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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Dec 07, 2019 at 01:20. 18 comments

What It Takes (And Costs) To Fly Your Own Plane

What It Takes (And Costs) To Fly Your Own Plane

“Planes are like houses,” Courtland Savage explains. “They hold value like houses and they’re sturdy like houses as well.”

Savage, former navy pilot, and current commercial airline pilot runs Fly for the Culture, which offers free flying lessons for minority kids as well as mentorship for future pilots. His work is to diversity and inclusion, and if anyone knows what it takes to get up in the...

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Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Dec 03, 2019. 8 comments

Homeland Security Wants To Scan Your Face Before Entering And Leaving The Country

Homeland Security Wants To Scan Your Face Before Entering And Leaving The Country

We live in a free country. We have so much freedom I sometimes can’t get enough of all the freedom. It’s such an overdose of freedom here, in the Free States of Freemerica, I almost wonder if we have too much freedom, you know?

Which why I, for one, welcome the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule to require U.S. citizens to submit to facial recognition scans before entering or...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Nov 12, 2019.

Plane Stops During Snowy Landing By Stabbing Wing Into Ground

Plane Stops During Snowy Landing By Stabbing Wing Into Ground

It’s finally getting cold outside around the U.S., which means more snow. While not ideal, snow isn’t necessarily unusual for a plane to land in, but a flight arriving into Chicago’s O’Hare Airport slid right off the runway this morning anyway.

My colleagues in the office less thrilled about aviation, in general, were disturbed by the video, but the plane actually comes in fairly normally....

Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 08, 2019. 20 comments

What's The Worst Thing You've Ever Seen While Flying?

What's The Worst Thing You've Ever Seen While Flying?
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Anyone who travels by air enough likely has a very specific set of pet peeves based on all the terrible things they’ve experienced while flying—but there are some things that go totally above and beyond small annoyances. You know, those things that you just cannot believe someone actually did, those...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Nov 03, 2019. 5 comments

Howard Hughes' 'Spruce Goose' Made Its First (And Only) Flight 72 Years Ago Today

Howard Hughes' 'Spruce Goose' Made Its First (And Only) Flight 72 Years Ago Today

It was November 2, 1947, and five years after the project to create the world’s largest airplane began, the Hughes H-4, known to almost everyone else as the ‘Spruce Goose,’ lept off the surface of the water off of Long Beach, California for its first and only flight.

This British newsreel about the short test flight gives some insight into the excitement the project drove. Hughes is a...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Oct 30, 2019. 10 comments

Here's Why Rotodyne, The Vertical Takeoff Airliner, Failed

Here's Why Rotodyne, The Vertical Takeoff Airliner, Failed

If a helicopter and an airplane had a little Einstein genius baby, that baby would be the Fairey Rotodyne, a passenger airliner that was said to be capable of vertical takeoff. It was supposed to be the hot new thing almost six decades ago—the way everyone would be getting around. And then, shockingly, it failed.

The Rotodyne was revolutionary for multiple reasons. While it looked like a...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Oct 22, 2019. 18 comments

The Japanese Auto Industry Is Finally Getting Serious About Electric Cars

The Japanese Auto Industry Is Finally Getting Serious About Electric Cars
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Japanese automakers are finally giving in to electric cars, not everyone in the union loves the proposed contract with General Motors, Renault and Nissan only have a year to sort things out, and much more for this average Morning Shift for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

1st Gear: Japan...

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Mack Hogan Mack Hogan Oct 21, 2019. 24 comments

The World's Longest Flight Sounds Absolutely Terrible

The World's Longest Flight Sounds Absolutely Terrible

Australian Airline Qantas is running tests on a planned direct flight between Sydney, Australia and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. If it happens, it’ll be the longest commercial flight in the world, a marvel of aviation engineering and—based on early reports—an absolute nightmare.

The flight covers 10,100 miles and takes 19 hours and 30 minutes in a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner....

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Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Oct 18, 2019. 23 comments

Tax The Hell Out Of Frequent Flyers

Tax The Hell Out Of Frequent Flyers

Flying, as I have written before , is one of the more vexing climate-related problems facing transportation. There are no good answers for cleaning up aviation except to fly a whole lot less, reversing the massive growth in the aviation industry over the last several decades that is projected to continue for several decades more. So, those who are taking the climate crisis seriously are...

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Mack Hogan Mack Hogan Oct 06, 2019. 7 comments

Oh God, The U.S. And Europe Are About To Start Slapping Tariffs On Each Other's Planes

Oh God, The U.S. And Europe Are About To Start Slapping Tariffs On Each Other's Planes

In case the current trade war hellscape wasn’t irritating enough to navigate, the World Trade Organization has just opened up a new batteground. In a ruling announced Wednesday and reported by CNBC, the WTO authorized the U.S. to levy tariffs on Airbus planes in response to illegal government subsidies. Soon, it’s expected to offer a similar verdict on Europe’s desire to slap tariffs on...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Oct 01, 2019. 24 comments

Autonomous Airport Cart Experiment A Partial Success

Autonomous Airport Cart Experiment A Partial Success
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In troubled times, a nation needs heroes of all kinds to look to, and it appears we’ve got one, Jorge Manalang, who took down an airport catering cart that went feral and started doing autonomous donuts, faster and faster, threatening to slam into workers on the tarmac or the airplane at the skyway. The video of the...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Sep 30, 2019. 18 comments

Watch An Australian Air Force Cargo Jet Fly Casually Among Brisbane's Skyscrapers

Watch An Australian Air Force Cargo Jet Fly Casually Among Brisbane's Skyscrapers
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The Brisbane Festival is an annual three-week arts extravaganza in Queensland’s capital, traditionally ending with some military flyovers before a lot of fireworks are set off in an event called Sunsuper Riverfire. This year, like in 2018, that included a...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Sep 28, 2019. 18 comments

There Will Never Be A Cooler Overland Accessory Than The Flying Shogun

There Will Never Be A Cooler Overland Accessory Than The Flying Shogun
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

I’m on a campaign to convince you that the Mitsubishi Montero is the greatest SUV of the ’90s. It’s not a particularly popular opinion–people keep laughing at me and climbing back into their lame old Land Cruisers, squawking about solid axles. But what if I told you the Montero could launch a freaking airplane off its back?!

In 1997, a Montero (known as the...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Sep 21, 2019. 16 comments

Here's Why Jet Airliner Engines Are Never Painted In Front

Here's Why Jet Airliner Engines Are Never Painted In Front

If you look out the windows at a busy airport, or maybe out the porthole on your next airplane ride, you might notice that many planes are mostly white but the ring at the forward tips of their engines is always silver. There’s a reason for that, and it’s not just style.

In this video, YouTuber Mentour Pilot breaks down an explanation for us. According to him, and he’s wearing a...

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Alanis King Alanis King Sep 21, 2019. 17 comments

Lexus: First This Yacht, Next Maybe Planes?

Lexus: First This Yacht, Next Maybe Planes?

Lexus, in an effort to go for all four elements of nature except maybe fire (that’s Elon Musk’s realm , and probably shouldn’t spread), seems to be going for every method of luxury travel possible these days. It has cars already, of course, but it needs more. It needs cars and boats and planes, oh m—nope, not going there.

Anyway, Lexus, as you might know, unveiled a new yacht recently, very...

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Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Sep 13, 2019. 9 comments

Have Some Climate Guilt With That Extra Legroom

Have Some Climate Guilt With That Extra Legroom

Reinforcing once again that there is a trade-off between comfort and responsibility, the most fuel-efficient airlines are also the ones that cram the most passengers onto their planes, according to a new study.

Frontier is the most fuel-efficient domestic U.S. airline, according to the International Council On Clean Transportation, and by a decent margin, too. Spirit and Southwest are seven...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Sep 07, 2019. 23 comments

Now We Have To Worry About Airline Mechanics Intentionally Sabotaging Planes

Now We Have To Worry About Airline Mechanics Intentionally Sabotaging Planes

Given that there are approximately one million things to worry about when flying through the sky in a giant piece of metal, I thought I’d exceeded all possible opportunities to feel anxious before boarding. But because the world is a terrible place, there is, of course, always something else! This time, it’s the wonderfully delightful fact that an American Airlines employee purposely...

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Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Aug 23, 2019. 22 comments

Could You Endure 20 Hours In Coach? Qantas Plans To Find Out

Could You Endure 20 Hours In Coach? Qantas Plans To Find Out

The world’s longest commercial flight is 9,534 miles from Newark to Singapore and takes anywhere from 15 to 19 hours depending on winds. Nineteen hours is a long time to spend anywhere consecutively other than a womb or a grave, both of which provide more legroom than coach, but Australian airline Qantas wants to know if we can possibly tolerate any longer.

Qantas is going to test direct...

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Alanis King Alanis King Aug 16, 2019. 19 comments

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Taken To Hospital After His Plane Skids Off Runway, Catches Fire: Reports

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Taken To Hospital After His Plane Skids Off Runway, Catches Fire: Reports

Retired NASCAR driver and current broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy Earnhardt were on a plane that crashed at a Tennessee airport and caught fire Thursday, according to news and social media reports. Local outlet WJHL reported that all three aboard the plane were uninjured, but said in a subsequent update that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to a local hospital.

Despite the original...

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Mack Hogan Mack Hogan Aug 11, 2019. 24 comments

The 737 MAX Grounding Is Such A Disaster That Airlines Are Leasing 30-Year-Old 737-200s

The 737 MAX Grounding Is Such A Disaster That Airlines Are Leasing 30-Year-Old 737-200s

With hundreds of 737 MAX planes still on the ground following two fatal crashes, airlines are frantically trying to lease available 737s to fill gaps left by the MAX. They’re so desperate that they’re leasing 737-200s, a variant that was discontinued in 1988.

Brand-New Boeing 737s Grounded Amid Safety Fears: What We Know So Far (Updated)

On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed after...

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