It's estimated that there are around 5,000 planes in the air over the United States at any given time. There are probably a couple of thousand more airplanes flying in other parts of the world, and about 500,000 people are in those planes.Continue Reading
Most of the planes are in flight over the U.S., Europe and East Asia; fewer fly over Africa, South America and Australia. There are more planes in the air during daylight hours than during the night.
During the course of a day, about 87,000 flights are undertaken in the U.S. skies, and of those, probably one-third are commercial flights. On an average day, U.S. air traffic controllers handle 28,537 commercial flights, 27,178 private plane flights, 24,548 planes for hire flights, 5,260 military flights and 2,148 cargo flights.
The amount of fuel used by all these planes is staggering. For example, it's estimated that on a flight from London, U.K., to Singapore in Southeast Asia, a distance of 6,741 miles, a Boeing 747 will use approximately 1,523 barrels of jet fuel.
Another factor of air flight is the CO2 emissions from each plane. According to the Air Transport Action Group, air flights worldwide produced 705 million tons of CO2 in 2013. People are being encouraged to fly only when it's absolutely necessary and to use a reputable and recognized carbon offset scheme when traveling by air.Learn more about Airplanes & Helicopters
As of 2015, the type of planes that can be found at the various aircraft graveyards in the deserts of the United States include a mix of both military and commercial planes. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, which is also know as The Boneyard, is the storage place of disused military aircraft, such as Hercules freighters, F-14 Tomcat fighters and A10 Thunderbolts. Commercial aircraft disposal sites contains retired airplane models, such as the A300-600R jetliner.Full Answer >
Smaller airlines or scrap companies buy commercial aircraft that are no longer used, or the owners put the planes in airplane graveyards for storage until needed. Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico have the largest storage facilities for retired planes in the United States.Full Answer >
Commercial planes typically cruise at altitudes between 36,000 and 40,000 feet. Most airliners are not allowed to fly higher than 45,000 feet. The highest altitude recorded for a commercial flight was set by the Concorde, which ascended to 60,000 feet.Full Answer >
To buy an ultralight aircraft kit, learn all you can about ultralights and kit planes at websites such as EAA.org and KitPlanes.com, and then research available models online at websites such as BeliteAircraft.net and QuickSilverAircraft.com. After you decide on a model, visit the manufacturer's website to purchase the kit.Full Answer >