Articles by Christopher Jasper

Jet-Powered Flying Taxi Completes Debut Flight Near Munich

The world’s first all-electric vertical takeoff and landing passenger jet has been unveiled after completing its first flight. German startup Lilium aims to have a fleet of the five-seat aircraft — which can operate with a pilot or in drone …

UK to Extend No-Fly Zone for Drones Flying Near Airports

Britain will impose a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) drone exclusion zone around its runways as the government responds to illegal incursions that closed London Gatwick airport for 36 hours in December, disrupting travel for more than 120,000 people. The measures, …

London’s Gatwick Airport Suspends Flights on Multiple Drone Sightings

London’s Gatwick airport is closed to aircraft following multiple sightings of illegal drones, disrupting flights for as many as 115,000 people on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Lines of passengers circled Gatwick’s two terminals Thursday and …

Aviation Gets Off to Deadly Start in 2018 with 3 Crashes in 4½ Weeks

Three deadly air crashes that have killed 170 passengers in the past 4 1/2 weeks may indicate that 2017, the safest-ever year for aviation, represented a statistical blip. A total of five fare-paying customers lost their lives in just two …

London Unprepared to Be Early Adopter of Autonomous Vehicles: Report

London is ill-prepared to become an early adopter of cutting-edge transport technology including driverless cars and retail deliveries by drone, according to the city’s lawmakers. While the U.K. government has predicted that connected and autonomous vehicles, or CAVs, will be …

Fatal Colombia Jet Crash Investigators to Examine Whether Plane Ran Out of Fuel

Air-safety experts probing the jetliner crash that killed 71 people, including most of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer squad, will look at whether the plane ran out of fuel while on a flight close to the limits of its range. The distance …

London to Curb Uber with Driver Tests, Stricter Insurance Requirements

Uber Technologies Inc. faces curbs on its expansion in the U.K. after London Mayor Boris Johnson’s transport regulator proposed that drivers of private-hire minicabs should face English-language and navigational tests, stricter insurance requirements and limits on bookings. The recommendations are …

Air Crashes Set 2014 on Course to Be Deadliest Since 2005

Three fatal airline crashes in a week mean 2014 is shaping up to become the worst year in almost a decade for passenger fatalities. The crash of a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft on the fringes of the Sahara desert yesterday …