air travel
A New Design Promises to Quiet the Terrifying Roar of Flushing an Aeroplane Toilet

Flying has become an altogether unpleasant experience, from long security lines at the airport to cramped, uncomfortable seats. But one of the more unsettling parts of flying, those aeroplane toilets that sound like jet engines when flushed, might soon be much quieter thanks to some long overdue research from Brigham Young University. Read More >>

Boeing Promises to Release Software Update For 737 Max Planes by April

Boeing announced overnight that the company would release a software update for its 737 Max planes “no later” than next month. The announcement, which was posted to Boeing’s website, calls the software release an “enhancement” and explains that it’s related to the October crash of Lion Air Flight 610 which killed 189 people. Sunday’s crash that killed 157 in Ethiopia is only mentioned in passing. Read More >>

Virgin Atlantic Flight Tops 800mph

A Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner running from from Los Angeles to London has set an astonishing new speed record thanks to the good old mysteries of the jet stream, hitting a maximum speed of 801mph in tailwinds at 35,000 feet above the US. Read More >>

£32 For a Sit Down in Gatwick’s Newest Posh Lounge

Gatwick's South Terminal is the latest part of our airport infrastructure to be diseased by a stupidly expensive luxury pre-flight seating area, with the aspirational chairs of No1 Lounges taking over another key spot in the departures zone. Read More >>

Drone Pilot 10 Feet Away From Hitting Passenger Jet Jackpot Over London

The nearest near-miss in the short history of drone enthusiasts flying their toys too close to passenger aeroplanes has been recorded, with the UK's aviation collision police reporting that a drone came within just 10 feet of a Virgin Atlantic plane as it was coming in to land at Heathrow. Read More >>

BA Shamed as Least Efficient Transatlantic Passenger Hauler

If you want a slightly less environmentally toxic way of managing your luxury winter shopping holiday to New York, use any airline that isn't British Airways. That's the conclusion of a report into transatlantic passenger flights assembled by the International Council on Clean Transportation, which blames everything from old planes to space for more luxury seating for BA's poor economy averages. Read More >>

Airline in Trouble for Filtering Out Boys as Pilots and Giving Girls the Drinks Trolley

There's a minor sexism furore kicking up around small UK flier TUI, which thought it was doing a great job of engaging with child travellers by giving them stickers. Two gender neutral stickers — as in, neither of them are pink — have been created to be handed out to kids, celebrating careers in the sky. Which is lovely, except whoever's doing the handing out has been guilty of a bit of entrenched sexism, as the girls have all been given "Future Cabin Crew" ones while the "Future Captain" stickers all found their ways onto the yoghurt-covered lapels of boys. Read More >>

Ryanair Says No to Strike Cancellation Compensation

This week's Ryanair strike that saw as many as 600 flights cancelled across Europe and perhaps 100,000 travellers having their flights axed is not the end of the nightmare for company bosses, as it's now embroiled in a battle to avoid having to pay out compulsory compensation to all 100,000 binned-off passengers. Read More >>

Live Python ‘Artfully Concealed’ in Hard Drive Enclosure Fails to Get on Plane

A snake is still stranded in the United States after airline security refused to allow it to board a plane to the Caribbean. Read More >>

Dambusters Reform to Pilot US Stealth Fighters

617 Squadron, known and immortalised as the Dambusters way back in the black and white days, is back. And it has some pretty impressive toys in the form of a batch of F-35B Lightning stealth jets. Those EU dams are going to bloody get it. Read More >>

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Turning an Ikea Chair Into an RC Plane Is Definitely the Cheapest Way to Fly

After miraculously getting a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe toy to take flight, the RC hobbyists at YouTube’s FliteTest challenged themselves to get one of Ikea’s cheap Jokkmokk wooden chairs airborne. Not only did they succeed, they also managed to complete all of the flightworthy upgrades in a mere six hours. Read More >>

London Flights Face Delays as Air Traffic Controllers go Digital

Something exciting and momentous in the history of air traffic control is happening in London's air space at the moment, but no one's going to be happy about it because it might lead to passengers having to spend an extra 20 minutes in the purgatory of an Easyjet departure gate. Read More >>

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Luckiest Stunt Pilot Ever Miraculously Avoids a Crash-Landing After His Engine Dies

If you’re even remotely anxious about flying, don’t watch this video without a change of pants close at hand. Read More >>

Here’s Our First Look at Kitty Hawk’s Ambitious Autonomous Air Taxi 

While the rest of us are still waiting for self-driving cars to become available, Google cofounder Larry Page and self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun are already working on the Next Big Thing™ with Cora, the pilot-less air taxi from the ambitiously named Kitty Hawk aircraft company. Read More >>

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Watch These Modern-Day Wright Brothers Make a Classic Little Tikes Toy Car Fly

Sometimes the question, “Can I do this?,” is far more interesting and exciting than asking, “Should I do this?” The RC hobbyists behind YouTube’s FliteTest channel understand this truism, and wondered if they could get the classic Little Tikes Cozy Coupe ride-on toy to fly. Read More >>