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  • Analysis
    1 year 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
    1 year 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
    1 year 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.

  • Expression
    11 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
    11 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.

  • Analysis
    11 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
    11 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
    11 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
    10 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
    10 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
    10 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
    10 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
    10 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...

  • Expression
    9 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +29 +6

    Could this be the first nuclear-powered airliner?

    A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion. Stephen Dowling investigates the challenges of making airliners run on atomic power.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by distant
    +33 +11

    MH370 Search to Be Suspended as New Evidence Hints the Flight Glided

    The official search is nearly over while amateurs comb beaches to look for more debris. Already their efforts have turned up pieces of wing that show the plane didn't nosedive into the ocean. Officials from Malaysia, Australia, and China have come as close as they could to saying that the greatest mystery in modern aviation, the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370, will remain unsolved. Meeting in Kuala Lumpur they said, “In the absence of new evidence [the three countries] have collectively decided to suspend the search upon completion of the 120,000 square kilometer (46,332 square mile) search area.”

  • Video
    9 months ago
    by drunkenninja
    +16 +5

    Why You Should Put YOUR MASK On First (My Brain Without Oxygen)

    There are parts of this video that I don't remember making.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by ppp
    +26 +10

    EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution

    Jet engine exhaust from airliners endangers human health and adds to climate change, the government found Monday in taking the first step toward regulating those emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency said it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions. Jet engines spew significant amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, into the upper atmosphere, where they trap heat from the sun.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +30 +5

    Solar plane makes historic landing after round-the-world flight

    An aircraft powered by solar energy landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates early Tuesday, after flying around the world without the use of fossil fuels.

  • Expression
    8 months ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +4

    Are Autonomous Helicopters the Future of Commuting?

    “Mark my word,” Henry Ford declared in 1940: “A combination air-plane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic, you’ve probably wished that such a conveyance had arrived, and that you were driving a flying car—a ground-bound vehicle that could sprout wings and take off toward the sky, above the crowded roads and highways, to transport you quickly and easily to your destination.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by kxh
    +13 +4

    Airlander 10: World's largest aircraft completes its first flight

    The giant blimp-like Airlander 10 has completed its maiden flight after months of preparations. The aircraft's odd shape has led some observers to describe it as a "flying bum."

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by jcscher
    +18 +6

    Teen Pilot Claims World Record In Round-The-Globe Solo Trip

    When 18-year-old Lachlan Smart touched down in eastern Australia on Saturday morning, he became youngest person to fly around the world solo in a single engine aircraft.

  • Analysis
    7 months ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +35 +7

    Russia's airship plan is crazy — and cunning

    A fleet of high-tech aerostats sail across Russia's remote Arctic stretches, bringing resources from the north to the busy railheads farther south. An economic boom saves the economy, and because American business wants a piece of the action, the United States lifts sanctions on Russia. The European Union and China get involved, too. Same goes for disloyal Russian millionaires and billionaires stashing their savings in London and New York real estate instead of investing in the motherland.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by zyery
    +27 +7

    Emergency declared on board flight from London to Canada

    The flight which was scheduled to land at Edmonton in Canada at 12.59 local time has been forced to land in Iceland following a one and a half hour hold over the European island. The Westjet flight, number WS27, left London at 10.55am and was just over two hours into its journey when the pilots made an 'emergency squawk'. The flight made its way to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland but before it did it turned around on its path and spent almost an hour and a half over the Atlantic.

  • Video
    7 months ago
    by rti9
    +35 +10

    The Plane Highway in the Sky

    Over the North Atlantic, where there is no radar coverage, planes don't fly like they normally fly. They follow a set of daily tracks that act like highways in the sky.

  • Analysis
    6 months ago
    by gladsdotter
    +39 +4

    Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster

    We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills? A computer one hundred times more accurate and one million times faster than a human will make 10,000 times as many mistakes. by Tim Harford.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by wetwilly87
    +7 +3

    British Airways jet diverted to Vancouver over 'sick crew'

    A British Airways flight from San Francisco to London was diverted to Vancouver after members of the crew became ill, the airline says. Twenty-five crew members went to local hospitals as a precaution but were later discharged, said BA spokeswoman Michele Kropf. The crew were not treated for smoke inhalation as reported, she said. The airline did not say what the cause of the problem was or what their symptoms were. There has been no confirmation over how many people the Airbus A380 carried.

  • Expression
    5 months ago
    by ckshenn
    +31 +9

    The audacious plan to bring back supersonic flight — and change air travel forever

    We’ve learned to tolerate slow, boring air travel. But there’s a compelling case that it should be much, much faster.

  • Analysis
    5 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +28 +4

    Breakdown at 30,000 Feet

    Thousands of people flew Allegiant last year thinking their planes wouldn’t fail in the air. They were wrong. By Nathaniel Lash, William R. Levesque and Anthony Cormier.

  • Expression
    5 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +28 +4

    The WWII design genius that inspired a Mars explorer

    A flying wing – first developed in Nazi Germany – could prove one of the best ways to fly over Mars, Richard Hollingham reports.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by spacepopper
    +8 +2

    Russian Mig-29 fighter jet crashes in Mediterranean

    A Russian MiG-29 fighter jet has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea as it tried to land on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the country's defence ministry has said. The pilot ejected safely from the plane, the ministry said. The Admiral Kuznetsov is part of a group of Russian warships recently deployed near the Syrian coast. Nato had expressed concern planes from the carrier would be used to attack civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by ppp
    +9 +2

    Horrific crash kills 1st woman to fly China's J-10 fighter

    One of China's first female fighter pilots and a member of the country's air force aerobatics team was killed in a training accident over the weekend, according to Chinese state-run media. Capt. Yu Xu, 30, died Saturday during a routine training flight with the aerobatics team, according to the reports. The Chinese military did not provide details of the accident in Hebei province, but state-run media, citing military sources and witnesses, said Yu ejected from her aircraft after it collided with another during the training.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by LisMan
    +23 +3

    Poland Exhumes Ex-President’s Body in Inquiry of 2010 Plane Crash

    The bodies of Poland’s former president and his wife were exhumed Monday evening as part of an investigation into an April 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed the couple — after years of speculation, backed by little evidence, that the crash was not an accident.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by canuck
    +12 +6

    Lufthansa grounds long-haul flights as strike drags on

    More than 100,000 Lufthansa passengers are facing disruption as a strike by pilots dragged on for a third day. The German airline cancelled about 830 flights on Friday, with long-haul journeys facing disruption over the weekend as the dispute intensifies. Lufthansa has cancelled more than 2,600 flights since pilots first went on strike on Wednesday. The pilots' union said 88 long-haul flights leaving Germany on Saturday would be hit.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by canuck
    +13 +7

    Irish father and daughter survive plane crash after 'complete engine failure'

    Pilots John and Isabella Ordway suffered complete engine failure 80 miles from Nairobi. Writing on Facebook Mr Ordway, from Co Cork, described their terrifying ordeal. "We had a complete engine failure 80 miles from Nairobi (the end part for our vintage air rally) and Had to crash land. Both bella and I are thankfully fine. The plane was destroyed but we walked away without a scratch.

  • Review
    4 months ago
    by gladsdotter
    +20 +6

    A Voyage in the Clouds: The Heartening Illustrated Story of the First International Flight in 1785

    How a Frenchman, an Englishman, a French bulldog named Henri, and an English bulldog named Henry overcame their differences to conquer the skies.