Types of air transportation include commercial airplanes, helicopters, seaplanes, blimps and hot air balloons. Two of these, blimps and hot hair balloons, are reserved for recreational purposes, and are not used to transport people one destination to another.Continue Reading
Commercial airplanes are the most common way that people are transported through the air. Point-to-point services provided by commercial airline services help people travel quickly from airport to airport, since air travel is much faster than ground travel. Helicopters also transport people through the air. Helicopters, however, are much more limited when it comes to passenger space and can only transport a few people at a time, whereas some commercial airplanes can transport hundreds.
Seaplanes are small airplanes that are also equipped to float. They are usually utilized for travel to island destinations or to destinations where water is prominent. Like helicopters, they are limited in the amount of passengers that they can accommodate.
Blimps and hot air balloons transport people for recreational purposes. They cover a limited area that enables tourists to see a location on a larger scope than if they tried to view the area from the ground. Blimps used to be a form of commercial transport but are no longer.Learn more about Airplanes & Helicopters
Jet engines propel airplanes forward by sucking in air at the front of the turbine, compressing the air to raise its pressure, spraying the pressurized air with fuel and igniting it. The resulting explosion is forced out the nozzle in the back of the engine, producing considerable forward force.Full Answer >
Most airplanes have their fuel tanks located in the wings, but some aircraft will also have fuel tanks within their air frame. The positioning of the fuel tanks within the wings is done to help with a stable center of gravity, which is due to the weight of the fuel on both sides of the aircraft being even.Full Answer >
Any aircraft that is heavier than air, can sustain flight due to its design, yet does not use an engine can be classified as a glider. There are three major categories of glider: sailplanes, paragliders and hang gliders.Full Answer >
The exact number of blimps in the world is not known with complete accuracy. Van Wagner Aerial Media, a company that offers blimp advertising services, estimates that about 20 to 25 blimps exist as of Sept. 2014. Of these, 13 are in active use.Full Answer >