Aviation 101 Video on Hulu

The Aviators - TV ShowIf you’re looking to just sit back and watch a video about aviation, you’re in luck.  There’s actually a video on Hulu titled “Aviation 101” from a show called: The Aviators.  The show is about 30 minutes long and, of course, has some advertisements interspersed, but I still think it’s worth the watch.

The episode itself speaks briefly about the categories of aviation: commercial, military, and general aviation.  It then goes on to show various types of airplanes and teaches us about the very basic elements of the plane.  You’ll hear about the aircraft fuselage, engine, rudders, wings, etc…  About mid-way through the program you’ll see a section that discusses the principles of flight.  This gets into details about how the aircraft is actually able to fly.  This is then followed by a review of the various pilot’s license endorsements that are needed to fly the various types of aircraft. [Read more…]

Exterior Components of the Aircraft

Front view of a Cessna If you’re here, you likely already know a thing or two the general structure of an airplane: fuselage, wings, power-plant, empennage, and landing gear.  Nevertheless, we’re going to cover the basics to ensure you have a good feel for each of the latter.  If you ever intend to take an aircraft to flight, you’ll want to know it all inside-and-out. [Read more…]