People are already putting down money for self-driving flying cars. Are American motorists up to the challenge?
British Airways Made A Blanket That Measures Passengers’ Moods
Fiber optics and brain waves tell the airline a nice drink, a good movie, and a snooze make people feel good.
In an industry dominated by price comparison, we wanted to create something truly engaging to remind us all how magical flying really is.
Sitting out in the garden one day, I realized that the reason my two young daughters stopped whatever it was that they were doing and gazed up into the sky pointing whenever a plane flew overhead, was because they were filled with wonder and amazement. To them, planes were magical.
One of Arthur C Clarke’s most famous quotes that gets used fairly regularly these days sprung to mind: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” In my children’s eyes, planes were something they didn’t understand. In their eyes, they may as well have been dragons or flying unicorns. Magical. All we needed to do was to remind everyone else of that and take them back to that magical moment when they first flew.
The global air traffic network may be more vulnerable to natural disasters than you realize.
"Let’s be innovative and free ourselves from the old habits and beliefs that prevent us from inventing a better future."
This is what happens when you take pictures of all the planes that take off from Los Angeles International Airport each day and smush them together into one image.
It was a spontaneous project. “I was down at the airport a week ago with a friend of mine watching planes take off and land, and thinking it would be really cool if I could get all of the planes into one picture,” Kelley says. “Then on Sunday I woke up and it was unbelievably clear. If you’ve ever been to LA, to be able to see as far as you can is a once-in-a-year kind of thing.”
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the 84th plane to go mysteriously missing since 1948. - A new visualization maps out this history of lost flights.
“The intense interest in the ongoing mystery surrounding Flight 370
notwithstanding, the many organizations and corporations developing safety tools for passenger jets are doing their job: 2013 had one of the lowest rates of commercial aviation incidents in history.”
The F.A.A. has acted in the wake of yesterday’s emergency landing by an ANA Dreamliner in Japan, and grounded all U.S.-registered 787 aircraft. The no-fly edict, which supersedes last week’s review, following the Boston undercarriage fire, will remain in place until Boeing can guarantee the safety of the plane’s Lithium-Ion batteries. The F.A.A.’s move is a blow for Boeing, whose share price closed 3% lower on Wall Street yesterday.
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