Thank God the FAA Is Switching to Satellites for Air Traffic Control

As unnerving as it is to hear, air traffic control has always been pretty piecemeal. Relying on a combination of instrumentation—namely, radar, radios, and GPS—as well as good old fashioned eyeballs, pilots do a pretty good job navigating the sky. But they’re about to get a lot better with a new satellite-based system. » 4/30/15 3:30pm 4/30/15 3:30pm

Airplane Cabins Could Be 100X Quieter With These Rubber Mufflers

The dull throbbing hum that accompanies you on your jet-setting adventures might be quieted in the near future. Scientists from MIT and North Carolina State University collaborated on a thin rubber membrane that can be installed throughout the body of a plane like acoustical tiles, essentially sound-proofing the… » 4/28/15 10:25am 4/28/15 10:25am

Terrifying Oculus Demo Teaches You How to Survive a Water Crash Landing

When you get on a plane, the last thing you want to think about is what you’ll have to do to survive an emergency crash landing in the water. But knowing exactly how to safely evacuate a plane could one day save your life, so researches created a terrifying Oculus Rift emergency landing simulation that looks far more… » 4/21/15 12:30pm 4/21/15 12:30pm

Watching fighter jets burn through the night is pure awesome

I can pretty much watch these fighter jets rip through the runway at night forever. I mean, what is more awesome than seeing city lights blur and afterburners shoot out fiery power? This footage comes from The Aviationist and includes all kind of fighter jets burning rubber at the Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas,… » 4/16/15 11:15pm 4/16/15 11:15pm

Watch a B-2 bomber refuel and then make its fuel receptacle disappear

Damn, that thing really is stealth. This video shows how the B-2 stealth bomber refuels and rotates its fuel receptacle so that it can maintain its stealth. You see the receptacle in clear view when it's ready for fuel but after it's all filled up, it's gone and the whole plane is back to being undetected. » 3/11/15 11:35pm 3/11/15 11:35pm

Drone footage of Russia's Air Force Museum shows a heaven for planes

All these fighter jets and war planes and attack helicopters are on display at Russia's Central Air Force museum just outside of Moscow. They're advanced killing machines. And yet this drone footage makes them look so peaceful, resting and hibernating in the Russian winter snow. It's as if we've stumbled upon a… » 2/24/15 12:44am 2/24/15 12:44am

Cool video of planes causing beautiful atmospheric effects

Earlier this week we saw some beautiful footage of an Airbus A380 cutting through clouds. Youtube user flugsnug made this neat video showing different aircrafts create more of this amazing atmospheric effects: Cool trailing vortices caused by wing condensation and mesmerizing spiral clouds. » 2/07/15 12:59am 2/07/15 12:59am

These 30th Anniversary 6-Inch Robotech Figures Are Pure Nostalgic Joy

If you were worried that Hasbro's re-release of Jetfire was as close as you'd be able to get to buying Robotech toys again, you're going to love this. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the anime series, Toynami has released a set of four six-inch tall Veritech fighters that can be transformed into their fighter,… » 2/06/15 10:05am 2/06/15 10:05am

This double engined Lego plane should be in an air show

Sylon-tw has shared this crazy plane build that looks like something out of a WWII era comic book. It has bent wings like a Corsair so it is sure to give the whistle of death before it attacks. The smoothness of this build is only made cooler when you realize that this thing also some sort of weird hybrid rotary and… » 1/22/15 1:08pm 1/22/15 1:08pm