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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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Reasons why the Airbus A380 failed

Reasons why the Airbus A380 failed

On 14 February 2019, Airbus announced their A380s have been cancelled, with production ending in 2021; After 12 long years of shaky business and development, its closure didn’t come as a surprise, but rather a sigh of relief for a company burdened by the weight of its own ambitions - The dream is over for the world’s largest passenger airliner.

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Airbus A380 aircraft deliveries to end in 2021

Airbus A380 aircraft deliveries to end in 2021

Airbus is one of the biggest manufacturers of aircraft for commercial aviation in the world. The company has announced that it will be ending production of the A380 aircraft in 2021. The end of production for the aircraft comes as Emirates airlines decide to reduce the number of A380 aircraft it had ordered by 39 units.

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Boeing’s autonomous air taxi has a successful first test flight

Boeing’s autonomous air taxi has a successful first test flight

Boeing has announced that it has completed the first successful test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle or PAV. The test flight was performed in Manassas, Virginia and the PAV is a vehicle aimed at urban air mobility. PAV is an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and the aircraft maker plans to continue to test and advance the safety and reliability of on-demand and autonomous air transportation.

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Boeing’s updated transonic wing concept offers ‘unprecedented’ efficiency

Boeing’s updated transonic wing concept offers ‘unprecedented’ efficiency

Boeing has taken the wraps of its latest Transonic Truss-Braced Wing, a new configuration that the company says offers an unprecedented efficiency at Mach 0.80 speeds during flight. The new design paves the way for faster flights at higher altitudes, though the entire development process is still in its conceptual phase. Among other things, the wing is ultra-thin and braced with a truss, which helps support the extra length.

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The Boeing 777X just got its record-breaking GE9X engines

The Boeing 777X just got its record-breaking GE9X engines

Early last year, GE Aviation successfully tested its giant jet engine, the GE9X, in its first test flight. Now, nearly a year later, Boeing has installed two GE9X jet engines on its first 777X flight test airplane. The engine has been in development for years and is expected to exceed upcoming environmental regulation standards. At 134-inches, the engine has the largest fan ever made for a commercial jet.

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Harvard HAMR-E micro climbing robot is designed for jet engines

Harvard HAMR-E micro climbing robot is designed for jet engines

Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the SEAS have created a new insect-like miniature robot designed with sticky feet to climb around surfaces. Called the Harvard Ambulatory Micro-Robot with Electroadhesion (HAMR-E), the mini-robot was made to climb inside of jet engines for inspection purposes.

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MIT engineers create silent, futuristic aircraft powered by ionic wind

MIT engineers create silent, futuristic aircraft powered by ionic wind

MIT engineers have created the first aircraft that is capable of flying despite not having any moving parts. Rather than using fossil fuels, the new aircraft is powered by ionic wind, according to the institute, which says the vehicle is completely silent and lightweight. Unlike planes and drones, this aircraft doesn't produce any emissions.

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Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

NASA awarded the contract to build its experimental X-59 supersonic aircraft to Lockheed Martin and the company's famous Skunk Works. Some of the coolest aircraft of all time have been made at the Skunk Works. Lockheed has announced that the building of the aircraft has commenced with the manufacturing of the first part for the X-59 recently completed.

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Alaska Airlines wants you to wear a VR headset while you fly

Alaska Airlines wants you to wear a VR headset while you fly

Generally speaking, air travel is a pretty dull affair that is nonetheless a reality of life for a lot of people. Alaska Airlines announced today that is has a new way for some flyers to pass the time while they're in the air, as it has outfitted some of cross-country routes with VR headsets. More specifically, Allosky headsets from SkyLights will allow Alaska Airlines passengers to watch some immersive VR movies and short films as they fly.

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Terrafugia’s flying car sets 2019 debut with tech upgrade

Terrafugia’s flying car sets 2019 debut with tech upgrade

Flying car company Terrafugia insists it'll launch its first production vehicles in 2019, revealing the latest version of the Transition two-seater this week. Able to convert between a road-going vehicle and a plane, the Transition is getting a cabin upgrade along with a tweaked powertrain, Terrafugia says.

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BlackFly electric personal VTOL ultralight aircraft is USA-qualified

BlackFly electric personal VTOL ultralight aircraft is USA-qualified

OPENER has announced that its BlackFly ultralight VTOL aircraft has been qualified for use in the US. The company says that BlackFly is simple to operate and master with no formal licensing needed in the US. BlackFly is fully amphibious and is designed to operate from small grassy areas for distances of up to 25 miles.

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