MIT researchers have built ion thrusters with no moving parts pave the way for silent drones.
Ionic winds – charged particles flowing through the air – can move airplanes using only electricity; no propellers or jet engines needed. The scholar who led the project explains how it works.
Secondary radar is an important tool in the control of aircraft traffic, and helps make air travel safe. It was developed during dangerous times.
One of the biggest problems with single-pilot operations is that it's very difficult to self-diagnose errors. That's why checklists can help.
New research shows how smart aircraft can learn to use updrafts of warm air to stay in the sky.
Sound, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These inventions decidedly did not.
And will the aviation sector implement vital lessons learned from Icelandic disruption in 2010?
Airlines want to stretch their routes even longer with non-stop flights to almost anywhere in the world.
Major airports around the world will see more frequent flight restrictions in the coming decades because of increasingly common hot temperatures.
The most expensive defense program in world history has yielded a multi-role fighter plane that is an inelegant jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.
Oceanographers say they have the "credible new information" authorities need to resume the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The new Joint Strike Fighter will make its first appearance before an Australian crowd this weekend. But how close to being operational is the new fighter aircraft?
Most passengers have no idea how bad air travel is for the environment.
All over the country, novice drone pilots are launching their new Christmas presents skywards. But do they all know the rules? Here's a primer.
Qantas's new non-stop route from Perth to London might be a watershed for travel times between Australia and Europe. But super-long-haul routes won't do much to cut aviation's greenhouse emissions.
The crash near Medellin killed 75 people, including many members of a top Brazilian football team, but amazingly left six survivors.
The president-elect's taste for private jets could be just what the aviation industry needs.
The movie Sully, out today, tells the story of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger who landed an Airbus A320-214 in New York's Hudson River. To accident experts, this was no crash landing.
It's all to do with the 'Swiss cheese model'.
The original jumbo jet revolutionised global travel but more efficient, reliable engines have spelt the end for the 747.