Kitty Hawk, a Palo Alto-based startup backed by Alphabet Inc. co-founder Larry Page, has unveiled Project Heaviside (HVSD), named after British physics and mathematics pioneer Oliver Heaviside. This all-electric aircraft is claimed to be 100-times quieter and faster than a traditional helicopter. When fully charged, it has a range of 100-miles and is 1/3 the weight of a Cessna. The aircraft can be flown manually or autonomously, with the ultimate goal being the ability to fly as well as land anywhere. Read more for a video and additional information.
Jorge Manalang went to work at O’Hare International Airport on Monday and ended up “saving the day in Chicago.” How so? He managed to ram an out-of-control beverage cart on a tarmac with another vehicle before it could harm any of the numerous employees on the ground or the airplane right behind it. Someone managed to capture this event on camera and promptly uploaded it to social media. Read more to watch.
UPS’ Flight Forward drone subsidiary was granted a Part 135 Standard certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which allows the company to expand its delivery service in campus settings, like hospitals and universities. In other words, UPS pilots are now able to fly drones beyond their line of sight, which opens the door for the delivery company to expand Flight Forward. To start, they are doubling the number of drone flights it does for its flagship customer, Raleigh, North Carolina-based WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Read more for a video and additional information.
The McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II is a single-engine ground-attack aircraft capable of vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL). It’s primarily employed on light attack or multi-role missions, and used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the Spanish Navy, and the Italian Navy. This second-generation Harrier Jump Jet are expected to be replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II some time during 2025. Read more to see what the vertical landing looks like from the cockpit of another aircraft.
Beijing Daxing International Airport was officially opened to the public on September 26, 2019, with the first commercial flight landing there at 10:12 (UTC+8) that same day. It will serve as a hub for SkyTeam alliance airlines and some Oneworld members, and after nearly five years of construction, the $63 billion structure features a 7.5 million square foot terminal sitting on 18 square miles of land, making it the world’s largest airport. Read more for a video and additional information.
Remote-controlled airplanes are nothing new, but Dipper, created by researchers at ETH Zurich, is a flying machine that not only takes to the skies, but is capable of to diving from the air directly into water. To reduce water resistance, Dipper folds its wings into laminated carbon fiber. Will there eventually be drones you can buy that do this? Most certainly, and we hope sooner than later. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
The Volocopter 2X, a multi-rotor aircraft, is officially the first air taxi to take off from an International Airport, or Helsinki International Airport to be specific. Unlike other test flights, this one was fully integrated with the airport’s Air Traffic (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) systems. Their latest model features 18 rotors and a full stabilization system that enables it to carry two passengers plus hand luggage at up to 68 mph. Read more for a video and additional information.
The U.S. Air Force’s Boeing X-37B spaceplane just broke its spaceflight-duration record by spending 718-days in orbit as of today (Aug. 27). All of its missions thus far have been classified, but some believe that it’s being used to test reconnaissance and spy sensors, specifically how they hold up against radiation as well as other hazards of orbit, while other say that it’s used for testing a version of the EmDrive electromagnetic microwave thruster. Read more for a video and additional information.
Flying taxis are coming soon, and some of them will look like Volocopter’s all-new VoloCity. This all-electric aircraft can seat two adults comfortably and offers autonomous flight as well as in-app summoning functionality. Currently, it’s been designed to meet European Aviation Safety Agency certification standards, and comes equipped with 18 rotors. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The newly opened TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, United States is housed in the former TWA Flight Center airline terminal that originally opened in 1962, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. This hotel added two buildings on either side of the existing headhouse and contain a total of 512 rooms between them. Read more for a video tour, additional pictures and information.