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hialtpaperap" US team breaks Guinness World Record for highest paper airplane flight A team of US Air Force auxiliary volunteers, however, has been taking it far more seriously. The team launched a paper airplane from a high-altitude balloon at 96,563 ft, taking the world record in the process. In a press release on its website, the US Fox Valley Composite Squadron, Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol, reports that the paper airplane was launched from Kankakee, Illinois, and landed 82 miles (132 km) away, southwest of Rochester, Indiana. The flight took just under 2 hours and 7 minutes. The paper airplane, designed by the cadets themselves, is said to have a traditional shape and is made out of paper board. It is 30 inches long with a wingspan of 14.5 in. It weighs in at 15 oz. The plane was fitted with a GPS tracking system, temperature sensors, barometric pressure sensor, flight computer, batteries, solar panel and HD video camera for recording its flight. In order to launch the plane, it was attached to a large helium balloon that carried it up to altitude before bursting. When the balloon burst, the plane's flight computer cut itself away in order to begin its descent. Assuming the record is verified by Guinness, the Fox Valley Composite Squadron will claim the title from the UK-based PARIS team and its Vulture 1 paper airplane.
View from balloon launch: viewfrompaperap"

E-Cigarettes Under Scrutiny for Listing as Flight Hazard The Massachusetts fire marshal is focused on an e-cigarette as the possible cause of smoldering in a bag that had to be removed from a Jet Blue aircraft at Boston's Logan International Airport. Airport officials are asking the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials. Baggage handlers pulled the bag off the jet and put it out with a hand-held extinguisher. The episode raises the question of whether e-cigarettes that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries should be added to the list of banned items, which already includes matches, flares and most batteries that are "spillable."

New rules about transporting pets on airliners It's unclear how often animals are lost or hurt on airplanes. Under the current regulations, there are no records about the total number of animals that commercial airlines transport. Since 2010, 33 animals have been reported lost, injured or dead on flights arriving or departing from Texas airports. Deaths account for almost 75 percent of the reports. There were 231 reports nationwide during the same period, about 60 percent of them deaths. A 2008 study by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science found that cargo hold temperatures shift by 50 degrees or more during most flights. On half the flights studied, the hold reached 85 degrees - far hotter than the passenger cabin - and 15 percent of the time, the hold dipped to a chilly 45 degrees. Under new rules, airlines will have to file monthly reports documenting each lost, injured or deceased animal, along with an annual report totaling the number of incidents.

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