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Gulfstream’s New Jets Are Packed With Touchscreens for Pilots

Touchscreens have established themselves as the best interface for smartphones and tablets. Thanks to Tesla and other car companies, they appear to be the future of automotive controls. And now, Gulfstream, maker of the world’s priciest business jets, thinks they’re the best choice in the cockpit as well.The Georgia-based firm introduced two swanky aircraft this week, the G500 and G600. With extra-wide cabins, a blazing cruising speed of Mach .90, and only the fanciest materials for the interior, both planes look like a terrific way to fly around the world. But it’s not all about the passengers: Gulfstream spiced up the cockpit as well, by loading it with 10 touchscreens—a first for the business jet segment.The screens are the focus of the new flight deck, named “Symmetry.” Made by … [Read More...]

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American Airlines Miami Hub celebrates 25 years

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Airplane’s cabin walls crack midair, force emergency landing

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Airline Apologizes for Flight Attendant’s Treatment of Soldier

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