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by on October 29, 2016
Thrust Reversers There will be cases when the aircraft is required to land on runways that are shorter than those for which the aircraft can normally land. It is also beneficial to use less runway than that available in order to have a safety margin in the event of a failure. Although the brakes on the aircraft are designed to be adequate under all normal operating conditions, the engine can assist in shortening the landing distance by using the thrust reversal systems.In this system the en...
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by on September 3, 2016
​WHY DO COMMERCIAL AIRPLAnes fly at 36,000 feet ?   The short answer? They don’t -- at least, not all the time. Even though it does always seem like the captain says, "We’ve reached our cruising altitude of 36,000ft" before switching off the seat belt sign. So what determines the altitude at which your flight cruises? We wanted to know, and asked three commercial pilots for the lowdown.  There is an ideal altitude Basically, the higher a plane flies, the thinner the air is. This is both good a...
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by on September 3, 2016
Climate Control at 36,000 ft The refrigeration cycle has been around since the mid 1800’s and has since become an integral part of our everyday lives. For anyone who doesn’t already know how basic refrigeration works, it is fundamentally important to understand the basics of this cycle before understanding climate control at 36,000ft, here is a step by step description: The cycle begins with the compression of gas (now commonly ammonia) which in turn becomes hot when pressurized. This high p...
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