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Breathless …

So you're sitting comfortably in your seat when you feel a tell-tale tickle or pressure in your ears. Maybe you try to pinch your nose and blow gently or swallow hard to clear the problem, wondering what's going on. You haven't noticed the plane descending, which is the time when ear pressurization-equalization issues usually happen.… Continue reading Breathless …

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World’s Fastest Glider

In 1981, NASA achieved the world's first controlled-flight return from space. This was supposed to be the end of spam-in-a-can space "capsules." The Space Shuttle was the first true spacecraft which would provide on-going, access to earth orbit using a reusable ship: First Space Shuttle landing... The Dream - reuseable space access For reasons I have… Continue reading World’s Fastest Glider

Rapid Depressurization & Emergency Descent? What to expect…

"Ladies and Gentlemen, please direct your attention to our flight attendants (or our video screens) as they demonstrate some important safety features ..." And at this point way too many people tune out and miss the most important five minutes of their flights. These are the five minutes of preparation that just might save their… Continue reading Rapid Depressurization & Emergency Descent? What to expect…