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There’s a lot of technical re-invention in store for the airliner. Boeing & NASA

What commercial aircraft will look like in 2050

The aircraft industry is expecting a seven-fold increase in air traffic by 2050, and a four-fold increase in greenhouse gas emissions unless fundamental changes are made. But just how “fundamental” will…
Following orders from above. Aero Icarus

Explainer: when and why is air space restricted?

The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 has led to many questions being asked about the propriety of planes flying over eastern Ukraine. Many have pointed out that other airlines had prohibited their…
Inmarsat has announced expensive new plans to improve in-flight internet over mainland Europe. Thomas Hawk/Flickr

How will Inmarsat bring in-flight internet to Europe?

The UK-based satellite communications company Inmarsat last week announced plans to build a hybrid satellite/cellular (air-to-ground) network to offer in-flight internet connectivity over mainland Europe…
We need more detailed information to adequately track planes. Robert Couse-Baker

MH370 should make us rethink how we monitor planes

Search ships may be honing in on the black box from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 after weeks of searching. But whether they are successful or not, the difficulty they have encountered along…

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