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The TSA Is Finding Tons Of Guns On People Flying In The Pandemic (And They’re Almost All Loaded)

It’s safe to say, flying is already fairly stressful, even under normal circumstances. So it’s definitely about time for those bold enough to travel during a pandemic to dial up the number of guns they’re bringing through airport security. Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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China Has Built The Largest Sea Plane Since The Spruce Goose

Typically, large airplanes have a major difficulty landing if the infrastructure isn’t in good operating condition. Having a nice clean runway to set down at is paramount if you’re delivering a few dozen passengers to a far-flung locale. But the surface of this planet is over 70 percent covered in water. What if you…Read more… […]

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The Slow Down In Air Travel Has Made Weather Predictions Less Accurate

It’s really interesting, to me, the way COVID-19 has affected our everyday lives in unexpected ways. Last week, we reported on NPR losing a quarter of its listeners after a dramatic drop in American commutes, and now it seems our reduced rate of flying and taking cruises is affecting the accuracy of weather forecasts. Read […]

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The Slow Down In Air Travel Has Made Weather Predictions Less Accurate

It’s really interesting, to me, the way COVID-19 has affected our everyday lives in unexpected ways. Last week, we reported on NPR losing a quarter of its listeners after a dramatic drop in American commutes, and now it seems our reduced rate of flying and taking cruises is affecting the accuracy of weather forecasts. Read […]

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Here’s The Typical Airline Protocol For Plane Crashes

Trigger warning: if you’re not a fan of flying, the following video explains how nearly once every three days, a large commercial jet crashes, a tenth of which resulted in fatalities over the last decade. While that’s considered a safe statistic, it means airlines need a protocol for when it happens.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Watch A Firefighting Airtanker Rain Red Death On A Ford Expedition

Forest fires are getting bigger, thanks to climate change, and when it comes to fighting forest fires, bigger fires require bigger planes. This training video was released during the height of the destructive 2019 fire season by folks who know a thing or two about big fires and fighting them: the California Department…Read more… Continue […]

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Electric Aviation Is Getting Bigger

Seattle’s AeroTEC has raised electric propulsion flight to new heights with its battery-powered Cessna 208B Grand Caravan. Powered by an Australia/American-built MagniX magni500 motor making 750 horsepower to the propeller and backed by nearly 2000 pounds of litium ion battery cells, the so-called eCaravan completed…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The Coronavirus Is Shaking Air Cargo To Its Core

Most of the buzz around the damage covid-19 pandemic has had done to aviation has centered around passenger travel. That’s not surprising, as fears about transmission through travel and just sitting aboard planes are not unfounded and flights have cratered as a result. But while passengers are staying home, some…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Frontier Airlines Generously Will Care About You Not Catching Coronavirus For Only $89

While most airlines are implementing procedures to attempt to maintain some sort of social distancing on flights, most commonly by blocking middle seat passengers and requiring passengers to wear masks, Frontier Airlines is the only carrier that seems to really understand how valuable not catching the potentially…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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This Italian Company Thinks It knows What Post-Pandemic Airplane Cabins Will Look Like

As airliners sit languishing on the tarmac while humans around the world distance themselves from one another and avoid, one Italian company thinks it’s found the solution to air travel in the social-distancing era, for us economy passengers, at least.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The First Airplane To Fly In England Was Absolutely Ridiculous Looking

Most of us can roughly picture what the first real powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer, looked like: two big parallel and rectangular wings, held in a flimsy-looking structure of wire and slats that held a prone Wright brother and an engine with a propeller. It’s general look sort of makes inherent sense when we think…Read […]

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