aeroplanes

Pilot Takes Off From Road In The Alps To Do Some Crazy Acrobatics

Video: I can help but to feel a mix of awe, envy and fear as I watch Red Bull Air Force pilot Hannes Arch taking off from a road in the Austrian Alps and then perform some what-the-hell-are-you-noooooo-oh-my-god-you-got-to-be-kidding acrobatics way too close to all those amazing ridges.


Cheap Aeroplane Seats Shouldn't Recline At All

Yesterday, we shared the amusing case of the cross-country trip that was diverted when two passengers got in a battle over a reclining seat. But the real villain here isn’t our travel-addled selves. It’s that we still let aeroplane seats recline at all.


A Gadget That Stops Seats From Reclining Caused A Plane-Diverting Fight

Planes are giving us less and less leg room so it’s no surprise that quarrels break out between passengers over space. Yesterday, one such altercation got so heated that a plane was diverted to Chicago. And at the heart of the conflict? A nifty little device called the Knee Defender, which prevents seats from reclining.


BAE Wants To Make Aeroplanes With Skin That Feels Its Surroundings

BAE’s had another mad brainstorming session, this time developing the concept of a “smart skin” for aeroplanes to help them “feel” their surroundings and detect damage.


The Weirdest Aircraft I've Ever Seen

Its design reminds me of the B-Wing but the gyroptère — or monocopter – is even weirder than the beloved starfighter from Star Wars. It had a single blade — the long wing you can see in white — which rotated to lift it to the skies. Try to picture that, because I really couldn’t until I saw this video.


Sorry, But The FAA Has Decided The 'Uber For Planes' Idea Can't Fly

The Federal Aviation Authority has shoved an idea for “Uber for planes” back into the hangar. Yesterday, it ruled that it has banned pilots from “publicly offering seats on their planes in exchange for [fuel] money,” reports TechCrunch. That puts US startups like AirPooler and FlyteNow in a legal bind since they were offering ride-sharing services.


This Panoramic 4K Timelapse Of Dubai Airport Is Mesmerising

A busy airport at night is a beautiful thing to see in action. This video, though, takes that to a whole new level, showing a 360-degree timelapse panorama of Dubai International Airport in 4K. It is utterly, oddly compelling.


A British Pilot's Artificial Arm Came Off, Almost Caused Crash Landing

The pilot of a Flybe flight from Birmingham to Belfast City Airport managed to get himself in a bit of a mess last year — when his artificial arm somehow came off during a landing.


How One 1920s Feminist Imagined Our Futuristic High-Tech World

Josephine Daskam Bacon was an author known for her adventure serials that featured female protagonists. But in 1929, she took a break from her regular fiction writing and slipped on her futurist goggles for an article in Century magazine titled “In Nineteen Seventy-Nine”.20 Bacon imagined just how much progress women will have made fifty years hence — and whether her granddaughter would be able to “have it all” as some people here in the future might say.


What Air-To-Air Refuelling Looks Like In The Night Skies

Ever wondered what air-to-air refuelling looked like up in the night skies? Thanks to the UK’s Royal Air Force we can show you: this is what a Lockheed C-130 Hercules crew sees when refuelling at night. So, quite a lot like Tron, then.


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