Airplanes climb at one of two specific speeds, Vx and Vy. Vx is the speed that gets you the most altitude in the least distance, and is slower than Vy. It is used on initial climbout, but quickly transitioned to Vy from. Vy is the speed at which you get the best climb rate, regardless of distance. » 7/14/14 11:02pm 7/14/14 11:02pm

Fun fact, cars will run a long ass time without an alternator. The only thing that really taxes the battery is the starter. I drove around for two weeks with my alternator disconnected on a 2000 F150 (my dad replaced the starter solenoid and there's an alternator lead that goes there), and I drove it around for two… » 7/07/14 2:31pm 7/07/14 2:31pm

Surprisingly enough, there are a lot of examples of planes coming out of significant collisions. There was one I remember a few years ago around where I live, a Bonanza hit a Piper Seminole. The pilot of the Bonanza didn't survive, but the Piper was able to glide down and land safely. » 6/23/14 2:04pm 6/23/14 2:04pm