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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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Solar Impulse plane forced to land in Japan, ending flight across Pacific

Solar Impulse plane forced to land in Japan, ending flight across Pacific

The Solar Impulse 2 plane, a project that aims to have an aircraft powered only by solar energy fly around the world, was forced to cut short the Pacific Ocean leg of its journey due to bad weather. 36 hours after taking off from Nanjing, China, the aircraft, with only Swiss pilot André Borschberg on board, made an unexpected landing in the city of Nagoya, in central Japan. The Solar Impulse was supposed to go all the way to Hawaii, flying 120 hours non-stop, and in turn set a new world record for the longest flight of a solo aircraft.

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Experts say researcher’s in-flight hacking claims are dubious

Experts say researcher’s in-flight hacking claims are dubious

Making headlines yesterday, security researcher Chris Roberts is being investigated by the FBI for claiming the ability to mess with a plane's flight systems from onboard. An ill-received tweet started it all, as Roberts claimed he could hack his flight's oxygen regulation. Roberts went on to tell the FBI that he hacked en-route 15 to 20 times over the several years using his laptop, modified cables, and the in-flight entertainment systems. He even claimed to be able to access engine commands and make his plane move sideways. Industry experts are calling Roberts out on his claims, citing a range of reasons why his claims are dubious, if not impossible.

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United Airlines is offering 1 million miles in bug bounties

United Airlines is offering 1 million miles in bug bounties

Bug bounty programs are a great way for white-hat security researchers--hackers-- to earn extra cash. The best programs incentivize finding security flaws with cold, hard cash. On the other end of the spectrum, some companies only offer swag in return for finding flaws. A new set of bounties from United Airlines falls squarely in the middle. The company is offering airline miles in return for hunting security flaws. These miles aren't a measly upgrade from economy; you could earn some real travel time for uncovering a serious system flaw.

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Jetman and partner soar through Dubai’s skies with jetpacks

Jetman and partner soar through Dubai’s skies with jetpacks

Flying through the open skies using jetpacks is something almost all of us can only dream of or have only in movies. But these two daredevils have taken that dream and made it into reality. Swiss inventor and daredevil Jetman, known in real life as Yves Rossy, went to new heights, literally, as he took his new partner Vince Reffet through Dubai's skyline, flying over breathtaking scenery covering sand, water, and skyscrapers reaching to the high heavens. And, of course, they survived to tell the tale.

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Lawsuit seeking to ban in-flight gadgets gets dismissed

Lawsuit seeking to ban in-flight gadgets gets dismissed

Commercial airline passengers used to have to turn of their mobile devices before takeoff and landing, until a 2013 decision by the FAA finally allowed passengers to use mobile devices throughout entire flights. The freedom to play Angry Birds or tweet from takeoff was almost taken away by a 2014 lawsuit from the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA). That's right, if an army of flight attendants had their way, we would all be sitting in silence and twiddling our thumbs during every takeoff and landing.

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Amazon, JetBlue bring Prime Instant Video to you in-flight

Amazon, JetBlue bring Prime Instant Video to you in-flight

Have Amazon Prime? Love to travel domestically? We’ve got really good news for you. Amazon and US-based airline JetBlue have struck a deal that will bring Amazon Prime Instant video to you in-flight. Through those tiny displays in the headrest of the seat ahead of you (or your own tablet/smartphone), you’ll be able to watch Amazon Instant Video content just as you would at home. Instant Video is only available to Prime subscribers, not the pay-per-title viewing those without the $99/year plan often seek out.

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Flying car maker AeroMobil: flying cars to take off 2017

Flying car maker AeroMobil: flying cars to take off 2017

While some car companies are still scrambling to develop self-driving cars or at least integrate smartphones into the dashboard, some are already look far ahead into the future and into the skies. But for AeroMobil, who has been working on flying cars since 1989, it might not actually be too far into the future at all. It believes that by 2017, the first commercial flying car will be available to the highest bidder. But considering its business revolves around flying cards, it's not hard to see why AeroMobil would be so optimistic.

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Google flight searches to show if WiFi, power outlets available

Google flight searches to show if WiFi, power outlets available

With in-flight WiFi becoming more and more common, and recent regulation changes allowing the use of personal devices during take-off and landing, air travel has become that much more tech-friendly to travelers. However, it's still pretty much a toss-up if your airline or flight will have amenities like WiFi or in-seat power outlets available for you to use. But thanks to a new partner ship between Google and Routehappy, checking the availability of these services while planning your trip is now just a bit easier.

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