travel
Ryanair is Cutting its Free Hand Luggage Allowance. Again

Recently Ryanair has been having a few problems. When it's not having to cancel flights for a variety of reasons, or insisting it doesn't have to compensate affected passengers, it's sending out unsigned compensation checks that land would-be passengers with bank fines. Now it's going to make itself eve more unpopular by reducing the hand luggage people can take into the cabin without paying. Again. Read More >>

technology
China Tests Hypersonic Aircraft Capable of Penetrating US Missile Defence Systems

China claims to have successfully tested a hypersonic aircraft capable of reaching speeds in excess of Mach 6, or 4,563 miles per hour. The cutting-edge vehicle has the potential to penetrate US missile defence systems and be refitted to include a nuclear warhead. Read More >>

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Check the Route of Tomorrow’s RAF Flyby, and See if Anything Will Pass Your House/Workplace

Tomorrow is the day that's been set aside to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAF, which is 100 days after its official 100th birthday. Clearly doing something big to celebrate on the 1st April was a risky endeavour. So there's going to be a big parade, and flyby involving 25 different RAF aircraft that will look suspiciously like a military coup given what's going on in the government today. While the main event is happening at Buckingham Palace, you might be able to see something from your own house - just as long as you live along the flight route. Read More >>

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Can’t See the RAF Centenary Flyby Over London? Don’t Worry, There’s an App for That

You may have noticed that this year is the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, and lot's being done to celebrate that fact - including a flyby over Central London on 10th July. If you want to see all the planes, and can't actually make it to the capital on that day, you needn't worry. There's actually an app that will let you watch the whole thing in augmented reality, no matter where you are. Read More >>

transport
Here’s Our First Look at Kitty Hawk’s Ambitious Autonomous Air Taxi 

While the rest of us are still waiting for self-driving cars to become available, Google cofounder Larry Page and self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun are already working on the Next Big Thing™ with Cora, the pilot-less air taxi from the ambitiously named Kitty Hawk aircraft company. Read More >>

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Airbus Has Finished the First Test of Vahana, its Autonomous Air Taxi

The idea of the flying car has been thrown around for as long as cars have been around, but no one's been able to make it work. Recently attempts have shifted towards using giant autonomous drones as a flying vehicle of sorts, and Airbus has just finished its first successful test. Read More >>

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Rolls Royce Prepares Hybrid Electric Jet Engine for 2020

A three-pronged consortium made up of Rolls Royce, Airbus and Siemens is preparing to have a hybrid jet testing the electric flight concept by 2020, with an aircraft known as the E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator hopefully ready to fly in a little more than two years. Read More >>

transport
BA Promises Better Wi-Fi and Charging Points to Encourage People to Leave the House/Country

British Airways has identified a problem with modern people, in that they don't like sitting somewhere for ages that hasn't got decent internet or a thing to charge their stuff. Hence its boss has promised to upgrade the flier's entire fleet with better Wi-Fi and near-seat charging points for everyone. Phew. Read More >>

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Airlander Plans Holidays in the Sky

The Airlander 10 big bottomed balloon thing has found its first commercial use, with a travel company set to offer a bed on the ship for tourist runs from next year. Read More >>

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EasyJet is Putting its Faith in Electric Planes

In this modern world electric cars get all the attention, because they're already a viable method of transportation with new advances coming all the time. But there's still the problem of commercial planes, which generally use massive amounts of kerosene-based fuel to get off the ground. Thankfully some progress is being thanks to EasyJet. Read More >>

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UK Vulnerable to Air Attack as Entire Spitfire Fleet is Grounded

The UK's entire fleet of officially maintained RAF Spitfires -- all six of them -- is currently out of action, meaning an enemy nation could gain air superiority over the skies of Britain at any time. Read More >>

ai
Borrowing a Clever Trick From Birds, This Smart Glider Could One Day Fly Forever Without a Motor

While scouring large swaths of land for prey, predators like hawks and eagles will often take advantage of rising thermals to stay airborne and glide for extended periods with minimal effort. Humans have copied this approach which allows sailplanes to fly without a motor, but Microsoft is now teaching an AI how to pilot an autonomous plane powered by this natural phenomenon. Read More >>

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Boeing Draws A 787 In The Sky Using A 787

If you have to spend over 17 hours testing a new aeroplane engine, you might as well do whatever you can to make the whole thing more interesting. So when Boeing started testing a new Rolls Royce engine on a 787 Dreamliner, it did what anyone would do: they drew a picture. Read More >>

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NASA Uploads Hundreds of Rare Aircraft Films to YouTube

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently in the process of uploading hundreds of extremely rare films to YouTube. And I’d advise you to stop reading if you want to get any work done today. Read More >>

science
Rising Temperatures Could Make Air Travel Even Worse

Last month, as a record-breaking heat wave swept through the southwest United States, dozens of flights were cancelled when the blisteringly hot conditions made it hard for jets to take off. New research suggests this wasn’t a one-off event, and that global warming could make it increasingly difficult for planes around the world to take off in the coming decades. Read More >>