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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.

London to Paris electric flight will be within a decade

A new start-up venture has claimed that it will offer an electric-powered commercial flight from London to Paris within the next 10 years. To do so requires the harnessing of technology and science.

New platform offers improved in-flight WiFi

WiFi services on aircraft are notoriously inefficient: often slow and prone to cutting out. Too overcome this, technologists have developed an extension called ScaleUp that significantly improves web browsing speeds at 30,000 feet.

Graphene-based aircraft promises new generation of flight

Manchester - The world's first graphene-enhanced aircraft has been produced. The craft, called Prospero, is the first aircraft to incorporate a graphene skinned wing. The craft has recently had its maiden flight.

Using advanced technology to make drones more robust

Drones are becoming more commonplace; however, one thing holding back the wider use of drones is the ability of the craft to cope with extreme weather. A university has been investigating how improvements can be made.

Japan's new passenger plane completes US flight

Toukyo - Japan's problem-plagued new passenger jet on Thursday completed a flight to the United States for testing, its maker said, after aborting two earlier attempts.

India steps up search for missing military plane

Chennai - India on Saturday stepped up a major search operation for an air force plane that disappeared over the Bay of Bengal the day before with 29 people on board, as the defence minister headed to the region.

British Airways plane grounded after bed bugs found

London - An aircraft, owned by the leading airline British Airways, has been withdrawn from service after a bed bug infestation was discovered on board.

Graphene based material de-ices helicopter blades

Researchers have developed a form of graphene that can effectively de-ice helicopter blades. The application should make the flying of the aircraft easier and safer, especially during the winter months.

Egypt-bound German plane lands in Hungary after bomb scare

Budapest - A German passenger plane headed from Berlin to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada landed in Budapest on Monday after a bomb scare, Hungarian police said.The airportal.

France strikes IS in Iraq from newly deployed carrier

France launched air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq on Monday in the first sorties from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, newly deployed in the eastern Mediterranean.

France launches missions over Syria, Iraq from newly deployed carrier: military

Warplanes took off Monday from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, newly deployed to the eastern Mediterranean, for operations over areas held by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, military sources said.

Studying bats leads to better aeroplanes

Many aspects of the animal world have been borrowed by humans in the process of creating objects and technology. Bats, for example, aided radar. Bats can also, a new study found, help us to fly aircraft better.

Review: The history of aircraft on display in London Special

London - Nestled away in a corner of North London is the Royal Air Force Museum. The museum contains vast hangers containing the history of aircraft, from primitive flying contraptions to modern Tornado jets.

Review: RAF Museum — Battle of Britain experience in London Special

London - The Battle of Britain experience is part of the Royal Air Force Museum in London. The museum features many of the aircraft used during the Second World War. This summer Digital Journal paid a visit.

Two pilots killed in Russian strategic bomber crash

Khabarovsk - Two pilots were killed when a strategic bomber with seven people on board crashed in far eastern Russia on Tuesday, the defence ministry said, the latest in a string of military aircraft accidents.

Two pilots killed in Russian military jet crash

Moscow - Two pilots of a Russian military aircraft were killed Monday when their jet crashed during a training mission in the far east of the country, the defence ministry said, the latest in a string of accidents involving military planes.

FBI issues search warrant after man claims he hacked plane

The FBI has issued a search warrant for a man who claims to have successfully hijacked aircraft during flight. He used his laptop computer to hack the plane's systems and temporarily gain control of the engines, causing it to fly sideways.

Vancouver student scoops top prize at Intel science fair

Vancouver - Canadian student Raymond Wang has won $75,000 at an international science and engineering fair. This is for designing a way to better protect airline passengers from pathogens.

Aircraft set to get minute-by-minute tracking

A new initiative aims to equip all commercial flights worldwide with technology that would enable minute-by-minute tracking of the plane in times of distress, aiding rescuers and recovery efforts.

Hummingbirds out-perform helicopters

Stamford - New research indicates that hummingbirds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone helicopter.

Drunk passenger removes false leg and attacks plane crew

According to reports an angry woman on Thomson flight 297 removed her leg to attack staff on the plane. Eventually the crew subdued the 48-year-old woman and removed her from the plane upon landing.

UK Military designers demonstrate concept for 'The Transformer'

A military research team in the UK has released plans for a three-part plane which can detach into faster planes then reform when the enemy has been shaken off. The concept so far looks quite impressive.

Russian bombers, fighter jets 'seen over Crimea'

Simferopol - Several dozen Russian planes including what appeared to be strategic bombers and fighter jets have been spotted in the sky above the Moscow-controlled peninsula of Crimea, witnesses and experts said.
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The craft did carry out a test flight in 2012 in New Jersey (pictured) but next month's take-off will be the first under the hybrid aircraft's latest specifications. Some have hailed the Airlander as the future of air travel because, unlike conventional aeroplanes, it emits little pollution and is not noisy enough to disturb people on the ground
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A Lancair IV-P similar to the accident aircraft.
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United Express. Airplane engine during flight.
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A search-and-rescue helicopter on display at the RAF museum in Hendon, London.
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Airlander 10 will take its first test flight next month.
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