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    Video: Yates' record-setting electric airplane gets new battery pack
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    No, Chip Yates doesn't get range anxiety. The record-setting pilot and motorcycle rider made recent news by testing out a new, EnerDel-made battery pack in the battery-electric Long-ESA airplane he set a speed record with a year ago. Yates' 20-minute flight last week got him up to 5,500 feet and ...

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    Solar Ship sails the skies, schlepps supplies
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    By crossing airships with airplanes, Solar Ship is creating craft that can carry heavy loads long distances with a tiny carbon footprint. Filled with helium, they soak up rays from the sun to provide the energy for forward motion and fulfill its original design challenge – carry 1,000 ...

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    NASA to award $1.65 million in Google Green Flight Challenge
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    The CAFE Foundation has announced that Google will sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The CAFE Foundation (which here stands for Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) will host the event from September 25 through October 2 at ...

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    EPA proposes strict ground-level emissions regulations for jumbo-sized commercial aircraft
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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to adopt more stringent ground-level emissions standards for engines used primarily in commercial aircraft, including Boeing's 737, 747, and 767. If approved, the proposed regulations would reduce ground-level nitrogen oxide emissions by ...

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    ASTM approves use of 50% renewable biofuel in commercial and military aircraft
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    ASTM International – an organization that develops technical standards for global industries – has officially approved the use of renewable fuels in commercial and military aircraft. The revised standard (ASTM D7566-11: Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized ...

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    Tiny electric airplane shatters record by hitting 175 mph [w/video]
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    It's not even close to supersonic, but with sustained flight at a speed of 175 miles per hour, French pilot Hugues Duval's electric airplane flew into the record books. Weighing in at a scant 200 pounds and boasting a wingspan of only 16 feet, the electric aircraft is claimed to be the world's ...

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    Virgin Airlines orders 30 Airbus A320neos with fuel-saving LEAP-X engines
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    Saving fuel takes to the skies with Virgin Airlines' purchase of 30 Airbus A320neo commercial jets equipped with LEAP-X engines. That revolutionary LEAP-X engine is manufactured by CFM International and makes use of composite materials and other proprietary advancements to improve the fuel ...

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    Comparing airplane vs. car efficiency in a way that doesn't make air travel look terrible
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    When the EPA rates a vehicle's fuel efficiency, it doesn't look at the number of seats in the car, it just tests out how many miles it can go on a gallon of fuel. This is a fair way to compare cars, but if we allow ourselves a little bit of mental reconfiguring, we can find an interesting way to ...

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    REPORT: Lithium ion batteries could be banned from airplanes
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    Some of the largest pieces of the puzzle that need to be expanded before electric cars are seriously ready to take the place of gas-powered cars and trucks in the majority of driveways around the world have to do with batteries. The latest technology that offers a glimmer of hope for the future ...

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    Ballina designer working on the Roade electric car
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    Part aeroplane, part electric car, a new EV by Howard Hughes (not that Howard Hughes), a designer for Ballina will be on the roads in Australia by June. The Northern Star reports on a prototype vehicle called the Roade that would have a 60 km (37 miles) range using lead acid batteries and a 96 volt ...

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    Back to the fuel efficient future: airlines go turboprops
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    When it comes to cars, newer usually (but not always) mean more efficient. The airline industry, though is taking a look back at turboprop planes as a way to save fuel. As Marketplace reported the other day, the smoother and faster rides provided by jets are also more fuel-thirsty than planes ...

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    Airplanes could save fuel by monitoring areas of turbulence
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    What does air turbulence have to do with saving fuel? Well, when an airline is aware of sufficiently bad turbulence in a particular area, they often fly around it instead of through it. By altering their course, they are using more fuel. But, a new system is in the works which may alleviate some of ...

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    The Pipistrel Virus: a 50 MPG flying car? Uh, no
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    So, here we have another attempt at the flying car, except this time the winner gets money from NASA. While the chances that the average consumer will be able to pull into their nearest Ford dealership and hand over a down payment for the Pipistrel Virus, the fact that NASA is involved lends a bit ...

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    EasyJet ecoJet cuts greenhouse gas emissions in half
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    Air travel has taken a hit as of late from the eco-friendly community. The problem is that the jet engines that we count on to get us from one place to another quickly dump a lot of unfriendly emissions into our atmosphere. The problem is severe enough that NASA researchers "claimed that this ...

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