Author: Anil Polat

20 Random Facts About Traveling In Airplanes

This post is part of Geek Takeover Week 2018. Over the years, I’ve covered a lot of about air travel here, from surviving plane crashes to letting you know how terrible United’s business class is. But this is Geek Takeover Week so I wanted to take some of the more interesting and obscure facts sprinkled throughout thousands of posts, boil them down, and offer a highly concentrated dose you can shoot right into your neurons. These are 20 random facts you might not have know about traveling by plane. 1. Fear of flying is called aerophobia. 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States limits commercial airline pilots to 1,000 hours of flight time per year. 3. 76% of people involved in plane crashes survive. 4. This is what those marshaling signals mean: 5. There are secret seats on planes you can reserve. 6. The average passenger plane angles up 12.5 degrees during takeoff. 7. Commercial flights often begin their descent 90 minutes prior to reaching their destination. 8. During an average 8 hour flight, time dilation causes you to be .0000003 seconds in the future compared to people on the ground. 9. 80% of plane crashes occur during the first 3 minutes and last 8 minutes of a flight. 10. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s engines are powerful enough to allow it to fly straight up. 11....

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The Top 7 Most Popular Geek Takeover Week Posts Ever

This post is part of Geek Takeover Week 2018. A long time ago in 2012 in a milky way galaxy, I began what has become an annual August tradition around here: Geek Takeover Week. While most of the world is melting, traveling, or some combination of both, myself and other geeky guests takeover to post to the nerdiest topics that come to mind. It’s a 5 day detour of the usual and in case you’re new to the site or were too busy drinking something on some beach, these are the most popular Geek Takeover Week posts of the past 6 years. 1. A Super-Fan Shows You How To Plan Your Very Own Harry Potter Tour In London The youngest person to ever guest post for foXnoMad, 15 year old Potterhead Brian shows you how to add a bit of magic to the English capital. 2. Which Star Wars Character Would Be Best To Take A Gap Year With? An intense debate and solid arguments by guest writer Dave. 3. Where Leonard Nimoy’s Famous Vulcan Salute Came From For me, it all began in Moldova. 4. An Insider’s Guide To Saving Money, Meeting Celebrities, And Otherwise Hacking The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention The unconventional way to visit the convention coming from years of experience. 5. Ford Asked Me To Find America’s Most Offbeat Road Trip Destinations In Their...

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How Much Does The Average Passenger Plane Angle Up During Take Off?

This post is part of Geek Takeover Week 2018. You might have wondered as the wheels of the jumbo jet you’re in gently leave the ground how high up the nose of your plane is angled up. What feels like a fairly mild angle when you’re inside the plane looks like a mild airshow stunt when you’re watching from the ground, so, how much does a typical passenger plane angle up during take off? Caveats Away Let’s start but clarifying the answer is a detailed, “it depends.” Details, by pilot standards, are important, as in i.e. not crashing. For our purposes though, we can generalize. Your plane’s angle going up (called the “angle of attack”) varies by the size of the plane, engine power, wind, and load on the aircraft. Those are some of the physical considerations but then there are also practical ones. Airport traffic is one example; and the reason flights often begin descent 320 kilometers (200 miles) from their destination. Angle At A Time Planes slowly angle up during take off at about 2-3 degrees per second for a Boeing 747. A bit of quick math and using the same Boeing 747 as an example, the average passenger plane has a maximum take off angle of about 10-15 degrees. That’s well within the plane’s tolerances of course. (The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner can go almost straight up.)...

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Cosplay Pictures From The 2018 Creation Star Trek Convention In Las Vegas

This post is part of Geek Takeover Week 2018. One of the things you can expect from the Creation Las Vegas Star Trek Convention every August is cosplay. As I mentioned last year, the number of people dressing up and the complexity of the costumes has increased noticeably since 2011, with 2018 being no exception. Here is some of the best cosplay from the 2018 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention held at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino this past week. Santa Gorn Khaaan! Klingon IIDC Dinosaur Andorians Discovery Desert Gear Klingon A Cardassian, Andorian, And Vorta Walk Into A Bar… Wings Pokemon Crossover Voq And Captain Killy Tardigrade Ferengi Mirror And Mirrorless Spock Lego! Orion And Starfleet Troi Family Qa-plah! These are just some of the cosplay pictures I took from the 2018 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. You can check out the full gallery here, and take a look back at the cosplay from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and...

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Geek Takeover Week 2018 Is Here

This week – and it’s a full week – of posts may have little or nothing to do with travel or technology. You probably won’t see them for a while since you might be traveling yourself. It is, after all, one of the busiest travel times of the year. Still looking for travel and technology? There’s plenty of that here and here. But every August on foXnoMad geeky posts takeover. I’ll have a new post each day covering science, science-fiction, fantasy, and more through Friday. Following Geek Takeover Week, regular, twice a week posting resumes on Thursday, September 6th. Monday: Geek Takeover Week 2018 Is Here Tuesday: Cosplay Pictures From The 2018 Creation Star Trek Convention In Las Vegas Wednesday: How Much Does The Average Passenger Plane Angle Up During Take Off? Thursday: The Top 7 Most Popular Geek Takeover Week Posts Ever Friday: 20 Random Facts About Traveling In Airplanes I hope you enjoy this deviation from the norm. If you’re interested in participating in next year’s Geek Takeover Week, feel free to get in touch. 01000101 01101110 01100111 01100001 01100111...

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What To Expect At Your First Creation Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

You might be a Star Trek fan who’s finally decided to attend a convention (or be the friend roped into it all) that’s got no idea what goes on at the annual 5-day Creation Entertainment event in Las Vegas. To help prepare you, here’s everything you need to know about the Creation Star Trek convention held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino every summer. Why Las Vegas? There are plenty of Star Trek conventions around the world but the Las Vegas event held at the Rio All-Suite hotel is North America’s largest. (Creation’s convention competes with several in...

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About Anil Polat

foxnomad aboutI'm the blogger and computer security engineer who writes foXnoMad while on a journey to visit every country in the world. I'll show you the tips, tricks, and tech you can use to travel smarter. Read More


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