Flying

Air Travel in the 1930s

Air Travel in the 1930s

While we’re tempted to complain when dealing with the inconveniences of air travel, the fact is, getting around used to be so much worse. Bright Side looks back at the early days of commercial flight, and some of its many downsides, from zero climate control, to constant refueling stops, to far more turbulent flying.

Flying Over Iceland

Flying Over Iceland

Photographer and FPV drone pilot Danny McGee takes us on a trip to some of the most scenic spots on the planet, as he zooms in and around massive rock formations, grass-covered volcanos, glacial ice, and crystal clear waterfalls on a dizzying flight.

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What Happened to the Rotodyne?

What Happened to the Rotodyne?

Back in the 1950s, a new method of transportation was in development. The Fairey Rotodyne looked like the offspring of a helicopter and an airplane, and could take off and land vertically. But fast as it appeared, the Rotodyne vanished. Mustard takes a look at this unique aircraft, and why it never got off the ground.

Potato Cannon Glider

Potato Cannon Glider

There are thousands of videos out there showing how to make a potato cannon. But this clip from The Backyard Scientist shows how to use one to launch a glider. Working with his pal Joe – with a nod to the guys at FliteTest – they work out the most balanced and airworthy glider design.

Why Can’t Planes Fly Backwards?

Why Can’t Planes Fly Backwards?

While jet engines do have the ability to reverse their thrust to slow down, or even taxi backwards, it’s not possible for an airplane to do the same in the sky. Bright Side provides a layperson’s explanation of the physics and safety issues that prevent this from happening.

Chasing Cars at Gotthard Pass

Chasing Cars at Gotthard Pass

A duo of Porsches takes to one of world’s best roads – Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, and DJI was on hand to capture the action with their Mavic 2 Pro drone, FPV system, and Osmo Action camera. Whether you’re into cars, cinematography, technology, or travel, there’s a little something for everyone in this brief clip. BTS here.

Islandia

Islandia

Simply put, Iceland is one of the most stunning, and unspoiled places on our planet. Filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov visited some of the country’s many beautiful landscapes with his DJI Mavic 2 Pro camera, and compiled the footage into this all-too-short film.

The Falconeer (Teaser)

The Falconeer (Teaser)

We don’t know too much about the upcoming game The Falconeer, but it’s clear from the teaser trailer that the open-world fantasy RPG looks gorgeous – and involves dogfighting between giant birds – and that sounds pretty awesome to us.

Viking Valley Fall

Viking Valley Fall

Drone pilot Shaggy FPV shows off just what kind of amazing photography can be produced with today’s technology as he flies perilously close to rocks and trees in a quest to capture incredible imagery of the Kjelfossen waterfall in Norway. He used ReelSteady GO software to help smooth out the final footage.

Drone Mountain Surfing

Drone Mountain Surfing

UAV flyer Mactac takes us on a beautiful and majestic ride through craggy rocks, tall trees, steep cliffs, and waterfalls in this buttery-smooth first-person flight. The nature sounds and soundtrack really help bring it all together. Original through-the-goggles recording here.

How Air Traffic Control Works

How Air Traffic Control Works

Every day of the year, thousands of flights safely take to the skies around the globe. Focusing in on a popular route between London Heathrow and Frankfurt am Main airports, Wendover Productions explains the sheer complexity of coordinating the flight of a jumbo jet, as it moves between different air traffic control centers.

Jumbo Jet Formation Flying

Jumbo Jet Formation Flying

To celebrate 50 years in business, airplane manufacturer Airbus took to the skies with a series of six of its jumbo jets, flying them side by side for a spectacle rarely seen with anything but small planes. Along for the ride were aa A220, A320, A330, A350 XWB, A380, and the ginormous BelugaXL airlifter.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020)

No, you’re not looking at actual 4K aerial footage here – this is in-engine imagery from the next-generation version of Microsoft’s famed Flight Simulator. The game uses satellite data, along with Azure AI tech to power its incredibly realistic flying. Coming to Xbox in 2020.

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World’s Fastest FPV

World’s Fastest FPV

YouTuber Omegoolibird shows off what is said to be the fastest first-person view RC plane. The customized Vasamodel Fusion can hit speeds up to 265 mph thanks to its 2650 KV electric motor, which can spin at speeds up to 35,000 RPM. It sounds like an angry swarm of bees.

Tales From the Edge: Jeb Corliss

Tales From the Edge: Jeb Corliss

Daredevil flyer Jeb Corliss pays tribute to base jumper Uli Emanuele by attempting to fly some of the incredibly magnificent and dangerous flight paths his late friend was famous for. A truly immersive 360º experience you’ll want to watch in fullscreen or on a VR headset.

Light Painting with a Drone

Light Painting with a Drone

Builder Tom Stanton attached a long vertical LED light bar to his drone, and managed to fly it horizontally to capture some cool long-exposure images. His design is based on Ivan Miranda’s light bar, but you might be able to pull off something similar with a Pixelstick.

The Foldable Drone

The Foldable Drone

The University of Zurich’s Robotics and Perception Group have developed a drone that can autonomously change size to fit through tight openings. The result is a stable quadrotor which can more reliably access disaster sites, improving search and rescue operations.

Hang Glider Close Call

Hang Glider Close Call

Gursk3 recently took his first hang glider flight. However, something went horribly wrong, and his safety harness wasn’t connected. Through a sheer feat of arm strength and will, he managed to hang on and survive the 2+ minute flight with relatively minor injuries.

G-AAAH

G-AAAH

Animator Lizzy Hobbs’ stop-motion short film pays tribute to the late Amy Johnson, a woman whose day job was working as a typist for a law firm, but whose real claim to fame was a record-breaking 9,500 mile solo flight from England to Australia in 1930.

R/C Podracers

R/C Podracers

The Phantom Menace was arguably the worst Star Wars film, but it did give us some memorable vehicles with its podracers. A group of R/C enthusiasts built their own custom podracers and buzzed them around in an exhibition, captured here by RC Media World.

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Loft: The Jetman Story (Trailer)

Loft: The Jetman Story (Trailer)

Loft: The Jetman Story is a documentary that features Jetman flying wing inventor Yves Rossy and his proteges Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen. The film sees them flying over the fjords of Norway and telling the story of their journey towards autonomous human flight.

World’s Fastest Jet Suit

World’s Fastest Jet Suit

WIRED takes a look at the Gravity jet suit, a plaything for the wealthy that makes James Bond fantasies come true. Richard Browning’s invention can fly at speeds up to 32 mph, though it requires a level of fitness and balance in order to safely fly it.

Hoversurf Hoverbike S3

Hoversurf Hoverbike S3

Hoversurf is now taking pre-orders for its Hoverbike S3. The flying motorbike has a carbon fiber body, three-bladed carbon fiber propellers, and a battery that lasts up to 25min in pilot mode. It goes up to 16ft high and has a maximum speed of 60mph.

Bladeless Drone

Bladeless Drone

Engineer Mark Rober tipped us off to this impressive build by high school senior Stefano Rivellini. His flying machine uses four 90mm ducted fans concealed inside of a bent carbon fiber tubes. The result is a drone without the risk of injury from spinning fan blades.

Speedflying in Dreamland

Speedflying in Dreamland

A trio of pilots known as the Romaniacs fly through mountains, canyons, and forests in this thrilling and immersive speedflying video captured from the perspective of their helmet cams. Play it on the biggest screen you can find for maximum effect.

Giant LEGO Helicopter

Giant LEGO Helicopter

LEGO fan and maker Adam Woodworth has supersized yet another model. This time he took the basic LEGO helicopter from the International Jetport kit and made a gigantic version that actually can fly. He had to use foam instead of plastic bricks to pull off such magic.

Gravity Jet Suit

Gravity Jet Suit

Gravity Industries is manufacturing a limited number of its jet suits. Powered by five engines mounted on the arms and the back, the suit lets the wearer go up to 32mph for up to 5 minutes at a time. Nine suits will be sold by Selfridges in London for about $450,000 each.

Flyboard Air Fun

Flyboard Air Fun

We’ve seen the insane Flyboard Air in action before, but never like this. Filmmaker Devin Supertramp spent some time capturing Zapata’s amazing flying platform as it zoomed overhead at speeds over 100 mph. We so want to fly one of these things.

Chemtrails Explained

Chemtrails Explained

The cloudy white lines that aircraft sometimes leave behind in their wake are commonly known as chemical trails, or chemtrails. But they’re technically called contrails, short for condensation trails. As Reactions points out, that’s because they’re mostly made of water.

Project Wingman

Project Wingman

Project Wingman is an upcoming flight combat game for Windows in the vein of Ace Combat – easy to pick up and play, fast-paced and single player. The final game will have over 20 aircraft and over 40 weapons to play with. Download the demo here.

LHR to SFO in 4 Minutes

LHR to SFO in 4 Minutes

It’s a flight that takes about 11 hours, but thanks to time-lapse video and British Airlines captain Dave Wallsworth, you can experience the transcontinental wonder of flying from London Heathrow airport to San Francisco International Airport in 0.006 of the time.

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