US Airways - August 2013 - (Page 11)
Did You Know?
News, Notes, and
How fast does
a plane go?
The speeds achieved today
by modern airliners were almost
unimaginable in the early days of
air transportation. Even up until
the 1950s, traveling across the
still accomplished best
by train — in two
days! Today, you can
travel from Charlotte
to Los Angeles on a
US Airways Airbus A321 in
just over ﬁve hours.
—Capt. Bob Skinner
WHAT’S UP WITH AIRPORT CODES?
You’ve probably noticed the three-letter
codes for airports on your luggage tag or
when booking a ﬂight. Some make sense (BOS
for Boston) while others are more cryptic (MSY
for New Orleans).
ILLUSTRATION BY NIGEL HOLMES
Why is there
a delay when
Summer is one of
the busiest travel
seasons. And while the
weather is mostly bright
and clear, there can still be
ﬂight delays. You may be
ﬂying from sunny Charlotte
to sizzling Phoenix, when all
of a sudden there’s a delay.
There are several factors
at play. For example, the plane you’re departing on could be coming from a destination where there are weather problems. Or
the plane might have experienced a ground
stop or ground delay coming from its original destination. Perhaps planes had to be
swapped or the ﬂight crew timed out and a
replacement crew had to be called in.
Airport codes were developed when air travel
became popular in the 1930s. Many airports took
the city’s two-letter weather station code and added
X at the end — Los Angeles became LAX, Phoenix became PHX. Other airports used the ﬁrst
three letters of the city name or of the cities served
— BOS for Boston, DFW for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Some of the more puzzling codes come from
the name of the airport, such as Charles de Gaulle
(CDG) airport in Paris, France. Nashville’s main
airport (BNA) was once known as Berry Field
Nashville after Col. Harry Berry, who helped
build it. Other codes recall what the airport once
was — Columbus, Ohio’s CMH is for Columbus
Municipal Hangar, and New Orleans’s MSY
stands for the Moisant Stock Yards.
Geography comes into play as well. Cincinnati’s
airport (CVG) is located in northern Kentucky
and takes its name from the town of Covington.
There are more rules now for new airport
codes. Some letters aren’t permitted because
they’re designated for other
uses: N is reserved for naval
codes, W and K are codes
Think you’ve got the hang of it?
for radio stations, and Y
Take our short quiz and ﬁnd out:
is used for all Canadian
1. Orlando, FL
codes. Another catch? The
2. Portland, OR B. DTW
ﬁrst and second letters or
3. Raleigh, NC
second and third letters
4. Detroit, MI
cannot be the same for
5. Louisville, KY E. SDF
airports within 200 miles
of each other.
ANSWERS: 1.) C 2.) D 3.) A 4.) B 5.) E
While at cruising altitude on
a long-distance ﬂight, you’re
traveling about eight nautical
miles per minute. That’s
approximately 550 miles
Speeds vary greatly
depending on the phase of ﬂight.
On takeoff, an Airbus A320 will lift off
the runway at about 175 mph and then
accelerate to a climb speed of about 335
mph. Cruise speed is generally in the
520–550 mph range. At touchdown the
plane’s speed is about 150 mph.
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From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Architectural Attractions
Wine & Dine: Italy's Gourmet Capital
Adventure: Diving for Dinner
Golf: The Wyndham Championship
Adventure: Drive Time at Bondurant
Great Escapes: Riu Resorts
Gear Up: Tools to Stay Cool
Travel Feature: Seattle's Outdoor Delights
US Airways: Staffing the Skies
Health Matters: Rapid Recovery
Special Section: Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Must Read: The Book of Immortality
Great Dates: Euphoria Festival
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Giving: Pulling Together
Window or Aisle?
US Airways - August 2013