What is Jet Lag and How Do I Prevent It?

When traveling via commercial airliner across long distances, you may experience a temporary medical condition known as jet lag. Also known as desynchronosis, it’s caused by the disturbance of the body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) from long-distance travel in a … Read More

FAA Issues Warning About Electronics in Checked Luggage

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a new warning about the dangers of electronic devices in checked luggage. According to the FAA, laptops, tablets and other portable electronics pose a greater risk when transported as checked luggage instead of … Read More

Are Pilotless Planes on the Horizon?

While Google, Apple, Honda and several other big-name companies are working to develop driverless cars, there’s already talk about pilotless airplanes. Boeing has predicted a sharp increase in demand for pilots over the next two decades. As more and more … Read More

Are Commercial Airline Seats Too Small?

If you’ve noticed the leg space offered by commercial airlines shrinking, you aren’t alone. According to Flyers Rights, the average width between seats on commercial airlines has shrunk from 18.5 inches in the early 2000s to 17 inches in 2005. … Read More

NASA Offers Advice for Viewing the Upcoming Eclipse

On August 21, the moon will pass directly between the Earth and Sun, essentially blocking the Sun for a short period. Known as a “total solar eclipse,” it’s expected to block all direct sunlight while subsequently turning daylight into darkness. … Read More

Hypersonic Commercial Flights May Soon Become a Reality

Boeing has announced plans to produce hypersonic jets for commercial air travel, with a target date of 2020 to 2030. Earlier this year, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Boeing to design and construct its Experimental Spaceplane … Read More

How Do Airplanes Handle Turbulence?

Commercial air travel is undoubtedly the safest method of long-distance travel. Statistics show that more than 3,200 people in the United States are killed in automobile accidents every year, and an additional 20 to 50 million are injured. In comparison, … Read More

FAA Urges the Public to Stop Flying Drones Over Wildfires

Capturing an aerial shot of an wildfire with a drone may sound like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for photographers. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is urging the public to stop flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over such areas. According to … Read More

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering is the field of engineering associated with the design, development and manufacturing of both aircraft and spacecraft. It actually has two overlapping branches: aeronautical and astronautical engineering. The former refers to aircraft piloted within Earth’s atmosphere, while the … Read More