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FAA approves World View balloon ride plans

FAA approves World View balloon ride plans

About a week ago, a company called World View unveiled plans to send passengers on a balloon ride that will take them to an altitude of around 100,000 feet for $75,000 per ticket. World View said at the time that it was announcing its plans ahead of a public determination to be made by the FAA. The capsule used by World View was expected to be classified as a spacecraft and to be forced to meet guidelines for space travel.

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iPad close to takeoff and landing approval

iPad close to takeoff and landing approval

Restrictions on using electronic devices during takeoff and landing could be lifted, after a regulatory committee told the FAA to loosen its guidelines on when gadgets like iPads, Kindles, and other hardware can be turned on. The recommendation by the Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which comes after a year-long investigation into the potential safety issues, is believed to include select smaller gadgets, while laptops and other larger hardware would still need to be stowed, albeit for physical reasons of potential crash danger, rather than because of whatever electrical signals they might give out.

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FAA reportedly okays use of electronics on planes during takeoff and landing

FAA reportedly okays use of electronics on planes during takeoff and landing

There has been a large push to have regulations loosened on the use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing on flights. In March, word surfaced that the FAA was holding a study on the matter, and that regulations could be changed by the end of this year allowing for wider use of electronics on flights. Now the Associated Press is reporting that an advisory committee for the FAA has recommended in favor of the change.

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Japan says Boeing 787s can resume flight after modifications

Japan says Boeing 787s can resume flight after modifications

Back in January, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets were grounded by the FAA after experiencing issues with batteries overheating, which posed a fire risk. It took a couple months, but last week the FAA approved Boeing's new battery design, and yesterday it lifted the ban it had in place. Now Japan has given the go-ahead for resuming flights after the modications and changes needed are made.

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FAA may relax rules for electronics on flights by the end of 2013

FAA may relax rules for electronics on flights by the end of 2013

A source of irritation for air travelers who like digital devices continues to be the fact that most airlines force you to turn your gadgets off at certain stages of flight. The FAA has been conducting a study looking at the possibility of expanding usage for electronics on commercial aircraft during flight. According to the New York Times, the study may result in a significant change to the rules aboard commercial aircraft by the end of 2013.

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American Airlines gets approval for iPad-equipped cockpit

American Airlines gets approval for iPad-equipped cockpit

The Federal Aviation Association announced back in 2011 that it would be rolling out what they call iPad Electronic Flight Bags for use in the cockpit to replace all of the flight manuals and paperwork. Finally, American Airlines is the first airline to get approval for the iPad, and they've given eager minds a chance to take a look at the new system.

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