aeroplanes

Badass Aeroplane Pilot Extinguishes Truck Fire With One Water Drop

Aerial firefighters are some of the most badass pilots out there, flying through smoke, extreme heat and turbulences, in often battered aeroplanes to drop water with amazing skills and courage. Sometimes, however, they get to do fun stuff like this: put out a semi truck fire on a road in the middle of nowhere.


These Giant RC Aeroplanes Are So Huge That You Can Fly A Kid Inside

I have seen big RC planes in the past, but this is really getting out of hand. I watch these videos of giant scale RC planes — the one above is 85 per cent of the original size! — and I have to wonder what’s the point. OK, I know the point: It’s awesome, but you may as well build the entire thing.


How Flying Is Getting A Lot Safer In One Simple Graphic

Fascinating interactive data visualisation by Information Is Beautiful Studio for BBC Future: All the flight incidents from 2014 to 1993 in one single graphic — 436 in total. The size of the circles correspond to the number of fatalities. Particularly interesting is the chart on the top right.


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.


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