. Being away from a possible family seems like a very hard thing for me right now. I'm not sure how I feel about it. If anyone, who is a pilot or knows about it could give me some advice it would help a lot, Thanks.
7 answers · 3 weeks ago
• ### Why do airlines use jets not prop planes?

Best answer: Efficiency and cost. Prop planes need high grade, high octane aviation gasoline. Think of it as super premium with a price to match. Jet engines on the other hand use jet fuel with is very similar to diesel, heating oil and kerosene. They have even used vegetable oil in a test plane to see if it would... show more
Best answer: Efficiency and cost. Prop planes need high grade, high octane aviation gasoline. Think of it as super premium with a price to match. Jet engines on the other hand use jet fuel with is very similar to diesel, heating oil and kerosene. They have even used vegetable oil in a test plane to see if it would work. It did. Plus since jet fuel is so close to diesel fuel, you can burn it in diesel trucks. That is a big advantage in the military.
19 answers · 4 weeks ago