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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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Gogo is working on a 5G network for planes in the US and Canada

Gogo is working on a 5G network for planes in the US and Canada

In-flight Internet company Gogo is developing a 5G network for aviation, it announced on Wednesday, with the stated goal of commercial availability in the US and Canada in 2021. Gogo is working on a new air-to-ground (ATG) network intended to serve commercial regional jets, as well as smaller mainline jets operating in North America and business aircraft.

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NASA’s ambitious drone air traffic control trial faces its toughest challenges

NASA’s ambitious drone air traffic control trial faces its toughest challenges

NASA's automated air traffic control for drones project is headed into its final - and most challenging - year, and the future of UAV deliveries, automated flying taxis, and more could hinge on just how well the trials pan out. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management project (UTM) has been running since 2015, NASA's experiment in collaboration with the FAA and other agencies to explore how piloted and self-flying drones and other unmanned aircraft can cohabit in the skies.

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Boeing 737 MAX close to returning to service insists company

Boeing 737 MAX close to returning to service insists company

"Don't fix what ain't broke" is not an excuse not to try to innovate but neither is innovation an excuse to break things. That's true for foldable phones and even truer for airplane control systems. Unfortunately, Boeing learned its lessons at the expense of lives but it is persistently clawing at those problems. Now it seems to suggest that it is close to earning its wings back once the 737 MAX clears the last hurdles that the FAA has set up for its re-certification.

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Lilium Jet all-electric five-seater air taxi takes its first flight

Lilium Jet all-electric five-seater air taxi takes its first flight

All the fuss around foldable phones and tablets and even self-driving cars may have taken the attention away from the other holy grail of transportation. Lilium, however, is trying to get the spotlight back on that stage, specifically the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) stage. Building on the prototype it successfully flew two years ago, the German startup is proudly proclaiming that is has delivered what it promised back then: a five-seater version of its unique air taxi jet.

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Stratolaunch giant aircraft completes historic first flight

Stratolaunch giant aircraft completes historic first flight

Companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin dream of making space travel and shipments more economical. While they have mostly focused on reusable rockets, their vehicles are still limited by the same factors as any other rocket has: launching pads. To his two avians with one rock, Stratolaunch Systems Corp. devised a platform that takes of like a plane and, for the first time, gigantic aircraft not only took off but also landed safely, just like a plane.

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NASA’s incredible smart wing can morph as it flies

NASA’s incredible smart wing can morph as it flies

NASA is developing a flexible carbon fiber wing that could morph into new shapes mid-flight, paving the way for mesh intelligence woven through the aerodynamics of future aircraft. The project, dubbed MADCAT, combines advanced processing, new injection molding techniques, and cutting-edge materials.

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Boeing 737 MAX MCAS update won’t be installed until FAA says go

Boeing 737 MAX MCAS update won’t be installed until FAA says go

With its entire 737 MAX fleet grounded across the world, Boeing is undoubtedly working around the clock and racing against time to earn back its wings. Last week it announced the availability of an update to the problematic MCAS that is the eye of this storm but, despite its wording, it's still waiting for FAA approval. Now the FAA has issued a statement that basically tells Boeing, "not so fast."

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Boeing 737 MAX MCAS updated to prevent future crashes

Boeing 737 MAX MCAS updated to prevent future crashes

One aphorism that should never be used in aviation is "better late than never". Considering the safety of hundreds of lives, plane makers and regulators have the legal and moral obligation to ensure that new technologies are error-free before they are used, not after they have cost lives. That's the tragedy that Boeing is hoping won't happen again after it rolls out an update to its MCAS on the 737 MAX, introducing checks that, in retrospect, should have probably been there right from the start.

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Boeing 737 Max stall-prevention to be less aggressive with new fix

Boeing 737 Max stall-prevention to be less aggressive with new fix

You'd think that, after all this time, we'd get the flying thing down to a "T". The Boeing 737 Max proved that isn't the case. The development of new aviation technologies might be a natural part of progress but it's not something that can be taken lightly considering the hundreds of lives involved. Sources claim that Boeing is ready to roll out sweeping changes to correct flaws in the stall-prevention system of the grounded new fleet but questions remain on why they passed certification in the first place.

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All Boeing 737 Max flights suspended in Europe, but not USA (yet)

All Boeing 737 Max flights suspended in Europe, but not USA (yet)

After the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 accident this week, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) banned all Boeing 737 MAX operations in Europe. This goes for all commercial major and third-country operators both in and out of the European Union. This was announced as an official Airworthiness Directive, in effect as of 19:00 UTC, March 12th, 2019.

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