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Essential Science: Big advances with drone technology

The application of drones continues to increase, for consumer deliveries, hobby use, and with military deployment. At the same time, drone technology is also advancing. This week we look at three innovations with drone technology.

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.

Canadian pilots warned to stay off cannabis for 28 days

Pilots in Canada have been warned not to smoke or to consume cannabis containing products up to 28 days before the they are due to fly. This is due to concerns about impaired performance.

Virgin Galactic ship moves to the edge of space

The race between Space X and Virgin Galactic for space tourism has reached a new milestone, with a Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaching the edge of space in a test flight.

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.

SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track

Los Angeles - Tech magnate Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed Monday to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year -- part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race.

Can digital transformation make air travel easier?

Air travel can often probe frustrating for air passengers, whether business or leisure. Flight delays and confusing directions around terminals are just two common complaints. Digital technology could address these issues.

Autonomous glider flies like an albatross & cruises like boat

Brisbane - Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed robotic glider which can skim along the water's surface, ride the wind like an albatross, and surf the waves like a sailboat.

Drone display wobbles but breaks world record

EHang's fleet of 1,374 drones has broken the world record for the most drones in the sky at the same time within a given area. However, the attempted air show did not go to plan.

Review: Country star sings on plane for Southwest Airlines passengers Special

On March 9, country star James Wesley serenaded passengers on Southwest Airlines to a classic rock and roll tune by Chuck Berry.

Electrification of mobility takes off

Forget the focus on electric cars, the next big electrification revolution will focus on the skies. A new direction for aircraft will lead to low cost, efficient and green forms of long-distance transport.

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Riyadh for France: Lebanese TV

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday left Saudi Arabia for France, a television channel owned by his family said, two weeks after his shock resignation.

Solar power is key to extended drone flights

As with many things battery powered drones have a finite time to function after which the power runs out. One means to make longer flights possible is with the application of solar power. This has been looked at by the Naval Research Laboratory.

United Airlines overbooks flight, has man dragged off plane

Chicago - On Sunday evening, a video posted on Facebook showed a man being dragged off an overbooked flight surfaced. The clip has since gone viral.

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.

World’s shortest flight celebrates millionth passenger

Many flights take hours to complete. There are not many that take less than an hour. How about two minutes for the world’s shortest flight? This over-in-an-instance trip has celebrated its one millionth passenger.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Oklahoma on record-breaking flight

Los Angeles - The Solar Impulse 2 plane touched down in Tulsa, in the south-central US state of Oklahoma, ending the latest stage of its record-breaking quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel.

Solar Impulse 2 soars over U.S. southwest on round-the-world flight

San Francisco - The Solar Impulse 2, an experimental aircraft flying around the world to draw attention to clean energy technologies, soared over the US Mojave Desert Monday en route to the southwest city of Phoenix.

Solar-powered plane to soar again on round-the-world flight

San Francisco - Solar Impulse 2, an experimental aircraft flying around the world to draw attention to clean energy technologies, is to take flight again on Monday, organizers said.

Solar-powered plane lands in California after Pacific crossing

Mountain View - Solar Impulse 2, an experimental plane flying around the world without consuming a drop of fuel, has landed in California, one leg closer to completing its trailblazing trip."The Pacific is done, my friend.

Bay Area man convicted of assault over reclining airline seat

Los Angeles - A San Francisco Bay Area man was convicted Wednesday of assaulting an airline passenger aboard a delayed flight from Los Angeles after he became enraged when the victim reclined the back of her seat.

Solar Impulse 2 to resume round-the-world flight in April

Washington - The Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered plane is set to resume its record-breaking flight around the world next month, leaving Hawaii when weather permits, a spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday.

Co-pilot pressing wrong number on an iPad led to plane tailstrike

An incident which saw an airplane's tail strike the runway during take-off from Sydney was caused by the co-pilot pressing the wrong number on an iPad screen, according to a report today. He pressed 6 instead of 7 when entering the plane's weight.

Tarantula causes Delta flight to be delayed for three hours

Baltimore - Recently, a handler's tarantula escaped from its carrier, and this resulted in a Delta Air Lines flight delayed for three hours.

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.

Air Canada flight diverted because of unusual odor

On Saturday, an Air Canada flight was flying from Amsterdam to Toronto, but it was diverted to Belfast because of an unusual odor.

Why bats don’t crash into each other is revealed

This may seem like the start of a riddle, but why don’t bats fly into each other? The answer lies in bats seemingly following some agreed rules of the air.

The incredible voyage of the blackpoll warbler revealed

Each fall the blackpoll warbler flies non-stop from Canada, southwards across the Atlantic Ocean to South America, in just three days. What does the bird get up to? A science group have been finding out.

Crash investigation focuses on Germanwings co-pilot

Nice - Authorities in Germany searched the Montabaur home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz on Thursday, looking for clues to why the young flier apparently flew a Germanwings jetliner into a mountain in southern France, killing all 150 passengers and crew.

Chihuahua smuggles itself into airport in owner's suitcase

A Chihuahua has been found hiding in a suitcase in the baggage area of New York's LaGuardia airport, triggering a security alert that led to it being found inside the suitcase it had nestled itself in.
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Famous cranberry fields in Richmond.
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One more correction of the flight after tilting a bit to the right.
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Air Sonoma Aviation at Skypark offers flight instruction. The fee for primary flight instruction is $45.00 per hour. “The basic student package is $300.00 that includes some of the ground training," said instructor John Cabaud, Jr.
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AWAY: A Southwest Airlines jet takes off from San Jose International Airport in California in 2007.
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New bridge, part of Lougheed Highway, linking Vancouver with Maple Ridge.
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Part of the massed helicopter flight.
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Salute flight of SAAF Oryx and Agusta helicopters.
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Lufthansa planes tails, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
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An Air Canada plane
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The Solar Impluse soars above the Jura Mountains of Switzerland.
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The aircraft was produced in both single- and two-seat versions, powered by a number of different engines and was widely used for competition and training purposes.
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Delta Airlines plane
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The three historic helicopters of the General Flight, called that because the pilots are generals!
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Kamloops Lake from above.
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A plane at the Vancouver International Airport
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Green Violetear hummingbird at a flower.
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