aeroplanes

Climate Change Could Make It Harder For Aeroplanes To Get Liftoff

Every once in a while, unlucky passengers get bumped because an overbooked aeroplane is too heavy. It’s maddening, and it makes you question the airline’s ability to do arithmetic. But there is a method to weight restrictions, and Earth’s rising temperatures could make it increasingly hard for planes to take off without shedding extra weight.


Boeing 787 Dreamliner Fire Investigation Blames Pretty Much Everybody

The Wall Street Journal reports that on Monday the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officially released its report on the mysterious battery fires that grounded Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner fleet last year. And while it didn’t identify what caused the actual short circuit, the NTSB puts the blame on a series of failures by Boeing, Japan’s GS Yuasa Corp. — who supplied the 787′s batteries — and even the FAA.


This RC Carbon Fibre Glider Looks Like A Stealthy Paper Aeroplane

The Power Up 3.0 was the first paper aeroplane that actually let you steer and fly your folded creation like an RC toy, but in terms of durability it was still just made of paper. With the Carbon Flyer you lose the ability to fold your own craft, but since it’s made from incredibly strong and lightweight carbon fibre, crashes will never put your plane out of commission.


This May Be The Coolest, Most Futuristic Bomber Ever Built

While the Saab 35 Draken may be the coolest, most futuristic combat jet ever made, when it comes to bombers that title goes to the XB-70 Valkyrie, a gigantic supersonic strategic nuclear bomber that never entered service. Seriously, when I say gigantic I really mean it. This thing is unbelievable — check the image below.


Disneyland And Walt Disney World Are No-Fly Zones

Aerial photographs of Disney’s theme parks are rare these days. That’s not because they’re boring or dumb. They’re impossible to take, because Disneyland and Walt Disney World are prohibited air space. And it’s not just because of terrorism, either.


A Beautiful Photo Of The Cockpit Of The Lockheed MC-130

Photo: Combat jet aeroplanes may be way more sleeker and cooler than cargo planes, but there is something magnificent about slowly flying in one of these beast, looking at the landscape in calm morning through the huge windows of the cockpit.


Watch A 55-Day Overhaul Of The Largest Passenger Plane In Two Minutes

Emirates’ very first mammoth Airbus A380 has racked up some crazy stats since first being delivered to the airline back in 2008. And after 3000 takeoffs, 20 million kilometres and 1.2 million passengers, it’s no wonder the plane’s first major checkup took a total of 55 days. Thanks to the magic of timelapse, though, you get to watch the whole thing go down in under two minutes.


JetBlue Seats Are About To Get Even More Cramped

It’s a dark day for personal space bubbles everywhere: JetBlue is about to cram 15 more seats into its Airbus A320. What’s more, after being one of the only remaining major airline holdouts, it’s also finally caving in and tacking on baggage fees. Delightful.


Monster Machines: This Plane That Carries Planes Costs A Quarter Of A Billion Dollars

With a front end like Megamind’s noggin, this massive airliner may not be the prettiest of aeroplanes but her whopping 43-tonne cargo capacity more than makes up for her homeliness. Popularly known as the “Beluga”, this super-capacity transport helps keep the European aviation industry in the air. It’s a whale of a plane.


Working Aeroplane Transformed Into Perfect Loft Now Available On Airbnb

The latest marketing stunt from the Dutch airline KLM gives you the chance to spend a night in this aeroplane refurbished into a gorgeous loft. At first I thought that sleeping next to the runaway of one of the busiest airports in Europe sounded like a bad idea, but then I saw the pictures and changed my mind.