Aviation, Environment

Climate-Change To Make Flights More Bumpy

Air travel is likely to get a lot bumpier because of climate-change, a new study suggests.

A doubling of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere would increase the average amount of severe cloudless, “clear air” turbulence at seven miles—the altitude at which commercial passenger jets, on long-haul flights, routinely cruise—by 149 percent.

h/t: NEW SCIENTIST

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Aviation, Foreign

Hop On And Fly Away … In A Taxi

Commuters in Dubai will soon be able to hop aboard flying taxis à la “The Jetsons” and take off, literally, at the push of a button. The cockpit has no pilot and no controls.

The passenger drone, capable of carrying a single rider and a piece of small luggage, can fly for 30 minutes or up to 30 miles on a single battery charge. It has a top speed of 100 m.p.h., but it’d, typically, operate at 60 m.p.h.

h/t: NYT