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EASA approves device use at all stages of European flights

EASA approves device use at all stages of European flights

Beginning as early as December of this year, you will soon be allowed to power-on and use approved electronic devices during all stages of the flight on most Europe-based airlines. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) this week issued a ruling to that effect, following a similar ruling by the US's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month. Like the FAA, EASA will allow Wi-Fi enabled devices to be turned on, but not cellular radios.

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Morph airline seat concept adjusts to passenger size

Morph airline seat concept adjusts to passenger size

Airplanes aren't known for being the most roomy vessels one can travel in, and dealing with matters concerning personal space and passenger size has been a touchy -- and sometimes heated -- topic. Various solutions have been proposed, such as having static seats available in different sizes, but the latest is perhaps the most unique -- Morph, an adjustable airplane seat concept that adjusts to different passenger sizes.

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Elon Musk talks electric supersonic airplane ambitions

Elon Musk talks electric supersonic airplane ambitions

Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame is known for his ideas and ambitions and the successes that have largely resulted from both. Blending the two companies' focus into another idea, Musk spoke last year of an electric supersonic aircraft that could take off and land vertically, something that is no small goal. Fast forward a year, and Musk has talked about this again, this time at the DealBook's Opportunities for Tomorrow conference.

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Amazon stokes FAA device ruling fire with Kindle blow-out

Amazon stokes FAA device ruling fire with Kindle blow-out

Amazon has decidedly announced their full support of the new FAA ruling for in-flight device use with not only a suggestion that they've always done so, but that they're willing to let their device prices prove it. Amazon Kindle prices have been kicked down a notch for a single day by the company suggesting they're excited their users will be able to read throughout the flight, not just once they've reached 10,000 feet.

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First two airlines allowing electronics use during takeoff announced

First two airlines allowing electronics use during takeoff announced

It was way back in March when word surfaced that the FAA was holding a study into the safety of allowing electronics use during takeoff on flights, and not too long ago that a decision was finally made, granting the freedom to do so with some contingencies on board. Fortunately for frequent fliers, it didn't take long for a couple airlines to get their ducks in order, with both Delta and JetBlue becoming the first to allow use.

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FAA gives OK to mobile devices during entire flight

FAA gives OK to mobile devices during entire flight

Today the folks at the regulatory department for the air - the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - have given the green light for all-flight-long mobile device use for passengers. This OK extends to airlines across the United States starting as soon as tomorrow. A note from the FAA gives few restrictions to this new allowance, suggesting that "Airplane Mode" should still be initiated on all mobile devices, and that there are still holds on being able to make or take phone calls in the air. In other words - get out your Angry Birds and keep on popping!

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Aeromobil flying car takes its maiden voyage

Aeromobil flying car takes its maiden voyage

Flying cars are something that drivers and pilots alike have dreamed of for decades. A company called Terrafugia has been working on flying car concepts such as its cool vertical takeoff and landing TF-X and others for a long time. Another company has stepped into the flying car market with a prototype vehicle that has taken its maiden voyage. The company is called Aeromobil and the flying car was designed by Stefan Klein.

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