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Helicopter-maker AgustaWestland has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts worth £760 million which will secure more than 1,000 jobs in the UK.

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Ryanair bags €10.2m penalty in France over breach of labour laws

Court rejects prosecutor’s demand that airline should also be 'fined' €300m

Paperback review: A Hologram for the King, By Dave Eggers

Really I could review this in two words: great novel. But let me flesh that out a little. It’s the story of Alan Clay, a middle-aged, divorced, heavily-indebted businessman with a daughter he can’t afford to put through college, a liking for alcohol, and a horrible growth on the back of his neck, who goes to Saudi Arabia to make a presentation to King Abdullah in the hope of selling him hologram technology.

Video: Boeing tests pilotless F-16 fighter jet

Retrofitted fighter will be used for 'weapons testing and other aerial training'

BlackBerry in jet row as it faces a $1bn loss

Smartphone maker BlackBerry was today facing major embarrassment as it emerged the company bought a corporate private jet in July, even as it was running up a quarterly loss of almost $1 billion (£628 million).

Market Report: Dialight is dimmed by contract delays

Just a year ago, Dialight lit up many of the events at the Olympic Games. But 12 months later, the LED light specialist plummeted to the dark depths of the bottom of the mid-tier table yesterday as it revealed a series of contract delays.

The MoD says the Typhoon fighter jets retreated before any action was taken

Syria civil war: RAF jets scrambled to investigate Syrian planes that had crossed into international airspace

Two Turkish F-16s are also believed to have been launched

No technical failure on North Sea crash helicopter, says report

An ongoing investigation into a North Sea helicopter crash which killed four oil workers has found the engines  were still working when it hit the water and there is no evidence so far of technical failure.

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Researchers say a fair price for a flight is £32 plus 7p per mile

A diver works on the wreckage of the Super Puma L2 helicopter which went down in the North Sea with the loss of four lives at 6.20pm on Friday, around two miles west of Sumburgh

Shetland helicopter crash: Investigators search seas for black box recorder from aircraft that ditched killing four oil workers, as operators ground Super Puma helicopters

Helicopter Safety Steering Group urged precautionary flight ban until there is 'sufficient factual information' to resume

Tubular hell: waiting for the train at Hammersmith

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Iran to teach 'drone hunting' lessons to schoolchildren

The announcement was made by the deputy commander of Iran's paramilitary youth group

My Edinburgh: Rob Delaney, comedian

I'm expecting to have a great time at Edinburgh. I've never been to Scotland, let alone Edinburgh, so it's a massive privilege to finally get to perform there. My prime directive for these shows will be to make them FUN, since the festival will be well underway once I get there. So I'll have to blast the cobwebs off anyone who's tired, or jaded, or "festivaled out" and let them know right away that I am going to sweat buckets for them so they can relax and know they're safe in my hands, as it were.

Mark Sutton was on wingsuiting’s cutting edge

Mark Sutton was a good friend of everyone and a superb skydiver. The British skydiving community is close-knit and everyone knows each other.

'World's first practical jetpack' cleared by aviation regulators

New prototype shows a 'quantum leap' forward in performance

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A sophisticated biography of the pontiff which captures his many complexities

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