Paris may offer flying taxis to 2024 Olympics guests

You can be sure that transportation will be a nightmare for many people attending the 2024 Paris Olympics, but technology could make it slightly more bearable. Airbus, Aeroports de Paris and the Paris Transport Authority are exploring the feasibilit...

Eviation sets sights on regional travel with nine-seat electric Alice aircraft

Render of Eviation's nine-seat electric aircraft, Alice

Early days it may be, but there are plenty of exciting things happening in electric aviation. Earlier this month we saw the first public outing of the largest hybrid-electric plane to ever take flight, following other significant milestones such as the first electric aircraft to cross the English channel. Making its mark at the Paris Air Show this week is Eviation's Alice, which is a light nine-seater all-electric plane designed to service regional areas.

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Airbus flight tests plane with flapping wing-tips inspired by the albatross

The scale-model AlbatrossOne airplane with the first in-flight, flapping wing-tips that could revolutionize aircraft wing-design

Taking their cues from the birds, Airbus engineers have flown a scale-model airplane that incorporates flapping wing-tips. Based on the structure of the albatross wing, the remote-controlled AlbatrossOne uses a "semi-aeroelastic hinge" concept that reacts to turbulence and wind gusts to minimize their effects and reduce stress on the airframe.

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American Airlines offers satellite WiFi to its entire mainline fleet

If you're relying on American Airlines for a summer trip, there's a good chance you'll have internet access most of the way. The company has finished deploying satellite-based internet access to the fleet of 700-plus narrowbody aircraft that mainly...

Airbus tests demonstrator airplane with flapping tips on each wing

Airbus is working on a unique airplane design that involves flapping wing tips, something found on military jets but not commercial aircraft. The company successfully tested a remote-controlled scale-model plane fitted with the flapping wing tips, the company revealed this week. The demonstrator aircraft was based on the company’s A321 plane. According to Airbus, its flapping wing tips involve a … Continue reading

SkyVU uses computer vision to make flight data recording more affordable

The SkyVU system incorporates two cockpit-mounted 4K cameras

Unlike their larger, commercial airliner cousins, small private aircraft aren't required to be equipped with flight data recorders. As a result, many pilots don't bother with them, in order to save money. A new system could change that, though, by utilizing computer vision tech for a cheaper "black box."

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Interview: Skai claims its air taxis will cost the same per mile as taking an Uber

Expecting to achieve full FAA certification by the end of 2020, Skai says its "point to ...

Skai made big waves last month with the launch of its long-range hydrogen-powered eVTOL air taxi prototype. In an interview with New Atlas, Skai's CTO tells us these flying commuters will cost about the same per mile as an Uber ride, and that he expects to be able to land them just about anywhere.

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First public flight for largest hybrid-electric plane to ever take to the skies

On Thursday, the Ampaire 337 took flight for the first time in a short jaunt at ...

There's plenty happening in the world of environmentally friendly aviation, with a string of clean-burning aircraft notching up milestones in recent years, including the first flight of an electric light sport aircraft in Australia, the first electric test plane to tow a glider into the sky, and the first electric aircraft to cross the English Channel. LA's Ampaire has now put into the air what it says is the largest hybrid-propulsion plane to ever take flight, with plans to kick off commercial operations in the next couple of years.

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