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New 3,500-meter runway proposed for Narita International Airport

The Japan Times

CHIBA – A public-private council is proposing that a 3,500-meter-long runway be added at Narita International Airport. The new runway was part of plans adopted at a meeting of the council Tuesday in the city of Chiba that brought together officials from the central government, Narita International Airport Corp., or NAA, the Chiba Prefectural Government and various municipalities. The proposed site of the envisioned third runway is southeast of the current configuration, mainly in the town of Shibayama. With the additional runway, the maximum takeoff and landing slots at the airport would increase from 300,000 per year to 500,000, putting Narita roughly on par with European and Asian rivals. Such an increase would allow the airport's operator to take advantage of an anticipated further increase in demand for passenger flights between Japan and the rest of Asia, making it easier for the firm to survive cutthroat competition in the airport industry.


Rolls-Royce's flying taxi will begin test flights 'by next year'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Rolls-Royce has revealed more details around its plans to launch a five-seater flying taxi, and confirmed that a prototype vehicle will take to the skies next year. The timeline for the launch was announced during a keynote presentation at the Farnborough Airshow, in Hampshire, earlier today. Rolls-Royce expects the taxi to be operational within the next three to five years. The aerospace company has purportedly ploughed millions into the development of the vehicle, which has cost Rolls-Royce in the'single-digit millions of pounds', according to Phys.org. The hybrid-electric vehicle will be capable of both vertical take-off and landing, bypassing the need for a runway.


New 3,500-meter runway proposed for Narita International Airport

The Japan Times

CHIBA – A public-private council is proposing that a 3,500-meter-long runway be added at Narita International Airport. The new runway was part of plans adopted at a meeting of the council Tuesday in the city of Chiba that brought together officials from the central government, Narita International Airport Corp., the Chiba Prefectural Government and various municipalities. The proposed site of the envisioned third runway is southeast of the current configuration, mainly in the town of Shibayama. With the additional runway, the maximum takeoff and landing slots at the airport would increase from the current 300,000 per year to 500,000, putting Narita roughly on par with European and Asian rivals. Such an increase would allow the airport's operator to take advantage of an anticipated further increase in demand for passenger flights between Japan and the rest of Asia, making it easier for the firm to survive cutthroat competition in the airport industry.


Google Co-Founder Larry Page's 'Flying Car' Project Ready For Takeoff?

International Business Times

Google's co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page is working on an interesting project -- one that deals with "flying cars." Page's aircraft was spotted on Oct. 22 at the Hollister airport in California. Recent reports revealed that Page has secretly poured $100 million into the project. He is understood to have funded two different research teams to work on a motor that can rise above traffic jams. One of the teams, Zee.Aero, is based at the Hollister airport itself.


Delivery Drones Use Bird-Inspired Legs to Jump Into the Air

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Drones have a fundamental design problem. The kind of drone that can carry large payloads at high speeds over long distances is fundamentally different from the kind of drone that can take off and land from a small area. In very simple terms, for the former, you want fixed wings, and for the latter, you want rotors. This problem has resulted in a bunch of weird drones that try to do both of these things at once, usually by combining desired features from fixed-wing drones and rotorcraft. We've seen tail-sitter drones that can transition from vertical take off to horizontal flight; we've seen drones with propeller systems that swivel; and we've seen a variety of airframes that are essentially quadrotors stapled to fixed-wing aircraft to give them vertical take-off and landing capability.