Takeoff and landing are among the most difficult tasks commercial pilots perform.
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The terrible optics of today’s Qantas AGM come at a moment when it is very keen to mould the legislative landscape of aviation in its favour.
Qantas faces being forced to offer automatic cash compensation to travellers, being broken up if it operates uncompetitively, and unlimited competition under “open skies”.
The US has open-skies agreements with more than 100 nations, Singapore has more than 60 nations. Australia has just seven.
On its face, the decision to deny Qatar 21 flights into Australia suggests Australia is making decisions about international rights in order to protect the profit of an airline it hasn’t owned since 1995.
54 people have died in crashes of the controversial ‘tiltrotor’ V-22 Osprey aircraft – but the military advantage it offers is too great to be discounted.
Wagner group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin, photographed on June 24, 2023, in Russia.
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The lesson in the presumed death of the mercenary leader two months after his mutiny against Putin: Don’t make yourself an enemy of Russia’s leader.
Members of the Air Line Pilots Association demonstrate amid contract negotiations outside the WestJet headquarters in Calgary on March 31, 2023.
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While the pandemic undoubtedly impacted the aviation industry, its problems were already present prior to COVID-19. The pandemic simply intensified these issues.
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Even if the industry could make the shift, there’s not enough land or renewable energy potential on Earth to produce all the sustainable fuels airlines need.
Unlike our toilets at home, plane toilets have to ‘suck’ the waste with a vacuum system. But don’t worry, it doesn’t get released into the air.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites launches on Aug. 19, 2022. The Falcon 9 is a reusable rocket and its re-entry is controlled after launch, reducing debris.
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Rockets used to launch satellites fall back to Earth, and as their number grows, the risk faced by people living on the ground — or flying in airplanes — increases.
Stuck on the runway?
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The Biden administration fears that further consolidation in the aviation industry will lead to worse outcomes for consumers – but do mergers necessarily push up prices?
Some airlines are already experimenting with sustainable aviation fuel.
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Airlines are investing in sustainable biofuel startups and starting to uses alternative fuels, including cooking oil, ag waste and corn ethanol. But biofuels alone won’t be enough, research shows.
The bottom line is air travel is very safe – much safer than road travel. But that doesn’t stop us from wondering…
Batteries could well be powering short-haul flights in the near future.
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When you’re down an engine and you have lot of water under you, you have a process to follow. You don’t panic, you don’t go off the rails, you remember your training, and that’s what happened here.
Rescue teams working near the wreckage of Yeti Airlines ATR72 aircraft in Pokhara.
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A tragic plane crash has claimed at least 68 lives in Nepal – the latest in a string of aviation disasters in a country grappling with improving the safety of its flight industry.
Nearly 7,000 flights were canceled in the U.S. on Jan. 11, 2023.
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The Notices to Air Mission system failed on Jan. 10, 2023, leading to thousands of canceled flights. The system is where all important safety information for pilots and dispatchers gets posted.
No, you’re not imagining it. Your body does some weird things up in the air. Here’s a guide to the common and merely embarrassing to the rare, but serious.
A tiny minority flies more than once a year.
Carbon taxes targeting luxury emissions are more popular than those which make necessities more expensive.