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PAL-V flying car to be on display in Geneva

PAL-V flying car to be on display in Geneva

We've seen the PAL-V Liberty flying car before, it was up for pre-order back in February 2017 with a $10,000 down payment. The company behind the flying car has announced that it will be on display at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show starting in March. Pal is teasing an event it is calling "Journey to Geneva."

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London City Airport to get a digital control tower 80 miles from the airport

London City Airport to get a digital control tower 80 miles from the airport

Normally when you fly on an aircraft, you see the tower sitting right there in the middle of the airport with all the traffic controllers doing whatever it is they do to keep the aircraft and passengers safe. Some smaller airports have been using something called a digital tower for a long time now. This removes the traffic controllers from the airport and puts them in a remote location.

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Vahana single passenger autonomous aircraft takes first flight

Vahana single passenger autonomous aircraft takes first flight

One of the coolest things that Airbus and its partners have been working on in a long time is a single passenger flying vehicle that can take off and land vertically. The very first flight of this vehicle has taken place. Vahana announced that on January 31, 2018, in Pendleton, Oregon the first full-scale vehicle, called Alpha One, reached a height of 16-feet before landing safely.

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Lockheed Martin, Aerion will build the first ever supersonic business jet

Lockheed Martin, Aerion will build the first ever supersonic business jet

Lockheed Martin and Aerion have teamed up to build the world's first supersonic business jet. The two companies announced a Memorandum of Understanding late last week, explaining that they will go on to "define a formal and gated process to explore the feasibility" of creating a supersonic business jet dubbed the Aerion AS2. Kicking off that process will be a 12-month period during which the duo will create a framework for the overall project.

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Airlines restrict smart bags over lithium-ion battery fire risk

Airlines restrict smart bags over lithium-ion battery fire risk

Following an FAA recommendation that airlines ban some devices containing lithium-ion batteries from checked baggage that comes a crackdown on "smart bags" containing them. Delta and Alaska Airlines have both announced these bans and other major airlines have confirmed that they have similar plans in the pipeline. The move aims to protect aircraft from fires located in the cargo hold.

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Emirates new Boeing 777 cabins raise the inflight experience bar higher

Emirates new Boeing 777 cabins raise the inflight experience bar higher

While the fastest way to traverse countries and the world, traveling by air is hardly the most comfortable. Offering the best experiences in both comfort and entertainment in such a cramped space has always been both an engineering and design challenge for airlines. Emirates , the largest operator of Boeing 777 planes, just unveiled in Dubai its new cabins for the aircraft line, redefining quality experience across all classes. Curiously enough, Emirates’ new designs take inspiration from land vehicles. Specifically Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars.

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FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

It's no secret that lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if they overheat, and now the FAA is warning that they pose a serious risk for airplanes if checked into baggage. Aircraft cargo sections are equipped with a system designed to put out any fires that start. However, a series of 10 tests conducted by the FAA determined that if a fire happens next to an aerosol can, it could ignite an explosion that happens before the system puts out the fire.

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Dubai Police take delivery of hoverbike flying patrol vehicle

Dubai Police take delivery of hoverbike flying patrol vehicle

The police officers in Dubai have some of the coolest patrol cars in the entire world. Among the fleet of patrol cars is a Lamborghini Aventador and a Nissan GT-R. Those cars will make it hard for speeders in the country to get away from a ticket when speeding. Dubai is now taking delivery of a patrol vehicle that flies.

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BAE drone concept can switch between fixed-wing and rotary mode for vertical landings

BAE drone concept can switch between fixed-wing and rotary mode for vertical landings

The military has seen the need for aircraft that can take off and land vertically while having higher top speeds associated with fixed wing aircraft. This is the thought process behind the Osprey and some aircraft like the Harrier jet. There are also drones that are able to do this.

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Russian military contractor unveils flying personal transport

Russian military contractor unveils flying personal transport

The world has been taken with the idea of a flying car for decades now. The thought of taking to the air to avoid traffic and go where roads can't take you is undeniably appealing to most. A Russian defense manufacturer called the Kalashnikov Concern has unveiled a new prototype transportation vehicle that has no name.

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DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 VTOL makes good on Doc Brown’s promise

DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 VTOL makes good on Doc Brown’s promise

One of the most iconic movies from the '80s was "Back to the Future" and in that original film, just when we think all is well with McFly and his hottie, Doc Brown comes back in a much more futuristic DeLorean time machine and famously tells Marty that where they are going, they don't need roads. DeLorean Aerospace has now made good on Doc's promise and had unveiled the DR-7 VTOL (DR-7? I see what you did there) and it is a flying machine.

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Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus has introduced a new helicopter concept that adds a pair of futuristic wings, enabling it to travel at fast speeds while also providing excellent efficiency and cost. The company calls this new helicopter 'Racer' and says it features an aerodynamic configuration capable of cruise speeds up to 400kmh / 250mph. The concept design was showcased as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research program yesterday, with Airbus explaining that its concept offers the best mixture of sustainability, speed, cost-efficiency, and performance.

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