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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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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completes its maiden voyage

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completes its maiden voyage

Boeing has announced that the latest version of its new 787 Dreamliner has completed its maiden voyage. This version is called the 787-9 and the aircraft flew for the first time on September 17 signaling the beginning of a comprehensive flight test program for the aircraft. The flight test program will lead to certification and delivery by the middle of 2014.

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Boeing 737 cockpit simulator built by dad in kids’ bedroom

Boeing 737 cockpit simulator built by dad in kids’ bedroom

We've seen our fair share of cockpit simulators, and it always seems that the next one we come across continues to amaze us. 40-year-old French father Laurent Aigon built a life-size and fully functional cockpit simulator and stuffed it in his kids' bedroom, out of all places, giving his kids something to do during their free-time.

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United Airlines Boeing 737 fleet getting new winglets to cut fuel costs by millions

United Airlines Boeing 737 fleet getting new winglets to cut fuel costs by millions

You may remember the urban legend that claimed that American Airlines saved $70,000 per year by simply removing one olive from each of its salads. It sounds too good to be true, since the airline made a change that passengers wouldn't notice that would save thousands of dollars. However, United Airlines is making a similar breakthrough that isn't an urban legend.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Heathrow fire unrelated to battery

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Heathrow fire unrelated to battery

A bittersweet moment for Boeing today as it's been declared by investigators that yesterday's fire aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that occurred at London's Heathrow airport was unrelated to the plane's battery. While it's good news that the redesigned battery isn't failing again, it seems Boeing still has an issue with the new plane.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner catches fire after being cleared to fly again

Boeing 787 Dreamliner catches fire after being cleared to fly again

In another streak of bad luck for Boeing, the first of the 50 or so 787 Dreamliners was cleared to fly again by the FAA. The Ethiopian Airlines 787 successfully completed a test flight the first time around, but it seems trouble struck again, as a fire broke out on the plane at London's Heathrow airport. Luckily, no passengers were on board.

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Southwest Airlines DISH deal brings free TV to WiFi flights

Southwest Airlines DISH deal brings free TV to WiFi flights

While some airlines are still trying to catch up by bringing WiFi to its fleet of aircrafts, Southwest Airlines is a step ahead of the crowd. Today, Southwest and DISH have teamed up to bring free live television, as well as on demand services, to all WiFi-equipped Southwest flights. This means that around 75% of Southwest's flights currently can take advantage of free TV while in the air, which they're calling "TV Flies Free".

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Boeing 787 experiences A/C issues: a sign of more problems to come?

Boeing 787 experiences A/C issues: a sign of more problems to come?

Just after resolving the huge fiasco with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the plane seems to be experiencing another issue. Japanese airline Nippon Airlines has reported that one of its 787s had issues with the plane's power supply, noting that a warning message popped up in the cockpit alerting pilots that the power supply was feeding power to the air conditioning in the plane.

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FAA smartphone restrictions may be easing up soon

FAA smartphone restrictions may be easing up soon

The Federal Aviation Association has been mulling over the idea of easing up on consumer electronics restrictions in planes for over a year, but it seems a decision might be coming rather soon, as it's said that a "high-level advisory panel" will be recommending that the FAA let loose a little bit on in-flight restrictions with gadgets.

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Airbus A350 maiden flight complete, looks to take on Boeing 787

Airbus A350 maiden flight complete, looks to take on Boeing 787

It may not be the biggest plane to ever fly the skies, but the Airbus A350 is the newest plane by the aircraft manufacturer and it comes touting some unique features. The A350 completed a four-hour flight earlier this morning, which marked the first time that the plane has taken to the skies. It will undergo 2,500 hours of testing before it goes into service starting late next year.

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Solar Impulse: interviewing a man on an 18-hour solar-powered flight

Solar Impulse: interviewing a man on an 18-hour solar-powered flight

This week CEO of Solar Impulse André Borschberg is piloting a solar-powered airplane from Phoenix Arizona to Dallas Texas in a record-breaking 18 hour flight. SlashGear got the rare opportunity to participate in this flight earlier today in an interview with Borschberg while he flew over Highway 85. This was an in-flight interview done from a Samsung Galaxy Note II to Solar Impulse's base station and up with a satellite connection to the plane.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner back in service in the US

Boeing 787 Dreamliner back in service in the US

After a four-month-long grounding due to a battery issue, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is back in action in the US, with United Airlines announcing that the first flight since the grounding occurred today and took passengers from Houston, Texas to Chicago, Illinois. Boeing has fixed the battery issue, and is sticking with lithium ion, but they have changed the design to prevent overheating.

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