Sure, it’s no luxury superyacht for the sky, but the HondaJet Elite II is the fastest, highest and farthest flying business aircraft in its class. It has an expanded range of 1,547 nautical miles, increased fuel capacity, and a maximum takeoff weight of 11,000-pounds, complete with a redesigned ground spoiler that optimizes takeoff as well as landing field performance.
While the XPENG X2 flying car isn’t as unique-looking as the PHRACTYL Macrobat, it did complete its first public test flight in Dubai. This carbon fiber, electric two-seat flying car has 8-rotos and can reach altitudes of up to 3,281-feet, cruising at a comfortable 81 mph. On a full charge, you can expect up to 35-minutes on flight time.
Joby Aviation will have some competition from Wisk Aero and their sixth-generation autonomous, four-seat electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi when it receives FAA certification. This Boeing-backed startup leverages the same proven technology that accounts for more than 93% of automated pilot functions on today’s commercial flights, complete with innovative new technologies such as improved detect / avoid capabilities as well as sensors.
It’s official, the Eviation Alice electric plane has completed its first flight. The aircraft lifted off at 7:10 a.m. from Grant County International Airport (MWH) and flew for 8 minutes at an altitude of 3,500 feet. This demonstrator provided the company with valuable data to further optimize the aircraft for commercial production.
Far more compact than this flying hovercraft, the $777,000 USD XTURISMO flying hoverbike by Delware-based AERWINS Technologies made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show yesterday in a big way. How so? Company representatives provided the media with a live demonstration at the Coleman A. Young International Airport showing off some of its capabilities.
You can already buy a Jetson ONE, but the DARPA ANCILLARY is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that could be used by the military in the future. The AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY (ANCILLARY) X-Plane program aims to develop and flight demonstrate critical technologies necessary to advance vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), low-weight, high-payload, and long-endurance capabilities.
Hyundai’s Air-One may be where future air taxis land, including United Airlines’ new order of 200 four-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Eve Air Mobility. This eVTOL boasts a conventional fixed wings with rotors and pushers, which gives it an intuitive lift-plus-cruise design for safety, efficiency, as well as reliability.
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was far ahead of its time when the strategic reconnaissance aircraft debuted in 1966 to the public. It was capable of achieving speeds of Mach 3.2 at 85,000-feet, thanks to two Pratt & Whitney J58 axial-flow turbojet engines capable of generating a static thrust of 32,500 lbf.
First, there was the UFO-shaped N901ZX, now there’s the Zeva Aero Z2. This all-electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle is set to be revealed in the coming months with a blended-wing design that resembles that of its predecessors. On a full charge, you can expect to 50-miles of range.