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Personal jetpack successfully flies around Statue of Liberty

Personal jetpack successfully flies around Statue of Liberty

It's still not the Iron Man that Australian entrepreneur David Mayman may have dreamed of. In fact, it is closer to Rocketman. But last week, the dreams and hopes of may technologists and geeks have made one huge step forward when Mayman became the first to pilot a personal jetpack, fly around the Statue of Liberty in New York, and live to tell the tale. A dream come true for many, it opens up the possibility of a new form of personal transportation, though probably still a few years into the future.

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“Jetmen” fly beside A830 superjumbo in heart-stopping stunt

“Jetmen” fly beside A830 superjumbo in heart-stopping stunt

The name "Jetman" might conjure up images of a death-defying hero with special abilities. In this case, it might be warranted, sans any superpower or mutation. Also known as Yves Rossy, an inventor and, obviously, a daredevil, Jetman has taken to the skies numerous times to tempt fate and entertain as well. Together with Jetman #2, his new protege Vince Reffet, himself a skydiving champion, the two take on their biggest and most dangerous challenge yet: flying over Dubai beside an Emirates A380 superjumbo plane.

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NASA’s Waze-for-planes software could save airlines millions

NASA’s Waze-for-planes software could save airlines millions

NASA has just announced an app its developed that aims to help the pilots here on earth, rather than those heading into space. Dubbed Traffic Aware Planner (TAP), the app runs on a standard tablet and can be added to a plane's cockpit without the need for changes. TAP works by trying to determine a route that will shorten travel times, in turn reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

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This ambitious plan aims to bring Concorde back to life

This ambitious plan aims to bring Concorde back to life

A well-funded plan to get the supersonic Concorde back into the skies after being grounded for more than a decade plans a relaunch before the 2020. The much-missed jet, one of only two commercial services to break the speed of sound, ended service in 2003, but a £160m ($248m) investment might see the remaining aircraft once again take flight.

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iOS 9, OS X El Capitan to feature native flight tracking

iOS 9, OS X El Capitan to feature native flight tracking

A previously unmentioned feature has just been discovered in the latest betas for both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan: native tracking of flight statuses. In its current form, the feature is only available in the default apps Mail, Messages, and Notes. It relies on data detectors, the same thing that automatically converts text like dates, addresses, and phone numbers into actionable links. Once tapped/clicked on, a screen appears showing the flight's status, departure and arrival times, and a projected flight path.

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Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

Solar Impulse battery problems ground plan until 2016

The Solar Impulse team, the people behind the solar-powered aircraft of the same name that's attempting to complete a journey around the globe, has revealed that the plane has suffered significant battery problems after its latest leg and will not be able to resume its journey until 2016. The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in Hawaii on July 3rd after successfully completing a non-stop, 5-day flight from Japan, setting a world record in the process. Unfortunately the flight caused "irreversible damage" to the plane's batteries.

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Solar Impulse 2 has flown above the Pacific for 80 hours non-stop

Solar Impulse 2 has flown above the Pacific for 80 hours non-stop

Earlier this week we talked a bit about the record setting aircraft called Solar Impulse 2. The plane had become grounded in Japan after weather over the Pacific wasn’t favorable for the flight to Hawaii to continue. After sitting grounded for a while, the aircraft was finally able to take off again on its record setting journey. Currently Solar Impulse 2 has been flying above the Pacific for 80 hours on its way to Hawaii.

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Latest Martin jetpack wants to send you sky high in 2016

Latest Martin jetpack wants to send you sky high in 2016

If you've ever wanted to soar in the sky like The Rocketeer, you'll soon have your chance. The New Zealand based company, Martin, created its Martin Jetpack which it claims to be the world's first commercially available jetpack. So, just about anyone will be able to buy it--if they have and extra $150,000 USD to blow on the whimsical transportation method. Despite its appeal to James Bond wannabes, the jetpack's main purpose is to aid emergency response teams in hard to reach areas.

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Honeywell, Inmarsat successfully test faster in-flight Wi-Fi

Honeywell, Inmarsat successfully test faster in-flight Wi-Fi

The need for better, faster Internet connection is growing, and not just on land. That need extends even when miles above. Whether it be for serious work or well-needed relaxation, plane passengers as well as crews have started to demand for better quality Wi-Fi service while flying over land or sea. Aiming to corner that market before it actually blossoms into a full-blown business, Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat have joined forces, a partnership that has just born fruit, reaching that first but critical milestone that paves the way for the rest.

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Watch Boeing’s vertical Dreamliner take-off from the captain’s chair

Watch Boeing’s vertical Dreamliner take-off from the captain’s chair

At the Paris Air Show, Boeing's 787-9 Dreamliner performed the spectacular feat of a vertical take-off. It turns out that Boeing wasn't just filming the flight from the runway. The cockpit was decked out with cameras and Boeing has assembled the footage to take you on a wild ride. Thanks to an innovative "choose your view" feature that YouTube started testing earlier this year, Boeing has released a "multi-view flying display" that lets you toggle between angles of the same scene without missing a beat.

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Boeing 787-9 tempts fate with vertical takeoff for Air Show

Boeing 787-9 tempts fate with vertical takeoff for Air Show

It's 787 Dreamliner planes may be hounded, maybe even cursed, by technical issues time and again, but that isn't stopping Boeing from dreaming it big. And by big, we mean aerial stunts that probably have no place in a commercial passenger jet. But that is exactly what the plane maker will be doing with the 787-9 Dreamliner, in cooperation with Vietnam Airlines. In a footage of a practice flight, the blue and white jet is show, among other things, making a vertical takeoff that would have passengers' stomachs churning.

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