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Will the FAA Ever Regulate Legroom on Commercial Planes?

Airlines keep cramming in more and more seats, making flying nearly unbearable for some. But does that also make it unsafe?

Got a Drone? Learn the Laws Before You Take Flight

You better know the rules before you get out and fly your drone or you could end up violating FAA regulations.

HowStuffWorks Illustrated: How Physics Helps Animals Fly

HowStuffWorks explains how physics helps animals get airborne.

'Tree-niner-fife': The Global Language of Pilots

Pilots on international flights use Aviation English, a stripped-down, specialized version of the language, to communicate with air traffic controllers.

If Cars Have Shoulder Seat Belts, Why Not Airplanes?

Commercial flight is extremely safe. But could it be even safer if airplanes had shoulder harnesses instead of lap belts?

State-issued IDs May No Longer Be Enough to Board U.S. Flights

Your license is good enough for you to drive, but is it good enough to get you on a plane?

Atlanta's Airport Disaster Sounds Aviation Alarm Bell

What does Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's massive power failure tell us about U.S. infrastructure and vulnerability?

Will Drones Replace News Helicopters?

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?

Flying, On-demand Taxis Are Taking Off

And in less than a decade they could save you from being stuck in heavy traffic.

When Your Face Is Your Boarding Pass

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.

How Do Airline Pilots Know Turbulence Is Coming Up?

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.

A First for Airports: Flapping Robo-falcon to Scare Away Birds

A drone bird's the word at Canada's Edmonton International Airport.

Drones May One Day Help Honeybees Pollinate

Honeybees could get help pollinating crops in the future from an unlikely source: drones.

Yes, Airlines Are Shrinking Space Between Your Face and the Next Seat Up

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.

Supersonic Travel Could Be Coming Back

And it could be even faster and quieter than all you jet-setters are used to.

10,854 Cases of People on Planes Acting Like Humongous Jerks

A new airline industry analysis confirms incidents of air rage have increased by 16 percent in a single year.

Ditching: How Pilots Like 'Sully' Sullenberger Land Planes on Water

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.

Benevolent Drones: Is a Future Without Land Mines Just a Decade Away?

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.

Using Drones to Train Hunting Falcons in Dubai

Falconry has a long history in Dubai, but that doesn't mean they won't embrace new technology to improve their birds.

Who Wants to Knock a Drone Out of the Sky?

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.?

The World Just Had Its First Mind-Controlled Drone Race

Using brain-computer interfaces, 16 University of Florida engineering students piloted drones using only their focused thoughts — and some computer programming.

Airline Class Segregation Increases Chance of 'Air Rage' Incidents

What's to blame for instances of air rage? A new study suggests dividing classes on a plane increases tension and likelihood of problems.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's the Airlander 10!

And did we mention that Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden, partially funded it?

6 Cool Innovations That Could Change Air Travel Forever

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?

Can Police (Legally) Shoot Down Drones?

If Rep. David E. Lifferth, R-Utah, gets his way, police will soon be able to "neutralize" drones that interfere with emergency response.


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