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NASA’s all-electric X-57 Maxwell aircraft is ready for some power

NASA’s all-electric X-57 Maxwell aircraft is ready for some power

NASA has begun the next stage of testing for its all-electric plane, with the X-57 Maxwell another step closer to setting a potential blueprint for zero-emissions aircraft in the future. Designed to demonstrate how commuter aircraft could switch from traditional combustion engines to electric motors instead, the final X-57 Maxwell design is expected to feature 14 propellers.

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Joby Aviation unveils its eVTOL air taxi flight video for the first time

Joby Aviation unveils its eVTOL air taxi flight video for the first time

Joby Aviation certainly isn't a household name today, but that could change the future. Joby is one of the companies trying to bring affordable and efficient air travel to the masses for short distances. Joby has spent more than a decade developing piloted, all-electric vertical takeoff and landing passenger aircraft and has conducted more than 1000 test flights so far.

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Boeing 777 planes in the US, Japan grounded after engine failure

Boeing 777 planes in the US, Japan grounded after engine failure

Boeing's almost cursed 737 MAX is slowly starting to return to service but it seems that the aircraft maker has another headache coming. Fortunately, there were no lives lost before Boeing learned about what could be another faulty component that could have just as deadly consequences if left unchecked. Dozens of Boeing 777 planes have been temporarily put out of service after a flight from Denver had one of its engines failed in a rather dramatic way just after takeoff.

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Terrafugia Transition flying car granted a Light-Sport Airworthiness certificate by the FAA

Terrafugia Transition flying car granted a Light-Sport Airworthiness certificate by the FAA

Terrafugia Inc. announced this week that it reached a milestone in its road to bringing the Transition roadable aircraft to market. The FAA granted Terrafugia a FAA Special Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate for the Transition aircraft. The flying car is a combination of two-seat aircraft and an automobile designed to meet both the FAA and NHTSA's safety standards.

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UK government backs the first electric Urban Air Port in the world

UK government backs the first electric Urban Air Port in the world

A "Pop-up" airport and charging hub for future electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, including air taxis and autonomous delivery drones has received backing from the UK government. eVTOL aircraft are expected to be widely used in the future for transporting people and cargo across cities. The new pop up airport is a partnership between Hyundai Motor Group, Coventry City Council, and the UK government.

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Airbus Helicopters kicks off tests with Flightlab, a flying laboratory

Airbus Helicopters kicks off tests with Flightlab, a flying laboratory

Airbus Helicopters has announced that it has launched its flying laboratory Flightlab for in-flight tests, enabling the company to evaluate new technologies that may eventually make their way to Airbus helicopters and, in the more distant future, eVTOL and fixed-wing aircraft.

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All Boeing commercial aircraft will use biofuel exclusively by 2030

All Boeing commercial aircraft will use biofuel exclusively by 2030

Boeing has announced that it has set a target for its commercial aircraft to fly on 100 percent sustainable aviation biofuel by 2030. The move is part of Boeing's effort to reduce carbon emissions produced by its aircraft. Boeing has said that it is already conducting test flights with aircraft that have replaced petroleum-based jet fuel with pure biofuel.

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Boeing 737 MAX nails first passenger flight in US after long ban

Boeing 737 MAX nails first passenger flight in US after long ban

The Boeing 737 MAX has returned to commercial service in the US with a flight that took place through American Airlines. The trip, which included AA's President Robert Isom as one of the passengers, went from Miami to New York, the route that will be used for daily flights as American Airlines eases the airliner back into service.

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An Air Force AI controlled a U-2 spy plane for the first time

An Air Force AI controlled a U-2 spy plane for the first time

The United States military is investigating all sorts of uses of artificial intelligence, including controlling aircraft. On December 15, the United States Air Force allowed an artificial intelligence co-pilot to operate aboard a U-2 spy plane. The test was the first time in history that an AI flew aboard a military aircraft.

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NASA X-59 Quiet SuperSonic aircraft reaches a construction milestone

NASA X-59 Quiet SuperSonic aircraft reaches a construction milestone

NASA has announced the construction of its X-59 Quiet SuperSonic aircraft at Lockheed Martin has reached a milestone. The milestone was reached on November 5 when the team building the aircraft at the Lockheed Martin Skunkworks factory in Palmdale, California, completed major work on the aircraft's wing. That major milestone was adding the wing skin to the wings covering the fuel tanks of the aircraft.

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Boeing 737 Max makes its first commercial flight in almost two years

Boeing 737 Max makes its first commercial flight in almost two years

What was supposed to be the high point of Boeing's business became a nightmare, especially for those left behind by two fatal crashes nearly two years ago. The Boeing 737 Max was similarly dropped in the center of controversy that unsurprisingly included scandals going all the way up to the FAA. The company's entire fleet has been grounded around the world for nearly two years but, after a successful and thankfully uneventful test flight just last week, the 737 Max went back to the skies in what will be remembered as its first commercial flight since 2019.

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Boeing tests a squadron of five autonomous mini-jets

Boeing tests a squadron of five autonomous mini-jets

Boeing has announced that it has successfully carried out flight tests using five high-performance pilotless jet aircraft. The aircraft operated as a team without any intervention required from humans. Testing was conducted at the Queensland Flight Test Range in Cloncurry, Australia. It demonstrated the aircraft's ability to use onboard command and control along with data sharing capabilities, allowing collaboration amongst the squadron.

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