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X-51A Waverider aircraft crashes into Pacific during test flight

X-51A Waverider aircraft crashes into Pacific during test flight

The third test flight of the Air Force's hypersonic X-51A Waverider aircraft has failed, the Los Angeles Times reports. The X-51A was launched over the Pacific Ocean yesterday, and the Air Force was hoping that it would reach mach 6 and keep flying for five minutes afterward, but unfortunately that never happened. Instead, a problem was discovered with one of the aircraft's control fins only 15 seconds into the flight, causing the Waverider to lose control and crash into the ocean.

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Chip Yates sets electric flight world record at over 200MPH

Chip Yates sets electric flight world record at over 200MPH

It's time for the automotive superstar known as Chip Yates to hit another world record, this time for flying an electric aircraft faster than 200 miles per hour. This is the second world record Yates has broken in such a way, the first being with an electric motorcycle topping 196 miles per hour - set last year at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The flight Yates made this week took place at the Inyokern Airport in the Mojave Desert, California, and also just the day before this record had his very first - read that again - flying lesson with an electric plane.

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Boeing unveils Dreamliner 787 with Android-based entertainment systems

Boeing unveils Dreamliner 787 with Android-based entertainment systems

Boeing is making better use of today's mobile technology by integrating it into its aircraft, starting with rolling it all into the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A Qatar Airways Boeing was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK this week showing off its new Android-based entertainment system. Over 850 planes will be equipped with two types of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions--the Thales TopSeries Avant and the Panasonic eX3.

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Airbus to offer EFB apps for iPad to aircraft pilots

Airbus to offer EFB apps for iPad to aircraft pilots

It seems as if everybody is realizing how convenient iPads are, especially now that Airbus has become the very first aircraft manufacturer to have pilots use its new Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) performance-calculating apps for iPad. The new applications should allow pilots to optimize aircraft performance, lighten their load and save both money and time.

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High-tech Virgin America again rated top airline

High-tech Virgin America again rated top airline

If you want to fly the friendly skies in the best airline possible, Sir Richard Branson's fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft might be the ticket you're looking for. His Virgin America line was rated the number one domestic airline in the US for the fifth year in a row. Could it be the free in-flight video games?

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Delta expanding WiFi access to international flights starting next year

Delta expanding WiFi access to international flights starting next year

Delta Airlines will be expanding WiFi access to more than 150 international aircraft including Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus 330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 starting at the beginning of 2013. Existing air-to-ground service has been conveniently available on domestic flights within the US, but international access has always been constrained by this ground-based technology normally used by airlines.

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Virgin Atlantic to offer in-flight cell service

Virgin Atlantic to offer in-flight cell service

Usually, whenever there's a story about more mobile phone service being added, it's a good thing. Bringing reception to rural America, third-world countries, and underground subway stations are all fantastic. In fact, we can only think of one situation where making it possible to place cell phone calls would be a bad thing - on an airplane. Nevertheless, Virgin Atlantic is forging ahead with plans to do exactly that on a number of its flights by the end of 2012.

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JetBlue says computer glitch puts 18-month-old on ‘do not fly’ list

JetBlue says computer glitch puts 18-month-old on ‘do not fly’ list

After a family was escorted off of a JetBlue plane because they said their 18-month-old daughter was on the "Do Not Fly" list, the airline has apologized but said its employees followed "appropriate protocols." It blamed the misunderstanding on a computer glitch, though the parents believed they were singled out because the mother was wearing a head scarf. They said they were too embarrassed to re-board once the misunderstanding was taken care of.

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Flight of the Century project aims for electric plane that never needs to land

Flight of the Century project aims for electric plane that never needs to land

If you think the idea of owning a car that never needs to fill up on gasoline - but instead needs to be charged at an electric outlet every day - is cool, then just think how much cooler it would be if there was a car that could run forever, and had a power supply that was autonomous and always recharging itself. Pretty cool, right? Oh, but that's not what world record-setting engineer Chip Yates is designing. No, he's taking that concept and putting it to work toward something even more grand - an airplane.

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Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

If you're one of those people who has to tweet every 10 seconds, never keeps your Facebook page outdated, and always checks out up and coming platforms like Instagram and Pinterest? If so, then you probably already know about Klout, a startup that ranks individuals based on their social media presence. It is largely just a way to brag about yourself online - but one airline is starting to turn it into something more.

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