How do weather delays improve safety when flying?

Weather delays can be extremely frustrating when you are trying to get somewhere.  Likewise, passengers with a fear of flying may feel a bit anxious about traveling to an airport or region that is experiencing storms. Fortunately, there is nothing to worry about, as all modern airliners can operate safely in pretty much any kind […]

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How does weather cause delays when flying?

When you are traveling somewhere, being delayed can be extremely frustrating.  Have you ever been delayed due to weather, but a friend at the destination is telling you that the weather is perfectly fine?  Or, maybe when you landed at your destination you saw that the weather was actually good, contradicting statements from the pilot […]

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What happens if the plane hits a bird?

 How dangerous is a bird strike for an airplane? What will happen to the plane? Will we be safe? Ever since the world was introduced to “Sully” Sullenberger, some passengers have been wondering what danger birds pose to their flight. How much damage could a bird or several birds do to an airplane? Just how […]

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Are “go-around’s” in an airplane unsafe? (Part II)

Even for frequent fliers, a “go-around” can be a pretty unnerving experience.  What is most important to recognize about this infrequent, but stressful event, is that the pilots have avoided what COULD have potentially been a less safe landing.  Let’s remember that pilots operate with safety as their primary concern, with strict limitations for every […]

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What happens if the plane is struck by lightning?

Under most circumstances, lightning is a beautiful, natural phenomenon. That perspective might change if you happen find yourself traveling on an airplane. So, what happens if the plane is struck by lightning? For most of the country, summertime means sunshine, warmer temperatures, and unfortunately, thunderstorms. While these storms and the associated heavy rain and bolts […]

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Fear of Flying Contributing Factors

The fear of flying that many people experience can be activated or amplified by a variety of factors (approximately 20% of the US population admits to having some kind of fear or anxiety of flying).  After all, flying is not a very natural act.  People were not born with wings, and while we are all […]

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Can a Plane Fly Through a Hurricane?

Still not sure that you think the airplane can withstand the worst turbulence?  Well, it’s hard to imagine any more turbulent of air than that of a hurricane. When these storms make landfall they have been known to tear apart houses and buildings in addition to flinging cars and boats through the air. They are […]

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What causes turbulence when flying?

  What causes turbulence? When and where is it most likely to occur? Is flying through turbulence safe? How do pilots avoid turbulence? (Turbulence Part I) Once of the most common causes of anxiety on airplanes, even for the most seasoned flyers, is turbulence. In the atmosphere, turbulence is defined as “a state of fluid […]

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Do we really need to switch our devices into airplane mode when flying?

Many passengers have wondered…. “How important is it to switch your Personal Electronic Devices (PED’s) into airplane mode? The flight attendants say that these electronics can interfere with airplane communications and navigation systems, but is that really true? They seem to make such a big deal about it.” In the recent past, there have even […]

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