aeroplanes

A Flight Emergency Landing Can't Be More Chilled Out Than This

Video: This clips shows the emergency descent of Jetblue flight 1416, which happened on 18 September. Seeing those oxygen masks going down as the cabin fills up with smoke — after one of the engines stops! — is the beginning of one of my worst nightmares. Yet, all passengers seem completely calm about it.


No, A Smoke-Filled Airliner Is Not A Good Place For A Selfie

Most humans’ priority when their flying metal tube starts filling with smoke: panic, scream, scrabble for oxygen mask, pee their pants a little. This guy? He pulls out his smartphone and starts video-selfie-ing for all he’s worth.


Listen To A Pilot With Hypoxia, Guided By ATC, Safely Land A Learjet

Commercial airliners (and other high-altitude craft) are pressurised for a reason — along with it being a fair bit colder up there, there’s less oxygen for us to breathe. Above 10,000 feet (3000m) It doesn’t take long for a condition known as hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, to set in, causing a range of symptoms that replicate intoxication.


'High-Energy Objects' Colliding With Flight MH17 Caused It To Explode

A preliminary report by the Dutch Safety Board into what caused the devastating crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has confirmed what many already feared. The report explains that the plane was downed by “a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside”, causing it to explode in mid-air. All 298 passengers and crew aboard the flight were tragically killed.


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.


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