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EASA approves device use at all stages of European flights

EASA approves device use at all stages of European flights

Beginning as early as December of this year, you will soon be allowed to power-on and use approved electronic devices during all stages of the flight on most Europe-based airlines. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) this week issued a ruling to that effect, following a similar ruling by the US's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month. Like the FAA, EASA will allow Wi-Fi enabled devices to be turned on, but not cellular radios.

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Morph airline seat concept adjusts to passenger size

Morph airline seat concept adjusts to passenger size

Airplanes aren't known for being the most roomy vessels one can travel in, and dealing with matters concerning personal space and passenger size has been a touchy -- and sometimes heated -- topic. Various solutions have been proposed, such as having static seats available in different sizes, but the latest is perhaps the most unique -- Morph, an adjustable airplane seat concept that adjusts to different passenger sizes.

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Elon Musk talks electric supersonic airplane ambitions

Elon Musk talks electric supersonic airplane ambitions

Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame is known for his ideas and ambitions and the successes that have largely resulted from both. Blending the two companies' focus into another idea, Musk spoke last year of an electric supersonic aircraft that could take off and land vertically, something that is no small goal. Fast forward a year, and Musk has talked about this again, this time at the DealBook's Opportunities for Tomorrow conference.

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Lady Gaga hovers around the stage in the world’s first flying dress

Lady Gaga hovers around the stage in the world’s first flying dress

Even if you're not fan of popstar Lady Gaga, you probably been exposed to some of the bizarre clothing she's worn. A video has shown up of the singer testing out what might be the coolest dress in the history clothing. The dress isn't made of meat or anything like that, rather this dress flies.

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Amazon stokes FAA device ruling fire with Kindle blow-out

Amazon stokes FAA device ruling fire with Kindle blow-out

Amazon has decidedly announced their full support of the new FAA ruling for in-flight device use with not only a suggestion that they've always done so, but that they're willing to let their device prices prove it. Amazon Kindle prices have been kicked down a notch for a single day by the company suggesting they're excited their users will be able to read throughout the flight, not just once they've reached 10,000 feet.

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FAA ruling lets airline passengers power on devices below 10,000 feet

FAA ruling lets airline passengers power on devices below 10,000 feet

Under a new FAA ruling, commercial flight passengers flying within the US will now be able to use smartphones, tablets, laptops, MP3 players and some other small electronics during all parts of flights. There are, however, some limitations, the most obvious of which is that passengers still can't make or receive calls or text messages.

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First two airlines allowing electronics use during takeoff announced

First two airlines allowing electronics use during takeoff announced

It was way back in March when word surfaced that the FAA was holding a study into the safety of allowing electronics use during takeoff on flights, and not too long ago that a decision was finally made, granting the freedom to do so with some contingencies on board. Fortunately for frequent fliers, it didn't take long for a couple airlines to get their ducks in order, with both Delta and JetBlue becoming the first to allow use.

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FAA gives OK to mobile devices during entire flight

FAA gives OK to mobile devices during entire flight

Today the folks at the regulatory department for the air - the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - have given the green light for all-flight-long mobile device use for passengers. This OK extends to airlines across the United States starting as soon as tomorrow. A note from the FAA gives few restrictions to this new allowance, suggesting that "Airplane Mode" should still be initiated on all mobile devices, and that there are still holds on being able to make or take phone calls in the air. In other words - get out your Angry Birds and keep on popping!

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Skyrunner all-terrain flying car uses a Ford EcoBoost engine

Skyrunner all-terrain flying car uses a Ford EcoBoost engine

When most of us think of flying cars, we probably immediately think of complicated vehicle such as the Aeromobil flying car or the offerings from Terrafugia. It can be years before those complicated flying cars are available to purchase and drive on roads around the country. A company called SkyRunner has announced the official introduction of its own flying car.

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Aeromobil flying car takes its maiden voyage

Aeromobil flying car takes its maiden voyage

Flying cars are something that drivers and pilots alike have dreamed of for decades. A company called Terrafugia has been working on flying car concepts such as its cool vertical takeoff and landing TF-X and others for a long time. Another company has stepped into the flying car market with a prototype vehicle that has taken its maiden voyage. The company is called Aeromobil and the flying car was designed by Stefan Klein.

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Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

It would appear that Delta airlines are bucking some device trends this upcoming travel season in a move that will have Microsoft pleased. Though the airline had been working with Apple's iPad slate for some time now, they've begun transitioning to the Microsoft-made Surface 2. This tablet is up for pre-order as of the 24th of September, and will begin appearing on doorsteps and in stores on the 22nd of October here in the United States.

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FAA reportedly okays use of electronics on planes during takeoff and landing

FAA reportedly okays use of electronics on planes during takeoff and landing

There has been a large push to have regulations loosened on the use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing on flights. In March, word surfaced that the FAA was holding a study on the matter, and that regulations could be changed by the end of this year allowing for wider use of electronics on flights. Now the Associated Press is reporting that an advisory committee for the FAA has recommended in favor of the change.

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