Ever wondered how an ejection seat works, or how to ride a hot air balloon? This section explores modern jet mechanics and aircraft operations and components.

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How Air Traffic Control Works

There are about 5,000 planes in U.S. airspace every hour. How do these aircraft keep from colliding with each other? Learn about the intricate system that guides a plane from takeoff to landing.


Do drone pilots train on video games?

Do drone pilots train on video games?

Drone pilots have to learn to fly drones somehow. Find out if drone pilots train using video games at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What's the world's fastest UAV?

What's the world's fastest UAV?

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an unmanned aerial vehicle traveling faster than the speed of sound! Learn about the world's fastest UAV. See more »

How Drones Work

How Drones Work

Drones are now an ever-present part of our world. Learn more about drones at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do you have to turn your phone on at airport security?

Why do you have to turn your phone on at airport security?

There are a lot of stipulations for air travel nowadays. Learn why the TSA requires that you turn your phone on at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Skywriting Works

How Skywriting Works

Writing a message in the sky requires a steady everything. Find out how skywriting pilots execute these aerial messages at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Should black box data be stored in the cloud?

Should black box data be stored in the cloud?

Does the black box need a 21st-century update? And, if so, is cloud storage for black box data a good solution? Find out at HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

10 Unsolved Airplane Mysteries

10 Unsolved Airplane Mysteries

Since 1948, more than 100 aircraft have gone missing while aloft and never been found. Here are 10 unsolved airline mysteries from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How can a plane land at the wrong airport?

How can a plane land at the wrong airport?

Yep, sometimes planes land at the wrong airport, and the consequences can include red-faced pilots, inconvenienced passengers and damaged airfields. See more »

10 Non-murderous Things Drones Do Every Day

10 Non-murderous Things Drones Do Every Day

We always hear about the military strikes, but drones do all kinds of harmless -- even helpful -- work. Find out about non-murderous uses for drones. See more »

10 Aviation Innovations We'd Be Stuck on the Ground Without

10 Aviation Innovations We'd Be Stuck on the Ground Without

These 10 aviation innovations can keep aircraft aloft. Find out which 10 aviation innovations are the most critical to flight at HowStuffWorks.com. See more »