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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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Avenum Ravn X Autonomous Launch Vehicle launches satellites

Avenum Ravn X Autonomous Launch Vehicle launches satellites

A company called Avenum has unveiled a new autonomous launch vehicle called the Ravn X. The launch system is designed to put satellites into space as quickly as every 180 minutes. The company has partnered with the United States Space Force, which also took part in the autonomous aircraft's unveiling.

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Boeing 737 MAX packed with journalists completes first flight

Boeing 737 MAX packed with journalists completes first flight

Boeing was hit very hard when the US government banned its 737 MAX passenger airliner for 20 months. On Wednesday, the aircraft staged its first flight with media onboard since the fleet was grounded by the government. Boeing is desperate to show passengers and airliners that the 737 MAX is safe and ready for operation.

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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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