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Flight Captain Susanne Ryhl in SAS is answering your questions. Foto: Mikkel Jul Hvilshøj
Flight Captain Susanne Ryhl in SAS is answering your questions. Foto: Mikkel Jul Hvilshøj

Aviation

Ask the pilot: Do airplanes use windscreen wipers?

How do planes actually fly, what exactly is turbulence and why are airplane windows always round? The best people to answer your questions about the wonders of aviation are SAS pilots.

Name: Susanne Ryhl
Age: 56
Career: Joined SAS as a flight attendant in 1985. Became a pilot in 1991 and an SAS First Officer in 1996. Became an SAS Flight Captain in 2015.
Home base: CPH
Flies: Airbus A319/320/321
Flight hours: 12,000

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When boarding planes, I've seen that the pilot's windshields have wipers. Are these used in the air or only on ground?

Peter

Hi Peter,

Your observation is correct. Both the Captain and the First Officer have a dual-speed electric wiper on their respective front windshields, which they control manually.

The wipers can be used in rainy conditions both on the ground and in the air, typically during the approach.

We are not allowed to use the wipers, however, when flying at speeds higher than 230 knots (425 km/h) on the aircraft I fly. An approach speed usually begins at around 250 knots (463 km/h) and decreases to around 140 knots (260 km/h) for the final approach, depending on the weight of the aircraft.

Flight Captain Susanne Ryhl

If you have a question about aviation, send it to [email protected] and watch for the answer in an upcoming issue.

Last edited: November 7, 2016

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