Boeing's largest, and ugliest, aircraft today is the 747 LCF
, better known as the DreamLifter. The primary job of the DreamLifter is delivering entire 787 fuselages for final assembly. Yesterday evening, one DreamLifter was supposed to land at Wichita, Kansas... [more inside]
posted by eriko
on Nov 21, 2013 -
Raphael Pirker, a.k.a. Trappy, is a FPV
pilot who came to be well known after the video from his New York flight
went viral. While most of the media coverage of Trappy's NYC exploits was positive
, the incident prompted a heated debate
in the hobbyist community, and the authorities took a dim view
Shortly afterwards, Trappy was hired by a PR firm to do an aerial video
shoot over the University of Virginia. The FAA, having banned commercial use of UAVs
in 2007, took the unusual step of issuing a $10,000 fine
for the unauthorized flight.
Earlier this month Trappy's attorneys filed a response
(pdf) to the FAA's action which questions whether the FAA holds jurisdiction over "model aircraft" in the first place. According to Wired Magazine
, he court's decision could determine the future of model aviation and miniature UAVs in the US. Once again, the response from the hobbyist/entrepreneur community has been spirited
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posted by smoothvirus
on Oct 17, 2013 -
: this Android app permits you to take control over the commercial jet in which you are a passenger if it is on autopilot.
posted by Chocolate Pickle
on Apr 11, 2013 -
Filmmaker Tim Sessler shot the short film Drift
during a flight from San Francisco to Salt Lake City with his Canon 5D Mark III.
posted by bayani
on Feb 27, 2013 -
In the spring of 1977, a Lockheed Lodestar crashed into a lake in Yosemite National Park carrying six tons of Mexican marijuana. The US government recovered most of it. Camp Four got the rest.
A true stoner fable by Kief Hillsbery. [more inside]
posted by theodolite
on Apr 20, 2012 -
"We finally flew our first thermal camera flight yesterday afternoon. About 10 seconds after launch my co pilot looked at the screen and said something like, 'We now have our very own predator drone'"
A rice farmer in Louisiana had a real problem, feral pigs were coming out of the woods at night, into the rice fields, tearing up his crops and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
The only solution is to bring in hunters to shoot the pigs.
Hunting feral pigs
in waist high rice plants, in the dead of night, is very difficult. You have to be within 10 feet of them to shoot them and it can take hours to stalk them down. So the farmer calls his brother, an Electronic Warfare engineer who flies RC airplanes as a hobby
$5000 worth of electronics, including a $4500 infrared camera
, are installed on a $80 model airplane, and the Dehogaflier is born!
posted by smoothvirus
on Oct 18, 2011 -
"Flight into Danger"
invented the cliches of the disaster film genre, invigorated the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and changed the life of its author, tractor-trailer company advertising executive Arthur Hailey.
posted by sevenyearlurk
on Aug 15, 2011 -
Austrian research company IAT21 has presented a new type of aircraft at the Paris Air Show which has the potential to become aviation's first disruptive technology since the jet engine. ... The key to the D-Dalus' extreme maneuverability is the facility to alter the angle of the blades (using servos) to vector the forces, meaning that the thrust can be delivered in your choice of 360 degrees around any of the three axes. Hence D-Dalus can launch vertically, hover perfectly still and move in any direction, and that's just the start of the story.
posted by Trurl
on Jun 23, 2011 -
Photographer Nate Bolt, on a overnight San Francisco to Paris flight, set up a time lapse camera to record the journey (with permission), and found midflight that he was shooting an aurora borealis
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posted by ZeusHumms
on Apr 11, 2011 -
The biggest mistake people make when talking about the outsourcing of U.S. jobs by U.S. companies is to treat it as a moral issue. Sure, it's immoral to abandon your loyal American workers in search of cheap labor overseas. But the real problem with outsourcing, if you don't think it through, is that it can wreck your business and cost you a bundle.
Case in point: Boeing Co. and its 787 Dreamliner
Boeing can't say it wasn't warned. As early as 2001, L.J. Hart-Smith, a Boeing senior technical fellow, produced a prescient analysis
projecting that excessive outsourcing
would raise Boeing's costs and steer profits to its subcontractors. [previously]
posted by ennui.bz
on Feb 18, 2011 -
The largest model railway layout in the world, Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland
has been featured here before
. Featuring areas modelled on real life attractions, it also is home to the fictional town of Knuffingen
where the 200,000 mini-inhabitants are very much looking forward to the opening of their new airport
. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on Feb 12, 2011 -
Authorities believe a 16 year old boy found dead last month on a Milton, MA street fell out of the wheel well of an aircraft.
Last month, the suburb of Milton, MA, was horrified when the mutilated body of a teenager was found in the road. The body lacked identification, but was eventually found to be that of Delvonte Tisdale, age 16, from Charlotte, NC. The mystery of how he got there when he had been seen the night before in his bedroom seems to have been solved: authorities now believe he stowed away in the wheel well of an aircraft from Charlotte to Boston, and fell out as the airplane approached Logan airport. [more inside]
posted by kpht
on Dec 10, 2010 -