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American Airlines announces free TikTok access in-flight

American Airlines announces free TikTok access in-flight

American Airlines has announced it is now the only commercial air travel company to offer all customers free access to TikTok. The airline points out that TikTok is more than dance videos for passengers to watch while on a flight with all manner of content, including travel inspiration videos, details on locations to explore at their destination, and travel tips. Passengers traveling on any narrowbody aircraft fitted with Viasat equipment can access TikTok without purchasing in-flight Wi-Fi.

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NASA’s X-59 prototype gets closer to flight

NASA’s X-59 prototype gets closer to flight

There are currently no supersonic commercial passenger aircraft, and aircraft capable of breaking the sound barrier are banned from doing so over most of the United States. The biggest reason why aircraft aren't allowed to break the sound barrier is noise created. NASA is working on an experimental aircraft called the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft and has announced that it is entering a stage of its construction where it more closely resembles an actual aircraft.

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DHL just ordered 12 all-electric aircraft: Here’s why that’s a big deal

DHL just ordered 12 all-electric aircraft: Here’s why that’s a big deal

DHL has ordered twelve new electric aircraft, aiming to cut carbon emissions on short-hop flights, though it'll be packages not passengers that are aboard. The logistics and shipping company plans to add a dozen Eviation Alice fully-electric planes to its so-called "middle mile" operations.

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Stinkweed may be a surprising way to make greener jet fuel

Stinkweed may be a surprising way to make greener jet fuel

A common weed called pennycress, more often referred to as 'stinkweed,' may be the solution for a greener jet fuel that has fewer demands on the environment. That's according to a new study from The Ohio State University, which reports that stinkweed is a low-demand crop that requires fewer pesticides and less fertilizer than alternative biofuel crops.

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Volocopter 2X completed its first US public crewed test flight

Volocopter 2X completed its first US public crewed test flight

Each year the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) holds a massive air show in Wisconsin called AirVenture. At AirVenture 2021, the Volocopter 2X eVTOL aircraft had a very successful and important milestone flight. At the show, the aircraft had its first-ever public crewed test flight of the fully electric vertical take-off and landing air taxi in the US.

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Joby Aero full-sized prototype air taxi flies more than 150 miles on a charge

Joby Aero full-sized prototype air taxi flies more than 150 miles on a charge

Joby Aero Inc. has announced that its prototype all-electric air taxi has reached an important milestone in its development. The aircraft is designed for commercial passenger service and is called an air taxi. Recently, Joby flew a full-size prototype vehicle for over 150 miles on a single charge, including vertical takeoff and landing.

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United Airlines is ordering 100 of these all-electric planes: Here’s why

United Airlines is ordering 100 of these all-electric planes: Here’s why

United plans to add 100 all-electric aircraft to its fleet, with the new planes providing short-hop transportation of up to 250 miles. The Heart Aerospace ES-19 is designed to carry up to 19 people, though it'll still be a few years yet before it shows up with United livery for regional service.

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Klein Vision AirCar completes a 35-minute test flight between two cities

Klein Vision AirCar completes a 35-minute test flight between two cities

AirCar is a dual-mode car/aircraft moving towards production after meeting a key development milestone this week. That milestone was its first inter-city flight, where the aircraft flew for 35 minutes from the international Airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava. The flight was conducted on June 28, 2021.

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New material could lead to quieter aircraft engines

New material could lead to quieter aircraft engines

Scientists at the University of Bath have created a new and very light material that they believe could help reduce the noise produced by aircraft engines. The material is a graphene oxide-polyvinyl alcohol aerogel that weighs 2.1 kilograms per cubic meter. It's billed as the lightest sound insulation material ever manufactured, and the team behind its creation believes it could be used as insulation for aircraft engines.

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CFM RISE open fan architecture jet engine could reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent

CFM RISE open fan architecture jet engine could reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent

GE Aviation and Safran announced a new technology development program that aims to reduce fuel consumption for jet aircraft by 20 percent while reducing CO2 emissions at the same time. The program is called CFM RISE (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines) and will demonstrate a mature range of new, disruptive technologies for future commercial aircraft engines that have the potential to enter service by the mid-2030.

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EXA flying racecar conducts successful maiden flights

EXA flying racecar conducts successful maiden flights

Automotive racing is one of the most popular sports worldwide, with many different racing series and events for fans to enjoy. A new form of motorsport is in the works that was first announced in the summer of 2019 by Matthew Pearson. Pearson wanted to create the world's first racing series for flying electric cars.

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Airbus single-pilot plan on long-haul flights is a bad idea – safety over economy

Airbus single-pilot plan on long-haul flights is a bad idea – safety over economy

A lot of industries have been hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and, unfortunately, that has resulted in layoffs and even bankruptcies. Those that managed to survive sometimes operate with reduced workforces, including those on sometimes critical operations like long-haul flights. In lieu of that, Airbus and Cathay Pacific are working on a system that will have just one pilot at the cockpit most of the time, a system that seems to be prioritizing savings over passengers' safety and even their own employees' welfare.

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