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Video: Electric Plane High Speed Record Set at 202.6 MPH

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Chip Yates, the same guy who set the record for the fastest run on an electric motorcycle, has just set the record for the fastest flight in an electric plane. Almost ironically, the two speeds are both right around 200mph.

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Drag-Reducing Synergy Personal Airplane Is Cheaper and More Comfortable

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Most of us fly via commercial aircraft, but what if it was more affordable to have a personal airplane of your own? Leading us down that path is the Synergy aircraft with its unique, more efficient design.

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800lb Paper Airplane Takes Flight (Video)

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Remember those good old school days? Remember the crafts we used to do, including the strategic designing of paper airplanes. The wings had to be just right, and we would try so many different styles to beat our friends. Well, there's still a little kid in all of us that's for sure, some more than others, and that's why the giant paper airplane flew over the Arizona desert this week. The thing weighs in at 800 pounds, is 45 feet long, and has a wingspan of 24 feet.

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Biplane Concept Mutes The Sonic Boom

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Let's pretend we are in science class for a moment. When a plane is traveling at the speed of sound, it is literally compressing the air at the front of the wing and leaving an area of negative pressure in the plane's wake. What results is actually two sonic booms that are oftentimes experienced as a single sound. The sonic boom is a cool effect, but it's not so good for people who live on flight paths, nor is it likely all that good for the wildlife in the area either. But we want to travel at that speed.

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OVO-4: The $60,000 Egg-Shaped Flight Sim For Your Bedroom

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Playing Flight Simulator on your regular desktop computer really doesn't mimic the real world experience. Getting real flight hours with a real flight instructor isn't exactly the cheapest or most convenient option either. What if you could do that flying thing from the comfort of your own home?

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Skycouch Cuddle Class Takes Off with Air New Zealand

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If you're a frequent flyer like me and have been on a couple of long haul flights, then you'll know how tough it can be to catch some shuteye during those 10+ hours in the air. Air New Zealand could help the couples in the audience, because they've just launched the "cuddle class" on select flights.

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The future of air travel seating

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Flying used to be a luxury. It used to be a privilege. Now, it's not all that different from hitching a ride on the Greyhound, aside from the TSA molestations. What, then, can airlines do to revolutionize our experience?

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Honda flies its HondaJet advanced light business jet with FAA conformity

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The FAA-conforming HondaJet just successfully completed its maiden voyage over the skies of Greensboro, North Carolina, the site of Honda Aircraft Company's world headquarters. The bird was in the air for just under an hour and it seems that everything is peachy keen on the FAA conformity front. This places the plane that much closer to commercial viability by 2012, as planned.

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Seat Back Valet Makes Flying a Little Easier

I’ll be jumping back into an airplane next month when I fly over to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show again. I’ve been on several flights over the course of my lifetime and, while they’re not exactly the most pleasant of experiences, I’ve come to accept them as they come. This handy invention, however, could make flying just that ...

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