On Friday, ATCSCC Advisory 20 of 26-Sep-2014 went out. When operators, controllers and airport managers saw the title, a gasp of disbelief was heard. The problem was simple enough to state in three words, and complex enough to cancel thousand of flights and cost hundred of millions of dollars: ZAU ATC ZERO
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Why We're Not Driving the Friendly Skies A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look for inspiration to the Autoplane prototype built in 1917 by the flight pioneer Glenn Curtiss. And tens of millions of motorists who have been stuck in traffic jams stretching toward the horizon must also feel a need to know: Where are the flying cars?
Back in 2012, fashion photographer and filmmaker Milton Tan
shot a time lapse film over a six month period, of planes overflying Singapore's Changi Beach
on their way to and from Changi airport. After his "The Air Traffic
" video went viral, managers at the airport made Tan an offer: six months of access to a restricted runway for a second film: The Air Traffic Two
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"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
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Basically, it would be faster
. The best part about the article is the short, embedded videos showing simulations of different boarding processes. There's the standard method, the Southwest pick-your-own-seat method, and the dehumanizing
How Airbus is Debugging the A350-XWB.
Jeff Wise, writing in Bloomberg Business Week, describes the 18-month testing process for the new Airbus A350-XWB
passenger jet. One page version (printer format).
And a bonus media offering: a somewhat functional online 3D flight simulator. [more inside]
Just in time for holiday travel, the FAA now approves use of portable electronic devices
for the entire duration of your flight.
"In the early days of human flight, a new word entered our lexicon: "aviatrix," the female version of "aviator." These women were true pioneers, although if you asked them, they would probably tell you they were just adventurous and loved flying -same as the men who took to the air in those days.
" Mentalfloss profiles seven women from the first decades of airplanes
. If you'd like more tales of adventure and daring, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum website has a section on women in aviation
, as does the San Diego Air and Space Museum
(related Flickr gallery
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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...
Planes lining up on approach to London Heathrow at 17x speed. Strangely hypnotic slyt.
has three Youtube channels: The eponymous AIRBOYD features 2000+ videos for "aviation and aerospace enthusiasts
. Then there's the Nuclear Vault
: Vintage Military, War and News Videos, with 1200+ full-length documentaries, news reels and other assorted footage, including 200 episodes of "The Big Picture (Army Signal Corps)
" and a variety of Atomic and Nuclear energy films
. Last but not least is US Auto Industry
, an archive of over 450 vintage automobile films
, including commercials from Buick
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In the seven years since its last*
appearance in the blue, Cliff Muskiet's Stewardess Uniform Collection
has grown to more than 1,000 different uniforms from more than 400 different airlines. [more inside]
Electric airplanes are not
idea, but there have been recent developments
in building affordable production electric sport aircraft. They are super quiet
, low vibration, highly reliable, simple and gas-free. [more inside]
How airplanes are repossessed. The rule is ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell—just get our airplane back.
You are a shark. You swim off the coast of Florida. You dive in and out of the water to smash boats, and you can pull jumbo jets out of the sky WITH YOUR TEETH
. You are Miami Shark
. Via Rockpapershotgun. [more inside]
January: Newly sworn-in President Obama says, "We need greater investment in... essential systems like the C-17 cargo
, which provide the backbone of our ability to extend global power." April: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
says, "Our analysis concludes that we have enough C-17s
, with the 205 already in the force and currently in production." May: The Office of Management and Budget
proposes the termination of the C-17 program
with a savings of $17 billion. July: The 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill
includes funding for the program. September 29: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) proposes an amendment
to strip that funding -
"You can't walk through these hallways without bumping into a lobbyist from Boeing." September 30: By a vote of 64 to 34
, the Senate defeats the amendment.
The ring wing or annular airfoil is an aircraft design
which has been experimented with throughout
of aviation with some interesting variations
. It has served as the inspiration for several paper airplane designs
, model airplanes
of course, and a variety of children's toys
. The capabilities imagined by the French coléoptère
engineers of the 1950's and 1960's and the U.S. "flying tank"
designers are available today at least in the form of unmanned vehicles (large PDF brochure
, 6 minute video download
, 1½ minute YT news clip
). The technology has also been adapted to become the surfboard tunnel fin
and there are underwater UAVs
Building and flying free flight model airplanes is a pastime so obscure it doesn't even register on the geek heirarchy. But in the period between Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic until the start of the Second World War, thousands
of boys (and some girls) around
succumbed to the allure of rubber, lube
, and dope
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A narrated slideshow tour
of Stockholm's Jumbo Hostel
, which is inside a remodelled Boeing 747
. The engine pods will be each become a room for two. Opens January 15th.
- "Satisfying an unnatural infatuation with airplanes and rockets."
A regularly updated blog with nice bits of aviation goodness.
According to the photographer's daughter, "All photos in this collection were taken by then Lt. and later Capt. George S. White
, my Father, while he was serving in the Pacific
as a pilot
. They are generally between 1945 and 1948 from what is documented."
My favorites? The barmaid
or postwar Tokyo
or wrecked planes and airplane graveyards
As the Seattle PI notes
"Paul Allen's 'Flying Heritage Collection
' of 15 planes, mostly dating from the 1930s and '40s, is noteworthy both because of its rarity -- several are the only models of their kind remaining -- and its condition -- almost all of them have been refurbished so that they can be flown." [more inside]
Carl Rankin builds awesome RC planes
out of straws, plastic wrap, tape, and foam take-out boxes. (via
Remember when air travel was viewed as glamorous and exciting? Of course you don't. So check out this collection of vintage flight attendant photos: Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
Abandoned plane wrecks of the north.
The Arctic North is a cruel environment for men and machine; for planes it is no different. The weather creates all sorts of hazards, the terrain offers its own variety of opportunities for disaster. (Warning: extreme
Ever had a yen for a table made from jet engine turbine blades or a desk fashioned from a wing or a cowling? Giancarlo de Astis
and Moto Art
are two high-end design firms that are creating eye catching furniture and functional art from scavenged airplane parts. You can see their work and the work of others in the aviation art community at InterFlight Studio
. Or do-it-yourself-ers in the crowd might just prefer a Field Guide to Aircraft Boneyards
An Israeli military training mission gone bad. A mid-air collision during a simulated dogfight. An A4 Skyhawk
goes down, and an F-15 Eagle
decides to try and make it the 10 miles back to base. When the pilot lands, he finds out that he has definitively answered the question, Can this aircraft fly on just one wing? [video]
Save the Girls!
of WWII era fighter & bomber nosecone art is the highlight of this site dedicated to the history and preservation of such works.
(watch the overview video
) is a cool visualization based on FAA flight records for one day. You can see the overnight lull, then the morning sweep across the country in a series of short videos. It's like cabspotting
, but on a much larger scale. This is from the same guy behind The Sheep Market
FedEx Thunderstorm Deviations.
"FAA radar track sequence of a bank of FedEx aircraft getting into Memphis as thunderstorms pass over the airport" (Google video). I'm having Rip Off
After the first time I flew on an upgraded ticket, I wondered why some airline didn't just make slightly more expensive tickets on a plane filled with fewer, roomier seats for those that crave comfort (basically, all business class). Well, it looks like someone has at Eos Airlines
. The seating arrangements look fantastic
, going from roomy seat area to flat bed to double table with two seats (for a coworker), with privacy and aisle access for all. Unfortunately "slightly more expensive" is pretty high at $5k for NYC to London, though that's cheaper than major airlines. Business Week has the full story
on this new venture.
Looking for detailed flight info?
This site takes airplane flight tracking to air traffic control levels. Be sure to check out the complete airport status
and the facinating flight movies
Satellite photos of airplanes in flight.
This is a great time-waster, but for some reason I keep looking for more (you may need to adjust the zoom bar on the page to maximum). These are all at the Atlanta airport, and I was surprised how close they were to each other.... check out the one that left before
, and the one before that
, and the one before that
Those are all taking off, here's one that's landing
Can anybody find any more?
Or does anyone care?
"We're going to hit houses, dude,"
(NYT Reg. ), Alone in their 50-seat commercial jet, the two young pilots decided to see what it could do...A few minutes later, though, both engines were dead, and the pilots were struggling to glide to an emergency landing at an airport in Jefferson City, Mo.
(or the non-registration Jefferson City NewsTribune version
, or the NTSB site
Do As I Say
and Not As I Do
. Go Military R&D. It took less than 4 months to develop a laser that is safe to shine at airplanes.
Sometimes I think the most interesting airplanes are the ones that never got built
This is an odd way
to find out about an earthquake in California.
Patrick "Ask a Pilot" Smith opines on "Terror in the Skies, Again?"
Smith: I, for one, fully admit that certain acts of airborne crime and treachery may indeed open the channels to a debate on civil liberties. Pray tell, what happened? Gunfight at 37,000 feet? Valiant passengers wrestle a grenade from a suicidal operative? Hero pilots beat back a cockpit takeover?
Well, no. As a matter of fact, nothing happened. Turns out the Syrians are part of a musical ensemble hired to play at a hotel. The men talk to one another. They glance around. They pee. That's it? That's it.
Flight crew beat up passenger:
Drunken passengers often give air crews trouble, but Russia's leading airline today reported an 'unprecedented' reversal: a passenger was assaulted by intoxicated flight attendants. (via failure