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United Airlines free movie initiative not limited to iOS

United Airlines free movie initiative not limited to iOS

Supposing your on a US Airways flight and have the United Airways app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch at the end of 2014, you’ll be able to connect with some content while 10,000 feet above the ground. This initiative is one United Airlines first announced back on February 6th, but today it’s gaining steam thanks to a well-placed PR punch.

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AeroTrainer drone helps train athletes and watch for sports injuries

AeroTrainer drone helps train athletes and watch for sports injuries

There is a wide range of drones in use around the world today. The military makes use of drones for military strikes and surveillance. In the civilian world, there are also a number of small drone aircraft that people can use for various tasks. A new drone called AeroTrainier has been announced that is aimed at helping people get better at a sport.

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Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

The team responsible for protecting Israel’s commercial jets at the Israel Ministry of Defense have announced that they’re about to start doing it with lasers. They’ll be protecting these craft with SkyShield, a system developed by Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. This system utilizes laser technology with a thermal camera to deflect incoming threats.

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Turbulence warning system proposal suggests GPS solution

Turbulence warning system proposal suggests GPS solution

Air travel is a very safe way to travel long distances in a short time, but it is often subjected to turbulence, something that can range from a minor annoyance to a terrifying experience, particularly if it causes the plane to buck and jerk. Detecting it is a science still in the works, and amongst the possibilities is one proposal suggesting the use of common GPS.

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Virgin America unveils flight-centric social networking

Virgin America unveils flight-centric social networking

If your everyday social networks prove too uneventful for your business flights, Virgin America aims to offer the solution. Today the company unveiled flight-centric social networking for business travelers who want to meet up with fellow professionals, do some networking while waiting to board, and get to know those around them.

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Ofcom clears the way for satellite-based earth stations to deliver faster in-flight broadband

Ofcom clears the way for satellite-based earth stations to deliver faster in-flight broadband

The UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced that it has cleared the way for faster in-flight broadband on commercial aircraft. Ofcom has cleared the plan for airlines and other transportation operators to use "earth stations" that are satellite based to deliver in-flight broadband that is ten times faster than what is currently available on commercial aircraft.

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Spike S-512 business jet promises supersonic flight

Spike S-512 business jet promises supersonic flight

An aerospace company based in Boston called Spike Aerospace is working on a new aircraft that it believes will be the fastest business jet on the planet. The aircraft is called the S-512 and Spike says that the jet will be capable of cruising at Mach 1.6 and will have a max speed of Mach 1.8.

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DARPA X-Plane phase 1 contract granted to Sikorsky

DARPA X-Plane phase 1 contract granted to Sikorsky

Sikorsky as announced that it has been granted a contract by DARPA to develop phase 1 of the X-Plane program. The X-Plane to be designed under the contract is a vertical take off and landing experimental aircraft. The contract is worth $15 million to Sikorsky and will see the company begin development of a high speed aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing and hovering like a helicopter.

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Smaug appears on Air New Zealand plane ahead of Dec. 13 film release

Smaug appears on Air New Zealand plane ahead of Dec. 13 film release

A dragon flew from Auckland to Los Angeles last night. As we gear up for the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Air New Zealand is once again embracing its national ties to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchise by emblazoning one of its commercial aircraft with a likeness of Smaug himself.

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Amazon “PrimeAir” to unveil 30-minute delivery by octocopter

Amazon “PrimeAir” to unveil 30-minute delivery by octocopter

If you thought Sunday deliveries from Amazon and the USPS was a visionary idea, you are setting the bar way too low. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week revealed plans to Charlie Rose on CBS's 60 Minutes to one day deliver your purchases in 30 minutes or less -- with drones. They're called "octocopters," and they already exist.

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PowerUp 3.0 lends power and control to homemade paper airplanes

PowerUp 3.0 lends power and control to homemade paper airplanes

New York-based industrial design manager and pilot Shai Goitein has given his PowerUp paper airplane motor a giant upgrade. First launched in 2011, the PowerUp module could turn a standard homemade paper airplane into a longer-flying, propeller-powered machine. But there was no accelerating, banking, climbing or descending, and it could only fly for 90 seconds. Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 technology, Goitein's module can now do all this and more -- and you can now control it with your smartphone.

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TobyRich SmartPlane auto-stabilizes smartphone-controlled flight

TobyRich SmartPlane auto-stabilizes smartphone-controlled flight

The German company TobyRich has launched a smartphone-controlled "smartplane" designed specifically for people who couldn't fly a plane if their lives depended on it. Aptly dubbed "SmartPlane", this gadget-and-app combo automatically adjusts the plane's trajectory and speed to stay in the air no matter how new you may be to the world of radio-controlled model fixed-wings. Its body is even designed to protect the propeller if you manage to end up smacking it into the ground anyway.

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