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Water Birds Reveal New Direction for Aircraft Landing Research

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August 8, 2013
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Research into the landing behavior of water birds has revealed that they appear to align with magnetic field lines to choose their preferred landing direction, which is usually along the north-south axis. Czech scientists say the research could assist in improving landing navigation systems for aircraft, helping to prevent accidents when planes land close to water.


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Deutsche Welle (Aug. 21, 2013) — As a result of the economic crisis, many municipalities in Spain have sold their public water utilities to private companies. Now some local communities are finding out that the water supply networks are no longer being maintained properly and that water quality is on the decline. By the end of the year, about 60 percent of water utility management will be partly or entirely in private hands, making Spain the frontrunner in water privatization within Europe. Some experts are already calling it a "water bubble, and communities that are still trying to sell their water utilities are no longer able to obtain top prices. Now some communities are trying to regain public control over their water supply.
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Airbus Trumps Boeing With $21 Billion in Farnborough Orders

Airbus Trumps Boeing With $21 Billion in Farnborough Orders

TheStreet (July 15, 2014) — It is day two of the Farnborough Air Show and jetmakers are raking it in. But some have been winners more than others. Airbus Group has a lead over Boeing after receiving a string of orders which totaled a record $21 billion. Of those announced, SMBC Aviation filed a major order for 115 A320 aircraft, worth around $11.8 billion, an order for 43 A320 aircraft from BOC Aviation, a subsidiary of Bank of China, and deals from leasing companies Air Lease Corporation and IAG for a combined 105 aircraft. Boeing could hit back though. The company is reportedly close to inking $9.2 billion in deals. TheStreet's Keris Lahiff reports from New York. Video provided by TheStreet
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Jellyfish Power Prepares for Lift Off

Jellyfish Power Prepares for Lift Off

Reuters (Dec. 4, 2013) — Drone developers are increasingly attempting to mimic the flight mechanics of birds an insects for the next generation of miniature, autonomous aircraft, but one researcher in New York, has found inspiration in the sea rather than the air. Leif Ristroph of New York University is developing a drone that replicates the pulsating motion of the jellyfish as an alternative drive system for future drones. Sharon Reich has more.
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FAA Considers Letting Film/TV Companies Use Drones for First Time

FAA Considers Letting Film/TV Companies Use Drones for First Time

TheStreet (June 3, 2014) — The FAA is reviewing a request by seven film and television companies to use drones when filming. The companies hope to use drones to achieve creative aerial shots, but they also can be less expensive than manned aircraft and some believe, safer. The FAA prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes due to safety and privacy concerns. The FAA acknowledged that granting the exemptions could have "tangible economic benefits." In order to receive permission, the FAA said the companies must show that their drone operations won't be a safety hazard and would be in the public interest. Video provided by TheStreet
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