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Chris Clarke Chris Clarke Apr 15, 2019.

How The Rolls-Royce Aviation Superiority Was Born From Tragedy

How The Rolls-Royce Aviation Superiority Was Born From Tragedy
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You might be familiar with the ultra luxury line of automobiles by Rolls-Royce, and you might even know of the company that is one of the leading manufacturers of turbine engines in the world, but what you probably didn't know was that Rolls-Royce's aviation legacy almost ended before it began.

Rolls-Royce designs...

Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 20, 2018. 20 comments

How Can I Trust An Airline That Spells Its Own Name Wrong?

How Can I Trust An Airline That Spells Its Own Name Wrong?

Hong Kong airliner Cathay Pacific told on itself today after publishing photos to Twitter of a paint job gone wrong on one of its planes, with the fuselage mistakenly reading “Cathay Paciic,” leading all of the internet to joke about not giving an “F.”

On the surface, it’s just a situation like all of those soul-crushing times you only caught a spelling mistake on a school project while in...

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Collin Krum Collin Krum Apr 14, 2018. 22 comments

Delta Halts Shipping Wildlife Trophies In Response To Lion Slaying

Delta Halts Shipping Wildlife Trophies In Response To Lion Slaying

You might’ve heard of Walter Palmer, who is both a dentist from Minnesota and an asshole. Instead of using the $50,000 he had burning a hole in his pocket to do something useful for the world, last month Palmer decided to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe named Cecil. Now, in response to global outrage over the slaying, Delta Airlines has ceased all shipments of wildlife trophies.

Between last...

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Chris Clarke Chris Clarke Apr 07, 2018. 16 comments

Amazon Was Just Granted Permission For Drone Research In The U.S.

Amazon Was Just Granted Permission For Drone Research In The U.S.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just granted Amazon Logistics, Inc. an experimental airworthiness certificate to allow the company to operate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for research and development and crew training.

Amazon made quite a marketing buzz following their announcement that package delivery via drone was in development. The idea was quickly squashed when the U.S....

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Chris Clarke Chris Clarke Apr 06, 2018. 20 comments

Local Cops May Be Cracking Down On Drones

Local Cops May Be Cracking Down On Drones

The proliferation of small, relatively inexpensive unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) presents the Federal Aviation Administration with a challenge in identifying people who don't follow the rules of the air or who endanger the nation's airspace. So, the agency is asking law enforcement for help.

Even though the FAA is still dragging their feet to publish official regulations concerning the...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Mar 29, 2018. 14 comments

Watch This Government Drone Barf Out Thousands Of Irradiated Moths

Watch This Government Drone Barf Out Thousands Of Irradiated Moths

It’s really just a shorter clip from a longer video about the elimination of pink bollworms, a type of moth, that feed on cotton crops. And that’s kind of boring, to me! But instead just imagine your face positioned right behind that irradiated moth cannon, and then imagine all the nightmares you’ll have from that image.

You’re welcome.

The thinking behind the system is pretty...

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Paul Thompson Paul Thompson Mar 29, 2018. 24 comments

The Thought Of A Single-Pilot Airliner Is Just A Bit Scary

The Thought Of A Single-Pilot Airliner Is Just A Bit Scary

There's an old pilot joke about cockpit automation that says the ideal flight crew is a pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, and the dog is there to bite the pilot if he touches anything. Getting closer to that reality, NASA is studying flying airliners with only one pilot, and I don't like the idea. Here's why.

One of the biggest safety buffers in aviation is that nearly...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Mar 15, 2018. 9 comments

Here's What Sunset Looks Like On Pluto

Here's What Sunset Looks Like On Pluto

NASA just published new photos from New Horizons showing Pluto backlit by the sun. This is sunset, right? Because this looks amazing.

NASA’s full report on these images is right here, and they go into significantly more depth than ‘wow this looks cool.’

The new findings from all of this appears to be that we’re getting clearer views of Pluto’s 11,000 foot mountains, its atmosphere, and its...

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Chris Clarke Chris Clarke Mar 15, 2018. 11 comments

What It's Like To Snowboard Behind An Airplane At Take-Off Speed

What It's Like To Snowboard Behind An Airplane At Take-Off Speed

Jamie Barrow is known as Britain's fastest snowboarder, which makes him uniquely qualified to get towed by a 1,200 hp Pilatus PC-12 across the runway of the Engadin Airport in Switzerland.

Barrow, who is on the British Snowboard Cross Team, was towed "Tax The Rich " style near the Swiss resort village of St Moritz, trading in the Ferrari and wakeboard for a turboprop executive transport...

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Chris Clarke Chris Clarke Mar 08, 2018. 12 comments

Flying In The Backcountry Is Primal Stick and Rudder Aviation

Flying In The Backcountry Is Primal Stick and Rudder Aviation

High in the plateaus of the Sierra Nevada, internal combustion engines struggle for breath in the thin mountain air. Where the landing roll is short, but takeoff distance is eternal. Follow a group of modern day trailblazers on a high flying expedition to a giant sandbox for pilot's.

Remote backcountry bush flying might conjure images of tiny dirt strips carved into the dense forest of...

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Patrick George Patrick George Mar 07, 2018. 20 comments

Plane Thinks It Is A Car, Lands On Busy Idaho Freeway During Rush Hour

Plane Thinks It Is A Car, Lands On Busy Idaho Freeway During Rush Hour

What are you doing, plane? You are not a car! You do not belong on the highway, with all the cars! Return from whence you came!

The AP reports the pilot of the single-engine Cessna T210K forgot to turn on his second fuel tank, leading him to think the plane was out of gas and forcing him to land on Interstate 84 in Boise, Idaho during rush hour this morning.

He said the pilot was flying...

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Paul Thompson Paul Thompson Mar 07, 2018. 24 comments

Saudi Airline May Be Planning To Segregate Passengers By Gender

Saudi Airline May Be Planning To Segregate Passengers By Gender

It's 2015, and an airline is reportedly considering segregating its passengers by gender. And while I can't claim to to know anything about the cultural practices in Saudi Arabia, this outrageous policy would fly in the face of decades of progress made for women's rights around the world.

Saudia Boeing 777, by aceebee (Flickr / CC Commercial License)

Saudi Arabia's national airline, Saudia is...

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Chris Clarke Chris Clarke Mar 07, 2018. 5 comments

When The Snow Sucks, Hop In A Helicopter And Head For The Mountains

When The Snow Sucks, Hop In A Helicopter And Head For The Mountains

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, your life practically revolves around playing in the snow. At least that's how I imagine it. But if certain global atmospheric anomalies steal all your snow and dump it on the the rest of North America, then drastic measures are in order to fulfill your daily fix.

This group of snow stunting adventure seekers happened to know the right people and...

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Collin Krum Collin Krum Mar 06, 2018. 17 comments

Donald Trump Gives Rides In Helicopter, Tells Kid 'I Am Batman' 

Donald Trump Gives Rides In Helicopter, Tells Kid 'I Am Batman' 

Donald Trump followed through with his pledge to offer children rides in one of his luxurious helicopters over the weekend. During a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, the billionaire candidate for the U.S. Presidency greeted dozens of children and their parents and took many for rides around the Iowa State fairgrounds.

Donald Trump's Plan To Give Helicopter Rides To Iowa Kids Is Grounded

It...

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Chris Clarke Chris Clarke Mar 06, 2018. 15 comments

Feast Your Eyes On This Mesmerizing Timelapse Of Airport Logistics

Feast Your Eyes On This Mesmerizing Timelapse Of Airport Logistics

The logistics involved in maintaining the constant flow of machinery in and around an airport is a thing of modern beauty. Add in a breathtaking mountain backdrop lined with a golden sun and Salt Lake City International Airport is basically an highly choreographed work of art.

The airport spans over 7,700 acres, has four runways, and is home to over eight airlines and their affiliates, as...

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Alanis King Alanis King Mar 05, 2018. 20 comments

Virgin Atlantic Plane Wing Hits Fence At JFK Airport

Virgin Atlantic Plane Wing Hits Fence At JFK Airport

A Virgin Atlantic plane wing hit a fence while leaving its gate at JFK Airport in New York on Saturday morning, forcing passengers heading to Minneapolis to disembark. No injuries occurred in the incident, NBC New York reports.

Luckily, one passenger caught it all on his phone’s camera. Thanks, bud, for not turning your electronics off just yet. The world is happy that you allowed us to be...

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Collin Krum Collin Krum Mar 05, 2018. 21 comments

A Sabreliner Jet And A Cessna 172 Collided In Mid-Air Near San Diego

A Sabreliner Jet And A Cessna 172 Collided In Mid-Air Near San Diego

A mid-sized twin engine Sabreliner jet like the one pictured above has collided with a light single engine Cessna 172 near the community of Otay Mesa, which is just north of the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Sheriffs have confirmed that three are dead at the scene, with no survivors aboard either aircraft.

We don’t know details of the registrations of either aircraft at this time, but...

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Collin Krum Collin Krum Mar 05, 2018. 11 comments

Watch 25 Robinson Helicopters Fly In Formation Over Russia

Watch 25 Robinson Helicopters Fly In Formation Over Russia

In films like Apocalypse Now and Black Hawk Down, helicopters fill the screen and sky like locusts. But seeing dozens of private helicopters – flown by civilians – in perfect formation is as rare as it is impressive, and earlier this summer, 25 Robinson helicopters joined up over Russia in a successful attempt to set a new world record.

The video above shows several of the...

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Collin Krum Collin Krum Mar 05, 2018. 16 comments

For $325,000 You Could Explore In This Amphibious Grumman G44A Widgeon

For $325,000 You Could Explore In This Amphibious Grumman G44A Widgeon

If you possess great sums of money but are lacking in the style department, you might want to buy this awesome looking 1945 Grumman G44A Widgeon amphibious aircraft, which might just be the ultimate vintage adventure vehicle. Sure, you could easily spend $325,000 on a luxury motorhome, but then again, those can’t fly or operate from water!

Here’s a little backstory on the Widgeon, in case...

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Collin Krum Collin Krum Mar 05, 2018. 24 comments

The TSA Failed To ID 73 Airport Workers With Links To Terrorism

The TSA Failed To ID 73 Airport Workers With Links To Terrorism

On the heels of last week’s shocking news that the Transportation Security Administration has a whopping 95 percent failure rate at finding bombs and weapons , we are now learning that the TSA further failed to identify 73 airport workers with links to terrorism.

The TSA Has A 95 Percent Failure Rate For Finding Bombs And Weapons

BREAKING NEWS: The Transportation Security Administration...

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