Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fun Flight Facts for Kids | fun facts for airplane for kids

Check out our fun flight facts for kids and learn how planes fly as well as interesting information about aviation history, the Wright Brothers, animals that fly and much more.
Find out about supersonic flight, the forces involved with flying, lift created by an airfoil, airships and even flying fish! Read on and enjoy all our cool facts related to the world of flight.

  • While birds have been flying for millions of years, it's something relatively new to humans and we rely on some important scientific principles to achieve it.
  • Beginning with simple kites, humans have moved on to develop gliders, airships, helicopters, commercial planes and even supersonic flight.
  • Supersonic flight (breaking the sound barrier) is achieved when an object travels at a speed faster than sound (1235kph, 768mph).
  • The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were American aviation pioneers who created the first successful airplane, thanks in part to their invention of 3-axis control, enabling the pilot to effectively control the plane.
  • While a number of flight pioneers were working on their own powered flight at the time (including New Zealand's Richard Pearse) the Wright Brothers are widely credited with the first controlled and sustained human flight on December 17, 1903.
  • Planes have wings that feature an airfoil (aerofoil) shape, this is important as it helps overcome the effect of gravity pulling down on the plane.
  • The wing creates lift as it moves through the air, a process that can be explained by Bernoulli's principle. Because of the airfoil shape, air flows faster over the top than the bottom, creating higher pressure underneath the wing which then pushes the plane up through the lower air pressure.
  • Disturbed air and friction create drag as the plane moves forward, slowing it down.
  • An engine provides thrust to move the plane forward at a speed great enough to overcome drag and allow the wings to create the lift necessary to fly.
  • Airships and blimps are lighter than air and use buoyancy for flight. They are typically filled with gas (such as helium) that is less dense than the surrounding atmosphere.
  • The only living things capable of powered flight are insects, birds and bats.
  • While some can glide, bats are the only mammals that can achieve sustained level flight.
  • Flying fish have been known to glide for hundreds of metres thanks to enlarged fins that act like wings. Check out this cool flying fish video!
  • And if you really want to be amazed check out a gliding snake in action!
  • For more on flight check out our cool flight lesson plans or try making a parachute
 tags: airplane| parachute | flight | fun | facts | kids


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Interesting cruise industry facts, tidbits & statistics

cruise industry
facts, tidbits
& statistics

More than 10,000,000 people take a cruise each year. About 80% will do it in North American waters.
Ports of call
There are over 2000 ports of call around our planet that cruise ships can visit.
Most popular starting ports
About half of all passengers on major world cruise lines begin their trips in one of these three Florida ports: Miami, Port Canaveral, and Fort Lauderdale.
Most popular destination
More people cruise to the Caribbean than any other destination in the world.
For some cruisers, the ship itself is the primary destination, not the ports of call.
Cruise length
The average length of a cruise is slightly over seven days.
Cruise ship population
There are more than 300 sea-going cruise ships in the world. They can collectitvely accommodate over 300,000 passengers per day.
Individual capacities
The latest super-sized ships carry over 4 thousand people (counting passengers and crew). They would dwarf the Titanic and are as tall as a sixteen-story building.
Construction cost
Those gargantuan ships can cost a cruise line a half-billion American dollars before the first passenger boards.
The big three
Today, 3 cruise line groups (Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Star/NCL) control roughly two-thirds of world's cruise passenger capacity.
Travel agents
Almost 90% of cruise tickets are sold through travel agents.


tags: cruise | ship | sea | interesting | facts | statistics | tidbits

Sunday, October 4, 2015

5 facts about android phones

Android is the latest mobile OS to hit the market with lots of amazing features and promoted by a group of more than 30 renowned companies led by no less than Google itself. Still are you aware of all the Android facts other than its cute logo and geek name, probably not. So here we bring out the lesser-known Android facts that are sure to catch your interest in this superb mobile platform.
5 Things You Never Knew About Android:
  1. If you thought Android was the brainchild of Google, think again. It was devised way back in 2003 by Andy Rubin and Rich Miner only to sell it to Google for $50 million. Google put the concept in cold storage until 2007 when it announced plans to launch the Android mobile platform. Today Rubin is the director of mobile platforms and Miner the group manager, both at Google.
  2. Android is based on Linux, the open source operating system and Windows challenger. And if anything challenges Microsoft it interests Google. Apart from this keeping Android source code open means many developers will be attracted to the development environ and will also help to keep the costs down and revenues high.
  3. While the iPhone can only run one app at a time the Android is a proper multi-tasking mobile OS that can run multiple apps like the Google Maps, media player, browser at the same time without any hiccups. Seems like iPhone has some catching up to do at least in one department.
  4. Will Android be completely open as previously thought? It seems not and a good reason for saying this is the fact that the complete Android code hasn't been disclosed to the developer community and it is likely that Google will not disclose the crux of the Android code for reasons best known to it. Be ready for less than full Android development then.
  5. You must be wondering hoe does Google benefit from keeping the Android platform open source especially when it doesn't take a dime from the application distributed through the online Android Market. Well Google the old hat wants to dominate the mobile advertising space just like it has dominated the PC web space. So don't be surprised if you see a pop up every now and then while browsing on your Android phone, after all Google doesn't collect the huge chunk of your personal browsing data for nothing, does it? 
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