architecture
Why Istanbul Wants to Build the World's Busiest Airport

Back in 2013, when Istanbul was still competing to host the 2020 Olympics, the city announced plans to build "the world's largest and busiest airport terminal." The Olympic bid ended up failing—but Istanbul still wants to build its mega-airport. Read More >>

transport
A Co-Pilot Just Hijacked His Own Plane to Seek Asylum

As emigration plans go, this one was at least ambitious: a co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Italy hijacked his own plane this morning to try and seek asylum in Switzerland. Read More >>

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Tourism via Jet Fighter is a Great Business Idea

Anyone got a jet fighter going spare? Check out this stunning scenery in Norway during a flyover by the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Surely anyone would pay good money to experience this for themselves. Read More >>

transport
The First Jetpack You'll Be Able to Buy Just Got a Slick New Design

Number two on the list of promised future technologies that have yet to be delivered, right behind the flying car, is the personal jetpack. Hollywood's delivered them in spades thanks to special effects, but in real-life New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft is as close as we're going to get. And now it's even closer with the company's latest re-design of its Jetpack—the P12. Read More >>

nasa
Watch an Insanely Relaxing Flight Across the Arctic Ice Plains by NASA

What you see here is some of the best footage shot from the front and back mounted cameras on one of the P-3B aircraft that runs NASA's IceBridge missions. These vistas are from the spring mission over Greenland and the Arctic, but NASA's going back for more this fall. Read More >>

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Slow Motion X-Ray Footage Reveals the Secrets of Bat Wings

If you happen to see a bat flying around you in real life, it's easy to panic and not see much of anything but a vague blur as you cover your head and cower. But they're actually pretty graceful when you really look at them. And new slow motion, x-ray footage just goes to show it in even greater detail, all while revealing one of the creature's high-flying secrets. Read More >>

factoid
What Your Flight Number Actually Means

Traveling this summer? Don't forget to pack the suntan lotion. And check in to your flight online. And check if your flight is delayed using your flight number. Speaking of which, how the hell do aeroplanes come up with flight numbers? Apparently there's a system! Like did you know flights that go east or north are usually given even numbers while west and south flights have odd flight numbers. Read More >>

weapons
Every Secret Agent Wannabe Needs a Quadcopter Belt of Death

You could probably argue there are worse offenders, but there's no denying that James Bond's Thunderball jetpack is definitely up there in the pantheon of ridiculous(ly awesome) 00-gadgets. Tinkerer Rodger Cleye recently tried to put a more modern spin on the concept, and the result is this still-ridiculous-but-fully-functioning quadcopter "belt." Read More >>

transport
BA's Taking the First Step to Lifting Mobile Phone Restrictions

From July 1st, you'll be able to make calls from your phone just after the wheels touch tarmac on British Airways flights. The airline is the first in Europe to lift bans on powered-up electronics, allowing you to use your gadgets the moment the plane has landed and trundled off the runway. Read More >>

bicycles
Yep, That's a Helicopter Bicycle

OK, so none of us probably have any use for a flying bike, but it's alright to want one. It's perfectly natural. So just let the wild envy wash over you as this Frankenstein machine takes flight. Read More >>

chatroom
Would You Take a Flight Which Only Had One Pilot?

Over in Europe, a new research scheme is looking into the possibility of creating cockpits that require just a single pilot to fly aeroplanes — but would you take such a flight? Read More >>

security
How a Single Android Phone Can Hack an Entire Plane

If airlines were already keen to keep your phone switched off, things could be about to get even more militant. According to a talk by Hugo Teso at the Hack In The Box security conference, it's possible to hack an entire plane using an Android smartphone. Gulp. Read More >>

techversary
The Wright Brothers First Took To The Skies Over 100 Years Ago Today

Exactly 109 years ago today, Orville and Wilbur Wright took their first successful flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. With Orville as pilot, they were the first to give man the heavier-than-air, self-powered wings that allowed them to soar 120 ft in 12 seconds and tear Icarus a new one in the process. Read More >>

transport
BA Finally Gets Permission to Let You Keep Watching Stuff on Taxi, Take-Off and Landing

British Airways is just about to become the first airline in the UK to allow you to watch movies, TV shows, and listen to music from the moment you sit down in your seat to the moment you disembark the aircraft. Finally, why did it take so bloody long? Read More >>

gadgets
Troy Hartman's Awesome Personal Jetpack Will Awake the Dormant Thrill Seeker Inside You

We've seen a fair bit of jetpack related news in the past, including the jetbike; commercial jetpacks, and even a jetpack school. But now, Troy Hartman, the man behind jetpack skies, is back with his new personal jetpack, which will make your inner adrenaline junkie shake with excitement . Read More >>

privacy
British Airways Will Use Google to Dig Up Dirt On You, Pre-Flight

While soaring high above the clouds sounds like a complete dream to many, taking the plane is not everyone's favourite past time, especially frequent fliers. And now those lucky individuals checking into business or first class with British Airways can expect a privacy invasion too. BA's rolled out its 'tailored' service where it'll actually google you to create a dossier on each of its passengers. Read More >>

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