The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the HondaJet with the “Type Certification” the company’s been chasing since they fired up an aircraft division in 2006. The plane is finally legal for American skies and sales to the public.
In 1938, with dreams of taking out one of Europe’s most prestigious air races, Ettore Bugatti—yes, the car guy—and Belgian engineer Louis de Monge got to work designing an aircraft like nothing the world had ever seen before.
All United Airlines flights are currently grounded, and the Federal Aviation Administration is blaming “automation issues” for the travel nightmare.
Although its name is "Jetpack", the experimental aircraft actually uses ducted fans to provide lift to its single occupant who was selected for his tiny brain and ginormous brass pair. Since its pilot straps onto it and does not sit, the device is not a backpack because it is too large to be worn while walking.
Turbulence: spiller of coffee, jostler of luggage, filler of barf bags, rattler of nerves. But is it a crasher of planes? Judging by the reactions of many airline passengers, one would assume so; turbulence is far and away the number one concern of anxious passengers.
It doesn't matter how I ended up strapped into an Extra 300L stunt plane with US Unlimited Aerobatics Champion pilot Jeff Boerboon on the joystick. When you get a chance to ride in something like that you say "yes," and don't pussy out when they make you wear a parachute.
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.
Sure, all you aspiring Jalops have jumped behind the wheel, thrown the shifter into first, and with much anticipation dropped the clutch only to be met by a violent shudder and a stalled engine.
A few years ago, back when the Constellation Program was still alive, NASA engineers discovered that the Ares I rocket had a crucial flaw, one that could have jeopardized the entire project. They panicked. They plotted. They steeled themselves for the hundreds of millions of dollars it was going to take to make…
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.