Once you're on a plane, you're limited to what you've brought with you and what the aircraft offers in the way of entertainment. (Well, that and passing out.) Usually you're left to decide between a movie or different music channels. Another option that could be coming up? A book.
What you're looking at is the nose of a propeller plane as photographed by an iPhone. You should be noticing something weird right off the bat — at least, if you understand that reality shouldn't allow for this to exist....
It's 1999. The pilot of American Airlines Flight 1420 attempts to land during a severe thunderstorm in Arkansas. Things go from bad to worse in the face of terrible crosswinds and a decision to switch runways, and the craft ends up in half — yet 133 people live.
JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater was just doing his job, moving to ask a passenger to sit back down after prematurely rising to pull a carry-on from the overhead compartment. After a rude response, Slater had had enough — he went for the emergency exit.
What kind of planes will we ride in 30 years from now? While Airbus not too long ago offered a wild vision full of holographic projections and morphing seats, Boeing is keeping it real after an 18-month-long study on the future of air travel.
Looking at this hilariously anachronistic ad for a Glide-O-Bike from 1931, one imagines a whole hell of a lot of disappointed Depression-era kids. And possibly a few injured ones.
Even Airbus admits that its concept plane is "not likely to come together" exactly how it predicts, but oh what a prediction it is: morphing, self cleaning seats; see-through walls; personalized, holographic decorations. Taking in all that and the plane's space-age looks, we think Airbus definitely has a right to call this an "engineer's dream."
The big question with the Solar Impulse, an aircraft designed to fly wholly using solar power, is whether or not it'd be able to continue to operate at night. Well, turns out it can, as the Solar Impulse landed after successfully completing a 24-hour test flight.
Lufthansa has gone ahead and had its A380 plane interiors redone by London-based industrial design firm Priestmangoode. The result? A luxurious new cabin, including a first class cabin with seats that fold down into full beds, special flooring that dampens...
Our aging air traffic control network doesn't only affect safety, it has an impact on delays, cancellations and efficiency in general. Controllers still rely on radar to guide aircraft, and there's a bit of finesse needed to make it all...