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FAA Approves Flying Car, Ignoring Its Own Safety Requirements

The day we've all dreamed of is finally here. A new flying car has just received approval from the FAA, officially bringing the world one step closer to Jetsonian utopia. The Terrafugia Transition is a two-seat, "light sport" aircraft that can fly for up to 460 miles at 115 mph, and carry up to 450 pounds. It only needs a 1,700-foot runway to take off, and, with electrically powered folding wings...

Virgin America Offers Free Flights to People With Twitter 'Influence'

If you happen to be looking for a cheap flight on Virgin America this summer, you might want to spend a bit more time on Twitter. The airline, in collaboration with Twitter analytics service Klout, is now offering a free flight to anyone who has serious influence on the micro-blogging site. Klout determines a user's influence by analyzing several variables -- including an individual's followers,...

'Wing House' Built from a Recycled Boeing 747

Houses built from recycled materials are a popular trend, but the materials for one woman's house came from an unlikely source. According to Treehugger, Francie Rehwald's Malibu Hills, California, home is being partially built with parts from a Boeing 747. Architect David Hertz is charged with converting the 230-foot-long and 63-foot-tall airplane into a house that will sit on 55-acres just outs...

Jetstar Airline to Rent iPads for In-Flight Entertainment

Soon, Australian travelers will have a new way to kill time while on a plane. According to The Next Web, Jetstar, a budget Aussie airline, will be offering an iPad rental service later this month to passengers on select flights that are longer than 90 minutes. For just $8.40 (A$10), passengers can bypass lame romantic comedies and SkyMall magazine for a selection of e-books, movies and games load...

Concorde Jet Could Fly Again, Thanks to $22 Million Project

Share When the Concorde luxury jet was retired seven years ago, after 27 years of dutiful service to the world's elite, it seemed like the end of an era. Now, however, efforts are underway to get the supersonic craft back in the air -- in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. As the BBC reports, engineers from the Save Concorde Group (SCG) and the French company Olympus 593 have already begun the ...

FAA Mandates All Aircraft Must Use GPS by 2020

A new set of requirements handed down by the Federal Aviation Administration will overhaul the nation's air traffic control system within the next decade. According to an Associated Press report on CBS News, the FAA mandated that all aircraft and ground control must install and use GPS-tracking systems by 2020. It will cost $4 billion for the estimated 7,000 airliners and cargo planes plus more th...

MIT's 'Double Bubble' and 'Hybrid Wing' Airplanes Offer Green Alternative

In the near future, commercial airplanes could see a total design overhaul. It's a necessity since air travel, as Boing Boing points out, should double in frequency by 2035. As part of a $2.1 million research contract with NASA, MIT recently unveiled two new commercial airplane designs that could lead to more efficient and cheaper travel. The 180-passenger D ("double bubble") series and the 350...

Boeing Debuts Its 'Phantom Ray' Unmanned Spy Plane

Share On Monday, Boeing revealed its newest unmanned spy plane, a boomerang-shaped, drool-inducing object that looks straight out of a Michael Bay film. The sleek Phantom Ray is 36-feet long with a 50-foot wingspan, and takes off this December. This bad boy can hit 614 mph while hovering around 40,000 feet, but its purpose seems a bit obscure. Fast Company reports that, aside from being generall...

Plane-Mounted Lasers Map Mayan Ruins in Detailed 3-D

For archaeologists, the days of trudging through dense jungle to map out ancient sites by hand could soon be over. The New York Times reports that husband and wife team Dr. Arlen F. Chase and Dr. Diane Z. Chase recently used an Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper to provide 3-D images of ancient Mayan ruins in Caracol, Belize. "This will revolutionize the way we do settlement studies of the Maya," Dr. ...

NASA Eyes Crazy Single-Person Flying Aircraft for Transport

Trust us, there's nothing we'd like more than to zoom around the skies in a personal, electric aircraft. Of course, we've never held our breath. Some aerospace engineers at NASA, though, have given us reason to salivate. According to DVICE, NASA has designed an experimental, one-man, electric aircraft called Puffin. It's ten times quieter than a helicopter, can fly 300 mph, and has a range of 50 ...

Airplane Photo Reveals Disturbing Reality for Large Passengers

Faced with a prolonged business slump, the airline industry has been cutting corners for the better part of a decade now -- much to the disgruntlement of passengers. Perhaps the most frustrating penny-pinching measure has been the reduction in seat size, a move aimed at squeezing more people on-board and thus marginally boosting revenue. Though it makes the average traveler feel more like a sard...

Robot Fighter Jet Shot Down After Malfunction

Proving that we might not be quite ready to enter into the space age of modern warfare, a robot-controlled U.S. fighter jet went haywire in Afghanistan Sunday, and had to be shot down to prevent disaster. According to USAFCENT Public Affairs, the plane was "flying a combat mission when positive control of the MQ-9 was lost." That can't be good. Before the rogue robot could get too far afield, ...

Passengers 'Flying Without Fear' Thanks to Virgin iPhone App

Most people suffer from a little bit of unease prior to takeoff, but a fear of flying can be a debilitating and crippling affliction. Severe cases can force people to seek alternate modes of transportation, or to even ingest illicit drugs. Virgin Atlantic has been attempting to quell those flight concerns through its 'Flying Without Fear' program that, according to the company, enjoys a 98-perc...

Man Builds Pan Am Jet Cabin Replica in His Garage

For today's frugal travelers, it might be hard to imagine a time when commercial flights were luxurious. But that's just what Pan Am offered back in the day. Anthony Toth, a global sales director at United Airlines, fell in love with this high-altitude decadence at an early age while flying to visit family in Europe. Now, Toth has taken his love to new heights. According to The Wall Street Jour...

Pilots Who Overshot Destination Claim to Have Been Busy on Laptops

Crucial as they are to so many businesses, computers can also be distracting in the workplace. All too often, employees exchange YouTube goodies or IMs in lieu of doing real work. Most of the time, though, it's innocuous enough; we all need to shut off our minds at some point during the workday. Of course, our office isn't hurtling through the air at 30,000 feet, and our jobs don't entail keeping...