Even on a hot summer day, the outside temperature at 30,000 feet can hit 50 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 temps, Boeing is developing fake plastic ice to make it easier to test its aircraft.
There was a time when passenger airplanes wore more sophisticated outfits than they do these days.
Turbulence: spiller of coffee, jostler of luggage, filler of barf bags, rattler of nerves. But is it a crasher of planes? Judging by the reactions of many airline passengers, one would assume so; turbulence is far and away the number one concern of anxious passengers.
There once was a Golden Age Of Flying. You didn't have to queue up, strip down, and surrender your beverage to the Goon Squad. Meals were served on real plates instead of sad, soggy cardboard boxes. The act of traveling itself was a pleasant part of the journey—instead of a necessary act of mass-transit. These…
The rise of autopilot and other automated technologies in commercial airliners are rendering pilots into incompetent drones. Drones who don't know what to do when a plane's systems malfunctions. Airline officials are calling this looming disorder "automation addiction." Lovely!
Hey, this makes sense. No one wants to hear (or pay for) in-flight voice calls, and since only grandpa uses the voice feature of his phone these days, why not simply allow data plan usage?
Aleksandra Mir has parked her giant inflatable airliner in front of the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, but recently in Zurich it had the chance to pull up to the gate like the big boys.
Boeing's next-gen all-composite airliner, the 787 Dreamliner, has taken another hit to its production schedule which has set the project as a whole two years behind.
Early last week a Qantas Airlines Airbus A330 surprised (and injured) its passengers with an inexplicable 300ft climb, followed by an even larger drop. Initial reports seemed to place blame on interference from personal electronics — something that Qantas had claimed before. After the news made the rounds the…
Earlier this week, a Qantas A330 inexplicably climbed 300 feet and then suddenly nose-dived back down. In the cabin, 71 people were injured. Interestingly, the ATSB is now looking at in-cabin interference from personal electronics as a possible cause of the "irregularity with the aircraft's elevator control system."…