The best time to buy airline tickets is on Sunday 57 days in advance

The holiday travel season is coming, and here's some important new data that might help you enjoy it more: The cheapest airline fares can be found 57 days before your planned departure. What's more, the best day of the week to buy those tickets is now Sunday—which has changed in recent years. It used to be Tuesday. » 10/28/14 7:44pm 10/28/14 7:44pm

Hot air balloon flies underground into Earth for the first time ever

When you hop into a hot air balloon, you expect to fly up. Not anymore. For the first time ever, a hot air balloon was successfully flown down and underground into the Mamet Cave in Croatia. Even better, it was a 70-year-old man who accomplished the feat, dipping down nearly 700 feet into Earth. » 10/03/14 8:29pm 10/03/14 8:29pm

I want to spend my days flying like this golden eagle

Mongolians love their golden eagles. They use them to hunt on the steppes of Western Mongolia, riding on their horses at the same time—an art known as "Horse Riding Falconry." David De Vleeschauwer and Debbie Pappyn went to Mongolia to put a camera on one of these winged beasts of the Altai Mountains. » 9/26/14 6:34pm 9/26/14 6:34pm

Planes Will Start Running on Biofuels From Fallen Trees in Two Years

Now here's some welcome innovation in the airline industry. Southwest Airlines announced today that it will be using biofuel on several of its flights by 2016, purchasing the blended fuel from a Colorado company that salvages "140,000 dry tons of woody biomass feedstock" per year—fallen timber from local forests that… » 9/24/14 4:10pm 9/24/14 4:10pm

For $300, You Can "Fly" on a Perfectly Recreated Pan Am 747

Pan Am ceased to exist 23 years ago, but the defunct airline enjoys a dedicated cult following—whose fixation with the past that doesn't seem quite so odd when considered in light of the stinky, knee-obsessed, genital-groping present of air travel. Now, for roughly what it costs to fly to Ft. Lauderdale, you can turn… » 9/18/14 4:16pm 9/18/14 4:16pm

A Gadget That Stops Seats From Reclining Caused a Plane-Diverting Fight

Planes are giving us less and less leg room so it's no surprise that quarrels break out between passengers over space. Yesterday, one such altercation got so heated that a plane was diverted to Chicago. And at the heart of the conflict? A nifty little device called the Knee Defender, which prevents seats from… » 8/25/14 7:15pm 8/25/14 7:15pm

Sorry, But the FAA Has Decided Your 'Uber for Planes' Idea Can't Fly

The Federal Aviation Authority has shoved your Uber for planes idea back into the hangar. Yesterday, it ruled that it has banned pilots from "publicly offering seats on their planes in exchange for gas money," reports TechCrunch. That puts startups like AirPooler and FlyteNow in a legal bind since they were offering… » 8/16/14 5:00pm 8/16/14 5:00pm

Paraglider daredevil swoops right in between two buildings

This guy must have never been afraid of the dark growing up, kept pet spiders and snakes as a child and ate the weirdest foods without blinking because he has absolutely no fear. He goes from almost hitting a mountain to spinning down in between two buildings and swooping in for a perfect landing. » 8/07/14 1:02am 8/07/14 1:02am

We Need to Ban In-Flight Phone Calls Before It's Too Late

News recently broke that the Department of Transportation is revving up to try to officially ban in-flight phone calls. That's right; the singular, obscene act of yelling into your hand while careening through the air in a metal tube full of strangers could soon be verboten. Good. It should. It's time to kill the… » 8/05/14 12:38pm 8/05/14 12:38pm

The Weird Reason Why So Many Turtles Are Delaying Flights at JFK

Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travelers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons. » 7/07/14 5:40pm 7/07/14 5:40pm

Airbus: Eh, Pilots Don't Really Need Windows

As a kid (or, let's be honest, even as an a adult), nothing is more thrilling than getting to venture into an airline pilot's coveted cockpit throne. But if Arbus' new cockpit-less patents ever become a reality, those days are behind us. Because let's face it—a "tour of the baggage locker" just doesn't have quite the… » 7/03/14 4:00pm 7/03/14 4:00pm

Okay Fine, the 3Doodler Can Do At Least One Cool Thing

After trying it out at CES earlier this year, we weren't completely blown away with what the 3Doodler—a sort of handheld 3D printer—was capable of. Producing anything remotely recognizable requires an enormous amount of time and patience, which Matt Butchard must have in spades since he used the pen to create a… » 6/23/14 12:20pm 6/23/14 12:20pm