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Australian airlines approve phone use on flights
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:26

use of electronicsTravellers on Qantas and Virgin Australia will be able to use their mobile phones and other electronic devices during flights from Tuesday.

The new rule applies to international and domestic passengers flying the two Australian airlines. It will affect tablets, e-readers and small game consoles, as well as smartphones.

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Aircraft to be given 'human-like skin' to sense damage
Friday, 22 August 2014 12:32

military planeA system that allows the exterior of aircraft to "feel" damage or injury in a way similar to human skin is in development by BAE Systems.

The British defence contractor said the technology, which works by covering the entire body of a plane with tens of thousands of micro-sensors, is able to detect problems before they occur.

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British pilots storm to a double victory in Red Bull Air Race
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:16

Paul BonhommeBritain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb won first and second place at the Red Bull Air Race at the Ascot Racecourse on Sunday, Aug. 18.

It was the 15th career victory for Bonhomme and also his second win of the season, helping him cut the world championship lead of Hannes Arch from 13 to just two points. There are three races left in the eight-stop season.

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What should we do with disused airports?
Monday, 18 August 2014 09:17

Berlin's Tempelhof AirportNew terminals are cropping up all over the world at a stratospheric rate– but what happens to the ones that are no longer useful?

It is hard to predict quite what commercial flight will be like in future decades, yet we can be sure that many of today’s ambitious new airport terminals, some designed by the world’s most highly rated architects and engineers, will be redundant faster than you can say Concorde.

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Pilot's artificial arm 'became detached while landing plane'
Friday, 15 August 2014 10:14

Dash 8 A pilot lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said.

The Flybe flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions on 12 February.

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Florida Tech launches online aviation management degree
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:08

FloridaTechFlorida Tech is introducing a Bachelor of Arts in Aviation Management offered 100% online.

Students earning this degree gain career-specific aviation and management knowledge delivered using University Alliance’s video-based e-learning environment.

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Heathrow passenger numbers hit record high in July
Monday, 11 August 2014 09:46

27 JulyHeathrow said passenger numbers hit a record high in July as it reiterated its argument for expansion.

The UK's busiest airport said passenger numbers totalled 6.97 million passengers last month, up 0.5% on July 2013. The month included its busiest ever day on 27 July when 239,928 passengers travelled through the airport.

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Malaysia Airlines: State fund proposes takeover
Friday, 08 August 2014 09:35

Malaysia airlinesMalaysia's state investment firm Khazanah Nasional has proposed a "complete overhaul" of troubled national carrier Malaysia Airlines.

Khazanah wants to buy the shares it does not already own in Malaysia Airlines and delist the carrier. The airline has been hurt by two major tragedies - the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine and disappearance of flight MH370 - in recent months.

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Busy Farnborough Airshow Breaks Order Records
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:14

Farnborough 2014The 2014 Farnborough International Airshow (July 14-20) was a dynamic and captivating edition of the long-running biennial event–packed with high-octane sales activity, novelty and a touch of controversy.

As of press time, the show was on track to surpass all the main metrics for the 2012 event, with more than twice the volume of announced sales; more than 100,000 visitors on the five trade days; and approximately 1,500 exhibitors (of which 26 percent were newcomers and 15 percent had expanded their presence).

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San Francisco Airport testing beacon system for blind travelers
Monday, 04 August 2014 11:10

beacon App will tell visually-impaired travelers, and eventually everyone, what's around them at all times.

San Francisco Airport is testing out location-aware beacons to help visually-impaired people navigate around one of its newest terminals, a program it could roll out to the rest of the airport if successful.

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