5 Things You Don’t Know About Flying

If you have ever stepped aboard a plane, you may have spotted a feature and not known its purpose. From the airplane window hole to the plane’s acceleration motion, we are going to provide the answers to some of your unexplained flying questions.

The Acceleration

Have you ever experienced a dipping sensation when an aeroplane has accelerated or slowed down? If so, you have probably felt like the plane is moving up and down, but it is not dipping at all. You might not realize there are three tiny hairs in your ears that can measure acceleration, which will provide an illusion that you are moving up and down.

The Window Hole

If you are lucky enough to have enjoyed the window seat on a flight, you may well have noticed the little hole in the window. You should feel safe in the knowledge to know that the little hole has been perfectly calculated for flight safety and is responsible for allowing air to flow between the three panes of acrylic in the window, taking the stress of the middle pane should the outer window pane crack or suffer a breach. Each pane has a specific purpose on a plane. The outer pane maintains the cabin’s pressure, whilst the inside pane is a failsafe addition.

Engine Noise After Take Off

Have you ever noticed the engine becomes much quieter after take-off? That is because the airline is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint, whilst reducing their overheads. Once a flight has taken off and reached a safe altitude, the pilot will swap to climb-thrust, which is an eco-friendly setting.

Bumpier Flights

Have you noticed flights have become a little bumpier? Most scientists will agree that climate change has resulted in bumpier flights, and they are set to become a little less comfortable in the future, as the Earth’s temperature is expected to rise by a few degrees over the next century. According to scientists, increased carbon monoxide in the atmosphere results in high-altitude wind currents that are created by the different temperatures between the tropics and poles.

However, there is no need to worry, because Slack & Davis, Aviation Accident Lawyers, recently created an infographic to prove that flights are actually safer than they were many decades ago. For instance, there were approximately 4,147 airplane accidents in 1974, 1,915 accidents in 1994 and 1,025 in 2014.

Flights at Night

Have you ever wondered why the dim the lights at night time on a flight? That is the airline’s way of attempting to help your eyesight, because it is not good for your eyes to go from a bright surrounding to a dark surrounding when you step off the plane.

So, the next time you step onto a flight for business or pleasure, you can turn to your seat mate and tell them how that little window hole is integral to flight safety, or how the acceleration works on the plane.


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