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Facebook Lays Out Its Roadmap for Creating Internet-Connected Drones
Monday, 29 September 2014 13:18

If companies like Facebook and Google have their way, everyone in the world will have access to the internet within the next few decades. But while these tech giants seem to have all the money, expertise, and resolve they need to accomplish that goal—vowing to offer internet connections via things like high-altitude balloons and flying drones—Yael Maguire makes one thing clear: it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Boris Island airport plan rejected
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:55

Boris Island airportA proposal for an island airport in the Thames estuary has been rejected by a commission looking into the UK's airport needs.

Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Airports Commission, said the cost, economic disruption and environmental issues made the plan unviable. The estuary airport proposal was dubbed Boris Island, because of strong backing from Mayor London Boris Johnson.

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Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff after disasters
Saturday, 30 August 2014 12:41

Malaysia airlinesMalaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two disasters this year.

The reduction in staff numbers represents around 30% of its workforce of 20,000. The airline will become completely state owned, and a new chief executive will be put in place.

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MH370: Indian Ocean search for missing plane refined
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:54

signed an agreementAustralia says the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the search area in the Indian Ocean.

Officials said further refinement of satellite data found the plane may have turned south earlier than thought. The announcement came as Australia and Malaysia signed an agreement on the search's next phase, which will see the two countries sharing costs.

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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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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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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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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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