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Can cameras and LCD screens replace cabin windows?
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Note that the windows are a safety feature: You need to see outside in case of emergency, e.g. to know which side of the plane is surrounded by flames, or how deep in the water you are. This is ...

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What would prevent a solar powered aircraft staying aloft forever?
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The most common failures in planes start with: a human mistake or a mechanical failure. Where, of course, mechanical failures are much more likely to happen on moving parts. Satellites have very ...

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Is there any "instrument take-off system"?
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As Simon mentions, there are the Standard Instrument Departure procedures. They need not be that precise. Remember that in landing, 50 ft verctial or in lateral (left/right) deviation can easily lead ...

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Is it the engines or the fuselage that limits service ceiling?
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The only 2 problems of the fuselage is pressure and temperature. Pressure is not that much a problem, because the pressure difference will never be more than 1 atm. (The pressure at 50k ft is not that ...

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What are the limits to lateral Centre of Gravity imbalances?
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The weight imbalance is serious. There is even a fuel balance valve in most jets and a warning for fuel imbalance. However, this valve played a significant role in the accident of Air Transat Flight ...

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Do pilots adjust the aircraft's flight path to allow for the curvature of the Earth?
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I'm missing one thing mentioned in the answers. The point is: They say that the gravitational force and the lift force's vertical component have to be equal to make the plane fly levelled. This is not ...

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How can you calculate the gliding distance for a remote controlled jet?
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I think the only way is to test it. Choose a day with very calm wind. Set the plane up for fixed speed anywhere between obviously-lower-than-best-glide-speed and obviously-higher-than-best-glide-...

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Why does the static pressure inside the cockpit vary from outside static pressure?
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The physical effect that causes this drop is call the Bernoulli Effect. To compute anything reasonable, you would need to use the Compressible flow equation. From this point of view, it would be ...

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Can a few random interaction with cockpit controls result in a crash?
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Fly at max speed, deploy the flaps (one lever movement, the flaps take couple seconds to deploy to the first position). They are not built to withstand this, so there's quite a chance they'll rip off ...

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