Ditching switch on Airbus A320

Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III was hailed as an aviation hero Friday, the day after he guided a US Airways jetliner carrying 155 passengers and crew to safety when its engines failed shortly after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

A320 has a design feature known as a “ditching switch” that seals underside of ... read more

Paul MacCready: Flying on solar wings

Paul MacCready — aircraft designer, environmentalist, and lifelong lover of flight — talks about his long career. After his record-breaking work on human-powered aircraft in the 1970s, with the Gossamer Condor and Gossamer Albatross, MacCready’s attention turned to addressing a problem he calls “Nature vs. Humans.” The result: a pioneering electric car, refined alternative energy ... read more