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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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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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