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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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World’s Largest Passenger Airship grounded

World’s Largest Passenger Airship grounded

If you were planning on an airship ride any time in the near future, you'll be better off not attempting to take a ride with the group Airship Ventures, as they've turned up cold on the sponsorship tip. It would appear that due specifically to the lack of sponsorship the company has received as of late, they'll have to make it land for the foreseeable future. And what's "it" you might ask? Why, the Zeppelin Eureka, of course!

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner enters service in the US

Boeing 787 Dreamliner enters service in the US

Boeing's latest creation, the 787 Dreamliner, has officially launched in the US and begin its domestic service with United Airlines yesterday morning. It completed its first public flight in the US when the aircraft landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport from Houston, TX, and arrived 15 minutes ahead of schedule.

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Boeing tests electronics-killing CHAMP microwave missile

Boeing tests electronics-killing CHAMP microwave missile

It's perhaps every tech-lover's nightmare, but it's something everyone should be aware of: electronics-killing missiles. On October 16th, Boeing tested one such weapon named CHAMP, a non-lethal high-powered microwave missile that successfully snuffed the life out of a bunch of PCs, making history in the process. In fact, the test was so successful, the missile killed the cameras set up to record the event as well.

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NASA weighing $1.5m autonomous drone challenge: Jetsons cars ahoy!

NASA weighing $1.5m autonomous drone challenge: Jetsons cars ahoy!

NASA is considering setting up a $1.5m bounty for anybody who can develop an autonomous drone capable of safely navigating the crowded skies above the US. Potentially part of the Centennial Challenges, the Unmanned Aircraft System Airspace Operations Challenge would search for a workable drone piloting system that could track and avoid other aircraft, even those not equipped with the same AI technology. The end result could be surveillance and other types of drones capable of remaining aloft for extended periods without human intervention.

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Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

We've all been on a plane and heard the same spiel over and over again. Please turn off any and all electronic devices, MP3 players, iPods, laptops, and set all iPhone, iPad, and devices to airplane mode -- get ready for takeoff. Today however the folks from Boeing have shared their plans to allow cell phone use on their top-tier Dreamliner airplanes as soon as 2013.

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JetBlue promises free wi-fi onboard soon

JetBlue promises free wi-fi onboard soon

What's been shared today is a note sent to internal contacts and crew-members before an official announcement is made to the greater public, here noting that free wi-fi is about to be a reality on JetBlue flights. The most important piece of this puzzle for JetBlue appears to be the fact that customers choose airlines based on the fact that they do have wi-fi, and that basically every solution out there right now is undeniably slow compared to what they've got in store. The Free bit is also a big deal: even though they do mention that it might be limited to a timeframe before they've got 30 total planes running with the technology, free is always good.

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Elon Musk is planning a supersonic electric-powered hovering jet

Elon Musk is planning a supersonic electric-powered hovering jet

Making an electric car isn't exactly easy, but the realm of things it's not as difficult as space flight. Musk and his company has also recently made impressive strides in private spacecraft with the Dragon capsule docking with the ISS. Musk has recently made it known that he's also planning a supersonic, electric powered hovering jet plane.

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Amelia Earhart wreckage possibly discovered in Nikumaroro waters

Amelia Earhart wreckage possibly discovered in Nikumaroro waters

Researchers from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) may have discovered pieces of Amelia Earhart's long lost plane lurking off the coast of a Pacific island. Many who follow the Earhart story and developments know that the Pacific island of Nikumaroro is one of the locations at the center of the speculation - it's around there that some think Amelia Earhart went missing after departing from Papua New Guinea in 1937.

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