About Kendra Kuhar

Kendra is a content writer with a BA in literature from Wilkes University. With a passion for exploring the world, Kendra works to bring light to the technology behind flight and the culture it exposes travelers to. Her creative work is more likely than not inspired by trips around the globe.

Here’s Why Pilots Say “Roger That”

Communication is key, especially in aviation. It can be used to warn someone of danger and achieve goals as a team. It can also be used to help avoid huge disasters and call for help in dire circumstances. If you’ve ever seen a military-related movie or television show, you may have noticed pilots talking over [...]

By |February 12th, 2018|Aviation History|0 Comments

How Are Aircraft Engines Tested?

Aircraft engine testing, especially on commercial flights, is top-priority to ensure safety for everyone on board. According to the FAA, more than 42,000 flights and 2,587,000 passengers traveled in the United States in 2016. Seeing exactly how many people rely on commercial aircraft for domestic transportation further emphasizes the importance of engine testing. All Weather [...]

By |February 5th, 2018|Technology|0 Comments

Pilot Profile: Albert Ball

Britain’s first great ace Albert Ball was a sensational World War I fighter pilot who made history at a young age. Ball was born August 14, 1896 in Nottingham, England to Sir Albert Ball and Harriett Mary page. He enjoyed learning about engines and electrical equipment as a child and had an impressive aim when shooting [...]

By |February 2nd, 2018|Pilot Profile|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Saab 35 Draken

In 1955, the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) introduced the first supersonic plane to Western Europe--the Saab 35 Draken. The highly-adaptable plane was initially produced for interceptive duties and took to the sky for the first time in 1955 before joining the Swedish Air Force in 1960. Saab manufactured 651 of the aircraft between 1955 and 1974. [...]

By |January 26th, 2018|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

How Aircraft Pressurization Works

In order for planes to fly safely and efficiently, they must go high into the sky; after all, they are airplanes. However, being 30,000-40,000 feet in the air isn't the best scenario for the people in the plane due to thinner air. Compensating for the difference in pressure from sea level to the sky through cabin [...]

By |January 15th, 2018|General Aviation|Comments Off on How Aircraft Pressurization Works

What is Alaskan Bush Flying?

When you take a commercial flight in the winter, you may encounter delays due to heavy snow, freezing rain, and other harsh weather conditions. However, weather like this doesn’t stop bush planes--especially in Alaska. Alaskan bush flying is a specialized area requiring pilots to navigate Alaska's wild mountains and roadless geography. Only the most experienced [...]

By |January 10th, 2018|General Aviation|Comments Off on What is Alaskan Bush Flying?

Pilot Profile: Noel Wien

Noel Wien, a Minnesota native, is largely credited with introducing the airplane to Alaska. Wien took his first ever airplane ride in May of 1921 at 22-years-old. He learned to fly shortly after and relocated to Anchorage, Alaska at 25-years-old with his first aircraft—an open-cockpit Standard J-1 biplane. He performed stunts and gave passenger rides [...]

By |January 5th, 2018|Pilot Profile|Comments Off on Pilot Profile: Noel Wien

Flying Eye Hospital Prevents Blindness Worldwide

In the late 1960s, ophthalmologist Dr. David Patan returned to the United States after spending time abroad with a startling truth: 217 million people are visually impaired and 80% of these impairments are avoidable. Dr. Patan worked to make eye care accessible to everyone through mobile stations and educate as many people as possible on [...]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Aviation News, Technology|Comments Off on Flying Eye Hospital Prevents Blindness Worldwide

NORAD: The World’s Official Santa Tracker

Last night, you may have pulled up the official Santa Tracker for your children to follow Santa Claus’s path around the world on Christmas Eve. The tracker has been following Santa every Christmas Eve for over 60 years, and its origin is a bit surprising. 'Twas the night before Christmas... Col. Harry Shoup [...]

By |December 25th, 2017|General Aviation|Comments Off on NORAD: The World’s Official Santa Tracker

Here’s Why Aircraft Tires Don’t Pop When Landing

Landing a commercial aircraft smoothly can be challenging. Factors such as how experienced the pilot is and whether there are crosswinds can make or break a landing. If the pilot isn't highly experienced and there are crosswinds on a short landing, the passengers may be uneasy as soon as the wheels touch down. While this [...]

By |December 18th, 2017|General Aviation|Comments Off on Here’s Why Aircraft Tires Don’t Pop When Landing