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  • I'm told that this is true, but I can't imagine why. It seems like the fact that there is less air would somehow make the engines less efficient... But that probably just shows how little I know abo...

  • Some airlines, I am thinking of Delta particularly, have dark underbellies on their liveries. Is this only aesthetic or is there a purpose for it?

  • When planes come off the assembly line at the factory, they're green: So why are most painted white? Surely a darker colour would hide dirt better? Is there a reason planes are traditionally whi...

  • One thing I guess a lot of people wonder is: what happens you flush the toilet in an aeroplane? Does it fall out the belly of the plane and disintegrate? :)

  • I'm wondering if large A3x0/B7x7 airliners could be operated without ground support. Short of using the inflatable slides, I guess at least stairs would be required to load/unload passengers. Appart f...

  • What are these things hanging off the trailing edge of the wing? I've seen them in almost all of the aircraft I've flown in, and can't remember if they're exclusively Boeing or Airbus.

  • Can someone explain why the aircraft would fly in an arc using the satellite as a reference point? Have I missed something?

  • Normal commercial jets drop gas masks when cabin pressure drops, and supply oxygen, but, where does that oxygen come from? Do commercial jets store oxygen? If they do, isn't pressurised oxygen very fl...

  • During initial flight training a lot of emphasis is placed on stalls and spins and how to recover from them, but is it possible to recover from a fully developed spin in an airliner? Do these large aircraft have enough rudder authority to pull it off? Has it ever been done? And is it part of the training for specific type ratings? (in a simulator of course)

  • I understand that a large(r) commercial jet slows down after landing using the following methods: Wheel brakes Reverse thrust Spoilers/flaps/airbrakes What is the effectiveness of each compared to the others? What if one of the first 2 fails? Can an airliner usually be stopped without using wheel brakes or without using reverse thrust? And what if the runway is slick because of rain, snow or ice? Does that change the equation?

  • I was trying to explain to someone why the cabin is pressurized (no one wants hypoxia) and that led to discussion about the emergency oxygen masks available on airliners. If a person didn't put on th...

  • I'd imagine there are probably reasons behind the choice of food that airlines serve, and I'm wondering what those reasons are? I guess that Air India probably serves more curries than American Airli...

  • Is it possible that a commercial airliner could hit the ocean surface at such an angle that it made a deep dive intact, got filled with water, sank, and got stuck in mud at the floor of the ocean?

  • On a commercial airliner, there is a hole in one of the layer of the passenger windows. See here: and here: Or in more detail: Can you explain the physical reasons for this design choice?

  • Recently, the crew of an Indian airline performed a short choreographed dance sequence mid-flight on the occasion of Holi. This is, a not so rare practice amongst low-cost Indian carriers, who organiz...

  • This question shows a couple of air hostesses dancing during mid-flight and the co-pilot came out of the cabin to record it. This made me wonder: Can flight crew or passengers moving around in fli...

  • On commercial flights, in part of the pre-flight safety demonstration, you're told in the event of a crash, not to inflate your life vest until you're outside the airplane — why is this?

  • With all the searching on the surface of the Indian Ocean for evidence of Flt. 370, I'm wondering if there's any conceivable scenario in which the Boeing 777 could have sunk without producing any floa...

  • How does autobrake work? Gabriel Brito

    An autobrake is a type of automatic wheel-based hydraulic brake system for advanced airplanes. The autobrake is normally enabled during takeoff and landing procedures, when the aircraft's longitudi...

  • I'm just curious as to what the noises are that you can hear as a passenger in the cabin of an airliner? For example (ignore the crew talking), the noise at 7:09 - 7:30 on this video; is that the flaps? What other sounds might a passenger be able to spot?