And, no, the answer isn’t “automagically.”
Being a commercial pilot is an alluring job, but it takes years of training and a surgical focus on making sure that everything is perfect. Above and beyond the training to understand how modern aircraft works, you also need to know the underlying systems that make it work. Read below to understand why pilots are revered and well-paid. Ready? Go!
Modern jet aircraft are equipped with a variety of complex systems to ensure safe and efficient flight. Some of these systems include, below:
Flight Control System: This includes the control surfaces (ailerons, elevators, rudders) that enable the pilot to maneuver the aircraft. Modern aircraft often use fly-by-wire systems where electronic signals replace traditional mechanical controls.
Navigation System: This includes GPS, Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), and radio navigation aids. These systems help determine the aircraft’s position, altitude, and route.
Avionics System: The avionics system encompasses all electronic systems used in aircraft, including communication, navigation, weather radar, terrain awareness, and collision avoidance systems.
Engine Control System: Jet engines are equipped with sophisticated computer-controlled systems to manage fuel injection, thrust, and various engine parameters for optimal performance and efficiency.
The list goes on and on. And, According to the latest estimates, there are approximately 100,000 flights per day. This number includes all types of flights, including passenger, cargo, and military aircraft.
And this is just a truncated list. So, you’ll see that flying is truly a science. Next time you fly watch what’s going on. You’ll have a new respect for those who work in aviation.
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