It would appear that today’s oddest story isn’t as cut-and-dry as it’s being reported. Sunday, the 20th of April, 2014, a 16-year-old boy is said by the FBI to have jumped over a fence near the San Jose, California airport, found his way into the wheel well of an airplane, and flew aboard a 5-hour flight to Maui. What’s strange - besides the fact that the boy did this at all - is the fact that it’s far more likely that a person would die in such an instance than live.
A new solar-powered aircraft is being shown off called the Solar Impulse 2 that plans to make a flight that will take it around the globe. The aircraft was unveiled on April 9 in Switzerland. Pilots of the aircraft's circumnavigation of the Earth using no fuel will be Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Solar Impulse 2 will be used to fly around the globe in 2015.
Supposing your on a US Airways flight and have the United Airways app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch at the end of 2014, you’ll be able to connect with some content while 10,000 feet above the ground. This initiative is one United Airlines first announced back on February 6th, but today it’s gaining steam thanks to a well-placed PR punch.
There is a wide range of drones in use around the world today. The military makes use of drones for military strikes and surveillance. In the civilian world, there are also a number of small drone aircraft that people can use for various tasks. A new drone called AeroTrainier has been announced that is aimed at helping people get better at a sport.
The team responsible for protecting Israel’s commercial jets at the Israel Ministry of Defense have announced that they’re about to start doing it with lasers. They’ll be protecting these craft with SkyShield, a system developed by Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. This system utilizes laser technology with a thermal camera to deflect incoming threats.
Air travel is a very safe way to travel long distances in a short time, but it is often subjected to turbulence, something that can range from a minor annoyance to a terrifying experience, particularly if it causes the plane to buck and jerk. Detecting it is a science still in the works, and amongst the possibilities is one proposal suggesting the use of common GPS.
If your everyday social networks prove too uneventful for your business flights, Virgin America aims to offer the solution. Today the company unveiled flight-centric social networking for business travelers who want to meet up with fellow professionals, do some networking while waiting to board, and get to know those around them.
The UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced that it has cleared the way for faster in-flight broadband on commercial aircraft. Ofcom has cleared the plan for airlines and other transportation operators to use "earth stations" that are satellite based to deliver in-flight broadband that is ten times faster than what is currently available on commercial aircraft.
An aerospace company based in Boston called Spike Aerospace is working on a new aircraft that it believes will be the fastest business jet on the planet. The aircraft is called the S-512 and Spike says that the jet will be capable of cruising at Mach 1.6 and will have a max speed of Mach 1.8.
Sikorsky as announced that it has been granted a contract by DARPA to develop phase 1 of the X-Plane program. The X-Plane to be designed under the contract is a vertical take off and landing experimental aircraft. The contract is worth $15 million to Sikorsky and will see the company begin development of a high speed aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing and hovering like a helicopter.
A dragon flew from Auckland to Los Angeles last night. As we gear up for the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Air New Zealand is once again embracing its national ties to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchise by emblazoning one of its commercial aircraft with a likeness of Smaug himself.