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.
Although it doesn't happen often, large passenger jets crash for many reasons, from mechanical failure to pilot error.
Cleaning an airliner for the next flight is a complex undertaking that must be carried out rapidly.
A blanket and pillow can transform a long, uncomfortable flight into a sleepfest, but not all airlines still hand them out. When they do, are they clean and safe to use?
The Boeing 737 first flew into the world a half century ago. Here's the scoop on Boeing's fastest-selling airplane.
Your pilot apologizes for your plane leaving late but then assures you she can make up the lost time in the sky. Is she pressing extra-hard on the accelerator or what?
Ever sat on an airplane and wondered how your laptop works at 30,000 feet?
The Dubai police force got the world's first legal personal drone. Are these flying motorbikes coming to streets near you?
With 36,000 workers, it has its own fire department, banks, day care facilities, medical clinic and water treatment plant.
Airlines keep cramming in more and more seats, making flying nearly unbearable for some. But does that also make it unsafe?
You better know the rules before you get out and fly your drone or you could end up violating FAA regulations.
HowStuffWorks explains how physics helps animals get airborne.
Pilots on international flights use Aviation English, a stripped-down, specialized version of the language, to communicate with air traffic controllers.
Commercial flight is extremely safe. But could it be even safer if airplanes had shoulder harnesses instead of lap belts?
Your license is good enough for you to drive, but is it good enough to get you on a plane?
What does Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's massive power failure tell us about U.S. infrastructure and vulnerability?
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?
And in less than a decade they could save you from being stuck in heavy traffic.
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.
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 drone bird's the word at Canada's Edmonton International Airport.
Honeybees could get help pollinating crops in the future from an unlikely source: drones.
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.
And it could be even faster and quieter than all you jet-setters are used to.
A new airline industry analysis confirms incidents of air rage have increased by 16 percent in a single year.
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.