Most flights in the US don’t have in-flight WiFi, but that looks like it’s going to change rapidly. First, the FAA decided to start talking about loosening restrictions on electronic devices during take-off and landing and now the FCC wants to help all airlines to offer in-flight Wi-Fi.
Just look at that gorgeous concept for the proposed London Britannia Airport. It looks like something out of Doctor Who, from London in the year 2100. And it could be a reality, if it gets approval from the British government. The proposed airport is an alternative to another expansion of Heathrow, already the busiest airport in the world.
Earlier this year, a search team from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) felt really confident they had finally pinpointed the last location of Amelia Earhart’s plane, but initially didn’t find anything. When they got home and re-examined some of their underwater video footage, they found what appears to be plane wreckage matching the plane Earhart was flying.
In the early years of aviation, biplanes were all the rage for some, because of their superior stability over earlier single-span planes. Over time, as airplane technology evolved, biplanes became slow and outdated. But for nearly sonic boom free supersonic flight, oddly enough, the biplane might be the thing.
With a sequel to Top Gun in development, we now know that the film will have Tom Cruise in the starring role, but since it’s the 21st century, Maverick won’t be flying the F-14 Tomcat. Instead, Cruise will be playing a test pilot flying the F-35 Lightning.
Right now, unmanned drone aircraft can only fly over parts of military bases and along the US borders. However by 2015, the FAA will open up all US airspace to unmanned aircraft for military, law enforcement and civilian use. This is obviously good news to local law enforcement, bad news if you’re already paranoid about being spied on by The Man.