Insane night wingsuit flight results in this spectacular picture

Wingsuit flyer Patrick Kerber didn't seem to be daunted by the idea of jumping from the top of a mountain to a dark void—only slightly illuminated by a red flare he holds in his hand—to take a picture. It's true that the resulting photo is stunning but also one of the craziest and most dangerous stunts I've ever seen. » 3/06/15 9:20am 3/06/15 9:20am

Watch Airbus' mad stunt with $1.5 billion worth of airplanes

I have to give kudos to Airbus for having the guts to do this using five test A350-900 XWB airplanes, its newest wide-body airliner. I know the stunt was well calculated and the pilots—all of them ex-military aviators—knew exactly what they were doing, but the entire thing still looks insane. » 12/22/14 9:32am 12/22/14 9:32am

This is what Paris looks like from an eagle's point of view

This is the flight of Victor, a white tailed eagle, as he takes off from the Eiffel Tower, glides over the Trocadero, and plunges at 112 mph to land softly on his handler's arm. This was made to support Freedom, a project created by Jacques-Olivier Travers to reintroduce these birds back in France. » 10/24/14 12:41am 10/24/14 12:41am

A flight emergency landing can't be more chilled out than this

This video shows the emergency descent of Jetblue flight 1416, which happened yesterday, September 18. Seeing those oxygen masks going down as the cabin fills up with smoke—after one of the engines stops!—is the beginning of one of my worst nightmares. Yet, all passengers seem completely calm about it. » 9/19/14 5:01am 9/19/14 5:01am

Mad man in a wingsuit flies through a waterfall

A fearless guy flies his Squirrel Aura wingsuit through a waterfall in Switzerland—because jumping in a wingsuit and flying a few feet from a rock wall is not trying hard enough to kill yourself. » 7/14/14 7:21pm 7/14/14 7:21pm

How Turbulence Happens, and Why It's Not So Scary After All

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. » 6/05/14 4:00pm 6/05/14 4:00pm

First video of the US Army flying truck in action

Remember that crazy-looking helicopter-drone-truck we showed you a few months ago? Now it is real and it is here. Advanced Tactics has released the very first video showing the Black Knight Transformer flying through the desert. » 5/06/14 4:16pm 5/06/14 4:16pm

Watching these two old women fly for the first time is pure gold

One of the things I hate about today's world is that we take everything for granted. We communicate through light and electricity, fly in metal vehicles, and listen to music recorded decades ago through airwaves—yet everyone is like "whatever." Which is why I love this video of two old women flying for the first time. » 4/11/14 8:00pm 4/11/14 8:00pm

Why Istanbul Wants to Build the World's Busiest Airport

Back in 2013, when Istanbul was still competing to host the 2020 Olympics, the city announced plans to build "the world's largest and busiest airport terminal." The Olympic bid ended up failing—but Istanbul still wants to build its mega-airport. » 4/10/14 5:20pm 4/10/14 5:20pm

A Co-Pilot Just Hijacked His Own Plane to Seek Asylum

As emigration plans go, this one was at least ambitious: a co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Italy hijacked his own plane this morning to try and seek asylum in Switzerland. » 2/17/14 6:46am 2/17/14 6:46am

FAA Rule Bans Personal Electronics in the Cockpit

While the Federal Aviation Authority recently changed its regulations to allow passengers to use gadgets more freely, it's now done exactly the opposite in the cockpit: pilots won't be able to use personal electronics during flights. Phew? » 2/12/14 3:30am 2/12/14 3:30am

The flight paths of birds create elegant drawings in the sky

Wouldn't it be cool if birds left visible trails behind them, like jets tracing the sky with smoke? That's exactly the effect of Rhode Island School of Design professor Dennis Hlynsky achieves in his mesmerizing videos posted today at This Is Colossal. » 1/20/14 7:51pm 1/20/14 7:51pm

FAA Discovers That Commercial Pilots Suck at Manually Flying Planes

Excited about flying home for Thanksgiving to see your family and friends' shining faces? Well, you won't be after reading this! Because according to a soon-to-be released study commissioned by the FAA, if it weren't for automated systems, our pilots would suck at flying—bad. » 11/18/13 6:00pm 11/18/13 6:00pm

The First Jetpack You'll Be Able to Buy Just Got a Slick New Design

Number two on the list of promised future technologies that have yet to be delivered, right behind the flying car, is the personal jetpack. Hollywood's delivered them in spades thanks to special effects, but in real-life New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft is as close as we're going to get. And now it's even closer… » 9/30/13 9:11am 9/30/13 9:11am

Check Out This Army of Bizarre Flying Machines Built By Dyson Engineers

Dyson has some kick-ass vacuum engineers, but even the most passionate vacuum designer needs a little break now and then. That's why Dyson's team took a break to work on something completely different for a change of pace: weird, hacked-together flying (and crashing!) machines. » 9/28/13 4:00pm 9/28/13 4:00pm

NYT: FAA's New Electronic Device Rules to 'Go Into Effect Next Year'

The New York Times is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration is about to finalize its loosened restrictions on in-flight gadget use—more than a year after it first announced it was mulling the idea. » 9/23/13 4:26am 9/23/13 4:26am

Watch an Insanely Relaxing Flight Across the Arctic Ice Plains, by NASA

What you see here is some of the best footage shot from the front and back mounted cameras on one of the P-3B aircraft that runs NASA's IceBridge missions. These vistas are from the spring mission over Greenland and the Arctic, but NASA's going back for more this fall. » 8/16/13 3:20pm 8/16/13 3:20pm

Slow Motion X-Ray Footage Reveals the Secrets of Bat Wings

If you happen to see a bat flying around you in real life, it's easy to panic and not see much of anything but a vague blur as you cover your head and cower. But they're actually pretty graceful when you really look at them. And new slow motion, x-ray footage just goes to show it in even greater detail, all while… » 7/06/13 9:00pm 7/06/13 9:00pm

What Your Flight Number Actually Means

Traveling this summer? Don't forget to pack the suntan lotion. And check in to your flight online. And check if your flight is delayed using your flight number. Speaking of, how the hell do airplanes come up with flight numbers? Apparently there's a system! Like did you know flights that go east or north are usually… » 7/03/13 10:00pm 7/03/13 10:00pm

Every Secret Agent Wannabe Needs a Quadcopter Belt of Death

You could probably argue there are worse offenders, but there's no denying that James Bond's Thunderball jetpack is definitely up there in the pantheon of ridiculous 00-gadgets. Tinkerer Rodger Cleye recently tried to put a more realistic spin on the concept, and the result is this… » 6/27/13 2:15pm 6/27/13 2:15pm