“Weight Restriction Days” – Something New to Think About When You Fly in the Age of Climate Change

July 5, 2017 – A new phrase entered common use in the last month – “weight restriction days.” But it might as well be called “wait restriction days” ... Continue Reading →

The Stratolaunch Space Launch System Makes its Debut

June 2, 2017 – A twin-fuselage six-jet-engine monster aircraft with an 118 meter (385 foot) wingspan made its debut this week. You can see it below emerging from its hangar.       The ... Continue Reading →

Air Turbulence and CO2 Level Increases in the Atmosphere

April 7, 2017 – An atmosphere with more carbon dioxide (CO2) means more churn which for airlines poses a problem, increasing air turbulence. So states a paper to be published ... Continue Reading →

Latest Laptop Ban on Flights from Middle East and African Origins May Create Fire in the Hold Threat

March 22, 2017 – Sometimes I think that the new Trump administration is really a Marx Brothers’ comedy sketch. See the 1932 film, Duck Soup, if you want to get my drift. ... Continue Reading →

CO2 from Aircraft Only One Part of the Industry’s Greenhouse Gas Problem

March 18, 2017 – Last October I posted information here about an agreement by 191 country members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to adopt a carbon emission ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Half Drone, Half Motorcycle – Say Hello to the Hoversurf Scorpion-3

February 24, 2017 – What can fly like a drone while you ride it like a motorbike? It’s the Scorpion-3, a combination quadcopter with a motorcycle seat. Scorpion-3 is electric-powered, ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Zip Drones to Deliver Drugs in Costa Rica

October 24, 2016 – Remote villages and towns in Costa Rica will be getting prescriptions delivered to them by drones beginning next year. The program is being operated by the ... Continue Reading →

International Aviation Body Adopts Greenhouse Gas Reductions for Jet Travel

October 7, 2016 – Two modes of  transportation were not included in the final COP 21 agreement negotiated in Paris last year. One was marine shipping, and the other air was air ... Continue Reading →

Eight 21st Century Emerging Technologies: Part 4

February 28, 2016 – Continuing our series in which Peter Diamandis explores disruptive convergent technologies that are changing the 21st century, we hear from Chris Anderson, ... Continue Reading →

NASA Building New Electric Propulsion Technology for Aircraft

February 10, 2016 – Entitled Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech), this experimental hybrid-electric propulsion system will soon move from a test bed on the ... Continue Reading →