A visualization showing just how thick air traffic is over Europe

Using real flight data from a single summer day, air traffic solutions company NATS has created a stunning and revealing data visualization showing just how incredibly busy the air traffic is above Europe at any given time. » 3/12/14 11:38am 3/12/14 11:38am

An interactive map of every plane in the air right now

It's the 100-years anniversary of commercial flight travel. To celebrate, let's all check out this lovely interactive map, that shows the flight paths and times of all the planes currently in the air. » 1/21/14 8:30am 1/21/14 8:30am

How would a pandemic spread through our air transportation routes?

If an extremely virulent infection started in Atlanta and spread thanks to folks traveling by plane, what path would it take to reach Sydney or Madagascar? These videos represent models of imagined airplane-borne epidemics. » 12/14/13 8:00am 12/14/13 8:00am

These Are the Floating Airports of Our Dreams

The Avengers dazzled us with the airborne Helicarrier — but if some visionary designers had had their way, we could have had airplanes landing on structures high in the air. Airports raised above cities, airports floating on the water... the 20th century had many schemes, but no success. Check out some of the wildest… » 8/01/13 3:31pm 8/01/13 3:31pm

Science reveals the most efficient way to get on an airplane

Stand-up comedians everywhere mourn as it seems they might be about to lose another bit about plane travel. Testing has shown that boarding by "zones" is by no means the most efficient ways possible to fill a plane full of angry, sweaty, gassy passengers. It also shows the most efficient way. » 8/30/11 9:30am 8/30/11 9:30am

Airships are ready to make their big comeback

Ever since the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, airships have been a largely abandoned technology, their continued existence consigned to being a quick shorthand for alternate universes in science fiction. But now, 75 years later, airships might be ready to return. » 5/04/11 3:30pm 5/04/11 3:30pm