Thrustcycle wants to make flying bikes a reality, starting with the Gyrodrone, designed by Clyde Igarashi, which uses two propellers for vertical lift-off, and two gyroscopes for stability. Its counter-rotating gyroscopes are powerful enough to keep the bike stable even when kicked, which means that high winds should be no problem. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Lilium Jet Air Taxi could hit the skies before its previously announced launch of 2025, as it has already completed its maiden flight tests. This was originally planned to be sold as a private aircraft, but this all-electric VTOL aircraft is now designed for Uber-like air taxi services. Read more for another video and additional information.
Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller, U.S. Air Force
Aerial refueling is just as crazy as it sounds, and to be more specific, refers to the process of transferring aviation fuel from one military aircraft (the tanker) to another (the receiver) mid-flight. The two main refueling systems are probe-and-drogue, and the flying boom, the latter which offers faster fuel transfer, but requires a dedicated boom operator station. This procedure enables receiving aircraft to remain airborne longer, extending its range or loiter time on station. Read more for another video, more pictures and information.
Here’s another look at Koncepto Millenya, a flying vehicle that was handcrafted by Filipino inventor Kyxz Mendiola over the past six years. It makes use of 16 motors, 16 propellers, and 16 computers, with the initial carbon fiber prototype capable of flying at up to 20 feet, while offering enough power for a flight time of 10-15 minutes. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Astro Elroy sounds like something straight from “The Jetsons”, but it’s real, and this passenger drone also provides fully autonomous flight should the need arise (package deliveries, etc.). It boasts adaptive flight control, fiber optic internal communications, field-oriented motor control, and encrypted communication channels. Want it to take you somewhere? Simply punch in the destinations on the Glass Cockpit Avionics flight support, which uses a secure 4G network to transmit data. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Airlander 10, a 302-foot-long hybrid airship, is currently the world’s largest aircraft, but managed to crash softly on its second flight into the grass near its hangar at a U.K. airfield shortly after take off. Fast forward to today, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the aerospace company behind the airship, showed the public what traveling inside one would be look. The interior by Design Q features a full, spacious bedrooms, glass floors, and room for up to 19 passengers on three-day expeditions. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
The A-10 was designed for close air support (CAS) of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy ground forces. R/C enthusiasts Kurt Totsch recently brought out his massive A-10 Warthog Thunderbolt II model to the Barone Rosso Airshow 2018, complete with a 30mm gun. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Terrafugia has started taking orders for its Transition flying car, and deliveries will start in 2019. Just to recap, it’s capable of running on normal petrol, can hit a max speed of 100 mph in the air and has a cruising range of 400 miles. It transitions into car mode in less than a minute at the press of a few buttons and is capable of driving at highway speeds. That’s not all, the company recently unveiled the TF-2, which is basically a flying minivan with a detachable pod configuration for passengers or cargo. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
The world’s longest flight, 10,400 miles from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey, landed at Newark International Airport around 5:30 A.M. local time last week after a whopping 17 hours and 25 minutes, aboard the Airbus A350-ULR. “Newark to Singapore, London to Perth, JFK to Manila – man that’s crazy if you think about it. We are just throwing these new routes in. We are going farther than ever before. We are reaching new places that would originally take one or maybe even two stops to get to,” said AirlineGeeks founder Ryan Ewing. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
Ever wonder what could happen if a drone were to crash into a plane in mid-air? Researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute wanted to find out, so they launched a DJI Phantom 4 drone into the sky from a cannon, which then crashed into a Mooney M20 airplane. This experiment was designed to mimic a midair collision between a 2.1-lb drone and an airplane at a speed of 238 miles per hour. Continue reading for another drone plane close-call compilation and more information.