The window behind the "Transcendental Air" desk (the airline for Hare Krishnas) shows the cityscape from Logan's Run (1976).
William Shatner's character orders a profile on everyone who's seen The Sound of Music (1965) more than four times. That film was directed by Robert Wise, who also directed Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), which starred William Shatner three years earlier.
The truck that Ted leaps out of to get into the skyport is named "Ken's Trucking" and has a Canadian maple leaf on it. This is an inside joke since "Ken" is Writer-Director Ken Finkleman who is from Canada, hence the Maple Leaf.
Contributed by: C.T. Warren
Although the original "Airplane!" made him the reigning king of spoof movies, Leslie Nielsen
sadly did not reprise his role as Dr. Rumack. This might be because in 1982 he was filming the tv sitcom "Police Squad". The show was cancelled after just six episodes, but introduced Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin and later became the basis for the three "Naked Gun" movies!
The hanging lady in the first airplane movie reprises her role as the first victim of Striker's anecdotes as the vomiting lady.
When the shuttle takes off the music from "Battlestar Galactica" (1978) is played. The navigator is played by 'Kent McCord' who played Captain Troy on "Galactica 1980" (1980).
At one point Stryker, speaking to William Shatner's character Buck Murdock, says "Roger, Murdock..." Roger Murdock was the co-pilot in the first film played by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
At the Alpha Beta base, a technician tells Buck Murdock that the piece of equipment he is working on has red lights that go back and forth, with no other apparent purpose. This piece of equipment has been seen in many science fiction movies and television shows (including Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation), but its function is never explained.
In a classic gag, a car is used to jump-start the Space Shuttle prior to launch. The model of car is a 1958 Ford Edsel, noteworthy as one of the biggest marketing flops in automotive history.