Eviation announced today that it has taken delivery of the first Alice EPU from magniX, and its all-electric aircraft is set to take flight later this year. Called Alice, it can transport up to 9-passengers for up to 440 nautical miles, powered by magniX propulsion systems. The design includes one propeller at the rear and a second at the end of each wing, perfectly placed to reduce drag from wingtip vortices. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Researchers at the University of Central Florida are developing an innovative oblique detonation engine that could be the key to hypersonic flight, allowing one to travel from New York to Los Angeles in less than 30 minutes. This breakthrough was made possible after figuring out a way to stabilize the detonation needed for hypersonic propulsion by creating a special hypersonic reaction chamber for jet engines, enabling air travel at speeds of Mach 6 to 17 (4,600 to 13,000 miles per hour). Read more for a video on detonation engines and additional information.
When you combine a hovercraft and all-electric plane into one, you get REGENT’s Seaglider. This aircraft can transport commercial passengers and critical cargo, thanks to its range of 180 miles and the ability to travel at a top speed of 180 mph, all the while leveraging existing dock infrastructure. There are a variety of modes that allow for safe operations across a diverse set of environments. Read more for a video and additional information.
Set to enter service by the end of 2025, Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 10X is claimed to have the largest cabin and most advanced technology yet on a business jet. Its top speed of Mach 0.925 and range of 7,500 nautical miles, enables it to fly nonstop from New York to Shanghai, Los Angeles to Sydney, Hong Kong to New York or Paris to Santiago, Chile. On the outside, it features a completely new fuselage with extra-large windows that are nearly 50 percent larger than those on the Falcon 8X. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
Ever wonder what the largest helicopter that the U.S. Navy uses looks like? If so, then look no further than the Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon, which currently has two missions: taking part in the Airborne Mine Counter Measure (AMCM) mission as well as the Navy Vertical Onboard Delivery (VOD) mission. It stands 28-feet tall, measures 99-feet in length, and has a max gross weight of 69,750-pounds with a top speed of 172 mph. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NASA announced today that it has awarded a contract to Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. of Burlington, Massachusetts, for a national campaign of community overflight tests using Lockheed Martin’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology research aircraft. It’s powered by a single General Electric F414 capable of reaching Mach 1.5 (990 mph) and cruise at Mach 1.42 (940 mph) at 55,000 ft with 22,000 lbf of thrust. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Stratolaunch LLC successfully completed the second test flight of the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan. The 385-foot wingspan aircraft managed to fly for 3 hours, 14 minutes over the Mojave Desert and reached a maximum altitude of 14,000-feet. Pilots prepared this carrier aircraft to support launches of its upcoming hypersonic testbed vehicle, called the Talon-A. The latter is a fully reusable, autonomous, liquid rocket-powered Mach 6-class hypersonic vehicle measuring 28-feet in length with a wingspan of 14-feet, while having a launch weight of approximately 6,500 pounds. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines was forced to cancel a flight after a man threw six coins into the plane’s engine for good luck. Fortunately, the airport workers noticed coins on the floor under the engine in a pre-takeoff inspection. Around 150 passengers were escorted off flight GX8814 from Weifang to Haikou, in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Hainan, for further inspection as well as their safety. Read more for a news segment and additional information.
Forget drones, or at least when you need to transport cargo, because that’s where Kaman Air Vehicles’ K-MAX TITAN comes in. It’s touted as the world’s first heavy lift unmanned helicopter for the commercial market, capable of lifting up to 6,000 pounds with superior performance in hot and high conditions. The UAS was designed to focus on enabling safety and operational efficiency, while redefining the helicopter external lift market by increasing future mission capabilities in any location as well as weather. Read more for a video and additional information.
Tony Albert has always been fascinated with fighter jets, but actually becoming a pilot might have been a possibility. So, he built what could quite possibly be the most realistic virtual reality flight simulator setup yet. It consists of a Thrustmaster USB HOTAS system, CH Pro rudder pedals, a Thrustmaster MFD button panel set, and an HP Reverb G2 VR headset. Once the headset is put on, it almost feels like you’re actually in the cockpit of a plane. Read more for a short video and additional information.