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  • Reconciling air transport with sustainable development

    Just before the COP 21/CMP 11 (2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Paris, the French National Civil Aviation School (ENAC) will be organizing the first Aeronautics and Sustainable Development conference.
     

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  • Ongoing trials for tomorrow’s more electric aircraft

    With their test platform, Labinal Power Systems’ "Copper Bird", enables aircraft and helicopter manufacturers to test new electrical systems. These concepts will perhaps one day be installed on their future aircraft.
     

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  • Clean Sky 2, the new mission toward lower emissions

    On the occasion of the Aerodays show in London, we take a look at Clean Sky. This European programme has a budget of € 6 billion aimed at developing new greener aviation environment technologies.
     

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  • e.Yo Copter: the drone crane

    Lakesight, a London based company, have developed the e.Yo Copter which could be marketed as soon as 2017. Compared to other drones in the sector, this helicopter will be able to carry a payload of more than 440 lbs (200 kg).
     

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  • Perlan, Airbus Group space glider

    For scientific reasons, and in less than one year’s time, the Airbus group intends to carry out a stratospheric flight with a glider. Amongst other things, the data collected will be used to study climatic changes.
     

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  • Safran invests in innovative startups

    Safran Corporate Ventures, Safran’s fledgling subsidiary, has a three year budget of € 50 million to support ten startups, of which, the first has just been selected.
     

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  • Airbus’ latest innovations

    Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer, has just introduced their latest innovations. We decided to take a look at three of them: a vacuum trash compactor, a smart label, and connected glasses.
     

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  • Flying car: Carplane has no intention of being overtaken

    In terms of flying cars the "Carplane" will soon be here. Made in Germany, this newcomer to the market intends to jump the queue ahead of the Aeromobil and Transition.
     

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  • E-Fan electric aircraft crosses the Channel

    For the very first time, the E-Fan electric aircraft crossed the English Channel on 10 July in 36 minutes. The day before, another very small aircraft crossed the English Channel. It was an electric Cricri.
     

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  • Clip-Air, the "flying train"

    Called Clip-Air, the project initiated by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne, is a flying wing capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, seated in modular cabins, over a range of 4,000 km (2,500 miles) - and that's not all.
     

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  • Aircelle turns airlines on

    Aircelle, a Safran group subsidiary, has just developed electro-luminescent liveries for aircraft. A system that should be visible by the end of the year.
     

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  • Border control, Thales scans your eyes

    In order to facilitate, secure and accelerate passenger controls at borders, Thales has developed a trustworthy system - but keep your eyes wide open.
     

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  • Novespace’s A310 ZERO-G’s first scientific flight

    On 5 May, Novespace, a subsidiary of the French Space Agency (CNES), undertook the first scientific flight of their new A310 ZERO-G. Read the article. Watch the video.
     

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  • E-Fan to be produced at Pau

    The E-Fan electric aircraft will be produced at Pau (south western France). On 30 April, in Bordeaux, Airbus Group announced that the future plant will assemble the all-electric two-seater flight school designated aircraft.
     

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  • Welcome aboard the Aeromobil

    We take a guided tour of the the Aeromobil flying car which was recently presented at the Monaco Top Marques show.
     

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  • Flike : first manned electric tricopter

    A manned electric tricopter named Flike, made its first flight on 7th March in Hungary. A flight of a few seconds, but the first for this type of machine. Watch the video. Read the article.
     

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  • Helping pilots see what they do not see

    Since our last report about pilot stress in 2011, these students and researchers from the Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space (ISAE-Supaero) in Toulouse (south west France), have not interrupted their unusual experiments to help pilots - quite the opposite.
     

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  • BizLab : Airbus’ innovations accelerator

    On March 9th Airbus inaugurated their first BizLab in Toulouse, south western France. A building in which, with the objective of exploring new horizons and introducing aerospace industry innovations more quickly to the market, the European aircraft manufacturers intend to put some of their engineers and start-ups to work.
     

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  • Lufthansa puts TaxiBot into service at Frankfurt

    We talked about it two years ago, and since last October, the TaxiBot has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency. To date, Lufthansa is the first, and only airline, to be using these three electrically powered aircraft tractors at Frankfurt airport, so we went to see for ourselves.
     

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