Airbus Wants to Stuff a Bunch of Comfy Beds Into a Plane’s Cargo Hold For Long Flights

Airbus apparently didn’t get the memo that air travel is only supposed to get more cramped and uncomfortable year after year. Instead of designing even tinier seats, the company has revealed plans to create swappable modules that turn a plane’s cargo hold into spacious flying dorm rooms packed full of comfy-looking beds. Read More >>

Chinese Citizens With Bad ‘Social Credit’ to Be Blocked From Taking Planes and Trains

China’s terrifying “social credit” system isn’t planned to be fully implemented until 2020, but we’re already seeing facets of it being put in place. In May, people who have committed acts of “serious dishonour” will reportedly be unable to travel on trains or flights for up to a year. Read More >>

A Computer Error Let Every American Airlines Pilot Take Christmas Off

Travelling over Christmas is already a nightmare, but for people flying American Airlines during the last two weeks in December, things may have just gotten a whole lot worse. Read More >>

New Report Reveals a Drone Almost Crashed Into a Plane Landing at Gatwick Back in July

Well, this is kinda terrifying. A recent report from the UK Airprox Board has revealed there was almost a potentially fatal collision between a drone and a plane carrying 130 passengers back in July. Read More >>

Pilot Brothers End Their Careers by Landing their Final Flights Within 30 Seconds of Each Other

I hate flying like the Grinch hates Christmas. Somewhere, deep inside my wrong-headed Scottish cerebrum, lies a deep-seated fear of any activity that involves being strapped into a flying tube with wings 38,000 ft above terra firma. Still, even my inner aviation-hating nut has to admit the recent story of two twin pilots winding down their careers by landing more or less at the same time is pretty darn sweet. Read More >>

Why Did This Company Let Me Fly a £1.5 Million Aircraft?

Somewhere over the Hamptons (in Long Island, New York), the pilot told me to take the controls. To my left, there was a joystick, roughly the same size and dimension as my favorite ‘90s arcade game, After Burner. I clutched it, pulled back, and felt the jet climb. “Now try to stay inside the boxes,” the pilot said, pointing at a touchscreen in the cockpit. “It’s a lot like Flight Simulator 2000.” And it was, except we were in an actual jet — the world’s newest and smallest, in fact — soaring thousands of feet above the Atlantic Ocean, very much flying. I didn’t even consider the idea that we might crash. Read More >>

Paul Allen Shows Off the World’s Largest Airplane For the First Time

You can’t be a Silicon Valley billionaire without having your own initiative to build a big ass aircraft. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is most definitely a Silicon Valley billionaire and today, he proved that by pulling the world’s largest airplane out of its hanger for the first time and showed the world what the future of rocket launches might look like. Read More >>

White House Seriously Considering Banning Laptops on All International Flights to the US

Following a ban of in cabin electronic devices that are “larger than a smartphone” on flights coming to the US from locations in eight majority-Muslim countries, it appears the White House wants to expand its curious policy. This morning, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he was considering applying the ban to all incoming international flights. Read More >>

British Airways Grounds Flights Following Global IT Problems [Updated]

Update 5/28/17 13:30: The delays have now entered their second day, after British Airways initially cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday. As of lunchtime today, Sunday departures from Gatwick are delayed according to the BBC, though none have yet be cancelled. BA is urging passengers looking to travel today to check the status of flights before making the journey to the airport. Read More >>

US Air Force Leaders Say It’s High Time Their Planes Shot Deadly Lasers

US military bigwigs gathered in Orlando this week for the annual AirWarfare Symposium to discuss big plans for big weapons that do big damage. According to a report, the biggest unfunded project that US Special Operations Command hopes to push through is a C-130 that’s equipped with a power laser weapon. Read More >>

Donald Trump Tours ‘Beautiful’ Plane He Vowed to Never Fly On

Yesterday, US President Donald Trump took a break from screaming at random reporters to tour Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. That’s despite the fact that he tweeted (as, regrettably, he so often does) about never flying on the plane. Read More >>

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I Love The Clouds Aeroplane Wings Create During Takeoff and Landing

To my eye, the clouds that aeroplane wings creates during takeoff and landing look like some sort of force field—like a stealth shroud that envelopes the plane as it flies around. Reality is less fun though, because the clouds rolling over the wings are caused by the lift forces that lets planes fly. Read More >>

Watch Daredevils With Jetpacks Fly Next to People Standing on Top of Airplanes

If you’re going to be flying in the air with a jetpack attached to your back, you might as well do it with folks who have strapped themselves standing to the wings of an airplane. Why not, right? Read More >>

This Fighter Jet Flew So Close to the Ground That it Basically Knocked Down a Guy

Yowza. Watch this Sukhoi Su-27 make the lowest of low passes at an air base in Ukraine. Like, it flies so impossibly close to the ground that you can see a guy duck and essentially get blown over as the fighter jet flies above his head. The video shows the entire insane approach: the jet flies a few feet over the runway before it peels left and screams right on top of the guy before picking up air again over the cameraman. Bananas. Read More >>

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You Can’t Even See the Plane Trying to Land Through This Impossibly Thick Fog

What the hell. The fog at Gatwick Airport was seemingly eating up any aeroplane that was trying to land on the runway. Some of the planes appeared to disappear into the unknown, never to be seen again (they were probably sent around). Others were able to land when the fog cleared up a bit, but still, that’s a scary time to be in the air. Read More >>