A charter flight is a trip in an airplane or helicopter that is booked for a specific destination by one person or a group of people. It is often more expensive than a normal flight, but exact pricing depends upon the type of aircraft, destination, fuel and crew charges.Continue Reading
Charter flights are often used by groups of sightseers, businessmen or sports teams. The advantage of charter flights is that the passengers have the plane or helicopter to themselves, and do not have to worry about having to interact with random passengers aboard the flight. Additionally, the flight schedule can be customized to the passenger's needs, rather than an airline's strict timetable.
The primary disadvantage to charter flights is that the person or persons who arrange for the flight are solely responsible for the associated costs. For example, if eight friends charter a plane for sightseeing, the entire cost must be paid by those eight people.Learn more about Airplanes & Helicopters
Interesting facts about flights that kids may enjoy include the fact that no other mammals besides bats can fly and that the flight data of an airplane is recorded in what is called a black box, although the box is bright orange. The cost of an airplane ticket in 1920 was $5, and kites were originally made from bamboo frames covered in silk and paper in China around 350 BC.Full Answer >
In-flight ear popping is caused by a combination of inner ear anatomy and air pressure changes caused by the different altitudes experienced during an airplane flight. Thanks to the inner ear's complex anatomy, it is normal for there to be a small amount of air inside the middle ear, which keeps the ambient air pressure around the eardrum at a relatively even level. However, when a person experiences rapid changes in elevation such as in an airline flight, the tube that supplies this air to the middle ear rapidly widens and narrows in an attempt to equalize the ear's air pressure, which can lead to blockage that is resolved with a pop.Full Answer >
Passengers can view the seat layout for a Boeing 767 airplane during the seat selection stage of online booking or on flight information sites such as SeatGuru.com or Seatmaestro.com. As seat plans vary according to the model, airline and route, a passenger enters the airline and Boeing 767 in either site's search box to view a range of seating plans or clicks Find Seat Maps and enters the airline, flight number and date to view a specific flight's seating layout.Full Answer >
The minimum safe airspeed at which an airplane can stay in flight is called stall speed, which varies with factors such as airplane weight, wing loading and altitude. A stall occurs when the wings of an airplane stop generating enough lift to counteract aerodynamic drag and the weight of the airplane.Full Answer >