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  • Expression
    12 months ago
    by Cobbydaler
    +29 +7

    Step aboard a former Disney Imagineer's $83m flying palace

    With the lavishly furnished Skyacht One private jet, designer Eddie Sotto evokes Captain Nemo's Nautilus.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by Chubros
    +36 +12

    Two Pilots Say They Can Find MH370. All They Need Is $5 Million

    Two years ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared somewhere over the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board. What then grew into humanity’s largest, most expensive search operation has also been among its most frustrating and beguiling. Investigators have found only one real bit of evidence, a wing flap that washed up on the shores of Réunion, near Madagascar. It was pretty useless. Because it spent nearly 500 days bobbing...

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by geoleo
    +45 +7

    Spray-on coating could ice-proof airplanes, power lines, windshields

    On your car windshield, ice is a nuisance. But on an airplane, a wind turbine, an oil rig or power line, it can be downright dangerous. And removing it with the methods that are available today—usually chemical melting agents or labor-intensive scrapers and hammers—is difficult and expensive work. That could soon change thanks to a durable, inexpensive ice-repellent coating developed by University of Michigan researchers.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by wildcat
    +45 +7

    America’s airlines are introducing a class below economy

    AS THE candidates in America’s presidential race pontificate on the growing divide between the haves and the have-nots, the country’s airlines are busy segmenting customers between the haves, the have-lesses, the have-somewhats, the have-nots and, now, the have-nothing-at-alls. Airlines have long seen profitability in investing heavily in first- and business-class while degrading the flying experience in coach to cut costs. But why stop there? Coach...

  • Expression
    11 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +25 +7

    Marooned Among the Polar Bears

    Last July, a Russian helicopter pilot had nearly completed a record-breaking trip around the globe when he crashed into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle.​ He never should have survived. ​By Justin Nobel.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by drunkenninja
    +25 +6

    Boom, the startup that wants to build supersonic planes, just signed a massive deal with Virgin

    Have you heard about Boom? Boom is a relatively new startup that's aiming to build something pretty crazy. They're not building an app... or a social..

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by baron778
    +39 +11

    MH370 search: Mozambique debris 'almost certainly' from missing plane

    The transport ministers of Australia and Malaysia say two plane parts found in Mozambique almost certainly came from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The two pieces of debris were found separately by members of the public and were flown to Australia for analysis. Australian's Darren Chester said the finds were "consistent with drift modelling" of ocean currents. MH370 vanished in March 2014 with 239 people on board.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by geoleo
    +40 +5

    Near misses between drones and airplanes on the rise in US, says FAA

    A report of drone sightings from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows that despite a new registration scheme, near misses between unmanned and piloted aircraft in America are on the rise. Sightings by pilots and airport officials have steadily increased from less than one a day in 2014, to over 3.5 between August 2015 and January this year, many of them from commercial passenger aircraft.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by 8mm
    +39 +9

    'Drunk' US pilot detained

    American Airlines cancelled a flight from Detroit to Philadelphia after a co-pilot was suspected of being intoxicated. The pilot, who hasn't been named, allegedly tested above the legal limit for blood alcohol content, according to a statement issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. Officials had reported his behaviour.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +28 +6

    Ace pilots belly land passenger jet in Kazakhstan, all 116 passengers safe (VIDEOS)

    Kazakh pilots safely landed a passenger plane without the use of its front wheels after a malfunction in the aircraft’s front landing gear on Sunday. Video of the miraculous landing immediately emerged online. The incident took place when the Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Kazakh airline ‘Bek Air’, which had departed from Kyzylorda, was landing at Astana International Airport on Sunday morning.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by gladsdotter
    +38 +8

    EgyptAir Plane Hijacked While Flying To Cairo

    The plane was diverted while flying from the Egyptian Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria to the capital, Cairo, and later landed in Cyprus. The hijacker reportedly has an estranged Cypriot wife.

  • Expression
    10 months ago
    by rti9
    +23 +6

    Italian passenger on hijacked EgyptAir plane tells of 'selfie' disbelief

    Maybe they call it English aplomb, says Andrea Banchetti, who was among five Europeans kept on plane along with Ben Innes

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by Petrox
    +26 +5

    850 airports sign up for a drone notification system

    As small drones have become increasingly commonplace, so have reports of close calls by airliners. A recent FAA report tallied the average at four sightings a day, a five-fold increase from the year before. To help address the issue, the American Association of Airport Executives, a trade group representing 850 of the largest airports around the US, has partnered with a startup called AirMap on a Digital Notice and Awareness System, or D-NAS for short. AirMap will collect data...

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by zobo
    +35 +7

    Airbus thinks it has found a way to alleviate jet lag

    These days, every element of flying feels like a financial calculation. Is shelling out $80 for an extra six inches of legroom in premium economy good value? Is it worth paying $50 to check a bag into the hold? How about $12 for a mediocre sandwich? Or $4 for a bottle of water? Many frugal travelers would answer “no” to all of the above. But there is one perk that might be worth paying a considerable sum for: wiping out jet lag.

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by gladsdotter
    +34 +9

    Spies In The Sky: Here’s Where FBI Planes Are Circling U.S. Cities

    America is being watched from above. Government surveillance planes routinely circle over most major cities — but usually take the weekends off.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by wildcard
    +25 +7

    After a Long Delay, Solar Impulse 2 Is Ready to Finish Its Round-the-World Flight

    Solar Impulse 2 ,the solar-powered airplane sidelined last year midway through a pioneering trip around the world, is finally taking flight again. Sometime next week, Bertrand Piccard will climb into the single seat, featherweight aircraft and take off from Oahu’s Kalaeloa Airport, bound for North America. Piccard and his fellow Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg have been grounded since July, when their most impressive flight—a five-day...

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by doodlegirl
    +35 +6

    Drone hit British Airways plane approaching Heathrow Airport

    A plane approaching Heathrow Airport is believed to have hit a drone before it landed safely, the Metropolitan Police have said. The British Airways flight from Geneva was hit as it approached the London airport at about 12:50 BST with 132 passengers and five crew on board. After landing, the pilot reported an object - believed to be a drone - had struck the front of the Airbus A320. Aviation police based at Heathrow have launched an investigation.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +21 +5

    John McCain: F-35 is 'a scandal and a tragedy'

    Sen. John McCain slammed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled history Tuesday, saying it "has been both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule and performance." The development of the Joint Strike Fighter, a fifth-generation stealth jet, has been beset by spiraling costs and schedule delays. The program's price tag is nearly $400 billion for 2,457 planes -- almost twice the initial estimate.

  • Expression
    9 months ago
    by canuck
    +40 +6

    Should parents pay more to guarantee 2-year-old can sit next to them on flight?

    Air Canada increases fees to change flights before departure. Many parents may dream of taking a flight with their toddler assigned a seat far, far away, but few would consider it a serious — or safe — option. But as Caley and Matt Hartney discovered after booking return flights from Vancouver to Toronto for themselves and their two-year-old daughter, Charlotte, Air Canada only guarantees a child between the ages of two and eight will be seated in the same...

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by Chubros
    +28 +5

    World’s largest aircraft “weeks” away from first UK test flight

    Airlander 10, the world's largest and longest aircraft, is preparing to gently glide out of its gargantuan shed—which is incidentally the largest hangar in the UK—at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. Earlier this month, Airlander 10, which is being built by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), was officially named Martha Gwyn by the duke of Kent. HAV is now in the "final stages of testing" before it can exit the hangar, which will be a "matter of weeks" rather than months.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by everlost
    +32 +7

    The A-10 Warthog May Be Kept Out Of Retirement By Law

    The U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II AKA “Warthog” has become one of the most-recognized and beloved warplanes since it started flying in the 1970s. We’ve been hearing about its impending retirement—and the reason many in the armed services community are against that—for ages, but proposed legislation could keep it in the sky for at least a little longer.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +38 +5

    Russian Military Involved In Shooting Down Flight MH17, Researchers Say

    Russian officials are trying to discredit a new report that implicates the Russian military in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Nearly two years ago, that attack in the skies over eastern Ukraine killed 298 people. The latest report comes from a U.K.-based organization called Bellingcat, which bills itself as a group of citizen investigative journalists. Much of their work is done by volunteers, who sift through open source information on the web, using social media...

  • Analysis
    9 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +45 +8

    Lilium: The world's first electric vertical take-off and landing jet

    Private jet flying could change forever as the world's first electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft is about to hit the market. The egg-shaped plane, called Lilium, has been heralded as high up as the European Space Agency (ESA), who highlight its environmental benefits as well as not needing to land at an airport. The plane takes off and lands vertically, meaning it can use helipads. The aircraft, designed in Germany, has a top speed of 250mph and a range of 300 miles.

  • Video
    9 months ago
    by Nelson
    +25 +9

    Why Flying is So Expensive

    Flying is expensive, really expensive, but only kinda, and it's only partially the airlines' fault. Big thank you to Real Engineering for the collab in this video.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by wetwilly87
    +48 +14

    EgyptAir Flight 804: Seats, suitcases and remains found

    Some seats and aircraft parts. Personal belongings, including suitcases. And what's described as body parts. That's what EgyptAir and Greek officials say searchers have found so far in the effort to locate EgyptAir Flight 804, which is believed to have crashed early Thursday into the Mediterranean Sea while flying from Paris to Cairo. Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos relayed the Egyptian discovery of the body part, seats and suitcases at a news conference Friday...

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by TNY
    +18 +4

    EgyptAir Flight 804: Final moments questioned

    The search for EgyptAir Flight 804 continues, amid contradicting reports about the aircraft's final moments. After it disappeared en route from Paris to Cairo last week, some debris from the plane -- including life vests, personal belongings and parts of wreckage -- has been recovered. Small fragments of human remains have also been found, and officials in the Egyptian capital are trying to identify and match them to victims.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by rti9
    +36 +4

    Airport screening made 70,000 miss American Airlines flights this year

    Airport screening delays have caused more than 70,000 American Airlines (AAL.O) customers and 40,000 checked bags to miss their flights this year, an executive for the airline told a U.S. congressional subcommittee on Thursday.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +20 +4

    One of the World’s First Aircraft Comes Back to Life (Bowtie Included)

    German researchers have recreated the glider flown by aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal. By Alex Davies.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by zobo
    +26 +7

    Searchers Detect EgyptAir Jet's Black Box

    The breakthrough comes from a French vessel scouring the area of the Mediterranean where the plane is thought to have crashed. French investigators say they have detected signals from one of the black box flight recorders on the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean last month. The breakthrough came as the crew of La Place searched a three-mile (5km) area where the jet is believed to have come down on 19 May, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board.

  • Expression
    8 months ago
    by kxh
    +32 +6

    How the FAA Shot Down "Uber for Planes"

    Flight-sharing was a brilliant and innovative idea to connect pilots with passengers, until the feds got involved.

  • Expression
    8 months ago
    by messi
    +27 +4

    Is the Jetpack Movement Finally Taking Off?

    Personal flight, once a pipe dream, is now within our reach. But futuristic transportation does not come cheap. David Mayman's right thigh is covered by a skin graft, the aftermath of a jetpack crash. In 2010, a “rocket belt” he bought in Mexico shot 1,300-degree steam down Mayman’s leg after he missed a landing in Australia, leaving him with third-degree burns. Today, in an avocado orchard north of Los Angeles, the clean-cut, 53-year-old Australian millionaire wears a thick, black flame-retardant jet suit.

  • Expression
    8 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +34 +9

    Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car Factories

    Three years ago, Silicon Valley developed a fleeting infatuation with a startup called Zee.Aero. The company had set up shop right next to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., which was curious, because Google tightly controls most of the land in the area. Then a reporter spotted patent filings showing Zee.Aero was working on a small, all-electric plane that could take off and land vertically—a flying car. In the handful of news articles that ensued, all the startup would say was that it wasn’t affiliated with Google or any other technology company.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +41 +5

    Poland to dig up victims of 2010 presidential plane crash

    The remains of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and other victims of a 2010 plane crash will be exhumed to help investigators determine the cause of the crash that killed 96 people, a spokesman for top prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutor Maciej Kujawski told The Associated Press that investigators are in talks with Polish and foreign experts who they want to carry out the exhumations at an unspecified time. Temperatures in Poland allow for exhumations to take place from mid-October until mid-April.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by rhingo
    +39 +6

    A.I. Downs Expert Human Fighter Pilot In Dogfights

    In the military world, fighter pilots have long been described as the best of the best. As Tom Wolfe famously wrote, only those with the "right stuff" can handle the job. Now, it seems, the right stuff may no longer be the sole purview of human pilots. A pilot A.I. developed by a doctoral graduate from the University of Cincinnati has shown that it can not only beat other A.I.s, but also a professional fighter pilot with decades of experience. In a series of flight combat simulations, the A.I. successfully evaded...

  • Video
    7 months ago
    by rti9
    +25 +3

    This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. Why did it fail?

    The Concorde gave us supersonic transport. But why did this supersonic plane fail? The answer is complicated — Vox's Phil Edwards investigated.