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Plane Answers: Single-engine taxi, engine-out flight and ATC confusion

Plane Answers: Single-engine taxi, engine-out flight and ATC confusion Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Julie asks: Recently on a short flight on a de Havilland Dash 8, I...

Plane Answers: Aircraft inspections, air filtration and stalls

Plane Answers: Aircraft inspections, air filtration and stalls Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! John asks: Hi Kent, I'm a aviation nut and I've always been curious...

Plane Answers: Do airliners ever intentionally takeoff without flaps?

Plane Answers: Do airliners ever intentionally takeoff without flaps? Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Just a note, we're moving Plane Answers to Mondays. The question...

Plane Answers: Route planning, shunning reverse-thrust and side-sticks

Plane Answers: Route planning, shunning reverse-thrust and side-sticks Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Vivian asks: Hi Kent, I enjoy your column very much and I have a...

Plane Answers: Runway numbers, climbs and descents, becoming a pilot

Plane Answers: Runway numbers, climbs and descents, becoming a pilot Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Dave asks: I am a frequent flyer on several airlines (SW, UAL,...

Plane Answers: Trailing cones, Vegas takeoffs and crew bases

Plane Answers: Trailing cones, Vegas takeoffs and crew bases Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Richard asks a technical question: I have seen several photos of...

Plane Answers: Rudder pedals, window shades and a call out for an actress

Plane Answers: Rudder pedals, window shades and a call out for an actress Welcome to Gadling's Friday feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Lee asks: How is it that the plane stays straight as it's...

Plane Answers: Customs, hurricanes and those annoying 'dings.'

Plane Answers: Customs, hurricanes and those annoying 'dings.' Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Michael asks: How are customs and immigration inspections handled...

Plane Answers: Are pilots more likely to divorce?

Plane Answers: Are pilots more likely to divorce? When we first started the Plane Answers column at Gadling, the very first question that came in had to do with pilots and divorces. I thought about it for a few months, did some research and so far I've only been able to come up with an opinion based entirely on anecdotal...

Plane Answers: More takeoff and landing fears

Plane Answers: More takeoff and landing fears A number of questions came in this week relating to takeoffs and landings, and a few issues that passengers worry about. So, we'll continue on last week's Takeoff and Landing theme. Eric asks this timely question: I would like to know what purpose the wing flaps play in take...

Plane Answers: Takeoff and landing concerns

Plane Answers: Takeoff and landing concerns Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! We've had some great questions lately and I'm finally getting around...

Plane Answers: Breathe Normally?

Plane Answers: Breathe Normally? Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Dr. Roland asks: Hello Kent,I've been flying for years and can't get...

Plane Answers: A rant in favor of cell phones on airplanes

Plane Answers: A rant in favor of cell phones on airplanes Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Bud vents a little frustration: There is no data whatsoever that...

Plane Answers: 767 winglets, flight directors and oceanic flying

Plane Answers: 767 winglets, flight directors and oceanic flying Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Paul asks: Hi Kent,My question is about winglets. We see most of the...

Plane Answers: The outlook for pilot hiring

Plane Answers: The outlook for pilot hiring Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! When I started Plane Answers a few months ago, one of the most...

Plane Answers: Medical issues for pilots and the FAA

Plane Answers: Medical issues for pilots and the FAA Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Tom asks an interesting question: Hi Kent, I am a big fan of your...

Plane Answers: Radio altimeters, 737 rudder safety and 757/767 flying differences

Plane Answers: Radio altimeters, 737 rudder safety and 757/767 flying differences Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Martin asks: Upon landing a bigger plane... Is there a sensor or...

Plane Answers: Do challenging airports require special training for pilots?

Plane Answers: Do challenging airports require special training for pilots? Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Mike asks an interesting question: Hi Kent, I know you've probably...

Plane Answers: Is "Free Flight" the answer to ATC delays?

Plane Answers: Is Welcome to Gadling's feature, Plane Answers, where our resident airline pilot, Kent Wien, answers your questions about everything from takeoff to touchdown and beyond. Have a question of your own? Ask away! Kent: I know a lot has been written lately about airport delays, I...

Plane Answers: Overcoming the fear of flying

Plane Answers: Overcoming the fear of flying This week we've had many questions that all ran along the same lines; how to overcome Aviophobia, or the fear of flying. Most people who suffer from this fear are well aware of the statistics that show that air travel is the safest form of travel, and no amount of assurances...

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