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Cathay Pacific Airways says its uses cameras to record passengers

Cathay Pacific Airways says its uses cameras to record passengers

Cathay Pacific, an airline based in Hong Kong, has updated its privacy policy to reveal that it is logging in-flight infotainment system activity and using cameras to capture images of passengers. These images are not captured using cameras integrated into seat-back infotainment systems, according to the airline, which is instead using CCTVs located in airport lounges and inside airplanes.

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Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

When one computer can't solve a problem, why not try to throw more computers at it? That is probably not the reasoning behind Boeing's rumored fix for its problematic 737 Max aircraft but it will probably one of the things that will come to people's minds. The plane's return was yet again delayed because of an apparent software flaw that could still pose problems for the plane's automated system. Now according to anonymous sources, Boeing's new software will be making two computers to make sure just one won't take the plane down.

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FAA approves design for larger middle seats on airplanes

FAA approves design for larger middle seats on airplanes

Airplanes are notoriously uncomfortable, but no one suffers quite as much as the person stuck in the middle seat. Without room to lean toward the wall or the aisle, the middle seat traveler is forced to pull their arms in and hope no one encroaches on their very limited space. A newly approved airplane seat design fixes that problem, offering more space without reducing the number of seats that can be installed within an aircraft.

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Airbus hybrid electric airliner concept looks like a bird of prey

Airbus hybrid electric airliner concept looks like a bird of prey

While birds have always been the main inspiration behind airplanes, the two flying objects share very little in common. While essential for real birds, the design of wings and weathers are impractical and may even be dangerous for planes. That's not stopping some from designing concepts that could eventually become reality. Such may be Airbus' "Bird of Prey" that takes imitation to new heights, pun totally intended.

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United Airlines cancels another 5,000 Boeing 737 Max flights

United Airlines cancels another 5,000 Boeing 737 Max flights

United Airlines has announced that it cancelled thousands of additional flights involving the Boeing 737 Max, covering around 2,100 flights that were scheduled for September and another 2,900 for October. The airliner has a fleet that includes 14 of these Boeing jets, which were grounded following two deadly crashes involving the 737 Max model.

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Automatic plane landing made possible without ground-based systems

Automatic plane landing made possible without ground-based systems

Self-driving and self-parking cars have been the hype in the automobile industry for the recent years but that's harder to pull off when it comes to autonomous planes. Not just automatic takeoff and flight, a big problem is automatic landing. While that feature is actually standard with commercial planes and large airports, it's almost impossible with smaller aircraft and airports with no infrastructure to support it. That could be a thing of the past if this new vision-assisted navigation takes off, pun intended.

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Boeing 737 Max may have a different problem in Europe

Boeing 737 Max may have a different problem in Europe

Its own press releases have been unsurprisingly positive but Boeing might still be a long time before its beleaguered 737 Max can take flight again. It may be close to getting approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) but it is facing yet another hurdle in Europe. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has a list of changes it wants Boeing to make and one of them is reportedly about its autopilot system.

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Virgin Atlantic flight forced to land over battery pack fire

Virgin Atlantic flight forced to land over battery pack fire

A Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York was forced to make an emergency landing on July 4 after a possibly faulty external battery pack caused a small fire. The plane, an A330 Airbus, had left New York's JFK airport and was on its way to London's Heathrow airport when the crew was alerted to the presence of smoke, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Boston.

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Boeing reveals $100m 737 MAX victim fund after 2018’s record $101bn revenue

Boeing reveals $100m 737 MAX victim fund after 2018’s record $101bn revenue

Today Boeing revealed that they would provide $100 million in funds to victims of the pair of crashes of Boeing 737 aircraft in the last year. Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 resulted in the loss of a total of 346 lives. Divided 346 ways, $100 million comes to $289,017 per person.

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Another Boeing 737 MAX flaw tipped to delay upcoming test flight

Another Boeing 737 MAX flaw tipped to delay upcoming test flight

The Federal Aviation Administration has identified another alleged risk with Boeing's grounded 737 MAX aircraft, a new report claims. This alleged additional risk will need to be fixed before the company can conduct a certification test flight, the sources claim, ensuring there aren't any future tragedies associated with the jets. Assuming the leak is correct, the test flight won't happen until July 8 at the earliest.

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Airbus tests demonstrator airplane with flapping tips on each wing

Airbus tests demonstrator airplane with flapping tips on each wing

Airbus is working on a unique airplane design that involves flapping wing tips, something found on military jets but not commercial aircraft. The company successfully tested a remote-controlled scale-model plane fitted with the flapping wing tips, the company revealed this week. The demonstrator aircraft was based on the company's A321 plane.

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Flying-V airline concept aims for improved efficiency and comfort

Flying-V airline concept aims for improved efficiency and comfort

Commercial aircraft today all have pretty much the same design. A company called KLM has teamed up with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) professor Henri Werij to sign a cooperative agreement to work together to make aviation more sustainable. KLM will contribute to the TU Delft research into an innovative flight concept called the Flying-V.

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