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You better know the rules before you get out and fly your drone or you could end up violating FAA regulations.
By Kristen Hall-Geisler Sep 14, 2018
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Pilots on international flights use Aviation English, a stripped-down, specialized version of the language, to communicate with air traffic controllers.
By Patrick J. Kiger May 22, 2018
Commercial flight is extremely safe. But could it be even safer if airplanes had shoulder harnesses instead of lap belts?
By John Donovan Apr 20, 2018
Your license is good enough for you to drive, but is it good enough to get you on a plane?
By Cherise Threewitt Jan 19, 2018
What does Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's massive power failure tell us about U.S. infrastructure and vulnerability?
By John Donovan Dec 20, 2017
Camera-equipped commercial drones are cheaper and require less training. Is it time to say goodbye to your local eye-in-the-sky traffic reports?
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 27, 2017
And in less than a decade they could save you from being stuck in heavy traffic.
By Tracy Staedter Sep 20, 2017
It's happened to all of us. You're at the front of the line, about to board, when you realize you can't find your paper boarding pass. Or it won't pull up on your phone. Facial recognition technology could change that — and help with security, too.
By Tracy Staedter Jun 25, 2017
Predicting turbulence isn't an exact science, but airline pilots use a variety of tools both high-tech and low before asking you to buckle up.
By Patrick J. Kiger May 31, 2017
A drone bird's the word at Canada's Edmonton International Airport.
By Tracy Staedter May 22, 2017
Honeybees could get help pollinating crops in the future from an unlikely source: drones.
By John Perritano Feb 16, 2017
It used to be that air travelers complained about not having enough legroom. But with airlines jamming more seats into planes, there’s less room for their heads, too.
By Patrick J. Kiger Dec 20, 2016
And it could be even faster and quieter than all you jet-setters are used to.
By Jonathan Strickland Dec 16, 2016
A new airline industry analysis confirms incidents of air rage have increased by 16 percent in a single year.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 12, 2016
As "Sully" debuts in U.S. movie theaters, we ask aviation folks how exactly a pilot can successfully and safely land a plane on water.
By Kate Kershner Sep 9, 2016
Land mines can pose a threat long after a conflict they were part of is over. A new drone project could offer a way to safely and inexpensively eliminate the explosives.
By Holly Frey Jul 21, 2016
Falconry has a long history in Dubai, but that doesn't mean they won't embrace new technology to improve their birds.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jun 9, 2016
Disney was recently rumored to be taking out spy drones in order to protect "Star Wars: Episode VIII" shooting locations. Is that legal in the U.S.?
By Jonathan Strickland May 5, 2016
Using brain-computer interfaces, 16 University of Florida engineering students piloted drones using only their focused thoughts — and some computer programming.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 4, 2016
What's to blame for instances of air rage? A new study suggests dividing classes on a plane increases tension and likelihood of problems.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 3, 2016
And did we mention that Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden, partially funded it?
By Rachel Pendergrass Mar 8, 2016
Choosing your seatmates through social media? Facial recognition technology to match you and your luggage? The airline industry has the ideas... but will it adopt them?
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 8, 2016
If Rep. David E. Lifferth, R-Utah, gets his way, police will soon be able to "neutralize" drones that interfere with emergency response.
By Kristen Hall-Geisler Mar 4, 2016
Using low-tech solutions for high-tech problems, falconry may prove beneficial in combating all the wayward drones flying where they ought not to fly.
By Christopher Hassiotis Feb 2, 2016
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