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Fear of flying. Engine reliability.

One of the regular questions about a fear of flying that I’m asked is about the reliability of engines.

Ready for a new engine

Engines are replaced as soon a sthey have flown a certain number of ‘hours’.

But jet enginesare very different from the old piston engines. Jet turbines are used in the production of electricity and they run for years without stopping. Because they are so simple there are fewer things to go wrong with them. If you have a fear of flying think of a jet engine like this…and it really is this simple…and therefore is very very reliable…A jet engine sucks in cold air at the front through the big hole heats it up in the middle and then forces it out of the smaller hole at the back. It’s the same principle as an inflated balloon being released…though much more controlled!

Keith

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