The Prius of Planes Could One Day Replace Helicopters and Jump Jets

Getting an aircraft to launch and land vertically is not difficult. Getting one to launch vertically and then complete a long-endurance flight, however, is an entirely different bag of cats. But a team from NASA's Langley Research Center believe that they've developed a flight system that can do both tasks equally… » 8/22/14 11:40am Yesterday 11:40am

What would happen if pilots were jerks racing airplanes at the runway

I just stumbled upon this old video that I first watched in 2005, a fake Xbox commercial called Racing Beats made by visual effects students Alex Kiesl and Steffen Hacker. It's a crazy race between four douchebags. Like Fast and Furious, but driving Boeing 747s around some airport runways. » 8/19/14 9:25pm Tuesday 9:25pm

​Africa's First Indigenous Aircraft Will Compete With Surveillance UAVs

While Africa's backyard space program has yet to get off the ground, the continent's first (arguably) homegrown aircraft has already taken flight. Throughout the continent, these ultralight two-seaters could soon fill the skies where long-range surveillance UAVs are too expensive to fly. » 8/19/14 11:40am Tuesday 11:40am

This Electron Gun Turns Titanium Powder Into Turbine Blades For Planes

Titanium aluminide is a 3D-printable metal compound that holds great promise for lighter, stronger aircraft turbines but is notoriously difficult to work. That is, it was notoriously difficult to work with, until additive manufacturing firm Avio developed this metal-melting 3 kW electron gun. » 8/18/14 11:55am Monday 11:55am

This Redesigned Airplane Cabin Would Give You More Room For Everything

You board the plane and instinctively duck to clear the overhead container doors. They're all full already, so you cram your carryon under the seat in front of you while the slob next to you reaches across your face to adjust the reading light. No more: one design firm's new cabin concept eliminates all those problems. » 7/29/14 6:45pm 7/29/14 6:45pm

How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life on an Airplane

Navigating your way through clueless tourists, grabby TSA guards, and disinterested ticket counter clerks is only half the battle. Once you make it to your seat, you've still got an entire flight to endure. Your best airplane strategy is almost always to sleep through the entire ordeal, but how does one sleep… » 7/12/14 12:00pm 7/12/14 12:00pm

Airplane drops fish bombs to repopulate lake

If you think you're looking at an engine blowing out in the plane above, you wouldn't exactly be right. The plane is actually stocking a remote lake with fish by dropping them into the water from the air like it would a bomb. It's a method that's used all around the country but looks completely nutty when you see it… » 7/09/14 9:41pm 7/09/14 9:41pm

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

Motorcycle jumps over plane that's flying sideways close to the ground

I don't know who had the hardest job in this video that stacks crazy on top of crazy. On first watch, I'd side with the pilot who's flying an airplane sideways mere feet from the ground. Another look would make me think it's the motorcyclist who has to jump over that plane. Or maybe it's the random guy crouching down… » 6/10/14 10:08pm 6/10/14 10:08pm

New Budget Airline Seats Swap Screens For Built-in Tablet Holders

Unless you'll be stuck on your flight for twelve hours, most of us are happy to save a few bucks on a no-frills budget airline. To help further cut costs, UK-based Monarch is introducing new seats that are not only lacking the ability to recline, they also feature a built-in tablet holder instead of a touch-screen… » 6/04/14 1:20pm 6/04/14 1:20pm

A Giant Elastic Band Could Let You Hide From Your Seatmates in Coach

Besides the leg room, free booze, and endless snacks, flying first-class also provides some much needed privacy that can make a cross-country voyage more enjoyable. It's a big part of the reason why flying economy sucks, but a couple designers may have found a way to make your cramped coach seat feel like first class. » 5/12/14 9:20am 5/12/14 9:20am

One Man's Quest to Crowdfund a Trip in a $20,000 Flying Apartment

Three rooms, a private bathroom, private bedroom, and a private living room. Sure, that sounds like a fine apartment. Except we're talking about United Arab Emirates' Etihad Airway's new first-class residence in the A380 Airbus. A one-way ticket costs $20,000 and one man is trying to crowdfund his way in. » 5/08/14 10:24am 5/08/14 10:24am