Barefoot Water Skiing Behind A Seaplane Is A Thing, And Its Cool

If GoPro has given us anything beyond its lightweight, waterproof action camera, it's hundreds of bros intent on one-upping each other in increasingly wonderful and idiotic ways. Here's the latest proof. » 3/20/15 7:10pm 3/20/15 7:10pm

Flying SUX! The Weirdest Stories Behind Our Airport Codes

You see them everywhere: On highway signs, plane tickets, and even humblebraggy Twitter updates. Some are obvious and some make no sense. But what do these three-letter airport codes really mean? » 3/19/15 2:33pm 3/19/15 2:33pm

The Crash of Delta 1086 Is Exactly Why Airlines Cancel Flights for Snow

We've all moaned and groaned over flights cancelled due to weather. It's maddening to miss your connection (or even your whole trip) because of bad weather, but incidents like today's crash of Delta 1086 in a snowy New York City are exactly why they make that tough call that can affect millions of travelers. » 3/05/15 4:43pm 3/05/15 4:43pm

Long Before The Dreamliner, Boeing Made The Stearman And It's Awesome

In 1934 Boeing acquired the Stearman Aircraft Company and proceeded to pump out more than 10,000 variations of the iconic Model 75. It was easy to fly and supremely forgiving, which made the Stearman one of the best teachers you could ever have. » 1/21/15 7:15pm 1/21/15 7:15pm

The Story Of The Ultimate High Flying Beer Run

Normandy, 70 years ago, and one of the biggest concerns of the British troops who have made it over the channel, survived the landings and pushed out into the bocage against bitter German resistance is not the V1 flying bomb blitz threatening their families back home, nor the continued failure to capture the port of… » 12/11/14 9:29am 12/11/14 9:29am

Top 5 Ways To Relieve Yourself If You're Stuck Flying A Plane

The thin/dry air of high altitudes, long exposure to direct sunlight, and jet lag can all wreak havoc on your body. Proper hydration is fundamental to keep you in the air. Here are the top 5 ways, in no particular order, to relieve yourself inflight after consuming enough liquid to sustain a small African village. » 12/09/14 8:30am 12/09/14 8:30am

Delta Now Serves Craft Beer to Help You Forget How Awful Delta Is

Anytime you go careening through the air in a giant metal tube full of strangers and recirculated air, you're probably not going to have a great time. The airlines make sure of this. So to help ease the pain and/or lack of personal space, this week, Delta will start serving beer that doesn't taste like poison wrought… » 12/08/14 4:00pm 12/08/14 4:00pm

I Actually Flew An Airplane! When Can I Do It Again?

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to fly a plane. I've flown simulators for the 787 Dreamliner and the F-35 Lightning II, but I longed to actually control one — in the air, with my own hands. On Friday, I finally got that chance. » 11/27/14 11:20am 11/27/14 11:20am

Blind Pilot Flies And Lands A Real Airplane

After a retinal degenerative disease stole pilot Jim Platzer's eyesight, one of his greatest fears would be that he could never fly again. After working closely with a certified flight instructor, Jim was able to take back the controls and performs the impossible feat of landing blind. » 11/18/14 12:00pm 11/18/14 12:00pm

JetBlue Mint Class Does It Better

I've been flying with JetBlue for a long time, watching as they morphed from a no-frills airline with the best in-seat entertainment, to hawking check-bag fees, extra leg room, and now their very own first class. » 11/16/14 11:20am 11/16/14 11:20am

I Flew to Work in the Uber for the Skies

Flying from LA to San Francisco on business is a task normally fraught with stress and rage. But today, my journey begins from a better place. Instead of the gargantuan mess that is LAX, my Uber rolls up to a tiny airport three miles to the east. I start to realize just how different my work commute will be today. » 9/29/14 3:00pm 9/29/14 3:00pm

Sorry, But the FAA Has Decided Your 'Uber for Planes' Idea Can't Fly

The Federal Aviation Authority has shoved your Uber for planes idea back into the hangar. Yesterday, it ruled that it has banned pilots from "publicly offering seats on their planes in exchange for gas money," reports TechCrunch. That puts startups like AirPooler and FlyteNow in a legal bind since they were offering… » 8/16/14 5:00pm 8/16/14 5:00pm

How Turbulence Happens, and Why It's Not So Scary After All

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. » 6/05/14 4:00pm 6/05/14 4:00pm

How to Fly a Prizewinning Racehorse to the Kentucky Derby

When the crowds and hats and bourbon descend on Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, all eyes will be on the thoroughbred racehorse—horses that have traveled thousands of miles for the two-minute race. How do elite racehorses fly? Well, let us ascend into the world of equine air travel. » 5/03/14 2:00pm 5/03/14 2:00pm

The Design Secrets of Luxury First Class Airplane Seats

If you think being packed on an airplane with strangers sucks, then you're probably a pleb like us who flies economy. But first class? It's an entirely different alcohol-lubricated world up there—a world where a single seating unit can cost half a million dollars. » 4/23/14 10:20am 4/23/14 10:20am

I can't believe this twisting plane managed to land in such bad weather

The pilot in this twisting and turning plane must be ridiculously disciplined, have palms that never sweat, a personality that never stresses and big brass ones because that's what it takes to land a plane in such shit weather. » 3/25/14 12:47am 3/25/14 12:47am

I've Flown On 99 Planes, But A Beech Ain't One

It all began on a November day in Houston, Texas, where I was born just down the street from the Astrodome. As the son of a private pilot & airline employee, and grandson of a WWII B-17 Navigator, aviation was in my blood. » 3/04/14 4:03pm 3/04/14 4:03pm

Here's What Happens When A Plane Stalls & Why Pilots Practice Them

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. » 2/04/14 10:20am 2/04/14 10:20am

What it's like to fly a fighter jet—strapped to its wing

No music. No flashy moves. No missile launches. And yet this video is still incredible. It's just flying sequence after flying sequence of Russian Air Force MiG-31s cruising through the sky. Filmed by GoPro cameras strapped to a MiG, this footage is probably the closest we'll ever get to flying a fighter jet. Seeing… » 12/05/13 12:25am 12/05/13 12:25am

WSJ: The FAA Is Ready to Ease Restrictions on In-Flight Electronics

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration is about to loosen its restrictions on in-flight gadget use—more than a year after it first announced it was mulling the idea. » 6/21/13 6:14am 6/21/13 6:14am