apps
This Game Might Actually Get You to Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

Unless you're a first-time passenger who's a little anxious about flying, you probably pay more attention to your phone than a flight attendant's safety spiel. But since it really is important to pay attention, researchers from the University of Udine's HCI Lab are developing smartphone and tablet apps that gamify in-flight safety info. Read More >>

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Booze Drones Approved by Alcoholic Aviation Authority

As well as sandwiches and whatever you buy off Amazon, one beer maker has outlined a future in which drones deliver beer via the sky. Brewer Lakemaid produced a YouTube clip apparently showing a drone with enough grunt to lift a box of beers, a concept that could see our daily litre of vodka flown in while letting us avoid the intimidating and judgemental off licence youths. [YouTube via The Register] Read More >>

energy
The World's Largest Solar Plant is Blinding Pilots

We probably should have seen this coming. At the Ivanpah solar power plant near Las Vegas, a massive glittering field of 170,000 garage door-sized mirrors reflects sunlight. And all those mirrors are making flying near Ivanpah not so fun—or safe. Read More >>

aircraft
The World's Longest Aircraft Finally Gets Off the Ground

The HAV304 took the crown of “world's longest aircraft” with its inaugural flight today. The gargantuan spans a football pitch and towers just over two stories in height, owing its construction to pure metal. It sacrifices little in being the world's longest, as it still reaches 100 mph, which is triple that of America's dwarfish Goodyear blimp. Further, it can stay airborne for just over three weeks (and hypothetically, if it could maintain its maximum speed for all that time, it would travel over 50,000 miles.) Read More >>

security
Nude Bodies, Free Booze, Endless Radiation: An Ex-TSA Agent Tells All

Nobody likes the TSA. They slow you down in US airports. They pat you down. They take away your hard-earned things. Their tactics are questionably effective at making everyone resent them. It's easy to forget that the TSA is made up of real human beings like you and me being told what to do in the name of American national security. Read More >>

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Quadcopter vs. Swarm of Angry Bees: Place Your Bets

Drones face all kinds of airborne adversaries from gun-toting quadcopter hunters to hackers to other flying contraptions. And it looks like nature is contributing its own flying obstacle as well, in the form of a swarm of angry bees. So who wins in the war of propellers vs. stings? Well, duh. Read More >>

advertising
BA's Digital Billboard Can Point Out Specific Flights as They Pass Overhead

I can't be the only person who, on a dreary winter's trudge towards the office, has looked up at the sky and wondered what tropical climes the passengers of an overhead plane are heading off to. Thanks to an inventive new billboard advert from BA, my wistful wonderings have been answered. Read More >>

design
These Model Flying Ships are Whimsical But Also Really Real

You can spend a lot of time on model-building or paper airplane folding, but Italian architect Luigi Prina does both. His flying models hang from the ceiling of his small studio as a reminder of his 20+ year design hobby. Read More >>

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The 12 Best Airline Safety Videos, Reviewed

Airline safety videos have been around as long as in flight entertainment systems, but have really only taken off in the last few years. They're also ridiculously hard to get right. Because they're delivering what could possibly be the driest, most boring content that everyone thinks they've heard a million times before, they have to be interesting enough so people actually watch them, and also appeal to the widest possible demographic. That's why good airline safety videos are so rare. Read More >>

wtf
I'm a Bird! This Pigeon Simulator Lets You Soar Over London

Who hasn't dreamed of soaring over a city, dipping between the rooftops, peering into people's windows? A new simulator allows anyone to have a real-life birds-eye view of London as a pigeon, without the disease or wire-trap limb amputations. Read More >>

techversary
The Last Supersonic Flight of the Concorde Was 10 Years Ago Today

We were promised supersonic flights. Today, we stay well below the speed of sound. We were promised transatlantic flights from New York to London in three and a half hours. Today, that flight takes us seven hours. We were promised the future of flying. That future hasn't existed for 10 years. The last flight of the Concorde was on October 24, 2003, we've been flying on slow-haul planes since. Read More >>

giz explains
Why We Get Jet Lag (And How to Avoid It)

It's four in the morning and you're stuck in your hotel room, bored out of your skull but wide awake. Thanks jet lag! That's the price you pay for changing so many time zones in a single plane ride. Here's why it happens, and how you can prevent it from ruining your trip. Read More >>

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Watch Dyson's Fan-tastic In-House Flying Machine Challenge

Dyson staff in important enough positions to be allowed to lark about on work time have been building flying machines, with 100 engineers from around the world creating an array of bizarre remote controlled hover-things. See them all try and mostly fail to negotiate obstacle courses in Dyson's nice little edited highlights reel here. [YouTube] Read More >>

toys
The Flying Iron Man Suit We All Can Afford

It makes sense that the superheroes (and supervillains) with the best toys also happen to have access to billions of pounds to fund their exploits. The fact of the matter is, you're probably never going to own a life-size flying Iron Man suit. And instead of sulking about it, you should be happy that this 19-inch tall remote control alternative is just forty-five pounds, instead of forty-five million. Read More >>

transport
Which Are the Best and Worst Airports In Britain?

Despite being 40 miles outside of London, apparently the best airport in Britain is "London" Southend, whereas Luton airport is the worst, and Heathrow doesn't fair well either. Aren't all airports hateful places? Read More >>

airplanes
BA Trialling Reusable Electronic Luggage Tags

Creative agency Designworks has designed and built this all-digital modern version of the luggage tag at the request of British Airways, which will be testing the system out later this month. Read More >>

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