aeroplanes

Why Does Weather Cause Air Traffic Delays?

The effect that weather has on air traffic delays is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of aviation. The conditions that typically can cause delays are low cloud ceilings, low visibility, convective activity (thunderstorms), icing conditions, high winds and runway conditions.


Incredible Video Of An Air Tanker Refuelling A Tanker Against A Full Moon

Video: Without a doubt, this is one of the coolest aeroplane videos I have ever seen. Thanks to the magic of telephoto lenses, the moon in this infrared clip looks impossibly gigantic. The fact that a KC-10 tanker is refuelling another KC-10 tanker make the entire thing feel unreal — as in “I had a hard time believing this wasn’t some kind of fake” unreal.


Neat Photo Shows A US Navy Sailor Inside A F/A-18 Hornet Afterburner

Dayshot: It looks like the entryway to a portal. Or like the pod of some spacecraft. But it’s a US Navy sailor checking out the afterburners of a fighter jet. From the US Navy: “Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Ryan Draper, from Palmdale, Calif., inspects an F/A-18 afterburner in the jet shop aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).”


The US Air Force's Mysterious Space Plane Is Going Into Orbit Again

If all goes well, the US Air Force’s mysterious X-37B will blast off into space for the fourth time on 20 May. But for the first time, they’re actually telling us what the space plane will be doing — well, some of it anyway.


Planes Get Struck By Lightning Once A Year On Average

There’s a moment in the Truman Show, when Jim Carrey tries to travel to Fiji (and escape his creep-o TV show island) and this poster pops up at a travel agency. It’s funny because lightning strikes are such rare occurrences it couldn’t happen that often. Surely, not often enough to necessitate a poster.


What Happens When A Flock Of Birds Hits An Aeroplane Head On

You should have seen the other guy, said the plane. The plane, a Boeing 738 operated by Turkish Airlines, was landing at Nevşehir-Capadoccia airport when it got its nose punched in by a flock of birds. The birds, judging from the marks and cracks and colour of said punched in plane nose, presumably suffered a worse fate.


Every Major US Airline's Wi-Fi Service, Explained And Ranked

You know that Louis CK joke about Wi-Fi on aeroplanes? He says, “It’s fast, and I’m watching YouTube clips. It’s amazing — I’m on an aeroplane! And then it breaks down.… And the guy next to me goes, ‘This is bullshit.'” It’s so true.


American Airlines Planes Grounded Because Of Pilot iPad Crashes

American Airlines has been using iPads in place of paper reference books for several years — but last night, a weakness showed. “Several dozen” of the airline’s planes were grounded as pilots’ iPads crashed.


Awesome Underneath Angle Of A B-1B Lancer Taking Off

Dayshot: Here’s a really cool shot of a B-1B Lancer from the US Air Force taking off from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The underneath angle is perfect as it makes the soaring bomber look like a beautiful bird in flight.


Watching Fighter Jets Burn Through The Night Is Pure Awesome

Video: I can pretty much watch these fighter jets rip through the runway at night forever. I mean, what is more awesome than seeing city lights blur and afterburners shoot out fiery power? This footage comes from The Aviationist and includes all kind of fighter jets burning rubber at the Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nevada.