Airbus’ new driverless airborne taxi/gigantic drone concept looks great! It’s so cool to see a major air company work on what’s basically a flying car. Oh, wait, does this thing pass the two year test?
If you think about it, the way we load and unload planes with passengers (or, in airline terminology, ambulatory waste-producing cargo) is wildly inefficient. Slow, shuffling, cranky lines of people slowly filing into seats while the plane is stuck there—isn’t there a better way? Airbus thinks so, and has the patent…
Kogalymavia Flight 9268, belonging to a Russian airline known as Metrojet, was an Airbus A321 beginning its route from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia when it went missing just 23 minutes after departure. The aircraft was flying at 31,000 feet. The weather in the area was clear at the time.
Tom Cruise is now a well-known stunt junkie and his addiction is on full display in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. In the scene, Ethan Hunt (played by Cruise) hitches a ride on the outside of an Airbus A400M transport that quickly leaves the ground. Sure, there were safety harnesses, but that doesn’t make it a joy…
Airbus has confirmed that one of its A400M transports has crashed near Seville, Spain. The huge turboprop was on its first check flight after assembly and was scheduled to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force in June. Four out of six people onboard are confirmed dead, two others have been taken to the hospital with…
In what is an unbelievably rare, if not unprecedented occasion, a Saudi Airlines Airbus A330 landed at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport today for technical reasons. The aircraft was empty, on a return trip from Brussels and it remains unclear if the stop was actually planned or part of an in-flight emergency.
I was catching up on the KC-46 Pegasus program when I read this story and this story, among others, discussing further delays and issues with the USAF’s long awaited new tanker. All this reminded me of a question I have asked for so long: Why has it become so hard for the USAF to develop and procure a new tanker?
You hear about huge spending on the newest and fastest fighter jets and jumbo jets, but it's hard to grasp where all that money goes. Here's how: just look at these amazing pictures from the Paris Air Show.
Some total pansy killjoys are now complaining that two Indian pilots put the lives of 166 passengers in danger when they ceded control of their plane to two flight attendants.
This is a Swiss Air Airbus A340 landing through the fog at Zurich airport. The video is beautiful, but what's great is how it shows what happens around the wings of your plane as you land.
This is an Air Malta Airbus A320. Its jet engines produce roughly 21,500 horsepower. Next to it is a brand-new Ferrari F12, with a measly 730. Who would win in a drag race?
If you thought that the monster Airbus A380 wasn't crazy enough, you have to check out their latest design, which just got awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
In pilot-speak "Crabbing" refers to angling the nose of a plane in order to compensate for a crosswind, as can be seen in this video of an extraordinarily high wind landing in Calgary this weekend. We'll just call it opposite lock for planes.
Complain about gas prices lately? American Airlines spent an extra $524 million on fuel in just three months. Thus, they just announced the largest commercial airline purchase in history: 260 Airbus A320s and 200 Boeing 737s. Both are more efficient.
This is one of those French things. The airliner is the Airbus A380 and the bridge is the 1,125-ft tall Millau Viaduct in France, which you have probably seen on Top Gear. All that’s missing is the world’s longest Citroën SM, a splendid omelette, and maybe that museum relic of Mach 2: the Concorde. Happy Bastille…
Over two years ago, Air France Flight 447 crashed midway through a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil and Paris, France. It took weeks to find any trace of the Airbus A330 plane, and to this day, investigators are unable to determine with 100% certainty what caused the crash.
A new Airbus A380 superjumbo jet experienced a massive engine failure shortly after takeoff in Singapore, forcing the Qantas flight to make an emergency landing. Everyone on board survived, including a passenger with two amusing-in-retrospect before and after tweets. UPDATE!
Miklós Tallián caught the first flight of an Airbus A380, the largest passenger jet ever built, from Tokyo to Frankfurt. This is what it's like to fly on one of the world's most complex aircraft. —Ed.
"No, it was a left turn at Albuquerque." "I said right." "Hello? Tower? Where do we go once this light turns green?" (An Airbus 380 crosses an aircraft-only autobahn bridge at the Leipzig airport.) [Stern.de]