flying

This Game Might Actually Get You To Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

Unless you’re a first-time passenger who’s a little anxious about flying, you probably pay more attention to your phone than a flight attendant’s safety spiel. But since it really is important to pay attention, researchers from the University of Udine’s HCI Lab are developing smartphone and tablet apps that gamify in-flight safety info.


The Crazy Things Delta Does To Cancel Fewer Flights Than Any Other Airline

Last year, Delta Air Lines cancelled fewer flights than any other airline, scratching just 0.3 per cent of its flights. That’s more than five times better than the industry average. It’s an obsession for Delta, an airline that once ranked near rock-bottom for cancellations, and as The Wall Street Journal explains, the company strives for zero-cancellation days in some very unorthodox ways.


This Image Shows Eight Hours Of Airliners Departing From LAX

Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley posted this awesome image of almost all the departures and some of the arrivals at LAX during a period of eight hours last Sunday. You can buy the photo if you want.


Listen To The Australian Cast Of The Lion King Sing On A Plane

This is either the best flight ever — if it wasn’t delayed and you managed to eat and rest beforehand — or the worst flight ever — if you’re trying to catch up on sleep and are stuck next to an oversized mouth breather. Still, I’d like to think that most people with a working heart that pumps blood would have a good time listening to the beautiful cast of The Lion King in Australia start singing The Circle of Life before their flight took off.


How I Survived The 33-Hour Flight From Hell

I hate flying. I hate the cramped seats, I hate the food and I hate the hurry-up-and-wait mentality of airports. Imagine my delight then after spending 33-hours trapped on a Cathay Pacific flight from New York to Hong Kong thanks to bad weather and the bad Chinese government. Welcome to the flight from hell.


I Can't Believe This Twisting Plane Managed To Land In Such Bad Weather

The pilot in this twisting and turning plane must be ridiculously disciplined, have palms that never sweat, a personality that never stresses and big brass ones because that’s what it takes to land a plane in such shit weather.


The World's Largest Solar Plant Is Blinding Pilots

We probably should have seen this coming. At the Ivanpah solar power plant near Las Vegas, a massive glittering field of 170,000 garage door-sized mirrors reflects sunlight. And all those mirrors are making flying near Ivanpah not so fun — or safe.


Wow, This Might Be The Best Video Of A Wingsuit Flight Ever

Videos of wingsuit flights are never not awesome but this one just might be the best. And it’s not because of the snow, although the beautifully fresh powder helps. And it’s not because Dan Vicary, the flying man in the video, zips around for 5km, although the astonishing views certainly don’t hurt.


Holy Crap, This Woman Is Flying Hanging From Two Toy Helicopters!

You’ve probably dreamt about flying. Who hasn’t? It seems awesome! But getting lifted into the air by two separate RC helicopters also seems more than a little bit scary.


The World's Longest Aircraft Finally Gets Off The Ground

The HAV304 took the crown of “world’s longest aircraft” with its inaugural flight today. The gargantuan spans a football field and towers just over two stories in height, owing its construction to pure metal. It sacrifices little in being the world’s longest, as it still reaches 100 mph, which is triple that of the dwarfish Goodyear blimp. Further, it can stay airborne for just over three weeks (and hypothetically, if it could maintain its maximum speed for all that time, it would travel over 80,000km.)