Billionaires of the world have a new toy they can add to their stable: the Airbus H160 VIP. At $22-million, it's the world's first all-composite civil helicopter with a range of 500 miles. It's powered by two Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines that generate 1,300 shaft horsepower, enabling the aircraft to cruise at speeds of up to 185mph. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Forget electric cars, and say hello to Lilium's electric creation. This two-seater vehicle is designed for personal use, and is the "world's first ultralight vertical takeoff and landing aircraft created for personal use." It's made to launch vertically, so runways aren't required, enabling owners to lift off from just about anywhere, like rooftops, or even a backyard. The personal aircraft can travel at nearly 250mph, with a range of 310-miles. Click here to view the first picture in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the most dangerous stretch of water in the world.
Aviation enthusiasts rejoice! The 737 Cowling Chair by Fallen Furniture, is made from a real Boeing engine cowling that measures 2m by 2m. The chair sits atop a highly polished aluminum base, which also enables one to spin it effortlessly on its axis. Inside the cowling, you'll find plush black leather that complements the shiny shell quite nicely. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Here's another look at IXION, a futuristic windowless plane that uses external cameras to capture a full 360° panoramic view of the exterior. These images are then automatically adjusted for perspective and displayed on the cabin's interior display panels that span the entire cabin, providing the illusion of transparency. Solar panels on the frame ensure that everything is powered in case of emergency. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to make your own LED shoes.
John Travolta is not only a successful actor, but also a certified private pilot who owns five aircraft, so it's no surprise that he owns a home in Florida with two runways. "We designed the house for the jets and to have at our access the world at a moment's notice, and we succeeded at that. For the last 11 years, we've been able to globe-trot for Qantas and movies...I've been really able to operate out of this house for business and personal reasons," said the actor. Travolta has been a Qantas "ambassador-at-large" since 2002 and keeps his personal Qantas Boeing 707 parked in the front yard, just a 10-minute flight from Orlando. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.
The GSS 520 5-axis gimbal is not something you'll see photographers, even professionals, use out in the field, as it was specifically designed to work at "high velocity". In other words, it works perfectly when strapped, along with a Red Dragon 6K camera and Canon 30-300mm lens, to the side of a Saab Defence fighter jet at 2.5 Gs in -20°C temperatures. The picture was transmitted via the Paralinx Tomahawk HD inside the cockpit to a Atomos 7 recorder and monitor. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for an unedited viral video of high school life in 1994.
For those who love tuning motorcycles and / or cars, the Savage Bobber is plane you'll probably want to check out. This light aircraft can be customized any way you want, such as changing the engine color / open fuselage, type of luggage holder, seat styles, propeller designs, engine modifications, instrument panels, and lots more. Best of all, each one includes 10-hours of ground school plus 5-hours of flight training with the company's factory trained CFIs. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Here's a first look at Volocopter, a bizarre-looking helicopter-drone hybrid equipped with 18 rotors. It has just successfully completed its first manned flight in Southern Germany, hovering above an airfield for several minutes before landing. "It was unbelievable...it hovered totally weightlessly, I mean it didn't at all feel like there were crazy forces at work, it was all just totally light and the Volocopter immediately converted every movement I made with the joystick," said Zosel. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Forget the G5, Boom's supersonic jet is designed to travel at speeds up to 1,452 miles per hour (120mph faster than the Concorde). What does this mean? A trip from London to New York will only take a 3.5-hours. This 40-seat aircraft project is being headed by Amazon executive Blake Scholl, with ticket costing $5,000. Currently, the company is planning on 500 routes, including a 5-hour trips from San Francisco to Tokyo and 6-hour flights from Los Angeles to Sydney. Continue reading for another picture and more information.
If you thought a crying baby or loud music was annoying during a flight, think again. These people really do not care, and act as if they are at home alone. Starting off, we have someone who decided to let their feet breathe, but unfortunately, this was not a first class suite, where nobody is around to witness the atrocity, a dirty one to boot. Continue reading for more strange things you definitely shouldn't see during your flight. Click here for a few bonus images.