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Airbus to skip lithium-ion batteries in new planes

Airbus to skip lithium-ion batteries in new planes

After the recent fiasco with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners and their melting lithium-ion batteries, it seems that Airbus won't be taking any chances and will be dropping lithium-ion batteries when building their new A350 aircraft. The airplane manufacturer is afraid that regulatory uncertainties will delay production of its new plane.

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Boeing completes first 787 test flight following battery investigation

Boeing completes first 787 test flight following battery investigation

It's been quite a dramatic beginning for the 787 Dreamliner, probably one that Boeing and the airlines weren't hoping for, but reoccurring failures to the lithium-ion batteries in several 787 aircrafts resulted in the entire fleet getting ground in order to investigate the issue. However, after a few weeks of investigating and troubleshooting, Boeing has completed its first flight of the 787 following the grounding.

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Boeing to redesign 787 battery as a temporary fix

Boeing to redesign 787 battery as a temporary fix

After the FAA decided to ground all Boeing 787 Dreamliners last month, a massive investigation began to determine the cause of the battery failures inside the new planes. It turns out that the batteries were overheating and literally melting. However, in order to get all 50 Dreamliners back up in the air, Boeing will be redesigning the battery as a temporary fix.

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Boeing 787 investigations making progress, but there’s no rush

Boeing 787 investigations making progress, but there’s no rush

Boeing and the FAA ended up grounding all of its 787 Dreamliners last month due to multiple reports of battery failures. Both US-based and international airlines ended up grounding the entire 787 fleet in order to get to the bottom of the issue, and while investigators are making progress into the failed battery problems, they say that there's no rush and no pressure to get it done as soon as possible.

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American Airlines unveils new look, more tech

American Airlines unveils new look, more tech

Today American Airlines announced and unveiled their first new look since 1968. And to catch up with modern times, CEO Tom Horton says that the new livery is meant to be light, vibrant, and modern. The airline is also making some strides in implementing more technology into their workflow, like outfitting pilots and flight attendants with tablets and smartphones.

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FAA grounds all US Boeing 787 Dreamliners after multiple battery failures

FAA grounds all US Boeing 787 Dreamliners after multiple battery failures

It felt like only a matter of time, and now it's reality. After numerous problems occurring with multiple Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to ground all 787s in the US for inspection, but plans to get all of the new planes back in the air as safely and as quickly as possible.

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Boeing testing WiFi signals on airplanes using potatoes

Boeing testing WiFi signals on airplanes using potatoes

Before an airplane that's equipped with WiFi can be used for public service, it must undergo intense testing and evaluations first. Boeing, specifically, has an interesting way of going about that. Instead of hiring 100 or so people to act as passengers on a flight, Boeing rounds up 20,000 of potatoes to simulate the effects of human bodies on a plane.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes emergency landing, grounded for inspections

Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes emergency landing, grounded for inspections

Boeing's newest aircraft, which actually completed its first domestic flight in the US one month ago yesterday, was forced to make an emergency landing in New Orleans yesterday after there were concerns of an undisclosed electrical issue. Coincidentally, this happened on the same day that the entire 787 fleet was ordered to be grounded due to separate fuel leak issues.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner enters service in the US

Boeing 787 Dreamliner enters service in the US

Boeing's latest creation, the 787 Dreamliner, has officially launched in the US and begin its domestic service with United Airlines yesterday morning. It completed its first public flight in the US when the aircraft landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport from Houston, TX, and arrived 15 minutes ahead of schedule.

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Boeing tests electronics-killing CHAMP microwave missile

Boeing tests electronics-killing CHAMP microwave missile

It's perhaps every tech-lover's nightmare, but it's something everyone should be aware of: electronics-killing missiles. On October 16th, Boeing tested one such weapon named CHAMP, a non-lethal high-powered microwave missile that successfully snuffed the life out of a bunch of PCs, making history in the process. In fact, the test was so successful, the missile killed the cameras set up to record the event as well.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 21, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 21, 2012

Friday is here once again, which means that for many of us, the weekend has already started. Of course, today was the big iPhone 5 launch, and there was no lack of news stories to go along with it. Before the iPhone 5 landed in the US, it launched in the UK and Japan and was greeted by long lines. We also had a couple of drop tests hit the Internet - in the first one we saw, the iPhone 5 didn't fare too well, but in the second drop test, it emerged victorious over the Samsung Galaxy S III. We also talk about all of the different options you have on your disposal on this launch day, so if you're thinking of picking up an iPhone 5, be sure to check that out.

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Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

We've all been on a plane and heard the same spiel over and over again. Please turn off any and all electronic devices, MP3 players, iPods, laptops, and set all iPhone, iPad, and devices to airplane mode -- get ready for takeoff. Today however the folks from Boeing have shared their plans to allow cell phone use on their top-tier Dreamliner airplanes as soon as 2013.

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