Toronto ON – Pilot Dan Baz is answering your flying questions here on the Cornwall Free News.
If you have a question about flying you can email Captain Dan or post below.
I have been fascinated by airplanes since my childhood years. When I hear sound of an airplane I always look up at the sky to see if I can spot it. Sometimes when I look high up at the sky I see a white trail behind airplanes. Is that smoke ? Question from Burt.
A byproduct of the fuel combustion process in the engines is water vapour. This water vapour comes out of the exhaust of the engines. Under certain atmospheric conditions at high altitudes, the water vapour from the exhaust of the engines will condense and turn into a cloud. As the airplane flies, this cloud looks like a white trail behind it. This condensation trail is also known as a contrail.
A bit more about Captain Dan:
Captain Dan Baz enrolled in Flight School at the age of 16.
He has completed studies in Aircraft Engineering and Master of Business Administration. He has been at the controls of many different types of aircraft, from single engine Cessnas to large intercontinental jets on global routes.
Over the last four decades he has flown thousands of hours up in the blue sky.