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Major fall in global aircraft production following 737 grounding

Aircraft production around the world has dropped by over 25 percent, much of this driven by the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft following tow major air accidents during 2018 and 2019.

New V-shaped airplane will use less fuel than the Airbus A350

A new V-shaped airplane is being developed by TU-Delft and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will mean the craft uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350, which is today’s most advanced aircraft.

F-16 fighter smahes into California warehouse

Staff working in a warehouse in California were shocked, and some suffered from minor injuries, when an F-16 fighter jet crashed into the building. Moments before the pilot had ejected.

Student stung by scorpion on-board aircraft to Calgary

Calgary - A female student on board an Air Transat flight from Toronto to Calgary was sitting comfortably until she stung by a scorpion shortly. moments before the plane landed.

Q&A: Recent airport shutdowns need drone interdiction technology Special

Recent drone incidents at major airports demonstrate a gap that airports, and most organizations have in their security strategies. Dr. Max Klein of SCI Technology explains how these gaps can be addressed.

Vape pen overheats on aircraft, causing fire

A fire started on-board a SkyWest flight after the battery within a vape pen overheated.. Fortunately, the incident happened just prior to take-off and the fire was put out. The issue raises new safety concerns with vaping devices.

First aircraft with no moving parts takes off

Boston - Researchers have designed an aircraft with no moving parts – that is no propellers or turbines - and they have successfully flown the craft. The aircraft is lightweight, constructed at a low cost and it flies silently.

Merkel set for late G20 arrival after 'serious' plane troubles

Berlin - Germany's air force said Friday a serious technical problem on Chancellor Angela Merkel's plane had forced an emergency landing and delayed her arrival at the G20 summit by more than 12 hours.

US carrier visits Hong Kong amid heightened China tensions

Fpo - An American warship and carrier strike group visited Hong Kong Wednesday in a move seen as a conciliatory gesture by China ahead of next week's crunch meeting between the global superpowers' presidents.

Diver dies in search for Indonesia jet crash dead

Jakarta - An Indonesian diver died while recovering body parts from the ill-fated Lion Air plane which crashed into the sea killing 189 people, an official said Saturday.

Diver dies in search for Indonesia jet crash dead

Jakarta - An Indonesian diver died while recovering body parts from the ill-fated Lion Air plane which crashed into the sea killing 189 people, an official said Saturday.

One 'black box' recovered from Indonesia jet as first funeral held

Jakarta - A black box from the crashed Lion Air jet has been recovered, authorities said Thursday, a find that could be critical to establishing why a brand new jet plunged into the Java Sea shortly after take-off, killing 189 people on board.

Indonesia warns over 'fake news' after deadly jet crash

Jakarta - Indonesia warned social media users on Tuesday against spreading hoaxes, as rescue teams searched for human remains from a horrifying jet crash.

Crashed Indonesian jet: What we know

Jakarta - An Indonesian Lion Air jet with 189 passengers and crew plunged into the sea Monday in what could be the country's deadliest aviation accident since 234 people died when an Airbus A-300B4 operated by national carrier Garuda crashed in 1997.

Indonesia sifts through plane debris, orders jet inspection

Jakarta - Indonesia ordered the inspection of all Boeing 737-MAX airliners on Tuesday as rescue teams recovered more victims from a brand new Lion Air jet that plunged into the sea with 189 people on board.

All 189 on board crashed Indonesian jet feared dead

Jakarta - All 189 passengers and crew aboard a crashed Indonesian Lion Air jet were likely killed in the accident, rescue officials said Monday, as they announced they had found human remains and would continue the grim search through the night.

Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes into sea with 188 passengers, crew

Jakarta - An Indonesian Lion Air plane carrying 188 passengers and crew crashed into the sea Monday, officials said, moments after it had asked to be allowed to return to Jakarta.

Eight-gigabit data connection to aircraft tested

The process of communicating via the Internet on an aircraft has been significantly advanced following a test involving an eight-gigabit data connection on-board an aircraft.

New virtual training ground for drones

Boston - To become more effective drones need to be 'trained', using machine learning principles. To aid this, a new virtual reality training ground for drones has been established.

New array of drones to be tested in U.S. airspace

U.S. commercial drones, for a range of different applications, given the green light to fly across the U.S. by the government. Ten commercial drone projects in total have been approved.

Travel sector is turning to AI: Interview Special

The travel sector is increasingly turning to artificial intelligence to improve the traveler journey from start to finish. To gain an insight into what the use of technology means for the sector, Noreen Henry of WayBlazer assesses the trends.

Commercial airline industry’s safest year ever

The number of fatalities on commercial passenger jets in 2017 was zero making it the commercial airline industry’s safest year ever. As to the safest airlines in the world, the answer is to fly British.

Major airlines set to ban ‘smart luggage’

The growing array for ‘smart luggage’, popular with business travelers, could be set for a ban for carriage by major airlines over safety fears. This relates to the embedded batteries found inside many smart cases.

Smart luggage innovations for business travelers

Smart luggage is the next big thing for business travelers: from robot cases that follow the owner around to bags fitted with GPS devices, the age of smart technology is set to aid those who clock up a high number of air-miles.

Airlines are embracing digital transformation

The airline sector is highly competitive with different carriers seeking new ways to control costs and gain passenger access. This environment makes the sector ripe for digital transformation. We assess some initiatives.

U.K. to require mandatory drone registration

London - Drones, both consumer and business types, in U.K. airspace will require registration. This is due to a rise in drone related incidents.

Inmarsat launch will boost in-flight WiFi

London - Inmarsat's European short-haul WiFi satellite launched this week on-board a spacecraft. The aim is to boost in-flight WiFi and address what many travelers see as a poor service.

Giant satellite to boost WiFi access in aircraft

ViaSat-2:, the satellite goliath has entered into orbit around Earth. It is the powerful commercial broadband satellite ever built and promises to deliver improved WiFi access for those on-board aircraft in-flight.

World's largest aircraft revealed

It's an amazing technological feat, although it looks a little strange to the eye. The world's largest aircraft, called the Stratolaunch, is about to begin tests.

Drone in near-miss with aircraft at London Heathrow

London - A passenger jet approaching Heathrow was involved in a 'near-miss' with a drone. The incident raises questions again about the control and regulation of unmanned aircraft.
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