airplanes

  • Google Asks “Why Fly Private When You Can Fly Private – Out Of Your Own $82M Airport?”

    Google Asks “Why Fly Private When You Can Fly Private – Out Of Your Own $82M Airport?”

    Google’s executives could soon be enjoying their own private airport space ahead of winging their way to various far flung locations around the world, according to a news release from the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Signature Flight Support, in tandem with a company called Blue City Holdings which represents Google’s fleet of personal aircraft, will likely be awarded… Read More

  • Cessna To Create Advanced Aircraft Skin For NASA

    NASA hopes a new aircraft skin called STAR-C2 (smoothing, thermal, absorbing, reflective, conductive, cosmetic) will makes planes safer. Cessna Aircraft Company, the creator of STAR-C2 technology, was recently awarded a $1.9 million contract to further develop the tech for future airplanes. Read More

  • Boeing Patents Quiet Cabin Technology With Unconventional Design

    There hasn’t been a radical change in commercial jet design since the first De Havilland Comet flew in 1949. It has always been wing-on-tube in favor of the integrated wing/tube like the B-2 bomber.However, Boeing was recently granted some patents on a number of radical design changes that look to quiet the skies for both passengers and listeners on the ground, creating a different… Read More

  • Boeing To Debut 747-8 Intercontinental This Weekend

    There’s nothing quite like flying; it amazes me that it used to take 30 years to travel from east coast to west. Now, after a magazine and a quick snooze, you’re on the other side of the country. The 747 is no doubt one of the most popular model numbers for commercial jets, and tomorrow Boeing is going to show off its newest version: the 747-8. Read More

  • Video: Unmanned Naval Stealth Fighter's First Flight

    The X-47B is a new stealth unmanned aircraft intended for the US Navy. The plane is a large step toward virtual warfare, something claimed to help save lives. Not only does it require no human to fly, but it can take off and land on a carrier and refuel mid-flight, both considered one of the toughest challenges for today’s pilots. The X-47B has the ability to stay in the air… Read More

  • Flying Green: The Possibilities And Challenges Of Electric Aircraft

    Airplanes release greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere and require enormous amounts of fuel to fly. A Boeing 747 can consume up to five gallons of fuel per mile. But what if planes could be powered by electricity? Though they won’t replace passenger airliners anytime soon, small, zero-emission, electric planes are flying today. Engineers have been pursing electric flight for decades. Read More

  • Video: All Nippon Airways brings Gundam to the skies

    It seems that Japan’s obsession with Gundam is limitless. What can follow after a 60-foot Gundam robot, a Gundam Cafe in Akihabara, or a 1.5m tall figure? Answer: a Gundam jet. Read More

  • The Return Of The Blimp . . . As A Green Cargo Carrier

    It’s not news that cargo planes aren’t the greenest way to transport heavy loads, but some companies are working on other ways to send goods through the air. Could blimps make a comeback as a greener cargo carrier? Speaking to an audience at the World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford, England, scientist David King recently predicted that helium-powered ships could… Read More

  • Prepare yourself for more and more full body scanners at airports, America

    There’s more fallout from that botched Christmas Day terror plot, and it’s something regular readers will be familiar with. It looks like the man who tried to blow up that airplane had explosives stitched into his underpants. The result? A push for more widespread use of those full body scanners we’ve been talking about for some time now. Read More

  • New system used to protect airplanes from lasers, soon to work against sharks with freakin' lasers, too

    So the Federal Aviation Administration doesn’t like guys like you and me shining lasers into the sky at airplanes. But what about real scientists looking to use lasers for real scientific research? The current rules require, essentially, a spotter to look for aircraft within twenty five degrees of the laser. Obviously, this is extremely prone to human error. This sounds like a job… Read More

  • And now Lufthansa adds Wi-Fi to its flights. $27 per flight isn't too much, right?

    You’ll soon be able to surf the Web on your BlackBerry or laptop while onboard a Lufthansa flight. The German airline said today that it’s re-introducing in-flight Wi-Fi, and that everything will be up and running by by the first half of next year. Read More

  • Presenting the airplane of the future! Better make friends with your fellow passengers

    This is what the Airplane of the Future may look like. Well, this is what coach may look like; first class passengers will still have seats made out of diamonds and sporks made out of solid gold. The new layout resembles a subway car or military aircraft, with rows facing each other in order to pack more people inside a cabin. Read More

  • Alaska Airlines offering free wi-fi at Sea-Tac airport

    Airlines aren’t generally the swiftest on the uptake; their business practices are decades and decades years old and the age of the mobile phone has only just this year begun to make itself apparent to them. So I’m not surprised that it’s taken until 2009 for something as cheap to implement, yet important and helpful, as free wi-fi to start gaining ground. Alaska, my… Read More

  • US Airways' emergency landing video released

    A Coast Guard camera pointed at the Hudson River completes the story of the miracle landing from start to finish. Within seconds of the splashdown, passengers are evacuating and a quick minute later, the first boat steams full speed towards the downed aircraft. There isn’t any sound but the 10 minute video chronicles the entire event. The must see video after the break. Read More

  • Flight 1549 lands in Hudson River, all safe

    From Flickr
    Now this is a feel-good story. All 135 people aboard US Airways flight 1549 are safe and sound after a soft water landing and escape into the frigid Hudson River on rafts. I’m not a very good flier and I read this story by Steven Johnson about the relative safety of air travel. The money shot: [MIT Professor Arnold] Barnett calculates that it’s more likely for a young… Read More

  • Row44's satellite-based in-flight Internet access

    Row44. That’s the name of the company that plans to bring satellite-delivered Internet access to your laptop while you’re flying from finished New York to phony Los Angeles; everywhere in between, too. Read More

  • Video: WhiteKnightTwo takes flight

    WhiteKnightTwo, the plane that will eventually launch Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo just took its maiden test flight and the videos are already up. Watch them and see how weird this plane looks. What if regular commercial aircraft looked like that thing? We could just put all the noisy kids and crying babies on one side and enjoy some peace and quiet on the other. Click on for the videos. Read More

  • ScanFast for Her: TSA-friendly laptops, for the ladies in the house

    These fancy, $100 bags are part of the ScanFast for Her Collection, Mobile Edge’s line of lady-minded laptop bags. (I guess generic, dark-colored bags are too aggressive and masculine for women. Wait, what?) As with other Mobile Edge bags, these are Transportation Security Administration’s Checkpoint Friendly. That means, theoretically, that you’re not required to remove… Read More

  • Nuclear aircraft add one more horror to the litany of air travel fears

    As if flying weren’t scary enough now we could have giant airplanes full of nuclear power plants that could transport “millions” across the stratosphere. Actually, this does make a lot of sense. Air travel has been essentially unchanged since the 1950s and any improvement over the fossil fuels currently used is long due. As for safety, ships and submarines have been using… Read More

  • Aerion supersonic jet flies from New York to London in 3 hours

    The superrich and political élite will be able to fly from London to New York in three hours once 2015 rolls around. A new supersonic jet, the Aerion, is in development that will be able fly at mach 1.6—that’s 1,217 mph. And it’s not like this is a mock-up or anything. The company has already received 50 $237,000 deposits for the first models. The supersonic jet is being… Read More

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