The largest plane in the world. Nearly as big as a football field from nose to tail and wingtip to wingtip. Originally built to transport a space plane.
Airport with the longest runway in the world is QamdoBangda Airport in the People’s Republic of China with 5.50 kilometers in length (as of 2011).
Plane exhaust kills more people than plane crashes. Approximately, 10,000 people are killed annually from toxic pollutants from airplanes.
The oxygen masks in an airplane only hold enough oxygen to last approximately fifteen minutes, which is long enough for the plane can reach a low enough altitude to have breathable air.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport’s air traffic control tower measuring 132.2m (434ft) high is the tallest ATC tower in the world.
The controllers equipped with the tower get a 360-degree view of the 32.4km per square surface area of the airport.
The Little Black Box Isn’t Indestructible. If the black box is the lone survivor of almost every serious plane crash, why isn’t the entire plane made of this magic material? The answer is that a plane made of the same material – steel, that is – would be too heavy to fly. “But Superman does it,” you say. Listen, Superman does a lot of things we can’t explain. The little black box can be destroyed by the crushing weight of airplane wings or an inferno of jet fuel anyway, so really, nothing can save you.
You have a better chance of avoiding delays if you fly earlier in the day. A former airport customer service agent Travis O’Neal, “As a general rule, the later in the day you travel, the more likely you are to catch a delay.”
The plane has backup systems. Ninety-six per cent of jetliners Boeing delivers today are twin jets, meaning they have two engines. These planes can fly on only one engine for extended periods of time, and fly on routes laid out to keep them within a safe distance of an airport at all times, should one fail. The probability of both engines failing at the same time is less than one in a billion hours of flight.
Why can’t you take a bottle of water through security?
Even the best people at airplane trivia might not know why bottled water is such a no-no in security lines. You can’t take a bottle of water through security because it causes both safety and time issues. While TSA security scanners are advanced, they have trouble telling a full bottle of water apart from a bottle of chemicals. TSA allows liquids in small doses, but they have to go through separate from your carry-on luggage.
Those white lines in the sky are called vapor trails or contrails, and they are the result of aviation fuel being burned. When the fuel is burned, it produces carbon dioxide and water, which condenses into tiny droplets behind a plane in the air. If you pay close attention, you can see that there’s always a gap between a plane and the vapor trails—that’s because it takes time for the gas to form as droplets. The more you know!