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FAA, Boeing squabble over cockpit screens and WiFi

FAA, Boeing squabble over cockpit screens and WiFi

When you fly, the flight attendants always tell you to put your digital self into airplane mode. Some of those flights offer WiFi, with a smaller percentage offering gate-to-gate connectivity, even during takeoff or landing. Now the FAA is ordering planes with components that could suffer from WiFi signals have them replaced.

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Aireon unveils ALERT system for tracking, finding lost planes

Aireon unveils ALERT system for tracking, finding lost planes

Aireon is aiming to put an end to lost aircraft, announcing that it will have a free plane-tracking system in place in 2017. With the system, the location details on a plane that goes missing can be requested by rescue teams, helping to avoid future tragedies like the loss of MH370.

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BAE’s latest brainstorm: smart skin for aircraft

BAE’s latest brainstorm: smart skin for aircraft

We've seen a lot of cool things from BAE, including its "battle bots" from a couple years ago, the aircraft that transforms into a single unit, and e-ink camouflage, to name a few. Never resting, the defense firm has cooked up its latest idea: a smart skin for planes that allows them to "feel".

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Navy tests X-47B drone in carrier operations with manned aircraft

Navy tests X-47B drone in carrier operations with manned aircraft

The US Navy has tested the drone X-47B in carrier operations alongside manned aircraft, seeing how it functions as part of the larger overall system. Not surprisingly, the drone did excellent, working alongside the manned F/A-18. This will lead to additional tests in the future, according to the Navy.

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Drone snafu: tourist crashed UAV into a Yellowstone hot spring

Drone snafu: tourist crashed UAV into a Yellowstone hot spring

The rules regarding where you can and can't fly a drone aren't yet solidified, but there are some locations that everyone knows (or, at least should know) are off limits. Military bases and airports are two common sense locations, and perhaps slightly lesser known are national parks, where you aren't allowed to fly any drones.

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Hacker claims planes can be hacked through on-board WiFi

Hacker claims planes can be hacked through on-board WiFi

Passenger airplanes are vulnerable to hackers because of their on-board WiFi, says security researcher Ruben Santamarta. According to Santamarta, he has come up with a way to compromise the communications equipment on passenger planes, a serious threat if it is determined to be true.

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Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Despite all the technology which wants to let you use a cell phone on a plane, the Department of Transportation (DoT) doesn’t seem to be impressed. At a meeting of the International Aviation Club last week, DoT counsel Kathryn Thomson said they’d be taking the next step on what could end up as a formal ban on cell phone usage in-flight, attendees said.

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Man booted from Southwest flight over tweet calling agent rude

Man booted from Southwest flight over tweet calling agent rude

Twitter is arguably one of the fastest ways to catch a company's attention -- fire off a tweet about bad service or a botched product, and you'll likely get a response within a few hours. For one Southwest customer, the response was perhaps a bit too fast...and, according to him, "unreal".

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Malaysian Plane Crash details create social media wildfire

Malaysian Plane Crash details create social media wildfire

Starting with a Malaysia Airline Tweet at 10:36 CST today, the world quickly became aware of a problem with Flight MH17 over Ukranian airspace. This civilian flight originated in Amsterdam and was headed to Kuala Lumpur. The Ukranian presidency has confirmed the crash officially.

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MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

Big combat aircraft offer big perks, protective armor arguably being at the top of the list. They're not always ideal in certain situations, however, and that's where the military's tiny (relatively speaking) MH-6 Little Bird helicopter comes in.

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Airbus plans to pack customers in, patents standing seats

Airbus plans to pack customers in, patents standing seats

Do you already feel uncomfortable (read: claustrophobic and grumpy) when flying? Even first class can feel a bit cramped, depending on the aircraft, and it looks like that issue will only be getting worse. A patent filing has surfaced showing a design for standing airplane "seats".

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Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Imagine a future where military aircraft can merge together into a single larger unit, splitting apart only when needed and rejoining again later after the mission is finished. Sound interesting? Such is the concept introduced by BAE Systems.

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