| Nov 6, 2014
| 7:48 AM
My column Tuesday focused on a proposal by the National Association of Airline Passengers to have the FAA set minimum standards for the width of passengers seats and the amount of legroom, expressed in terms of “seat pitch.”
| Nov 9, 2014
| 5:17 PM
Midway Airport is the first airport in the world to install a bed of lightweight glass rocks beyond the end of a runway that in an emergency crumbles to bring a landing jet traveling at 80 mph to a halt, according to aviation officials.
| Oct 20, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Landings on the most heavily used arrival runway at O'Hare International Airport will soon be safer and more accurate while also saving fuel and perhaps reducing jet noise over Chicago neighborhoods.
But implementing the technology to make it happen is a...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 3:18 PM
A few weeks ago, the Sanford Airport decided to kick the TSA out of its complex.
Out go the government friskers. In come private friskers.
Taxpayers will pay a private company from Virginia $24 million over the next five years to do the same thing the...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 10:44 AM
Starting last fall, passengers on Southwest Airlines' usually reliable flights began noticing a sharp deterioration in on-time performance. More flights arrived late, and more flights sat on the ground past their departure times, waiting for connecting...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 10:18 AM
Look, up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's a drone taking a picture of your house, your yard, your street.
Aerial photos and videos of homes listed for sale are growing more commonplace as real estate agents, videographers and hobbyists...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 3:22 AM
The new runway that opened a year ago at O'Hare International Airport is both long and wide enough to handle the world's largest passenger airplane. But the behemoth Airbus A380 jetliner is not yet flying to Chicago, in part because there isn't a gate...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions -- the American and the French. Americans opted for the freedom of the individual, and divinely endowed absolute rights and values.
A quite different French version sought...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 7:26 PM
Downstream from the noisiest places in Chicago — the runways at O'Hare International Airport and the surrounding sky — scientists at a government laboratory are quietly working to understand at the most detailed level why jet engines are so...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 8:41 PM
The growing clot of unhappy travelers not traveling at all through O'Hare International Airport on Friday recalled the multitude of End of Days thunderstorms and blizzards that too often afflict Chicago, the city of missed connections, itinerary butcher...
| Nov 10, 2010
John Drury is the human form of a baseball automatic pitching machine. He just keeps throwing ideas out there, one after another after another.
Some land right over home plate. Others, not so close.
His plan for an amphitheater on the shore of Lake Dora...