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When your plane touches down but doesn’t land

It's the end of a long flight as the Boeing 777 approaches the airport, a destination known for strong crosswinds on blustery days like this. Reaching for the runway, the huge plane flares, floats a little, then touches down with a wiggle. But instead of hearing the roar of reverse thrust and feeling powerful brakes start to slow the plane, the passengers are pushed back into their seats as the 777's massive and mighty GE90 turbofans quickly spool up to takeoff thrust.

2019-03-15T13:10:16+00:00 December 17th, 2018|

How Airlines Are Powering Airplanes With Biofuels

It’s been 10 years since a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam on the first test flight of an airliner powered by a mix of jet fuel and biofuels. Passenger flights in biofueled planes began three years later, and by June of this year, more than 130,000 flights had operated with what’s known more precisely as SAF, for “sustainable aviation fuel”. That isn’t to say that your next flight will be fueled by leftover oil from a deep fryer. Far from it.

2019-03-15T14:36:06+00:00 December 8th, 2018|

Six reasons why its cool to be a pilot

The magic of flight has fascinated us for well over a century. There are those who are content to sit on the ground and watch aircraft soar overhead. Many of us are excited to be passengers, modern-day jetsetters who travel the globe. But for some, the passion for flight is overwhelming, and the need to fly becomes a lifelong obsession. CNN Travel spoke to six pilots, who told us why it's cool to be a pilot.

2018-09-15T10:50:28+00:00 August 6th, 2018|

What it takes to get a plane ready between flights

Airplanes don’t make money sitting on the ground. That’s why the time from landing to takeoff is an efficiently choreographed dance of people and equipment. Known as a turnaround, or “turn” in industry parlance, it’s an airline’s version of a Formula One or NASCAR pit stop. The goal is to get an airliner back in the air as quickly as possible.

2018-09-15T11:10:30+00:00 July 12th, 2018|