The Lede, Monday, July 16, 2018
By David Royse
Gonna Take You Right Into the Danger Zone
British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson (literally) unveiled Britain’s newest fighter plane on Monday at the Farnborough Air Show, presiding over the pulling back of a curtain to reveal the new jet. It’s tentatively called the Tempest, and expected to be operational by 2035. The most interesting thing to the general public about the new plane may be that it can be operated remotely without a pilot, though it does have a cockpit and pilot seat, and can also be flown by a person.
More Flying News
The Farnborough Air Show kicked off today in England – it’s the big aerospace industry show in even numbered years. There are four days of industry meetings and announcements before the public part that’s more like a traditional air show.
In other emerging industry news from the show, aircraft engine maker Rolls Royce took off into the fray of aircraft companies trying to get into the flying taxi business.
More from City AM on the company’s plans to have an electric flying taxi by the early 2020s.
In other BIZ news today:
People are buying. US retail sales were up solidly in June, based on consumer confidence about expected continued growth. More from Reuters
Notes From the Age of Disruption
Shares are down on the latest controversial thing said by Elon Musk. Reuters
Is also plunging, but on poor subscriber growth. Bloomberg
The University of West Florida
Helped Florida elections officials this summer learn to thwart cyberattacks. Pensacola News Journal
Helsinki’s been in the news today, with Presidents Trump and Putin meeting there. Whatever thoughts you may have about the smartness of that meeting, the city’s highly ranked in measurements of smart cities. From today’s Helsinki Times
UPCOMING CONFERENCES, TRADE SHOWS AND MEETINGS
Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo
Sept. 26-29, Los Angeles
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