For people who have a fear of flying. Our podcast will take you from the basics about how an aircraft works with an insight as to what is happening and why during a flight to the stuff you don't see behind the scenes. We aim to remove the myth of flying and arm you with the knowledge to make you into a Fearless Flyer. Your Hosts are James and Grant. James is a student at a New Zealand University studying Aviation Management. Grant is a Boeing 777 Captain with a major airline in the Middle East, he spent the first 8 years of his career as an Aircraft Engineer before taking up flying full time. Previous aircraft Grant flew were the Boeing 757, 767 and 737, he currently has over 18,000 hours of flying time.
E18 FIRE and fire suppression
Fire on an aircraft and subsequently how to deal with it has been well thought on today's modern jet aircraft. Lets take a journey and understand how crew deal with all the scenario's you could think of.
E17 Pressurisation- drop down those masks
In this episode we discuss why we need to pressurise the cabin. We all hear that PA by the cabin crew before takeoff, "that in the unlikely event of a cabin depressurisation oxygen masks will appear..... etc, etc" so we'll talk about that, why it may have happened and what happens during a depressurisation.
E16 Aircon and air filtration
Here we discuss the airconditioned air and how some of it is recycled through special filters called HEPA filters, which actually saves on fuel burn. We also briefly touch upon the pressurisation system.
E15 Wind and Crosswinds
James and Grant discuss why we takeoff and land into wind, we look at what we do on those windy days with gusts and finish by discussing winds blowing across the runway which are called crosswinds.
E14 Air and Ground braking
We discuss slowing down in the air and other systems that contribute to ground braking in addition to the wheel brakes.
Click here to watch a B757 perform a 3 point turn.
E13 Wheels and Brakes
In this episode we discuss the undercarriage and have a bit more of a chat about the wheels and brakes.
Click here to see an interesting 4 minute video of the testing of the brakes as part of the B777 certification process. Its is a rejected takeoff at maximum takeoff mass using maximum braking. Warning: things get very hot!
A very interesting podcast. They give very good examples to help you understand technical issues in layman terms. I would highly recommend this podcast if you are someone who has a fear of flying or knows someone who has a fear of flying or just to broaden your general knowledge.