How much do you really know about aviation? Obviously there’s a lot to know, and some things are more important than others, especially when you’re learning to fly. At the same time, there are some interesting facts that you might not know. Maybe they’ll come in handy during pilot trivia night. In this article, we’ll take a look at some interesting and little known facts about the aviation world. Some are useful, some are just fun. Enjoy!
Pilots Eat a Different Meal
Different airlines have different rules about meals. However, there is one rule which is common to the vast majority of commercial airlines. The rule is that pilots must be fed the same multi-course meal given to those in the first and business class. Co-pilots are encouraged to eat different entrees to mitigate the risk of all pilots getting food poisoning.
The Boeing 747 Has Six Million Parts
The Boeing 747 is the most well-known wide-body commercial airliner and cargo transport aircraft in the world. The jumbo jet is recognized as the first huge body aircraft ever manufactured. The massive jet is comprised of six million parts. The design and engineering of this famous aircraft is an achievement that is hard to match, thus the longevity of the famed plane.
80% of the Population has as Fear of Flying
The fear of heights is called acrophobia. Aerophobia is the fear of flying. Acrophobia causes a person to fear to be far from the ground. People with acrophobia may not only fear flying but may equally fear being on a high floor of a building or even climbing a ladder.
The World’s Busiest Commercial Airport
The busiest commercial airport in the world is the Hartsfield – Jackson Airport (ATL) in Atlanta. Based on its passenger traffic the airport has been the busiest starting in 1998. The metric used to determine the busy factor is based on flights taking off and landing. The airport averages over 260,000 passengers every day.
Only 5% of the World’s Population Have Been on an Airplane
This one seems like a shocker. Although the aviation sector is rapidly growing, and nearly everyone you know has flown, according to statistics only 5% of the world’s population has ever flown in an airplane. The number is skewed because many people, especially from underdeveloped regions, have never had the opportunity to fly. At the same time, a small minority of the world’s population flies regularly.
The World’s Most Frequent Flyer
Tom Stuker logged just over 1,000,000 miles in a single year, all in first class. Overall, he has traveled over 10 million miles. The 59-year-old Chicago native and New Jersey resident says he’s flown many of those mile working as an independent consultant and sales trainer for automobile dealerships around the world.
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