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Giant 15-Foot-Wide RC Plane Weighs Less Than a Pound

Looking more like the tiny single-prop planes that amateur pilots fly, this massive replica of an Airbus A-320 airliner is actually a remote control plane with a wingspan of almost 16 feet. What’s more impressive is that it weighs less than a pound and flies slow enough that it can be piloted indoors.

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Two Pilots Say They Can Find MH370. All They Need Is $5 Million

TWO YEARS AGO, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared somewhere over the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board. What then grew into humanity’s largest, most expensive search operation has also been among its most frustrating and beguiling. Investigators have found only one real bit of evidence, a wing flap that washed up on the shores of Réunion, near Madagascar. It was pretty useless. Because it spent nearly 500 days bobbing around on the ocean’s surface, all it indicates is that the plane crashed into the water. Likely to the east.

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DRONE STARTUP WANTS TO DELIVER BLOOD TO RURAL AMERICA

To make it in America, drone delivery will have to master a niche demand. Most of America that has customers is already well-served by logistics. The Postal Service can carry most things at low cost, and for faster shipping, retailers like Amazon will use shipping companies like FedEx or UPS. To make it in America, drones need to deliver a cargo within the same day, and because drones can only carry so much, they need to make sure they’re carrying a cargo that is both tiny and important. So what is it, exactly, that drones could deliver better, faster than anything else?

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Flight Of The Valkyrie

David Loury isn’t a classic-car kind of guy. But when he decided to radically redesign the private plane, he turned to luxury automobiles—and their design-forward aesthetic—for inspiration. “Maserati and Mercedes-Benz were the two main cars I looked at, and I engineered ideas and concepts from them,” says the independent aerospace engineer. Those concepts evolved into the Valkyrie: a five-seat, single-piston-engine plane that he calls a “high-tech vehicle of the future.”

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Shades Are So 2015. These Airplane Windows Tint Themselves

INNOVATION IN AVIATION is a funny thing. Thanks to that pesky sonic barrier, commercial air travel isn’t getting any faster (at least not before NASA figures out a few things). Until we can reduce the time spent in the air, improving air travel is all about working on the experience of being in the plane.

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