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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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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.

Dutch Police Are Training Eagles to Capture Drones Right Out of the Sky

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.

Watch this Flying Spheroid Drone Explore a Glacial Ice Cave

Gyroscopes, carbon rods and flexible joints let the GimBall drone bounce off of and roll against obstacles as it flies on its missions.

Clear Plastic Bubble Would Let Aircraft Passengers Enjoy View from Outside

Windspeed Technologies' proposed SkyDeck could offer an external, 360-degree view for airline passengers, and could be a luxury add-on to existing airplanes.

The U.S. Military Wants Vampire Drones

The U.S. Department of Defense really wants a drone that can vanish completely after delivering its payload. Got any ideas?

Airplane Seat Cushions: Stealthy Fart Filters of the Future?

There are so many tweaks we wish airlines would implement, especially if future seat configurations mean stacking passengers with butts suspended above heads.

Here’s Why Drones and Firefighters Can’t Share the Same Sky

Drone hobbyists love the thrill of glimpsing news as it’s happening in real time, but is it safe for them to be at fire scenes?

With More Drones in Our Skies, We're Going to Need Droneports

Mini airports for drones are being built now, and could help medicine reach remote areas. Urban environments could also benefit. Here's what our future may hold.

Mile Bleh Club: Why Airline Food Doesn’t Taste Good

Studying the perceptions of passengers at 36,000 feet reveals how noise, vibration and pressurized air affect taste.

Do drone pilots train on video games?

Sure, flight-simulation video games and drone piloting both involve computer screens and handheld controllers, but do these similarities make gaming a useful training platform for real-life, high-stakes military operations?

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!

How Drones Work

They're the stuff of headlines, often characterized as evil in the sky. But how do unmanned aerial vehicles actually get off the ground and flying?

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

Going through airport security is the worst part of flying for most people. Now you may be asked to turn your cell phone on in the security line. Why do you have to do that? And does it really keep us safe?

How Skywriting Works

Writing a legible message on paper requires a steady hand; writing one in the sky requires a steady everything.

Should black box data be stored in the cloud?

Why do we still lock away critical data on a box that can go down with the plane? It may be time to think differently about the black box and its contents.

10 Unsolved Airplane Mysteries

Since 1948, more than 100 aircraft have gone missing while aloft and never been found. How is this possible? We'll look at some of these unsolved mysteries, as well as other bizarre airline mishaps.

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