EmbraerX, the air taxi division of Embraer, first launched an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft concept in June, 2019. This year, they followed it up with the PULSE. This concept is basically a private jet and self-driving car in one, all based around a central docking pod. This transparent can quickly transition from a VTOL aircraft to autonomous vehicle. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Virgin Galactic announced today the successful completion of its first SpaceShipTwo test flight from Spaceport America, marking the inaugural solo flight of VSS Unity in New Mexico, an important flight test milestone in preparation for commercial service. It took off with VSS Unity attached to the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, and the vehicles climbed to an altitude of 50,000-feet before Unity was released, at which point VSS Unity flew freely for the first time in New Mexico airspace.
Pilot Bryan Keith took his Grumman Tiger for a low altitude flyby over the closed runway of Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) in Victorville, California. This is where you’ll find over 400 planes in long-term parking from various airlines, including Delta, Southwest, and more, due to the decrease in passenger flights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more for a video and additional information.
Italy-based Aviointeriors knows that once coronavirus-related travel restrictions are lifted, many will still be hesitant to fly, but the firm has unveiled a solution to keep passengers safely distanced. They tout the new seating system can be delivered within as little as six months, while a simpler retrofit concept could arrive within two months. Read more for additional pictures and information.
In the real world, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft that was first flown in 1955. As of today, more 172s have been manufactured than any other aircraft. It was even used in 1958 to set the world record for refueled flight endurance, but the FAI has since stopped accepting new entries, so the record still stands today. Read more for an incredible home flight simulator setup based on this aircraft.
There’s the V-22 Osprey, and then Bell’s V-280 Valor, a tiltrotor aircraft being developed by Bell and Lockheed Martin for the United States Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. It’s designed for a cruising speed of 320 mph, a top speed of 350 mph, a range of 2,100 nautical miles and an effective combat range of 580 to 920 mi. Read more for a video and additional information.
DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) robot consists of a single arm capable of operating a plane’s controls, and not only doubles as an onboard trainer, but as a co-pilot as well. It’s currently designed as a drop-in avionics and mechanics package that can be quickly deployed to a wide variety of fixed / rotor aircraft, whether it be a Cessna or B-52. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Leigh Coates
British inventor Richard Browning founded Gravity Industries Ltd back in March 2017, and since then, he’s unveiled the Daedalus Mark 1, a jet pack that uses several miniature jet engines to achieve vertical flight. Each of the kerosene engines are rated at 22 kg of thrust, and pilots use their arms to control the direction and speed of the flight, whilst being shown fuel consumption among other usage data within the head-up display inside the helmet. Read more to see Leigh Coates take flight.
Boeing has developed the Future Attack Reconnaissance Attack (FARA) Aircraft for the U.S. Army. This battle ready machine is a thrust compounded single-main rotor helicopter with a six-bladed rotor system, single engine, tandem seating and a modular, state-of-the-art cockpit with a reconfigurable large area display and autonomous capabilities. Read more for a video and additional information.
Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier and member of the SkyTeam alliance, has just received its first A350-900, becoming the launch operator of the latest-generation widebody aircraft in Eastern Europe and CIS. Fetauring a distinctive new livery that embraces its almost 100-year heritage, 28 private Business Class suites with full-flat seats, 24 Comfort Class with extra legroom and 264 Economy Class. Plus, each seat comes equipped with a Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system, HD screens and Wi-Fi connectivity/ Read more for two videos and additional information.