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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.

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.
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A McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series airliner landing at Heathrow airport London
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A preserved wreckage from a British Hurricane aircraft, circa 1940.
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A search-and-rescue helicopter on display at the RAF museum in Hendon, London.
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The Reaction Engines Limited A2 (called the A2) is a design study for a hypersonic airliner.
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The Reaction Engines Limited A2 (called the A2) is a design study for a hypersonic airliner.
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