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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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Airbus intros new all-electric aircraft prototype

Airbus intros new all-electric aircraft prototype

Airbus is known for its huge passenger jets, but it has just debuted something out of the ordinary at the Paris Air Show. Airbus unveiled the E-Fan 2.0 prototype aircraft. It's an all-electric aircraft that claims to be the first "plug-in plane". It's a small, two-seater plane with a 31-foot wingspan. The plane is crafted from carbon fiber composite materials, keeping the aircraft light, weight only 1100lbs when empty.

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U.S. Navy tests electromagnetic catapult for aircraft

U.S. Navy tests electromagnetic catapult for aircraft

The U.S. Navy is developing a faster, more efficient way to get aircraft off of ships and into the sky. Aircraft carrier vessels have exceedingly short runways. Pilots need a great deal of skill to takeoff from the narrow decks, and they usually get some help from the runway crew to ensure that the plane has enough speed to achieve flight. The best way to get a plane off the deck without hitting the sea involves a launch catapult. The Navy is going beyond the catapults in standard use to create an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

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Bee trapped in instrument panel forces airplane to land

Bee trapped in instrument panel forces airplane to land

The following news might seem quite "unbeelievable" (sorry), but it is absolutely true. An airplane on its way from Southampton, England to Dublin, Ireland on Saturday was forced to turn back shortly after take-off due to some trouble in the cockpit. The problem? There was a bee. But not, like, a bee flying around and making the pilots really nervous. No, the bee had become trapped inside the plane's instrument panel. To make the situation even better, the airline was Flybe. More like FlyBEE, am I right? (That was the last one, promise.)

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U.S. Air Force to develop new hypersonic jet

U.S. Air Force to develop new hypersonic jet

The U.S. Air Force is looking to create a new hypersonic aircraft, building upon the success of hypersonic scramjet X-51A's test flight in 2013. Hypersonic is more than just breaking the sound barrier. Hypersonic speeds are classified as Mach 5 through Mach 10, which is approximately five to ten times faster than the speed of sound. Hypersonic aircraft are so fast that a traditionally five-hour flight from Los Angeles to NYC would be cut down to, roughly, 30 minutes. These hypersonic flights are for unmanned aircraft and weapons, only. To reach these speeds, the acceleration is too much for humans to withstand.

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