Craft Aerospace recently received $3.5-million in funding to develop a hybrid vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that has a design unlike any other. It’s designed for transporting passengers on regional missions with a range of 100-700 miles and a cruise speed of 345 mph. The diamond-shaped wings consist of a lower wing that attaches at the front of the fuselage, angling back, before wrapping over itself and extending towards the tail. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
There’s a backpack helicopter, the US Navy’s Sikorsky MH-53, and then this all-electric aircraft with 7 tail rotors. Inventor Oskar took a standard Mosquito Air kit, powered by a two-stroke engine, and turned it into an electric helicopter using an EMRAX 228 109 kW brushless motor. It started out using a traditional drive-shaft powered tail rotor before it was replaced with multiple smaller rotors powered by separate motors. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
Austria-based CycloTech has successfully completed the first test of its eVTOL prototype, and this 176-pound demonstrator is unlike any other you’ve probably seen. Why? It boasts an innovative electric VTOL chassis that utilizes Voith-Schneider propellers rather than traditional rotors for improved agility as well as control in the air. The propellers may resemble a vintage paddle steamer, and rightfully so, as each prop is a spinning cylinder whose walls are formed by a number of wing blades. Read more for a video and additional information.
Honda Aircraft Company unveiled the HondaJet 2600 Concept at the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, and it’s the world’s first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flights in the United States. The aircraft is 40% longer and wider compared to its predecessor, capable of carrying a maximum of 10 passengers, which is 4 more than the original model can transport. Read more for two videos, including an in-depth tour, additional pictures and information.
Transporting an abandoned plane is no easy task, even on an empty highway, but imagine a footbridge directly in your path. That’s exactly what this Air India aircraft encountered after being sold and transported near Indira Gandhi International Airport on the Delhi-Gurugram highway. Unfortunately, this was not an empty highway either, as it blocked traffic for quite a while and caused a lot of rubber necking from the other side. Read more for two videos and additional information.
For those who don’t know what the Magnus effect is, it’s basically an observable phenomenon that appears to show the path of the spinning object being deflected in a manner that is not present when the object is not spinning. One example would be when a basketball is dropped from a high point down a dam wall with a some backspin. Now what would happen if you tried to recreate the phenomenon in plane form? Read more to see what happened.
Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) is a free-to-play combat flight simulation game and some of its most hardcore fans probably have some pretty crazy setups, but probably none as detailed as this homemade A-10 Warthog. This project began as a somewhat basic four-screen gaming cockpit, mated to a Thrustmaster Warthog H.O.T.A.S flight stick. Then things got crazier, starting with physical instrument panels and eventually dedicated left as well as right side units. Read more for a video and additional information.
Airbus officially unveiled its next-generation CityAirbus eVTOL aircraft at the company’s first summit on “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace” in Toulouse, France. This fully electric aircraft comes equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers, which are a part of its uniquely designed distributed propulsion system. The CityAirbus will be able to comfortably transport up to four passengers in a zero emissions flight in multiple applications. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Frank Kendall, the newly appointed Secretary of the US Air Force, announced that there are now five Northrop Grumman test aircraft being manufactured on the B-21 production line at Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. He added that this investment (maximum of $665-million USD each) in meaningful military capabilities will project power and hold targets at risk anywhere in the world. Read more for a short video and additional information.
Hybrid Air Vehicles’ AirLander 10, nicknamed “the flying bum,” could be ready to transport passengers between cities by 2025 at 10% of the emissions of a standard aircraft. The cabin experience will be similar to that of traditional planes today, but much more spacious as well as quiet, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows for sweeping views of the landscape below. Other features include high-speed WiFi, full-sized restrooms, a galley, and even a bar. Read more for two videos and additional information.