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Microsoft and EAA partner to launch Flight Simulator scholarships

Microsoft and EAA partner to launch Flight Simulator scholarships

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a community of pilots and others passionate about aviation, has teamed up with Microsoft to launch scholarships and educational material for 'young aviation enthusiasts.' The new partnership revolves around Microsoft Flight Simulator, a popular and highly realistic game for those who dream of piloting aircraft.

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Boeing 737 MAX now cleared for flight with these FAA safety changes

Boeing 737 MAX now cleared for flight with these FAA safety changes

Boeing's 737 MAX has been cleared to fly in the US again, with the Federal Aviation Administration giving the ill-fated jet the green light to resume flight. The decision comes after 20 months of safety reviews, following the two crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that accounted for 346 deaths.

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Lilium picks a hub for its all-electric flying taxi service

Lilium picks a hub for its all-electric flying taxi service

Flying taxis are one step closer to lifting off in the US with paying passengers, with Lilium inking a deal with Orlando, Florida to put its first "Vertiport" hub in the state. Lilium is one of a number of companies working on all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet aircraft, figuring that relatively short-range hops between locations are the future of transportation.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a BMW-powered electrified wingsuit

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a BMW-powered electrified wingsuit

BMW i and Designworks teamed up with Peter Salzmann, a professional base jumper and skydiver, for a newly designed wingsuit that increases the speed and flying time for the person wearing it. The stunt marks the first time that the Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i has been flown with the electric drive system. BMW and Salzmann captured the entirety of the maiden flight of the electric wingsuit on video, which can be seen below.

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Components for NASA’s first all-electric X-plane are undergoing wind tunnel testing

Components for NASA’s first all-electric X-plane are undergoing wind tunnel testing

NASA is currently working on the very first all-electric X-plane. The aircraft is known as the X-57 Maxwell, and advanced designs that will bring the aircraft to flight status recently underwent wind tunnel testing at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The test took place in the Low-Speed Aeroacoustic Wind Tunnel to gather operational and performance data for flight conditions.

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Loon’s longest flight spent 312 days in the stratosphere

Loon’s longest flight spent 312 days in the stratosphere

Some may remember the Project Loon balloons from years past. It's been a while since we've talked about the project, and recently a Loon balloon set a new flight duration record, spending 312 days in the stratosphere. HBAL703 launch from Puerto Rico in May 2019, where it navigated to Peru and provided test service for three months in the country. The team running the project notes that many of their flight systems become devoted to science at certain points.

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New EPFL drone design was inspired by a bird

New EPFL drone design was inspired by a bird

Engineers in the EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems have designed a new drone inspired by a raptor. When the researchers say raptor, they're not talking about a dinosaur or the Ford pickup. They're talking about a bird of prey. Specifically, the northern goshawk. A northern goshawk is a fast and powerful bird that's able to fly effortlessly through forests.

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Boom Supersonic XB-1 supersonic aircraft is a world’s first

Boom Supersonic XB-1 supersonic aircraft is a world’s first

As Boom Supersonic continues efforts to build the world's fastest airliner, they've revealed a sort of proof-of-concept. The Boom Supersonic XB-1 is a "supersonic demonstrator" aircraft. It's also the first independently developed supersonic jet ever made. Boom CEO and founder Blake Scholl reminded us that the company remains steadfast in their aim of "making the world dramatically more accessible."

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Jet Suit paramedic to help get critical care to hard-to-reach places

Jet Suit paramedic to help get critical care to hard-to-reach places

Hovercrafts, personal rockets, and backpack jet engines have tickled the fancy of people, technologies, engineers, and aviators for decades, tapping into the human desire to fly without wings or even planes. They are, however, often painted as something more for personal enjoyment or travel, at least when such machines finally take off, no pun intended. Two companies in the UK, however, have joined forces to develop a system that will let paramedics fly to an emergency site when helicopters won't even do.

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USAF’s new eSeries classification is for digitally designed aircraft

USAF’s new eSeries classification is for digitally designed aircraft

The United States Air Force has introduced a new classification for hardware that it says refers to its 'digital future.' Called the 'eSeries,' this classification refers to aircraft that is digitally engineered and virtually tested well before the first physical prototype is created, a 'paradigm shift' that is particularly important during the pandemic. The classification will apply to the very first USAF aircraft that was designed with the digital-first approach: Boeing's eT-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer.

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Airbus ZEROe concepts preview striking future of hydrogen-powered aircraft

Airbus ZEROe concepts preview striking future of hydrogen-powered aircraft

Airbus has revealed three new concept aircraft, all promising zero-emission flight, with the potential for commercial operations in less than 15 years. The three ZEROe concepts all use hydrogen as their primary power source, which Airbus argues is a much cleaner and more sustainable option than traditional jet fuel.

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NASA’s stealthy supersonic X-59 just got a schedule change

NASA’s stealthy supersonic X-59 just got a schedule change

NASA has pushed back the maiden flight of its experimental X-59 Quiet SuperSonic aircraft, confirming today that the sound-barrier-breaking jet won't be ready in time for the original 2021 launch plan. Currently in production and assembly, the X-59 will test a cutting-edge engine and body design that could eventually help remedy one of Concorde's most significant problems.

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