Top 10 Odd Facts about Airplanes

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aerophobia

Even though flying makes a lot of us feel uncomfortable, the actual number of people that experience aerophobia is relatively low, and only 3 out of 100 people suffer from overwhelming fear of flights so much that they have to give up on the idea of flying. This is obviously unfortunate, since taking a plane is the only way to reach a lot of destinations in the world.

 

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black box

Everyone has probably heard of a black box – a special device that records every second of the flight and every event that happens during the flight. However, the black box is neither a box, nor is it black. The device is shaped as a ball and is usually painted orange or fiery red, which makes it easier to detect the device in case of a plane crash.

 

3.

airplane safety

Contrary to popular belief, airplanes are, in fact, the safest means of transportation. The chance for an plane to crash is as little as 0,00001%. An individual is 3 times more likely to get killed while walking down the street than while traveling by plane.

 

4.

robot pilot

Most of the time of the flight modern planes are piloted by a robot pilot, which makes it possible for human pilots to watch the machines and have snacks or read a newspaper at the same time. Even though doing this is officially prohibited, most pilots prefer to combine controlling the flight and doing other activities.

 

5.

Fuel

Planes are filled up with fuel before every flight. However, if you’re interested in aviation, you might know that in case of any kind of emergency pilots are required to land the plane in the nearest airport. This requirement is closely connected to the price of the fuel: aircraft fuel is so expensive that companies would suffer huge losses if any of it was wasted.

 

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