Pilot Answers Passenger’s Frequently Asked Questions About Air Travel
A pilot trains for years before they’re allowed to sit behind the controls of their first commercial flight. Along the way, they develop the skills they need to fly planes. Not only this but they develop relationships, gain stories and maybe even get a few funny aviation t-shirts! A lot of people take pilots for granted, just thinking they are someone who can get them from A to B. But they work extremely hard to gain the qualifications needed for their job. After all, a journey on flights can be very taxing for your body irrespective of whether you are flying for the first time or you are a frequent flyer. As the giant metal machine body travels several thousand feet above the ground, people are bound to get curious about their travel. There are many things which go inside the airplane which make people curious.
Here, a pilot is trying to answer one of the most frequently asked questions. Have a look.
1 Why there is spirals in turbines?
Very few people know how airplanes are designed. There are hundreds of pieces which are assembled together to form the airplane that we see. One of it is turbines. They are so powerful that it can suck things close to it. The modern turbines also have an indicator to ward off any accident.
2 What will happen in case of engines getting stopped?
It worries many passengers that what will happen in case when the engines will stop on an air plane. In case this happens, the pilots shift the plane to zero leverage mode where planes can still move. It is said that the plane can still land safely. It has happened many times.
3 Which among these is worst scenario: bird-hit, hailstorm, lightening?
In case of lightning, even if it lead to blackout, the pilots are trained to reboot the system and make everything normal. When in hailstorm, it can actually cause damage to exteriors. But, bad weathers can also be predicted in advance. Bird hit is very difficult to cope with. It can damage the exterior or cause fire. Planes generate noise to scare the birds.
4 Why planes make circles before landing?
People often start wondering when planes make circles before landing. The pilots do such things to adjust the plane in the direction of landing spot. They may also be trying to avoid animal or strong winds while making circles.
5 Is plane equipped to land on automatic mode?
The modern air planes are equipped with automatic mode feature which actually guides them for a safe landing on the ground. But, the pilots are actually in control of everything. They monitor and coordinate with the airport to execute safe landing.
6 Can a normal person execute landing?
The features in modern-day airplanes can allow normal people to execute safe landing. Flight attendants have a good chance of doing it without the proper training. The computer system guides them properly and landing team also assist them in the process.
7 If a baby is born on the plane, which country’s citizenship they will be having?
The citizenship can be decided between the country of the airplane, exact location where the baby was born and the country where the plane had landed. Many people go for the first option. Many airlines offer lifetime free travel to the newborn babies.
8 Should people applaud pilots?
This is not something which is compulsory. But, most of the pilots stand at the exit doors after safe landing. They enjoy shaking hands with the passenger while standing at the doors. People sometimes gift them for successful landing.
9 Which among rough landing on ground or water is better?
There are always life-threatening scenarios which play in the minds of passengers. In the case of emergency landing, it is better to land on the ground as landing on water may cause flooding. People can get drowned. Chances of survival is higher when the plane lands on ground.
10 Is oxygen masks really beneficial?
The oxygen masks work for 10-15 minutes which is a time enough for the pilots to descend the plane to an altitude where people can breathe normally. The oxygen masks that are available to pilots are made to last longer as they are the ones who are in control of the plane.
11 Why parachutes are not provided to passengers?
Most of the people believe that parachutes can save their lives. But, it is also a fact that very few people actually know how to use a parachute. It is not always safe to jump out of the plane. They are also costly and may not be a perfect option when in danger.
12 Why pilots fly in the same air plane with passengers?
It is a thing to note that sometimes the pilots also need to travel from one airport to the other. In such a scenario, they travel with the passengers. While doing so, they are restricted from sleeping, eating and watching movies. There is a rationale behind such restrictions. It is done to ensure that passengers do not get panicked by seeing pilot sleeping.
13 Do pilots sleep in the cockpit?
If the statistics are to be believed, as many as 56 per cent of the pilots have fallen asleep during journey. The automatic mode of the air plane help the modern planes these days but the pilots are also required to be attentive as they need to be in constant touch with air traffic controllers. If there is a long trip, there can be 3 pilots in the air plane. One of them might take rest in special room.
14 What is the way to access cockpit when it is locked?
People are very curious about the cockpit. They want to see it from inside. But, the cockpit can only be opened by entering special code which has been given to flight attendants. When flight attendants enter the special code, it takes a minute for the door to get open. However, the pilots have the power to deny entry despite getting the special code. They can do so after seeing the person on CCTV cameras.
15 What is the diet of pilots when they are in the sky?
Generally, the pilots are served food which is different from what is served to the passengers. The pilots can order the food from the cockpit. Both the pilots are given different foods to rule out any chances of food poisoning. However, there are some flights which also serves the same food that are being served to passengers.
16 Can pilots be allowed to have beard?
Beard and piercings are mostly avoided for pilots. There is a restriction on facial hair because they will face difficulty in putting oxygen masks at the time of emergency. They are generally clean-shaven as they need to show a very clean image to passengers.