European Regulators Add Autopilot Issue to the List of Things Boeing Has to Fix

Following the Boeing 737 crashes earlier this year and last year that saw all 737 Max jets grounded, European regulators have a list of issues the company has to sort out before the planes can resume service. Read More >>

Airplane! is Actually a Direct Parody of a Film From 1957

It’s no secret that the 1980 comedy movie Airplane! is a parody. But for some reason, I’ve spent my entire life believing that Airplane! was a broad parody of 1970s disaster movies. And while the movie clearly took inspiration from some of those films, it’s actually a very specific parody of a movie from 1957 called Zero Hour! Yes, with the exclamation point and everything. Read More >>

Search Teams Identify Debris, Bodies and Passenger Belongings From Flight MS804

Following a full day of searches, military teams have announced that they have found debris, bodies and passenger belongings from the missing flight MS804 that crashed into the sea yesterday. Read More >>

Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down on Syrian Border

Russian authorities have announced that one of its Su-24 strike jets has “crashed on Syrian territory, having been hit from the ground” while flying at 20,000 feet. Read More >>

This May be the Coolest Toy in the World

Believe it or not, this guy is not human. It's part of what may be the coolest toy in the world, which costs as much as a car. Read More >>

The F-35 Jet Has a Friendly Built-in R2-D2 Connected to an Evil HAL 9000

DefenseTech has a good summary of a recent segment on news programme 60 Minutes about the F-35, America's most expensive combat airplane. The Pentagon talks about how it uses "Star Wars-level technology". The pilots, however, aren't so enthusiastic. Read More >>

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Don’t Watch This Airplane Landing if You’re Afraid of Flying

Bilbao. Great city, great people, great food—and one of the worst airports in the world.* The winds over its runways are crazy. Check out this video of an aborted landing filmed last Friday. Madness. Read More >>

In-Flight Entertainment to Get a Boost as Take-Off and Landing Ban on Gadgets Could Be Lifted

Passengers on flights across the US are now free to use their gadgets during both take-off and landing, and that FAA-granted courtesy could soon be extended across Europe too. The relevant governing bodies, including the UK's Civil Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency, are also considering the change, putting an army of "Flight Mode" devs on the dole. [Guardian] Read More >>

Investigators: Latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner Fire Not Caused by Battery

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner continued the model's string of bad luck yesterday when it burst into flames on the tarmac at London Heathrow Airport yesterday. The good news was that it was unoccupied at the time. And now there's a little bit more: investigators say it wasn't the battery's fault. Read More >>

Raising a WWII Bomber From the Depths of the Ocean

Archaeology is not, in general, a thrilling and exciting pastime. But sometimes, gently moving dirt around with paintbrushes gives way to something more adrenelaine-pumping -- in this case, trying to raise a rusted and rotting German bomber from the depths of the English Channel, without the whole thing falling to bits. Read More >>

Fake Italian Pilot Tries to Imitate Catch Me If You Can; Partly Suceeds

Inspired by Steven Spielberg's 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, an Italian man going by the name of Andrea Sirlo tricked his way into the cockpit of at least one airplane by posing as a pilot with a home-made uniform and fake ID, managing to bag a free flight. Read More >>

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How NASA Mounts a Space Shuttle on an Airplane

The Space Shuttle Endeavour just completed its final flight around California today and if you were wondering how a freaking space shuttle ends up on top of a 747, well, watch the video above. It's a mounting process that's not unlike strapping a few bikes to your car's roof (only a wee bit more complicated). Read More >>

How Do You Feel About Paying More Taxes On Flying Than The Rest of the EU?

It's summer time, and I'm sure many of you are flying off to some sort of sunny destination, but what do you 'reckon about paying Air Passenger Duty? An extra cost slapped on when you're booking your tickets, it means you have to dig extra deep into your wallet to get out of here, and many people find that it's just not on. What's worse is that we pay more than most of Europe and the world, whilst countries such as Holland and Denmark have totally scrapped the extra fee. Read More >>

This Is LauncherOne: Virgin Galactic’s Mothership-Launched Space Rocket

Virgin Galactic has a new spaceship: LauncherOne. It's a new air-launched rocket designed to put small satellites into orbit. LauncherOne is a cheap way for universities and private companies to get their own devices orbiting Earth. Read More >>