Fly from New York to China in 2 Hours by 2020

Have you ever sat in your 19 floor beach-side mansion and thought to yourself: “If only I could fly to Bejing and back in one day, that would make it much easier to attend Francine’s ballet recital”? Well now for those with copious amounts of funding, it’s going to be made possible.

Set for release in 2020, Sub-orbital commuter flights will be jet setting the worlds top 0.01% across the globe at a blistering pace of 40,000 miles per hour. Compared to the current 500 mph of commercial airliners, the speed does however come at a great price – between $90,000 and $250,000 we’ve learned.

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson has indicated he’s looking into this business model to bring it to the public sector.

Aaron Pressman from Yahoo Finance commented on some issues with this technology development, showing it’s not quite ready for the general business man or woman:

“These [jets] can only take off and land in very special places like the spaceport that’s in New Mexico . That’s not going to help the 0.1% get from New York to London or Australia. So it’s going to take a while before these rockets become more like normal airplanes that can land at normal airports. [sic]” Yahoo

However, if this technology is worked on and improved, we could possibly see our grandchildren jet-setting across the globe in minimal time for current commercial airliner pricing.

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Phone Glitch Had Major Repercussions Upon UK Airports This Weekend

An issue regarding a phone glitch at the National Air Traffic Service (Nats) has had flights in and out of the UK grounded this weekend. Airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Cardiff and Glasgow were all affected by the phone glitch.

Apparently the cause of the problem was generated by a complicated internal telephone system, which failed completely. The system is used by controllers at traffic control centers such as the ones in Swanwick and Hampshire. However, Nats has announced at 19:30 GMT on Saturday that the problem had been fixed, but some airports had delays continue into Sunday. The crash happened when the system tried to switch from the nighttime mode to the daytime mode.

During the downtime, none of their computers worked, and instead of 3,500 flights, they have only been able to process around 2,800. Ryanair was most annoyed as it had to cancel many its flights and it could not sell so many overpriced sandwiches or charge for people carrying more than a paper napkin. Ryanair noted that 300 of its flights were delayed on Saturday, having 12 cancelled.

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Gadget Restrictions On European Flights To Be Removed This Year

Only last month the FAA announced that they would be allowing the use of gadgets during flight take off and landing, now it looks like the same rules will be put in place for those flying in and out of Europe.

It is no secret that many of us cannot go five minutes without the need to use our smartphones, tablets, iPad, gaming devices and more. Sitting and waiting for a flight to take off or having to stare at the back of the seat in front of you for 30 minutes while the flight lands can be tedious, especially on long flights where you just want to unwind and read your Kindle. These new rules will allow you to enjoy your gadgets pretty much as they were intended, with only a few limits remaining in place.

Your phones and other similar devices will still have to stay in flight mode, so texting, calls and other transmitters will still have to be turned off, but listening to music, watching videos and gaming should be absolutely fine.

“This is a major step in the process of expanding the freedom to use personal electronic devices on-board aircraft without compromise in safety” said Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director.

Are you looking forward to being able to keep yourself entertained during take off and landing?

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New FAA Guidelines Permit More Devices During Take-off And Landing

New FAA guidelines mean that flyers won’t face such strict regulations for playing Angry Bird, or what ever it is they’re doing on their smart devices, during take-off and landing. Given that previously, flyers were instructed to turn off their devices it is well-known that most of us simple put them on silent or just in our pocket, defiant of the rules of the airline. At least now we can continue what we were doing but not be breaking the rules from now on.

The rules will depend on each airline though, so don’t start-up WhatsApp to your friend a few rows away just yet. Although it is expected that most, if not all airlines will allow you to use your phone in airplane mode throughout the entire duration of the flight by the end of the year.

These rules will apply to eBook readers, gaming devices, video devices, mp3 players, etc. So long as the devices are in Airplane Mode for landing and take off, but the rest of the time you will be able to use your devices Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features to connect your smart devices.

Regulatory organizations have issued a simple check list to ensure that flyers can still meet the new rules.

1. Make safety your first priority.

2. Changes to PED policies will not happen immediately and will vary by airline. Check with your airline to see if and when you can use your PED.

3. Current PED policies remain in effect until an airline completes a safety assessment, gets FAA approval, and changes its PED policy.

4. Cell phones may not be used for voice communications.

5. Devices must be used in airplane mode or with the cellular connection disabled. You may use the WiFi connection on your device if the plane has an installed WiFi system and the airline allows its use. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.

6. Properly stow heavier devices under seats or in the overhead bins during takeoff and landing. These items could impede evacuation of an aircraft or may injure you or someone else in the event of turbulence or an accident.

7. During the safety briefing, put down electronic devices, books and newspapers and listen to the crewmember’s instructions.

8. It only takes a few minutes to secure items according to the crew’s instructions during takeoff and landing.

9. In some instances of low visibility – about one percent of flights – some landing systems may not be proved PED tolerant, so you may be asked to turn off your device.

10. Always follow crew instructions and immediately turn off your device if asked.

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