We can travel using any kind of transportation mode. One of the most preferred is airplane. However, there are many things that we might not know about flying. We just use the service and enjoy the flight. In fact, many things you already knew might probably untrue when you listen to the people involved in the cockpit such as pilots and flight attendances. There are many things they know that we don’t and it is such interesting thing to find out.
Some misconceptions about flying many of us don’t know
Many people believe that the plane flies itself. Is it true then? However, the pilots themselves say that it is untrue. Even when the plane is on ‘autopilot’ doesn’t mean it flies by itself in the sky. In fact, many travelers believe that the plane lands itself. In reality, all the flying and landing are entirely done manually by the pilot.
About automation landing
Pilots say that there is indeed an automatic landing but it only happens maybe a couple per year. Even so, the plane still needs to be operated by the pilot. Pilots don’t steer a wheel for the entire flight but the buttons and all automation only work based on what they are told to do. And the pilot is the one who can tell what they have to do, when to do, how to do, and where to do it. Pilots usually control the plane and use different automation depending on the circumstances. Pilots are the one who have full control to execute the flight and make changes when needed.
Can plane fly itself then?
A plane can indeed fly itself but only for short period. However, it can just fly itself for the entire flight because unlike a car driver, a pilot should be cautious of his left, right, up, and down. Hence, pilots can just let the plane in automation the entire time. Sometimes a pilot should wrestle with the plane in certain situations. Automation just there to help make pilot’s job a little bit easier.
Turbulence is normal
Many air travelers are worried and concerned about experiencing turbulence during a flight. However, it is very common thing for pilots. They even consider turbulence as something normal during flight. The number of encounter with strong turbulence is increased due to the climate change. It has potential to make a flight a bumpier experience for passengers. However, passengers will be safe as long as they follow safety protocols during a flight such as wearing seatbelt when they are told to.
Window seat over aisle seats
Travelers have their own preference when it comes to seating arrangement on the plane. Some prefer aisle seat to make theme easier to move. Meanwhile, some other prefer window seats to rest better without any disturbance from their seatmate. From pilot perspective, window seats are better because it can enhance flight experience. There are many things to see from the windows from the air. It gives unique perspectives.