• February 26, 2024

Plane cabin cameras and takeoff explained: Ask the Captain

Do aircraft have cameras in the cabin and / or toilet?

– Bar, Knoxville, Tennessee

Some aircraft have cameras in the cabin near the forward galley, but none have cameras in the toilets.

How does an airplane take off?

– Anonymous, Zimbabwe

The airplane accelerates to a point where the air flowing over the wing can create sufficient lift to exceed the weight of the airplane and it begins to climb.

Aerodynamics are a little more complex, but that’s the simple explanation.

How difficult is it for a pilot to get from the control column to the side stick? Is it easier to steer the plane with the side stick?

– –Mike H., Madison, Alabama

I didn’t find it difficult at all. The side stick was very intuitive and easy to use.

Whether it is easier is a matter of personal opinion. There are pilots who would say it is easier while some traditional pilots would stick with the yoke. I liked the side stick a little better than the yoke.

John Cox is a retired airline captain with US Airways and runs his own aviation safety consultancy, Safety Operating Systems. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the US TODAY.


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