Facts about commercial flying

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  1. Shithead

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    Why it's best to take a morning flight and why some landings may be deliberately bumpy: The secrets that pilots won't tell you



    If you thought you knew all about turbulence, safety and the food on board a plane then you might be pleasantly surprised by the insider knowledge a pilot might be able to offer.
    Even the most frequent of fliers might not know that morning flights tend to be smoother while some bumpy landings are deliberately hard for safety reasons.
    And for the paranoid fliers, it's probably best not to know that pilots sleep during flights and a plane gets struck by lightning around once a year.
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    If you thought you knew the ins and outs of flying, secrets revealed by pilots may shock and surprise you
    As users on Quora have revealed, some of the things that pilots won't tell you are the very things you wish you knew.
    Sometimes planes become faulty
    Although we'd like to think that planes never fail, especially when we're on board, they actually experience a surprising number of faults.
    Reported technical failures have included cockpit power outages, battery failures and even planes being flown with just half of its engines working.
    In most cases however, the faults are fixed before the flight or manages to smooth out over the course of the flight.

    The landing may be deliberately bumpy
    Almost all fliers will have experienced a bumpy landing at some point, but it's not always down to the misjudgment of the pilot.
    There are times when the pilot has to land particularly hard to prevent the plane skidding. In particular, when it's raining, the plane needs to land hard enough to break the pane of the water on the runway.
    However, since almost half of all accidents and fatalities occurs during the landing stages of the flight, you could be right to be worried.
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    Sometimes planes become faulty, for example if an engine fails, but pilots can generally work through them
    Pilots sleep during the flight
    It's alarming to think that your pilot might be asleep at the same time as you but it does happen.
    In 2012, a pilots' union survey revealed that more than half of the pilots reported that they've fallen asleep while flying a plane.
    While this is worrying to hear, there are instances when pilots are permitted to take rest breaks - for example, if their co-pilot is in charge.
    Captain Piers Applegarth, a representative of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), told MailOnline: 'Generally flights less than about 10 hours and 30 minutes only carry two pilots. For longer flights extra pilots are carried so that each pilot can have a chance to sleep and be rested for the landing.'
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    Pilots may be asleep in designated quarters, similar to those pictured above, during a long flight
    Flights are smoothest in the morning
    If you're worried about turbulence, a morning flight is your best bet.
    Most thunderstorms are reported in the afternoon and generally clear overnight, meaning there's less windy weather to contend with.
    Cooler temperatures also help as hot air rising from the ground can make a flight bumpier.
    Pilots eat different meals
    Airline pilots will probably never complain about the food served on board because they are never served the same reheated dishes as the passengers in economy.
    Instead, they are either allocated meals specifically designed for the crew or whatever the business class passengers are having. Some pilots also bring their own food on board.
    To reduce the risk of food poisoning, the captain and the co-pilot usually choose different meals.
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    Repulsed by your in-flight meal? Your pilot will probably be eating something specially prepared for them
    Just about every plane will have been struck by lightning
    Earlier this year, a passenger flying on Korean Air Lines appears to have captured the moment lightning struck the wing of her plane.
    Despite the dramatic scene, the plane was not damaged by the lightning strike.
    But incidents like this happen as often as once a year - for each plane.
    Luckily, in most instances, there's little damage to the plane.
    There's only 15 minutes worth of air in the oxygen mask
    In an an emergency situation, at high altitudes, you only have a few seconds to pull on your mask before you pass out.
    Even then, you will only have 15 minutes worth of air through the oxygen mask.
    However, the pilot should be able to lower the plane's altitude enough during this time so that you don't need to use the oxygen mask.
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    There's only about 15 minutes worth of air in the overhead masks, which fortunately is enough for a pilot to lower the plane's altitude
     
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    I don't mind the food on a plane
    I usually eat all mine and then keep half the wife's for a little later on
     
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    shouldn't you be complaining about nicknames and stuffo_O
     
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    "Get on the plane..get on the plane.." Fuck you, I'm getting IN the plane, seems to be a lot less wind in there.
     
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    I got into the mile high club this summer. Not all it's cracked up to be....
     
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    a fatr in an airplane is 5 times more potent due to elevation and such as
     
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    I always get sick after a flight. Courtesy of the crappy recycled air.
     
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    Why, wasn't he gentle with you?
     
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    Because you have to land extra hard to "break the pane of water on the runway". Ok, if you say so.
     
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    Not really evolved is he Robin? Hoo hoo hoo eats more than their portion? I mean c'mon?
     
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    Im a wuss i have a huge fear of flying
     
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    It's probably more from the things you touch.
     
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    I had a good portion of my family die in a private aircraft accident. Even though I have probably met the quota of dying in an airplane crash, i still hate flying.

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    My rule when it comes to flying is that I want two pilots and two engines. Backup is important....
     
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    Not at first...
     
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    Have a friend that was a 747 pilot, always had the Japan Route....He said they slept all the time
     
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    I think the hardest weather situation for commercial airliners to land in is gusting winds coming across the side of the plane.