Getting into a remote airport in the Himalayas has its own special little challenges. This was my first piece in an actual mass-market publication (w00t!), at Air & Space Smithsonian.
Concerned about what happened to SpaceShipTwo (and you should be, because if you hang out at this blog then you probably care about commercial space) but can’t slog through the NTSB report? This story might help you understand.
This one was a brazen little bit of self-promotion for my employer, but hey – the editors asked for it.
If you’re interested in how we plan for Really Bad Stuff™, like losing an engine during takeoff, this should explain it. Likewise, lose an engine over some place like the Andes Mountains and things can get interesting. Here’s a way to deal with it (though you’ve probably noticed we put a lot of thought into engine failures, but it rarely happens. Like one-in-a-million. Really. Trust me).
And if your flight is getting crowded and they start asking people to sit in specific zones, here’s why. But don’t get me started on why airlines charge you just for checking a single @$%#! bag. It’s complete BS. You can trust me on that one, too.