aviation industry interesting secrets and facts
Aviation Industry interesting secrets and facts
Like with other industries, there are some interesting secrets and tidbits of information in the aviation industry that only those working within the industry know about. In the same way that only Disneyland employees know how the magic happens, so too do flight attendants, pilots, and others who claim that territory have their own set of secrets that they keep. Read on below to get a glimpse into those secrets.
While the following fact may not be applicable on all commercial aircraft Instrument, it definitely holds true for some, including the famous luxury airline KLM. KLM and other airlines will never have a row labeled with the number 13, as the number is very commonly associated with bad luck and ill fortune. So while an aircraft may have more than 13 rows and while your boarding pass may be numbered 13B, don’t be surprised if you can’t find that number on the seat map or while boarding. Similar to how some older hotels will simply skip over Room 13 and move from 12 to 14, so too will some airlines skip over Row 13 to avoid having the number on the plane.
If you’ve looked closely enough at the front of the aircraft, you might notice that there are actually wipers on the aircraft cockpit windows. Look even closer and you’ll see that the windows can even open. If you’re wondering what’s the need for the windows to open, it’s only there as an extra precaution if the pilots have made a detoured landing and the pilots are unable to exit via the mandated route. The wipers, believe it or not, are actually used for wiping away snow or rain on the windows, though they are not always found on every aircraft, since most modern aircraft will have hydrophobic coating on their windows that affects the surface tension of raindrops and creates a kind of see-through film on the windscreen which is super beneficial for the pilots’ ability to see.