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Place the oxygen mask on yourself first before assisting others.

Alright sir, if you don't get on oxygen you're going to die. [YT] Destin Sandlin of "Smarter Every Day" goes into a high altitude simulation chamber where he demonstrates why you should definitely, always, put on your own oxygen mask first. The chamber is set to the equivalent of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) after a slow decompression, which allows 3 to 5 minutes of consciousness. The video points out that "most airliners travel at 35,000 feet" (10,670 meters), and under a real scenario you may get only 15-30 seconds of useful consciousness.
posted by zennie on Jul 23, 2016 - 31 comments

How To Fix Flying

"Air travelers love nothing more than to complain about their latest flight. But modern aviation is an incredible technological achievement, and it doesn't have to be so miserable. Here's how you'll love flying again." A long read touching on everything from air traffic control, ticket buying strategies, and future airliner improvements, to the future of in-flight WiFi and how to mix your own cocktails while in the air.
posted by RedOrGreen on Jul 21, 2016 - 79 comments

World’s Deepest Flying Insect Lives in Darkness with No Food or Sex

Exactly what the tiny insect does in the cave, besides flying, is still unclear. Insects, amirite?
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 27, 2016 - 17 comments

Short runway, terrain everywhere, rocks at either end and 40KT winds

Extreme airliner landings at Wellington International Airport, New Zealand, 13 January 2012. Extreme airliner landings at Wellington International Airport, New Zealand, 2 January 2013. Extreme airliner landings and takeoffs at Wellington International Airport, New Zealand, 8 September 2012. Extreme airliner landings and takeoffs at Wellington International Airport, New Zealand, 3 July 2013. [All videos via the Airside TV YouTube channel.] [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on May 12, 2016 - 52 comments

Class warfare in the skies

It’s perhaps no surprise that air rage — instances in which passengers become unruly — appears to be on the rise. The logic is straightforward: When people are strapped to their seats with no escape for hours on end, when they’re hungry and tired and they lack control over their surroundings, that’s when they’re most likely to snap. Except new research suggests that the explanations most commonly offered for passenger outbursts don’t actually explain what’s going on. ... It turns out that what really upsets us in the sky is palpable inequality.
posted by Bella Donna on May 3, 2016 - 137 comments

Dog is my Copilot

Mister Bentley the Dog and his human, Bradley Friesen, document their rotor-borne adventures up and down the pacific coast of Canada in a Robinson light helicopter. (Don't worry, Mister Bentley always straps in and wears his ear-pro). [via]
posted by Alterscape on Apr 30, 2016 - 4 comments

And the best part is, he works for kibble!

Meet Piper, wildlife control specialist at Cherry Capital Airport. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 24, 2016 - 30 comments

"I have a nature that doesn't panic in these situations"

RIP Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown, Royal Navy officer, Battle of Britain survivor and test pilot who flew a record breaking 487 different types of aircraft. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Feb 23, 2016 - 13 comments

Flying Lotus - FUCKKKYOUUU

( SLYT ) With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self. Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain. Director: Eddie Alcazar Composer: Flying Lotus Producer: Javier Lovato
posted by mrblack on Jan 25, 2016 - 7 comments

The Normalization of Deviance

In 2014 a Gulfstream plane crashed and burst into flames in Bedford, Massachusetts, killing seven people (NTSB animation). Aviation writer Ron Rapp argues that the cause was not defective equipment or simple complacency, but the normalization of deviance, whereby "people within [an] organization become so much accustomed to a deviant behavior that they don’t consider it as deviant, despite the fact that they far exceed their own rules for the elementary safety." This was also considered to be a factor in the crashes of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. The creator of the concept and author of The Challenger Launch Decision, sociologist Diane Vaughan, is interviewed here. (transcript)
posted by desjardins on Dec 27, 2015 - 108 comments

Aerial photos of airports, with a detour into abandoned airstrips

MeFite backseatpilot likes airplanes, airports and photography, and combined those into a collection of photos of New England (and beyond!) from a mile high. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 11, 2015 - 12 comments

How I became afraid

So long as I was smoking, I would never reach the point where there would be nothing more to be done. Emmett Rensin on the peculiar self-management of anxiety.
posted by Zarkonnen on Nov 30, 2015 - 15 comments

Indoor skydiving

How do you learn to keep your balance when skydiving? Take lessons in a wind tunnel
posted by growabrain on Oct 26, 2015 - 14 comments

The Artistry of Alan Purwin

On September 11, pioneering pilot and aerial cinematographer, occasional cameo actor and air ambulance pilot Alan Purwin was killed in a plane crash in Colombia while working on a movie. The master of the dangerous art of aerial photography is memorialized by[WATCH ME] his friend and frequent collaborator, Michael Bay.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 30, 2015 - 6 comments

Always check your aircraft for cats before takeoff

Always check your aircraft for cats before takeoff. SLYT
posted by the duck by the oboe on Jun 21, 2015 - 93 comments

STOL, not stall

Bush pilots in Alaska rely on planes that can get them in and out of just about anywhere that has a bare patch of ground. During the off-season, they (and pilots from around the rest of the US) meet up for the annual Valdez Fly In. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 29, 2015 - 21 comments

because a single traveller can't see it all

Let's Travel Somewhere [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 17, 2015 - 11 comments

“I turn right, toward Tokyo.”

In Flight [New York Times] [Interactive] En route from London to Tokyo, a pilot’s-eye view of life in the sky.
posted by Fizz on May 16, 2015 - 18 comments

How to fly a P51-C Mustang

Three YT's showing how to fly a P-51C Mustang.
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Apr 19, 2015 - 48 comments

The Beautiful and the Ugly

The Beautiful:A380 cuts a cloud in two, Clouds, Planes and Vortices, Wake Vortex Variety.
The Ugly: Crosswind Turboprop Torment, Crosswind Airbus Anguish, Landing Gear Hammered, Awkward Crosswind Landings.
(All but one from flugsnug's large video collection)
posted by ShooBoo on Apr 7, 2015 - 25 comments

The TSA checklist

A 92-point checklist, obtained and published by The Intercept, reveals what kind of passenger behavior can merit a red flag for TSA agents responsible for pulling out possible terrorists and criminals out of airport security lines. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 27, 2015 - 113 comments

LAX? FAE? RIX?

Why do the three-letter codes for so many American airports end in "X"? How do you tell all the "Yxx" codes for Canadian airport codes apart? Where is SUX, again? Why are you flying into FCA? Airport Codes is a gorgeous, yet informative guide to the mysteries behind your favorite (or least favorite) airport code.
posted by heurtebise on Mar 18, 2015 - 66 comments

how the rich fly

what it's like to fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class (includes lots of photos) [more inside]
posted by flex on Sep 30, 2014 - 175 comments

“You don’t understand, women are holier than men.”

"I'm not sure whether it mattered. One young man very kindly said to me, 'You don’t understand, women are holier than men.' I said, 'That’s rubbish and it doesn't excuse the insult,' and then I added that I spent 13 years in yeshiva and there's nothing he could tell me that I haven't already heard. Then the original man, the one who refused to sit next to me, muttered to another man as he was walking away, 'She doesn't understand.' I said, 'I understand everything, and don't talk to me as if I'm not here.' He ignored me, and all the other men turned their backs and did not respond or even look at me." [Similar version at JewFem blog.]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 27, 2014 - 61 comments

Why do migrating birds fly in a V formation?

"It was always assumed that V-formation flight was learned from the adult birds. But these guys are all the same age and they learned to fly from a human in a microlight. They learned V-formation flying from each other. National Geographic reports on some of the fascinating intricacies of the V formation observed in migrating birds.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Sep 21, 2014 - 28 comments

The Long Way Home

"Normal return route canceled. Proceed as follows: Strip all company marking, registration numbers and identifiable insignia from exterior surfaces. Proceed westbound soonest your discretion to avoid hostilities and deliver NC18602 to marine terminal La Guardia Field New York. Good luck." [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jul 13, 2014 - 27 comments

Flying RC Aircraft Carrier

Flying RC Aircraft Carrier, Last year we saw the first launch of an RC Aircraft from an RC Carrier. Now we have the first launch AND landing of an RC Aircraft on a Flying RC Carrier.
posted by Confess, Fletch on Apr 22, 2014 - 16 comments

Pelican Cam

Somebody put a camera on a pelican's beak & it's awesome!! (SLYT)
posted by The Blue Olly on Mar 4, 2014 - 40 comments

"It's a choice I've made, making people who care about me worry."

Split of a Second is an eight and a half minute youtube video about wingsuit flying and a practitioner of the art.
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 12, 2013 - 8 comments

Flying Square of Cardboard.

Flying Square of Cardboard. [SLYT] It's a square of cardboard. That flies. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 20, 2013 - 41 comments

Mazal tov!

Brides Throwing Cats
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 9, 2013 - 43 comments

Giant Concrete Arrows That Point Your Way Across America

Giant Concrete Arrows That Point Your Way Across America
posted by Confess, Fletch on Jul 16, 2013 - 44 comments

Is there a Doctor on-board?

The Epidemiology of In-Flight Medical Emergencies Friday SLYT- No time to read the NEMJ paper? (Previous Blue Medical emergency goodness). Doctors of Metafilter, what are you're favourite stories?
posted by Wilder on Jun 28, 2013 - 31 comments

There was applause, but it wasn't for the airline.

Several members of the Philadelphia Orchestra were on a flight from Bejing to Macao that got stuck on the tarmac for three hours. With nothing better to do, the musicians resorted to doing what they do best...
posted by schmod on Jun 7, 2013 - 44 comments

The obvious choice? The obvious choice to oblivion? Let's see...(SLYT)

Turn up the volume, kick up your feet, and take a relaxing glide with Alexander Polli Warning: The part where he attempts to thread the needle may cause involuntary clenching.
posted by jcworth on Apr 18, 2013 - 17 comments

‘Mr. Drake? We’ve been expecting you’

United Airlines holds plane so passenger can say goodbye to his dying mother. Kerry Drake broke down when it seemed he would miss the last flight to Lubbock, Texas, where his mother lay dying. Then something that an airline watchdog says "almost never happens," happened. Also on CNN.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Mar 6, 2013 - 45 comments

"Everyone loves owls. Even mammalogists love owls."

Why are owls so wise? Perhaps it's because they're utter badasses.
Ferocity is essential for a bird whose frigid, spotty range extends across northeastern China, the Russian Far East and up toward the Arctic Circle, one that breeds and nests in the dead of winter, perched atop a giant cottonwood or elm tree, out in the open, in temperatures 30 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Dr. Slaght’s colleague Sergei Surmach videotaped a female sitting on her nest during a blizzard. “All you could see at the end was her tail jutting out,” Dr. Slaght said.
The New York Times Science section gives an update on some current owl research. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Feb 28, 2013 - 46 comments

DIY Drones, or rather, Autonomous Aerial Vehicles

Pretty stunning cockpit perspective footage of unmanned aerial vehicles interacting in close quarters, flying with a range of flyers (Echelon FPV). [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Jan 25, 2013 - 20 comments

Two Men, One Sky: A Flight to the Finish

"THE CLOUDS stretched across the Texas sky like a highway. And soaring along those lanes, lofted nearly 8,000 feet by the hot air rising from the earth, two hang gliders raced in tight pursuit of the most prized feat in this high adrenaline niche sport: farthest ever flown." The NY Times on breaking the hang gliding long distance record.
posted by Long Way To Go on Jan 13, 2013 - 13 comments

Human cormorants and dolphins

Tony Stark style daredevils "flying" over, under and through the water (SLYT) This video (warning: annoying music) gets off to a slow start, but then the air ballet begins and the people turn into cormorants and dolphins. Enjoy!
posted by carmicha on Nov 10, 2012 - 26 comments

Flying on a bus

Why an airline that travelers love is failing. Virgin America, named the "top overall airline in the U.S." with a huge wow factor is having financial problems and experiencing cutbacks. Meanwhile, deep discounter Spirit Air is imposing $100 checked-bag fees, is wildly profitable, and has high bookings. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Oct 31, 2012 - 109 comments

12 Amazing Things About Bats

12 Amazing Things About Bats [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Oct 31, 2012 - 31 comments

Cleared to Land

Heathrow Approach Planes lining up on approach to London Heathrow at 17x speed. Strangely hypnotic slyt.
posted by jontyjago on Oct 26, 2012 - 57 comments

Violence portrayed

Short film by Khalil Joseph Song by Flying Lotus, Film by Khalil Joseph. Very violent images, but beautiful all at the same time.
posted by Yellow on Sep 30, 2012 - 9 comments

Pilot's Timelapse

The working week of a commercial pilot as seen from the cockpit A timelapse video showing takeoffs and landings from the pilot's perspective. Complete with squashed insects on the windscreen.
posted by jontyjago on Sep 18, 2012 - 33 comments

"I like to entertain people, and apparently I have, so I'm very happy :)"

For all your surrealist needs: Green Screen Test featuring music by Creed. [SLYTOddness] [via]
posted by quin on Aug 25, 2012 - 12 comments

The rise and fall of AAirpass

The frequent fliers who flew too much. American Airlines said that for a single payment of $350,000, you could fly with them anywhere, first class, for the rest of your life. Why were they so surprised when a few people... well... did?
posted by Faint of Butt on May 6, 2012 - 103 comments

Uh... those aren't chemtrails

Flying people in the skies of NYC. [SLYT]
posted by hincandenza on Feb 1, 2012 - 18 comments

Flying and autism

A Philadelphia program is bringing families, airport employees and airlines together to help autistic kids fly more comfortably. [more inside]
posted by chela on Jan 17, 2012 - 7 comments

Flying Robots Build A Tower Near Paris

"Uh Oh. Construction workers please note: Somebody just built a 20-foot tower using flying robots. No people involved." Eric Guizo notes: "The ceiling of the room where the assembly is taking place was equipped with a motion-capture system. A computer uses the vision data to keep track of the quadcopters and tell them where to go — the same approach used at ETH's Flying Machine Arena"
posted by MHPlost on Jan 3, 2012 - 41 comments

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