Did you know? Part 1

1. You do not need a degree to become a pilot, even though one can go a long way to making you more marketable.

2. A pilot must have 20/20 vision, with or without corrective lenses to become a civil airline pilot.

3. Research indicates that a lot of people fall in love with flight attendants at first sight more than any other profession.

4. 21 flight attendants work in an A380, the world’s biggest passenger airliner working in 5 galleries. They have rest compartments with beds provided for napping during long haul flights.

5. About 2 in 5 people have some fear of flying or Avia phobia.

6. Most pilots and copilots on major airlines are not allowed to eat the same food to avoid the possibility of food poisoning affecting the entire flight crew.

7. English is the international language of flight. All flight controllers and commercial pilots who fly on international flights are required to speak English.

8. The world’s busiest airport by passenger volume is the Hartsfiled-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, at over 96 million passengers per year. Beijing Capital International Airport is in second place at 86 million passengers and catching up to first spot fast.

9. Contrary to popular belief Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is the busiest in terms of landings and takeoffs and not London’s Heathrow International Airport or Dubai International airport.

10. The risk of being killed in a plane crash for the average American is 1 in 11 million. the risk of being killed in a car accident is 1 in 5000.

11. Between 43% and 54 % of pilots surveyed in the UK, Norway and Sweden have admitted to have fallen asleep while flying a passenger plane. One third of them stated that when they woke up they discovered their copilots had also fallen asleep.

12. Doha to Auckland on Qatar Airways flight QR920 is the world’s longest commercial flight at 14,535km taking a massive 14 hours 23 minutes crossing 10 different time zones. The return leg is even longer by time at 17 hours 30 minutes because of headwinds.

13. KLM (Koninklije Luchtvaart Maatschappij) meaning Royal Dutch Airlines is the world’s oldest airline, established in 1919. Qantas (Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service) is the second oldest, established in 1920.

14. The atmosphere in an airliner’s cabin dries out a person’s nose and the changing air pressure numbs about a 1/3 of a person’s taste buds. This is one reason why airlines add a lot of spices and salt to their foods.

15. 75% of all in flight arguments between grown adults are a result of economy passengers reclining their seats. Grow up.

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