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There’s no age minimum for learning to fly.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, you must be 16 to take lessons or to get a pilot’s license. No special learner’s permits are needed to take lessons. The FAA imposed its age minimum for flying lessons after the 1996 death of a 7-year-old trying to become the youngest pilot to fly across the country.
Turbulence is uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, but won’t cause the plane to fall from the sky.
Turbulence, which is caused by the collision of air masses moving at different velocities, can make a plane bounce as it flies, much like a boat traveling over choppy water. The plane can also drop suddenly as much as 20 feet during turbulence. But turbulence, no matter how severe, will not cause planes to drop out of the sky. However, the sudden drops and bouncing that comes with turbulence can be dangerous for passengers who are not wearing their seatbelts, and is the leading cause of in-flight injuries.
Flaps help steer the plane right or left.
Flaps on airplane wings increase the lift of the plane at low speeds, allowing the plane to fly slowly. It’s why you see the flaps extend when a plane slows for landing. Ailerons, another airplane part that are also located on the wings, move up and down and help a plane turn right or left.
General aviation refers to all flights in the air, including helicopters and gliders.
General aviation refers to all flights that aren’t scheduled, such as private airplanes and chartered flights. It doesn’t include helicopters, gliders and experimental aircraft.
If a plane is hit by lightning while flying, there’s generally no harm to the passengers or the plane.
Airplanes are fitted with static wicks that draw off electrical charges that collect on the metal body. Lightning that hits a plane — a common occurrence that happens all the time — will dissipate harmlessly through.
An airplane will drop out of the sky if the engines fail.
If all the engines went out on a jet plane while it was in the air, the aircraft would glide. Most commercial jet aircraft are built to glide approximately 15 feet for every foot of descent. So an airplane at 35,000 feet that experiences engine failure could glide for about 100 miles.
There is no such thing as an air pocket.
Planes are always surrounded by air. When a plane drops suddenly, it isn’t hitting an air pocket, although it’s a common expression. It’s simply going through a downward air current.
The most dangerous part of a flight is takeoff and landing.
During takeoff and landing, airplanes are vulnerable to windshear– rapidly changing wind currents that can lead a plane to lose control. To help reduce the dangers of encountering windshear, Doppler radar systems help airports detect windshear conditions, while all airlines have on-board windshear detection.
Becoming a pilot takes lots of time and money.
According to the FAA, a private pilot license requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time. Most student pilots log closer to 60-80 hours in preparation for their final test flight. To obtain a license, the fees for all the required lessons and flight time can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $9,000, depending on the region.
According to the FAA, a private pilot license requires a minimum of 40 hours of flight time. Most student pilots log closer to 60-80 hours in preparation for their final test flight. To obtain a license, the fees for all the required lessons and flight time can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000, depending on the region.
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