Ten Neat Facts About Aviation

Graphic of an airplane taking off from a runway with superimposed text.

1. Only 5% of the world’s population has ever traveled by plane.

Source: 24 Facts About Aviation, Surprise Ride

2. Air travel is the second safest form of transportation. Only the elevator and escalator are safer, although it would take quite some time to travel 1,000 miles on an escalator.

Source: 50 Useless Aviation Facts, Confessions of a Trolley Dolly

3. In 2014, Chicago O’Hare International Airport overtook Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as the airport with the most passengers per year.

Source: 15 Incredible Behind-the-Scenes Airport Facts, mental_floss

4. Airbus developers have their eyes set for the future, including some out-of-this-world designs such as a see-through plane where passengers can have an almost 360 degree view of what’s around them as they fly.

Source: 6 Airplane Fun Facts, Keystone Aviation

5. Much of a plane’s fuselage is made of lightweight aluminum. One of the most damaging materials that can come in contact with aluminum is mercury, which is found in old-fashioned thermometers. Planes where mercury has been found are often quarantined and checked for damage.

Source: 13 Random Aviation Facts, Sparta College of Aeronautics and Technology

6. Helicopters have advantages over fixed-wing aircraft that allow them to access hard to reach areas, which is particularly useful in rescue situations. In addition to search and rescue, helicopters are also useful for tourism, medical transport, fighting fires, aerial photography, military activity, and more.

Source: Helicopter Facts for Kids, Vehicle Facts, Science Kids

7. The wingspan of the A380 is longer than the aircraft itself. Its wingspan is 80 meters, while its length is 72.7 meters.

Source: 25 Interesting and Fun Aviation Facts you Never Knew, Flight Centre

8. Nearly 63 million jobs are supported worldwide in aviation and the tourism industry. Of those 63 million, 9.9 million people work directly in the aviation industry.

Source: Facts & Figures, Air Transport Action Group

9. There are 1,397 airlines that operate a fleet of 25,000 aircraft serving 3,864 airports through a route network of several million kilometers managed by 173 air navigation service providers.

Source: Facts & Figures, Air Transport Action Group

10. In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the use of iPads in the cockpit. They replace a pilot's kitbag of paper manuals and maps weighing 35 pounds. When fully implemented, American Airlines estimates it could save $1.2 million in fuel annualy based on 2012 fuel prices.

Source: FAA Approved American’s Use of iPads in The Cockpit, AviationPros.com

Erin Skoog
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