FAA's New $US5 Billion Air Traffic Control System Forgot About Drones

Designers of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s futuristic, new air traffic control system did a whoops. Despite explicit instructions from Congress to take drones into account, they failed to include them in the plans for the $US5 billion NextGen system. And it’s definitely too late to start over.

Monster Machines: Africa's First Indigenous Aircraft Will Compete With Surveillance UAVs

While Africa’s backyard space program has yet to get off the ground, the continent’s first (arguably) homegrown aircraft has already taken flight. Throughout the continent, these ultralight two-seaters could soon fill the skies where long-range surveillance UAVs are too expensive to fly.

How I Failed To Become A Drone Pilot

Drones are fun. Let’s just get that out there. The small, semi-affordable aircraft that violate some people’s privacy, hurt others’ faces, and generally cause trouble are super duper fun. They’re also very, very complicated.

This Slick-Looking Map Tells You Where You Can('t) Fly Your Drone In The US

The Federal Aviation Administration has been dragging its heels on drafting drone regulations, lots of people are confused about, where it’s OK to fly their small aircraft. Using OpenStreetMap and government data, the wizards at MapBox created an interactive map to clear the air.

The DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter Is Now A Real Autonomous Drone


One of the most popular consumer quadcopters on the market is now a true drone. DJI recently pushed an update to the apps that help control its flagship Phantom 2 Vision, and now the $US1000 aircraft can fly missions autonomously. Seriously, you just tell it where to go, and it goes — all by itself.

An Up-Close Tour Of The C-17 Globemaster, The Giant That Flies

With sinuous lines, flawless grey skin and four powerful turbofan engines straight out of a contemporary sci-fi movie, the iconic C-17 Globemaster has a surprisingly spacious exterior, with a 77,500kg maximum payload. Inside, it’s a total mess of cables, wires, pipes and hundreds of gadgets that the average admirer can hardly see through.

27 High-Tension Photos Of American Jets Intercepting Russian Warplanes

This week interception of Russian warplanes by NATO Typhoon fighters reminds me of the time in which the world was on the brink of total nuclear annihilation, when Soviet forces taunted the Americans to test their defenses. This image collection shows that part of a Cold War that seems reactivated right now.

The B-52 Bomber Is Now A Network Hub With Wings

The B-52 bomber is one the US Air Force’s most iconic aeroplanes — but it’s also beginning to show its age. Now, Boeing has decided to bring it right up-to-date though, with its new Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT).

This Strange Barrel Aeroplane Is The Ancestor Of Modern Jet Engines

Video: Stipa-Caproni is an Italian experimental aircraft designed by Luigi Stipa and built by Gianni Caproni in 1932. Its barrel-shape fuselage, enclosing the engine and propeller, served as inspiration of the modern jet engines.

South Korea Thinks It Found Two Crashed Drones From North Korea

On Wednesday, South Korean officials unveiled photos of two rudimentary drones that crashed over the border, on South Korean land, around the same time the country exchanged live fire with North Korea. And indeed they think it was the North Koreans who sent the drones — if you want to call them drones, that is.

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