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Airbus to skip lithium-ion batteries in new planes

Airbus to skip lithium-ion batteries in new planes

After the recent fiasco with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners and their melting lithium-ion batteries, it seems that Airbus won't be taking any chances and will be dropping lithium-ion batteries when building their new A350 aircraft. The airplane manufacturer is afraid that regulatory uncertainties will delay production of its new plane.

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Boeing completes first 787 test flight following battery investigation

Boeing completes first 787 test flight following battery investigation

It's been quite a dramatic beginning for the 787 Dreamliner, probably one that Boeing and the airlines weren't hoping for, but reoccurring failures to the lithium-ion batteries in several 787 aircrafts resulted in the entire fleet getting ground in order to investigate the issue. However, after a few weeks of investigating and troubleshooting, Boeing has completed its first flight of the 787 following the grounding.

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Google Airport set for San Jose, California

Google Airport set for San Jose, California

A new deal is in the works this week that would have Google running their own fabulous Google-branded airport out of San Jose has been reported this week, city approval and all. This report comes from the current San Jose airport where officials are "urging" the city to sign a deal that would allow two private companies to fund an $82 million dollar facility on land that up until now has been a west-side parking lot near the airfield. Google would, if approved, be flying Google-branded aircraft in and out of the area.

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Boeing to redesign 787 battery as a temporary fix

Boeing to redesign 787 battery as a temporary fix

After the FAA decided to ground all Boeing 787 Dreamliners last month, a massive investigation began to determine the cause of the battery failures inside the new planes. It turns out that the batteries were overheating and literally melting. However, in order to get all 50 Dreamliners back up in the air, Boeing will be redesigning the battery as a temporary fix.

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Boeing 787 investigations making progress, but there’s no rush

Boeing 787 investigations making progress, but there’s no rush

Boeing and the FAA ended up grounding all of its 787 Dreamliners last month due to multiple reports of battery failures. Both US-based and international airlines ended up grounding the entire 787 fleet in order to get to the bottom of the issue, and while investigators are making progress into the failed battery problems, they say that there's no rush and no pressure to get it done as soon as possible.

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American Airlines unveils new look, more tech

American Airlines unveils new look, more tech

Today American Airlines announced and unveiled their first new look since 1968. And to catch up with modern times, CEO Tom Horton says that the new livery is meant to be light, vibrant, and modern. The airline is also making some strides in implementing more technology into their workflow, like outfitting pilots and flight attendants with tablets and smartphones.

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Google Now’s automatic digital boarding passes go live

Google Now’s automatic digital boarding passes go live

Early today, Google rolled out automatic digital boarding passes to Google Now, a rather convenient and impressive service that keeps users updated on things, such as weather and sports scores. The announcement was made via the company's @Android Twitter account, and is complete with a video showing off the new feature, which you can watch after the jump.

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FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

For now, airlines have to go through a lengthy hassle in order to get in-flight Internet access established. The airline has to get the FCC's go-ahead to utilize the satellite-delivered airwaves that bring wifi to aircraft, as well as approval from the FAA. To decrease the red tape and streamline the process, the FCC has approved an application process that will let airlines more easily get licensing.

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Boeing testing WiFi signals on airplanes using potatoes

Boeing testing WiFi signals on airplanes using potatoes

Before an airplane that's equipped with WiFi can be used for public service, it must undergo intense testing and evaluations first. Boeing, specifically, has an interesting way of going about that. Instead of hiring 100 or so people to act as passengers on a flight, Boeing rounds up 20,000 of potatoes to simulate the effects of human bodies on a plane.

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Virgin America and YouTube strike a deal on in-flight content

Virgin America and YouTube strike a deal on in-flight content

Virgin America and YouTube have struck a deal, penning the video sharing website's first distribution agreement with an airline. Beginning December 15, fliers will have access to five YouTube channels via Virgin's in-flight video entertainment system. The best part? The content is free on flights to Mexico and within the United States.

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FCC tells FAA to relax on strict gadget rules during flights

FCC tells FAA to relax on strict gadget rules during flights

The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) has been reconsidering their ban on the use of electronics during flights for a while now with no real progress, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is stepping in to urge the FAA to chill out on their strict no-gadget policy during takeoff and landing.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes emergency landing, grounded for inspections

Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes emergency landing, grounded for inspections

Boeing's newest aircraft, which actually completed its first domestic flight in the US one month ago yesterday, was forced to make an emergency landing in New Orleans yesterday after there were concerns of an undisclosed electrical issue. Coincidentally, this happened on the same day that the entire 787 fleet was ordered to be grounded due to separate fuel leak issues.

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