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American Pilots Forget How To Fly Manually, Says US Department Of Transportation

Don’t read this if you’re about to board an aeroplane. A new report by the US Department of Transportation warns that US pilot training no longer maintains their ability to fly commercial flights manually because of the surfeit of autonomous technology inside the cockpit.


Boeing Wants To Turn The Interiors Of Its Planes Into Giant Screens

The use of mood lighting on planes has almost become cliché — ahem, Virgin — but what if airlines could take that idea a bit further, actually using LEDs and projected imagery to wholly improve the flying experience? Boeing has a pretty great idea for what a well-lit plane of the future might feel like.


Woman In Wingsuit Flies Through A Gap Between Two Buildings

Video: Here’s a fun video of Roberta Mancino flying in a wing suit as she splits two buildings in Panama City, Panama. It’s cool to see her quickly adjust her flight path to avoid one of the buildings and to see her reaction as she does it too.


Wild Wingsuit Video Shows A Guy Flying Through A Narrow Canyon

Video: Here’s a really fun wingsuit video that reminds you why you’ll never actually strap on a wingsuit and fly in your entire life: two guys make a jump and fly a line through a completely narrow canyon in Switzerland. It’s like pod racing through the canyons of Tatooine in Star Wars except even more dangerous because the pod is your body.


Airbus Crazy Patent Watch: Detachable Cabins Edition

Airbus’s notable patents from the last few years reads like a list of failed aerospace Kickstarters: standing-room-only aircraft, bicycle saddles instead of real seats, or VR headsets to escape the awful reality of coach. Is it possible to go more ambitious? Airbus’s R&D department says yes.


FAA Is Doing Nothing About Continued Boeing Dreamliner Battery Failures

In 2013, the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner was grounded for nearly four months because the plane’s lithium-ion batteries caught fire. It’s had at least three more cell failures since the plane was allowed to resume flying. While the Federal Aviation Administration dismisses these new failures, the fact that these battery malfunctions continue to happen is a big deal.


Watch Crazy Guys In Wingsuits Fly Right Next To The Face Of City Buildings

Video: There’s a holy crap moment in this wingsuit video where you hold your breath and wonder if the guys flying in the air are actually going to crash into the side of the building and if you should turn off the video. But then they make a perfect turn move and basically zip right next to multiple buildings on their path. They’re so close they could probably high five someone on the balcony. It’s impressive.


FAA Says You Must Not Pack Lithium Batteries In Your Hold Luggage

If you squirrel away batteries in hold luggage ready to power your kit through a trip, you may need to rethink: the Federal Aviation Administration is making a push to ensure you don’t.


How To Survive A Long Flight With Just Your Smartphone

Even if you get the privilege of a rather clunky entertainment system built into the seat in front of you, having to sit inside a aerial tin can for a stretch of several hours is always a struggle. Thankfully, your most dependable gadget can help the time to (quite literally) fly by, even without Wi-Fi.


FAA Approves In-Flight Internet That Might Not Suck

Slow internet is the worst possible kind of internet, as anyone who’s sold kidneys to use in-flight Wi-Fi can probably attest. GoGo, the biggest player in the airborne Wi-Fi game, has been promising faster speeds since 2013; thanks to a FAA decision, the company is now one step closer to coming through.


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