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UK air traffic mega cockup: BOTH server channels failed - report

The IT cockup at the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) that grounded hundreds of flights in December occurred because both of its System Flight Server (SFS) channels went down, an independent report has revealed. "The disruption on 12 December 2014 arose because – for the first time in the history of the SFS – both channels …
Kat Hall, 9 Feb 2015
The LOHAN team prepares for launch this morning

The Punch and Judy show is LIVE NOW cancelled

Updated Update at 14:12: Today' flights have been cancelled due to high winds. Highly irritating, but that's the British weather for you. We'll let you know when we've formed an alternative plan. The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) "Punch" and "Judy" test flights are about to kick off - assuming the wind doesn't scupper …
Lester Haines, 5 Apr 2014

LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

It's all go on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front as the British contingent of the team gears up for the forthcoming "Punch" and "Judy" test flights. On 5 April, we'll assemble at the new "Blighty's Baikonur" (formerly in Berkshire, now relocated to Herefordshire) to launch two balloon payloads. The first …
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2014
Electronic devices dangerous to flight safety

FIERY DEATH awaits all who stroke mobes mid-flight? Nope, says FAA

After pondering the issue for at least a year, America's Federal Aviation Administration has officially changed its guidance on using phones and tablet computers in-flight – and ruled they should only be put down during takeoff and landing. "The travel community is grateful, because what's good for the traveler is good for …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2013

Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

It will not come as explosive news to most sensible travellers, but US airline passengers have been warned to leave their grenades at home when getting on a flight. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a stern warning to anyone thinking of bringing their favourite handheld bomb on holiday. In a blog …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Sep 2013
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Watchdog probes rules for naughty mobe fondling on flights

US regulators are going to look into the rules that stop passengers using their "interfering" electronic gizmos on aeroplanes. The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it would be setting up a government and industry group to assess how airlines decide which gadgets can be used and when. The current norm is to be …
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When buying an air ticket on your mobe - what makes you give up?

Thirty-four per cent of Chinese flyers have booked a ticket on a mobile phone in the last year, compared to 6 per cent globally, but that's ramping up as customers expect to manage all their transactions on the move. WorldPay, which spends most of its time processing electronic payments of all kinds, has been talking to …
Bill Ray, 20 Jun 2012
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Pro-Heathrow demo challenges Carbon Cult killjoys

As eco warriors descend on Parliament this afternoon to protest against the expansion of Heathrow, an obscure counter demonstration will be taking place. It's quite unusual: Modern Movement will be demonstrating in favour of something, not against it: cheap travel. "What we want to counter is the small number of green …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Feb 2009
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US space outfit promises The Right Stuff experience

Brave souls looking for "The Right Stuff experience" can now buy tickets for a sub-orbital jaunt aboard the XCOR Lynx for a modest $95,000. The Lynx suborbital vehicle. Pic: XCOR XCOR has inked a deal with Arizona-based RocketShip Tours, which will handle Lynx bookings and has already taken a $20k deposit from its first …
Lester Haines, 4 Dec 2008
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Forgot your ID? You must be a terrorist

The US Transportation Security Administration has done a backflip on a policy of adding people who had forgotten their ID to its database of suspect fliers. The scheme kicked off in June, according to USA Today, the same time the agency officially declared people could not board planes in the US unless they showed ID. At the …
Joe Fay, 13 Aug 2008
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BAA 'invented green superjumbo' to OK Heathrow plans

Comment The BBC's renowned Panorama team - famous for breaking the "news" that Wi-Fi really does make your head explode - will tomorrow reveal that UK airport operator BAA has cynically colluded with the government to falsify the environmental impact of expanding Heathrow airport. According to early reports, BAA drove down the projected …
Lewis Page, 21 Jul 2008
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UK begins probe into aeroplane air quality

The UK government is paying Cranfield University to investigate air quality on aeroplanes amid concerns that dangerous contaminated air could be endangering pilot and passenger health. Professor Helen Muir is running the probe. Researchers will look at BAe 146 cargo and passenger planes, B757 cargo and passenger planes and …
John Oates, 29 May 2008
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Microsoft buys travel search site

Microsoft has bought Farecast - a travel search site which finds flights for you and, if you're flying from some US cities, can also tell you if the price is likely to go up or down in future. Farecast has worked with MSN since 2007, but a three line blogpost from president and CEO Hugh Crean yesterday revealed it had gone to …
John Oates, 18 Apr 2008

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