The UK government will invest $5 million in airport traffic management projects designed to reduce emissions through more efficient routing of aircraft. The initiative will also open opportunities for the future use of electric air taxis.
General Motors and Renewable Innovations teamed up on a rapid charger for electric vehicles powered by GM's Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cells. "Our vision of an all-electric future is broader than just passenger vehicles or even transportation," said Charlie Freese, GM's executive director of the global Hydrotec business.
Mercedes-Benz is investing roughly $20 million in lidar sensor maker Luminar and will integrate the Orlando, Fla.-based company's lidar into its autonomous vehicles. Luminar has deals with various carmakers to provide lidar sensors, including Toyota, Audi and Volvo.
Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland developed a four-legged robot that can go for hikes. The ANYmal quadruped robot completed a hike of 120 vertical meters (approximately 393 feet) in 31 minutes, which is about four minutes faster than a human typically does.
A new portal from Sporty's Pilot Shop for certified flight instructors offers free resources, such as access to pilot training classes, lesson plans and a flight instructor refresher course. The platform also includes a complete Federal Aviation Administration library and the ability to monitor and review students' progress.
To address a shortage of aircraft storage space at Backus Municipal Airport in Minnesota, the Backus City Council is in the process of requesting proposals to build new T-hangars. The project would first include the installation of taxi lanes, which could be completed this fall.
AutoFlight has opened a testing and research and development center at Germany's Augsburg Airport to prepare Prosperity I, the company's electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, for certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency, a goal it expects to achieve by 2025. The four-seat air taxi features a lift and cruise configuration and has a range of about 155 miles.
Zara Rutherford, 19, has successfully completed her five-month journey to become the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe solo and also became the first woman to fly around the world in a microlight aircraft. Rutherford landed in Belgium on Thursday, after traveling 32,300 miles and making stops along the way on five continents.
Bundle up for a winter cross-country in an Extra (all power, no heater); celebrate 10,000 pilots returning to active flying; and say goodbye to Brig. Gen. Charles McGee during our final salute. Watch AOPA Live This Week.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker appeared on CNBC to address the carrier's outlook as they continue facing "the most challenging planning environment in the history of commercial aviation." Parker explained that the carrier is seeing "huge pent-up demand" for air travel, particularly for trips a month or two away. "People have gotten to the point where they believe this is going to be behind us before too long and they are having confidence in making travel plans, certainly in the future," he added.