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New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on February 16, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

  The Department of Transportation’s FAA today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses h...

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Goodyear's new Wingfoot One airship

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on September 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Last July, we first heard about Goodyear’s plans to replace its current fleet of blimps with newer, more advanced models. The first of those airships, which was unnamed at the time, made its maiden flight this March. Now called Wingfoot One, it officially began active service last Friday.

 

The airship was christened in front of an audience of over 2,000 by Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake Hangar in Suffield, Ohio. Roberts&...

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Airborne Giant with 150 metre wingspan

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on July 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A concept aircraft under development at Boeing's Phantom Works R&D unit, the massive Pelican would have a wingspan of more than 150 m, carry up to 1400 tons of cargo - that's equivalent to 17 M-1 main battle tanks - would need 76 tires to cater for the weight and be almost twice as big as the largest aircraft currently in existence, the Russian Antonov An-225. The potential applications for such a huge vehicle capable of high-speed, long-range flights goes well beyond military cargo and t...

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Aerion's AS 2 supersonic business jet

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on May 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Aerion Corporation has upped the cabin size and added an extra engine to the first in its planned range of supersonic business jets currently on the drawing board. Designed with Supersonic Natural Laminar Flow (SNLF) wing technology that was tested in transonic wind tunnel tests and in NASA flight trials, the Aerion AS2 will now use a set of three smaller jet engines in place of its previous large two-jet design to provide quieter running, improved take-off performance, and longer range.

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Unmanned drones for document delivery

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on February 19, 2014 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The United Arab Emirates is set to deploy unmanned drones to deliver official government documents such as driving licenses and identity cards within a year, according to a report from Reuters.

 

Announced by the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohammed Al Gergawi, the drones will be tested in Dubai throughout the next six months for durability and efficiency, and then be implemented across the UAE soon after.

 

"The UAE will try to deliver its government servic...

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Boeing examines "green diesel"

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on January 31, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the past few years, we've heard about "green" airliners running on a mixture of jet fuel and biofuels made from things like plants and recycled cooking oil. Now, Boeing is looking at blending jet fuel with green diesel, which is already used to fuel trucks.

 

Green diesel is derived from oil and fat-based feedstocks, as are the biofuels that have been used in planes before. It differs from biodiesel, however, in that it's not processed in the same fashion, and has a diff...

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Flying car prototype gets off the ground

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on October 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

The Aeromobil V2.5 is a propeller-driven aircraft that also functions as an automobile – or you can think of it it a car with lofty aspirations. The aviation aspects seem to be prominent in the design, with a streamlined cockpit, super light weight, and sleek tail fins in the back. Propulsion is provided by a 100 hp Rotax 912 water cooled engine mounted behind the seats, with drive shafts leading both aft to the propeller and forward to the two front wheels for driving.

 

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Elektro E6. EADCO electric plane

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on July 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

EADCO company recently joined forces with PC Aero to start development of the latter's new twin prop, 6-passenger electric airplane concept called the Elektro E6. EADCO is now busying itself designing the frame for the potentially groundbreaking craft, while PC Aero takes care of the electrical systems.

 

 

PC Aero previously designed the smaller Elektra One and Elektra One Solar, which draws about half of its energy for flying from solar cells on the wings.

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Shuttle-Bike

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on June 26, 2013 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (8)

   Italian engineering company SBK Engineering has produced an innovative backpack which converts a bicycle into a water-bike within 10 minutes, enabling off-road trekking without water-barriers, or an entirely new way of seeing cities with water/canal systems such as Venice or Amsterdam. The SHUTTLE-BIKE project began in 1992 in Vigevano, Italy, near Milan, where Leonardo da Vinci spent many years working on his inventions. The ultimate goal of the project was to create an inflatab...

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Solar Impulse Sun-powered flight across America

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on May 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

3rd of May at 6:12 am PST, the Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane took off from San Francisco’s Moffett Airfield, beginning the first leg of its planned flight across the U.S.

 

The aircraft was piloted by Bertrand Piccard (and still is, at the time of this posting). He will be sharing piloting duties throughout the course of the 2013 Across America mission with fellow Solar Impulse team member André Borschberg. The mission will be broken into five legs, with the...

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