Video: Fuelled by imagination, this 27-year-old LEGO set — the Solo Trainer — flew thousands of hours in the hands of kids and collectors. But Adam Woodworth, an aerospace engineer and hardware designer at Google, wanted to see just how aeronautically sound LEGO's design really was, so he built a giant RC version of it.
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Video: Driver Simon Li was in the right place, at the right time, for his vehicle's dashcam to capture what looks like a terrifying and deadly crash of a Piper PA32 single-engine aeroplane. But it turns out both the plane's pilot and passenger were able to climb out of the plane's wreckage and walk away afterwards, with no other reported injuries.
Over the weekend, Delta Airlines temporarily grounded all domestic flights due to an unexplained technical error, the second major American airline to do so in the last seven days.
This week, one Virgin America flight was delayed and another was reportedly canceled after crew members discovered a Wi-Fi hotspot named "Samsung Galaxy Note 7" mid-flight. Ultimately, however, no Note 7 was found on the plane, as the network belonged to another device named to resemble the banned smartphone.
Even the most manoeuvrable aircraft we've designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realised, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends.
We don't really have in-flight wi-fi in Australia yet, although both Virgin and Qantas are working on it. It's far more common throughout Europe and the US, but a consortium of European companies is taking a different approach to the new network it's building: instead of satellites dozens of kilometres above the Earth bouncing signals from ground stations to planes and back, the European Aviation Network uses 4G LTE beamed directly upwards from mobile phone towers.
Research at The University of Queensland has revealed the stunningly simple reason why birds never crash mid-flight: they always veer right.
The findings from Professor Mandyam Srinivasan's laboratory at the Queensland Brain Institute have enormous potential for automated anti-crash systems on aircraft.
Video: RC planes aren't cheap, and crashing even a $250 model can be heartbreaking given how much work is required to build and test it before your first flight. So imagine how these guys feel when their half-scale Saab Gripen, measuring 8m long and weighing over 100kg, simply disintegrated in mid-air.
Warning: If you already have a fear of flying, just sit this one out. At 2:25am Monday local time, Singapore Airlines flight SQ368 took off for Milan, only to turn around hours later due to engine oil warning, according to the airline. But as soon as the plane touched down at Changi Airport in Singapore, passengers were greeted with this hellish scenario.
Most human beings would be in a black mood after spending 24 hours awake, strapped to a chair and concentrating hard so as not to die. Not Bertrand Piccard. Gizmodo caught up the man currently flying the Solar Impulse 2 plane from Hawaii to San Francisco, and he sounded downright chipper.
Even on a hot summer day, the outside temperature at 9200m can hit 45 below zero. Ice forming on a plane's fuselage is inevitable, despite how dangerous it can be. So to help ensure planes can survive freezing temperatures, Boeing is developing fake plastic ice to make it easier to test its aircraft.