With coronavirus slowly but steadily turning into a grim memory, and our lives returning to the post-pandemic normal, more and more people find themselves deprived of the joy of traveling. Oh, that overcrowded plane cabin smelling of reheated sandwiches and salted peanuts, how much I miss you!

It’s fair to say that any content flying-related is, without a doubt, the top hit this summer season, and Flyiiing Twins' TikTok channel will curb these cravings until you book the flight. The two identical twins work as commercial pilots for international airlines, but not only are they space engineers, they also know how to get those numbers flying on social media.

With 683.6K followers and 11.4M likes, the pilot twins debunk flying myths, reveal aviation secrets, and answer all the biggest secrets about flying we all were too afraid to ask. So get your seatbelt fastened, we’re about to find out things like whether a passenger without any experience could land a plane if the pilots were for some reason incapacitated!

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"In the very unlikely event of an evacuation all lights could go out in the cabin. Valuable time would pass before the eyes could adjust to the darkness. When the cabin lights turn off during take off and landing your eyes will be already adjusted to the darkness. The evacuation can be initiated and carried out more quickly"

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Scagsy
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3 months ago (edited)

So basically, turning the lights off is just preparing to crash. Except, most of the time - no crash. Which is good.

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"In the very unlikely event of a dual engine failure the aircraft still can fly like a glider and will not drop down. The aircraft is able to stay in the air for about 25-30 minutes. All the necessary systems are supplied with electricity and hydraulics with a small extended emergency turbine. Enough time to find a runway or a suitable place to land"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Ask Sully!

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"This case was tested in the simulator with different people without having any flying experience. These people were given instructions on how to fly and land the aircraft. Unfortunately none of these people was able to land the plane safely"

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Ali H M Salehuddin
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3 months ago

If a gamer who has played countless hours on a pretty realistic simulation game (ex. MS Flight Simulator), would he be able to land successfully with this guidance?

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Bored Panda reached out to Enis and Alper, two identical twins who work as commercial pilots for different airlines. “We love our job and want to bring people closer to flying and take away the fear of flying,” they told us in an interview.

Now, with a solid 684.2k followers, the Flyiiingtwins first became aware of TikTok through a mutual friend. “We really liked the concept and the outreach of TikTok. So we started posting aviation topics, which has attracted more and more attention and followers.”

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"In case of a medical emergency pilots declare a medical emergency to the air traffic controller. After that we get absolute priority in the airspace and we land immediately at the nearest airport. We are in constant contact with medical care until we land. Pilots, cabin crew and atc does everything possible to save a person's life"

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Night Owl
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3 months ago

That's good to know

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#5

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"This is partly correct. For some airlines this is indeed mandatory...While for others this is only a recommendation"

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Jim Day
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3 months ago

Pilots aren't stupid. Have you ever had airline food. They brown bag it.

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"This happened not long ago on a flight. The cabin crew initiated the birth and a healthy baby was born during the flight."

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Scagsy
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3 months ago

If she gives birth on RyanAir they'll be charging her credit card for the price of an extra passenger.

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“Flying has always fascinated people,” Enis and Alper stated and continued: “Many people cannot imagine how an aircraft can stay in the air. A mixture of fear and fascination has always appealed to people. The respect for the profession of pilot is therefore enormous.”

When asked what is the most common irrational fear when it comes to flying, the pilots said it’s turbulence. “People cannot assess the cause and effect in the cabin. Many unknown sounds increase this effect, spectacular incidents and accidents contribute to creating a false sense of risk,” they concluded.

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"The take off performance is calculated every time before take off by the pilots. The pilots know exactly when the aircraft will left off. In aviation nothing is left to coincidence. Everything is calculated safely"

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Giovanna
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3 months ago

I have that fear too. Once I panicked the entire flight because, according to me (!) the plane was too slow on the takeoff runway and that must mean the pilot was not experienced enough :D

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#8

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"We continue flying"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

"We pull over onto the hard shoulder and wait for the cloud to clear." LOL Planes have radar that can see through cloud. What is slightly ironic is that they can't take off or land in thick fog, as the control tower has to be able to see the aircraft to make sure the runway is clear.

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#9

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"The cabin crew asks if there is a doctor on board. The death of a person can only be confirmed by a doctor. If there is no doctor on board, we initiate the medical emergency procedure and land as soon as possible at the nearest airport. If the doctor confirms the death of a person probably we continue the flight to the destination"

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Isobel Davies
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3 months ago

imagine been sat next to someone you didnt know and have them pass away, sad scary and scared for life

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#10

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"There are no reasons why female pilots are no suitable for this job. We definitely need more women in the cockpit"

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zite
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3 months ago

But... Would it be henpit? Or chicken nest?

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Jim Day
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3 months ago

Ha hahahahhhahahahahah, fat chance. Any landing you can walk away from and still use the plane is a good one.

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#12

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"Airplanes can be stucked by lighting. But it's like being in a Faraday cage. The lighting stays outside of the fuselage. You are totally safe in an airplane"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Aeroplanes are regularly struck by lighting and usually nothing happens. It can however temporarily blind the pilots, which is not what you want on take off or landing. It can also trigger warning lights, which is what happened to two of my colleagues - I happen to live near the airport and we had the lamest thunderstorm ever with one rumble of thunder and a single flash of lighting - which hit their plane shortly after takeoff and they had to come around and land again to have it checked - not sure whether they were really lucky or really unlucky - either way should have bought a lottery ticket!

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"It could disrupt and influence the communication signals of the aircraft. Therefore, all electrical devices must be switched off at least during take-off and landing or in flight mode during the entire flight"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

This is actually changing. Some flights now have Wi-Fi. Not sure how they determine equipment is standards compliant, as that would be my worry.

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#14

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"This information that is coming now is probably only known to very few people. Every locked toilet door in the aircraft can be opened very easily from the outside"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Watch the crew carefully on take off and landing. They will lock the toilet doors from the outside to prevent them being used.

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#15

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"Most likely not. In the event of an engine failure, the aircraft has to leave its cruising altitude due to the lower performance. At a lower altitude, the fuel consumption is much higher. Even with one engine, there would be insufficient fuel to fly to the destination. It makes sense to land at an alternate airport as soon as possible instead of continuing to fly with an engine"

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Chyppa Homer
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3 months ago

"If an engine fails, how far can the other one take us ?" "All the way to the scene of the crash !" :D

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#16

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"We try it with the alternative landing gear extension system and if this doesn't help an emergency landing without landing gear is carried out on the longest runway"

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Night Owl
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3 months ago (edited)

That actually happened

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"In order to prevent mid-air collisions, aircraft are planned and controlled to keep a minimum distance to other aircraft. If aircraft still get too close, a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System advises an evasive manoeuvre to the pilots. They have 20-30 seconds to initiate a climb or descent manoeuvre, whatever the system advises. Enough time to avoid a mid-air collision"

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Gustavo Vanni
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3 months ago

An accident happened in 2006 here in Brazil because one of the planes was flying with the transponder off :(

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Chris Longski
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3 months ago

The weather radar colors show the storms and bad areas. Just like you yokel TV station weather radar. Pulse doppler radar provides very accurate info about lousy weather.

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"The required thrust is always calculated for each start, according to the existing conditions. That means the thrust is enough for a safe take off with even one engine failure after passing the point of no return. There is no need to set more power than required for take off. The benefits: increasing engine life, decreasing maintenance cost, saving fuel, lower CO2 emission"

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ky
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3 months ago

i love flying in planes but the boredom is the worse part LOL

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#20

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"That is very, very, very unlikely but still possible. Bad news: if there is no other pilot on the plane, it is very unlikely that someone can land the plane safely, even with instructions over the radio, this is almost impossible. Good news: long-haul flights are carried out with 3 or 4 pilots. On many flights there are deadhead crews or pilots as normal passengers who can safely land the aircraft."

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Robert T
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3 months ago

If the plane is on autopilot it will just keep on flying. This happened to a well known golfer - his plane depressurised slowly (no alarms) and all on board passed out - the plane carried on on autopilot and the military had to consider shooting it down (in case it came down in a populated area when it ran out of fuel).

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"Turbulence is caused by the wind and there is nothing to fear. The aircraft can withstand any turbulence"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Clear air turbulence is the one to not like. The plane might be able to survive it, but my stomach didn't like it!

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"Bird strikes can occur up to a height of about 10.000 feet and in the worst case the bird can hit the engine. Unfortunately, the bird does not survive and it can cause considerable damage to the engine. In the worst case, it can cause an engine failure or even an engine fire. All pilots are very well trained for such cases and can handle these events professionally"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

The bird stops flying.

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#23

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"Continue until he crosses the light sticks"

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Jim Day
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3 months ago

If you hit him, it is a good indication you have gone far enough.

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#24

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"A go-around can be initiated and carried out at any time during the landing and is not uncommon. This is still possible even just after touch down. There can be various reasons for this. Deterioration in visibility. Wind speed exceeds the limits. If the controller tells you to do it or if for whatever reason it is safer not to land"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Gusty crosswinds often cause this. After a particulary bumpy flight, and a very lurchy landing, I was speaking to someone in the airport terminal and they said "oh yeah, they've been going around all evening".

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#25

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"The answer is very simple. Because they are controlled independently from each other."

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zite
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3 months ago

Ok who else didn't know airplanes have window wipers?

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"In case of low visibility (fog) the landings are in most cases flown with the autopilot. This is called Autoland. The aircraft is even able to land with zero visibility"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

But they will avoid this if possible as the control tower needs to be able to see the aircraft on the taxiways. I've had flights delayed due to fog at the destination airport.

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"If engine catches fire during cruise flight immediate action will be taken. Mayday call to ATC. The burning engine will be shut down immediately. Both fire extinguishers will be activated. An immediate descent and approach to the nearest airport will be initiated"

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

I vaguely remember a holiday flight when I was a small child where the engine caught fire on take off. I seem to recall they put it out and then took off. The airline was Dan Air (who were nicknamed Dan Dare)!

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Jim Day
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3 months ago

We usually ask one of the more sober passengers to direct the plane.

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"Air pockets are up- and downdrafts caused by local difference in air pressure. These are not visible and usually come unexpectedly. But besides being very rare, they are also harmless. Just make sure you are buckled up"

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third molar
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3 months ago

Yea right like i would believe that! Gripping arm rests very tight might help. And make sure u have empty bladder!!

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#30

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"There is no worst seat to sit on the plane"

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Not true. The worst seat is the one next to the screaming child, or the one with the person behind that insists on giving you a kidney massage with their knees. If you mean for the smoothest ride, the front or over the wing is better than the back. If you mean for surviving a crash, then over the wing or the back.

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