A detachable airplane cabin and other strange aviation ideas Vladimir Tatarenko's proposed detachable airplane cabin. (Vladimir Tatarenko/YouTube/Follash/Wiki Commons)
A detachable airplane cabin and other strange aviation ideas
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Modern commercial aviation is incredibly safe. Still, things could always be safer, right? That’s the thinking behind an odd-looking plane design. It was dreamed up by Vladimir Tatarenko and posted on YouTube. He was reported to be a Ukrainian aviation engineer. The design is for a detachable airliner cabin. It would fall away from the wings, engine and cockpit in case of an accident. It could land safely with parachutes. Critics say the design would not be cost effective, but the idea of parachuting away from certain doom no doubt appeals to nervous flyers.

Tatarenko’s detachable cabin is far from the only wild plane design to emerge in recent years. Here are some of the strangest aviation ideas in recent history. 

Double-Decker Seating

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In 2015, Airbus filed a patent for a design for a double-decker cabin seating arrangement. Passengers would literally sit one on top of the other, with upper-tier passengers climbing steps or a small ladder to reach their seats. Rather euphemistically referred to as “mezzanine seating,” the inventors claim it “still provides a high level of comfort for the passengers using the seat arrangement.” Those of us who routinely fly economy class may quibble with the word “still.” While the design does have some advantages - at least some of the seats would be able to recline to 180 degrees - the idea of climbing a ladder during turbulence seems shaky. 

Detachable Cabins for Fast Turnaround Times

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This patent, awarded to Airbus just a couple months ago, is also for a detachable cabin. But unlike Tatarenko’s, Airbus’s concept is for efficiency, not safety. Rather than waiting for a flight to arrive, deplane and be cleaned, passengers could simply board a ready cabin. It would be snapped into the plane’s body as soon as it was ready. When the plane reached its destination, the cabin would be detached again for immediate deplaning. Different cabins with different kinds of seating or levels of luxury could be used for flights of different lengths or destinations. 

Windowless Cockpits

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For ideal aerodynamics, airplane noses should be long and pointy. But there’s the whole “pilots have to fit in the cockpit” problem. Well, what if the cockpit didn’t have to go in the nose of the plane? That’s part of the thinking behind this Airbus patent application, which proposes replacing the plane’s windshield with a digital viewing surface. Without a windshield, there’s no reason the cockpit needs to go in the front of the plane. It could go in the belly of the plane, or even in the tail. 

Nap Straps

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Lest you think Airbus is the only company in the strange patents contest, Boeing’s got its own doozy of an entry, filed in 2013. With this invention, passengers looking for a nap can find an “upright sleep system” tucked into a backpack beneath their seat. The system includes a head and chest cushion, and slings to support the arms. These are all attached to the seat with straps, allowing the passenger to recline leaning forward. In action, the whole thing somewhat resembles a traction device for someone who’s been in a terrible accident. But we won’t knock it until we’ve tried it. It can hardly be worse than those inflatable doughnut-shaped pillows. 

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COMMENTS (52)
  • CherM-del
    11/17/2017 - 09:22 p.m.

    This article is about airplanes and it's different uses and characteristics on the airplane. It is about modern airplanes and its new features and uses. It is very interesting to read about modern airplanes, for we use then so much in our daily lives for things such as vacation, business, etc.

  • EvanC-del
    11/17/2017 - 10:55 p.m.

    This new plane is really amazing. It probably would take a lot of time. This new installation of technology is just insane. This makes me feel safer.

  • WilliamF-del
    11/18/2017 - 11:25 a.m.

    Wow. It's really cool that planes can be more safe. The idea is that the planes can go and separate in case of emergency. The plane is more safe and efficient. The design had many interesting ideas and cool features. This plane will make air travel even more safer and comfortable.

  • AkshayB-del
    11/18/2017 - 12:26 p.m.

    This article was about how to make a plane much safer than before. The design is for a detachable airliner cabin. It would fall away from the wings ,engine, and cockpit in case of an accident. It could land safely with parachutes. In the article it talks about each some of the strangest aviation ideas in recent history. It also gives examples of what can be put in the plane like Double-Decker Seating,Detachable Cabins for Fast Turnaround Times,Windowless Cockpits, and Nap Straps.

  • TiffanyW-del
    11/18/2017 - 01:08 p.m.

    An Ukrainian aviation engineer created a detachable plane. He wanted to try creating a safer plane that detaches, and a plane that could save passengers from a disasters

  • SarahT-del
    11/18/2017 - 01:34 p.m.

    Technology is getting bigger; now in airplanes. There is now ideas for a detachable airplane to make commercial aviation safer than ever. They are detachable cabins so passengers wouldn't have to wait for the whole plane to ready they could just climb in the next clean cabin. There are also wireless cockpits to solve pilots getting into the control center.

  • JohnB-del1
    11/18/2017 - 05:46 p.m.

    This article talks about how different types of plane modifications that can affect how we fly today.

  • AngelinaB-del
    11/18/2017 - 06:41 p.m.

    The main idea of this article is that a Ukrainian aviation engineer designed a detachable airliner cabin. It would fall away from the wings, engine and cockpit in case of an accident. It also could land safely with parachutes. However, this engineer is not the only one with ideas. Many other ideas for airplanes from the past are: double-decker seating, detachable cabins for fast turnaround times, windowless cockpits, and even nap straps.

  • NathalyP-del
    11/18/2017 - 11:52 p.m.

    I think the most beneficial article is the nap straps. I think most people agree that they need a good nap during a flight. Passengers can find an uptight sleep system while going on a flight.

  • SophiaD-del1
    11/19/2017 - 12:29 p.m.

    I believe that the first mini-article about the detachable plane cabin is very useful for safety, landing, and many other crazy ideas. These ideas, if they were to be put into motion would ease nervous fliers, and create a fun design as well as something different in the airline industry. These modifications would definitely affect how we fly in planes and see a "normal" plane.

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