What do pilots do in the cruise?

What do pilots actually do during the cruise? Find out what keeps pilots busy during the cruise, and the planning they do for when things go wrong.

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What happens when an aircraft runs out of fuel?

What happens when an aircraft runs out of fuel? What aircraft systems help with fuel starvation? Read real-life examples of pilots running out of fuel.

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Aircraft Performance: Cost Index

What is a Cost Index (CI) on aircraft and how do airlines use them to reduce costs? What factors are considered when deciding on the best Cost Index?

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The Ram Air Turbine (RAT) on Aircraft

What is the purpose of Ram Air Turbines (RATs) in aviation? How do they save aircraft in emergency situations, and what does the RAT do for pilots?

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What happens when a pilot Squawks 7700?

Why do aircraft squawk 7700? What emergency might cause a pilot to squawk 7700? What are some real MAYDAY situations involving squawking 7700?

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