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How the Boeing 737 Max Disaster Looks to a Software Developer - IEEE Spectrum
One writer's analysis of how institutional cost-saving pressures led to a pair of airplane crashes. Part of the problem was that they were incented to document it poorly.
flight  engineering  programming  bug  safety  via:reddit  documentation 
april 2019 by mcherm
Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts - Scientific American
He built an ion engine for an airplane -- something that most engineers thought was impossible.
invention  engineering  flight  via:HackerNews  ScientificAmerican 
november 2018 by mcherm
The Reason You Aren’t Feeling as Much Turbulence on Delta
Delta Airlines has a weather app that makes them significantly better at avoiding turbulence than their competitors.
flight  technology  weather 
october 2018 by mcherm
SkyWest flight dives 20,000 ft in minutes; 3 people pass out - NY Daily News
Pilot thinks there MIGHT be an air leak; immediately dives to the level where air is breathable.
via:boingboing  flight 
april 2015 by mcherm
Bill Weaver Mach 3+ Blackbird Breakup | Roadrunners of Groom Lake
Another amazing flight story. His plane literally disintegrated around him, at Mach 3.5.
flight 
september 2014 by mcherm
Disruptions: Time to Review F.A.A. Policy on Gadgets - NYTimes.com
FAA says they'll think about allowing e-readers (but not phones) on planes.
via:DanielSiders  airtravel  flight 
march 2012 by mcherm
Burt Rutan’s Boomerang: Safety Through Asymmetry | Autopia | Wired.com
He built an asymmetrical airplane to make it more reliable if one engine or the other goes out during takeoff or landing.
flight  physics  math  wired  via:HackerNews 
july 2011 by mcherm
Google at Carson’s Speed - Cringely on technology
Cringely makes a surprisingly insightful analogy from data centers to airplanes. Build the data center with huge extra capacity and it runs at lower watts per computation. But there are good reasons to run at slightly MORE than that optimal level.
google  via:cringely  cringely  flight 
june 2011 by mcherm
This is your captain screaming - World - www.smh.com.au
Another exciting story of disaster in an airplane averted. In this one, the pilot was SUCKED OUT OF THE AIRPLANE!
flight  stories  via:boingboing 
april 2011 by mcherm
British Airways adds a "fly next to your children" fee - Boing Boing
Unbelievable. The official policy now says pay a special fee to sit next to your kids.
flight  TSA  via:boingboing 
september 2009 by mcherm
About Project Icarus
Launching a balloon with camera to take pictures from near-space for less than $150.
via:reddit  space  flight 
september 2009 by mcherm
Damn Interesting • The Gimli Glider
Another telling of the Gimli Glider story.
flight  stories 
september 2009 by mcherm
Saved by a Leatherman
Another tale of aircraft disaster averted.
flight  story 
september 2009 by mcherm
47 trapped on 'nightmare' flight to the Twin Cities
People imprisoned in airplane overnight because there weren't security folks in place to re-check them.
TSA  flight  via:boingboing  personal_net 
august 2009 by mcherm
Monster mashup: mapping every plane in the air - Ars Technica
About a site that collects data on all airplanes in US airspace in real time.
scalability  ArsTechnica  flight  opensource  via:ArsTechnica  personal_net 
may 2009 by mcherm
Why Planes Fly: What They Taught You In School Was Wrong | dmiessler.com
How airplane wings ACTUALLY work: it's not the Bernoulli Principle.
science  physics  flight  via:reddit 
january 2009 by mcherm
Hotwire.com: Discount airfare, hotel reservations, car rentals, vacation packages and cruises
Discount hotels -- they keep the hotel anonymous until you purchase. Similar, somewhat, to priceline.com.
useful  flight  travel  hotels 
january 2009 by mcherm
Hot Air » Blog Archive » A Pilot on Airline Security
An *excellent* article on what we are NOT doing about airline security, and what we should be!
security  flight  TSA  terrorism  securitytheater 
july 2007 by mcherm
The Gimli Glider Incident
Amazing story of landing an out-of-fuel airplane.
personal_net  flight  stories 
january 2007 by mcherm

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