Test pilot Chuck Yeager in the cockpit of the Bell X-1, in which he became the first recorded pilot to break the sound barrier – although others had likely died trying.
Sound barrier-breaking fighter ace Chuck Yeager, who has died aged 97, epitomised a very different era of test pilots.
Almost two years after crashing twice within five months and being pulled out of service, the Boeing 737 Max’s return to the skies has now been approved.
The Boeing 737 MAX is expected to take to the skies again following a review of the MCAS system which was responsible for two crashes in 2019.
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The Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded since 2019 following two fatal crashes, is expected to be cleared to fly again. An aviation law expert proposes a way to improve the certification process.
Globally, 387 delivered and about 400 undelivered Boeing Max aircraft remain grounded indefinitely.
The Boeing MAX disaster has already cost the company billions of dollars and will have ripple effects on suppliers and the wider US economy, with tens of thousands of jobs at risk.
Airlines will not fly when there is volcanic ash in the air above Bali’s Mt Agung.
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Volcanic ash is made of tiny crystal and rock fragments that during an eruption can reach as high as the cruising altitude of commercial aircraft, and that’s a concern for airlines.
Cabin crew can be lifesavers in any emergency.
Cabin crew play a vital role in helping passengers during any aircraft emergency. But how many do you really need on a flight?
Planes have many sensors, supplying all kinds of useful data.
A pilot and researcher knows that airplanes are full of sensors – and finds a way onboard computers can use the data to detect equipment failure and tell pilots what’s a real emergency and what’s not.
Wreckage from Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 lies near the crash site outside Addis Ababa.
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An analysis of flight data shows that problems began at a point when the pilot would normally have engaged the autopilot system.
Perth air traffic control tower. As a pilot flies towards the destination, the air traffic control tower sends an interrogation signal. The aircraft automatically responds with a series of short pulses that let air traffic control know the identity of the plane and its altitude.
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Secondary radar is an important tool in the control of aircraft traffic, and helps make air travel safe. It was developed during dangerous times.
MH370 safety investigation reports from the Ministry of Transport headquarters in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
A “lack of evidence” didn’t help investigators find any cause for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, but a report recommends further changes to try to prevent such accidents happening again.
Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot?
Airplanes could be safer with technology at the helm. A key sticking point is human opinion.
One of the new Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft arrives on its first flight into Sydney.
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Airlines want to stretch their routes even longer with non-stop flights to almost anywhere in the world.
When is it too hot to fly?
Major airports around the world will see more frequent flight restrictions in the coming decades because of increasingly common hot temperatures.
The ban on electronic devices in cabin luggage overlooks the airports that would be least likely to detect a bomb.
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The recent film Sully reveals just what pilots are facing in a disaster situation.
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The crash near Medellin killed 75 people, including many members of a top Brazilian football team, but amazingly left six survivors.