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Progress Eagle concept imagines zero-emissions air travel

Progress Eagle concept imagines zero-emissions air travel

We’ve seen a number of vehicular concepts, but some have turned their sights to the sky and envisioned what the future of traveling amongst the clouds might look like. Previously a futuristic design for the AWWA Sky Whale concept was introduced, and now its designer — Oscar Vinals — has updated his own ambitions, creating a new concept called the AWWA-QG Progress Eagle. It’s a triple-decker zero-emissions plane, and were it to be made it would be able to carry around 800 passengers.

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Toyota is creating more accommodating airplane seats

Toyota is creating more accommodating airplane seats

Airplane seats aren’t the most comfortable places to sit, and as their sizes shrink to accommodate more people they grow increasingly uncomfortable. We’ve seen alternatives to airliner seats in the past — some of them even worse than what currently exist — but Toyota’s new version looks promising: they’re adjustable, able to transform to fit different body shapes. The seats are being made by Toyota in a partnership with All Nippon Airways, and they’ll (at least according to promises) make trips in economy class a little more comfortable.

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GE gets first 3D printed aircraft part approved by FAA

GE gets first 3D printed aircraft part approved by FAA

GE is a massive company that produces all sorts of products including aircraft components. 3D printing has been around for a while now and some companies are starting to take advantage of 3D printing in their manufacturing process. GE has announced that it has received FAA approval for the first aircraft part that is made using a 3D printer.

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You can tour SAS’ new long-haul airplane cabin with Street View

You can tour SAS’ new long-haul airplane cabin with Street View

Ever wondered what the plane you’re jumping on later in the month looks like on the inside? Being disappointed is nothing new to any frequent flyer who is looking forward to the cabin of their dreams, only to be met with clunky seats or a fiddly layout. Today, SAS and Google are trying to take some of the guesswork out of flying, introducing Street Views for SAS’ new long-haul cabins. Passengers can meander through the craft digitally, before ever setting foot on the plane.

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NASA tests LEAPTech: a crazy experimental 18-engine electric wing

NASA tests LEAPTech: a crazy experimental 18-engine electric wing

NASA is testing their latest experiment; the new idea is the LEAPTech electric wing. LEAPTech stands for Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology, and this set of wings looks very different from a traditional airplane wing. The LEAPTech wing looks a bit strange with its narrow surface area and its lengthy 31-foot wingspan. Not to mention that the wings are decked out with 18 small engines, while most commerical jets normally have two or four engines. It's electric and aims to be safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly.

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Flying car maker AeroMobil: flying cars to take off 2017

Flying car maker AeroMobil: flying cars to take off 2017

While some car companies are still scrambling to develop self-driving cars or at least integrate smartphones into the dashboard, some are already look far ahead into the future and into the skies. But for AeroMobil, who has been working on flying cars since 1989, it might not actually be too far into the future at all. It believes that by 2017, the first commercial flying car will be available to the highest bidder. But considering its business revolves around flying cards, it's not hard to see why AeroMobil would be so optimistic.

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Wind-powered drone can fly for hours at a time

Wind-powered drone can fly for hours at a time

The average consumer drones that are becoming more and more popular these days run on batteries, which means at best they can stay in the air between 20 and 30 minutes at a time. But XAir Unmanned Aerial Systems, a California startup, has begun work on a drone model that is powered by the wind, with a prototype that was able to fly for more than two hours continuously. While the lift come from the wind, the 24-ounce fixed-wing design aircraft also features a small solar panel that is used to power electronics and recharge the internal battery.

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Ryanair, Vodafone partner for paperless cockpits, in-flight POS

Ryanair, Vodafone partner for paperless cockpits, in-flight POS

Ryanair has a no-frills approach to air travel. Founded in 1985, Ryanair’s concept is getting you from point A to point B, quickly and efficiently. Part of their strategy involves a digital footprint that they rely heavily on, with travelers often needing to check-in online before heading to the airport. In a deal with Vodafone, their digital identity is growing, with in-flight digital point-of-sale terminals and a paperless cockpit. It’ll be iPads galore in the air for Ryanair.

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