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Your Jetsons Flying Car is Here...

Published Friday, April 28, 2017. Category: Airplanes

Flying "cars" are closer than ever to becoming a reality....well, sort of. There are quite a few companies that have introduced early-stage models. Terrafugia has actually flown a couple of prototypes. Sadly, none of these models seem to be very realistic or practical. Lilium may change all of that.

And the World's Largest Aircraft is....

Published Friday, March 28, 2014. Category: Airplanes

What's larger than a Boeing 747 and the Antonov An-225 (the previous record holder for the largest aircraft)? It's the Airlander from Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV). The Airlander isn't an airplane though, it's an airship (think blimp). It can be flown by a crew and also be flown via remote control.

First Private Supersonic Jet Won't Have Windows but Streaming Screen Walls

Published Thursday, February 20, 2014. Category: Airplanes

The first supersonic jet designed for private use, the Spike S-512, will not have windows. It's not that people don't like windows. Windows cause drag, add weight and generally make the design of a plane more complicated. Instead, the S-512 will have huge video screens that will project live video of the outside world.

In the '30s, Bugatti Designed the 100P, an Incredibly Advanced Airplane that Never Flew

Published Friday, February 14, 2014. Category: Airplanes

Bugatti is known for designing some mighty fine automobiles, but did you know that in 1937 Ettore Bugatti designed the 100P, one of the most technically advanced airplanes of its time?

Delivering Beer Via Drone Not Cool Says FAA

Published Wednesday, February 05, 2014. Category: Airplanes

It seems like the news is full of drones lately (we're talking about the self-flying, helicopter, kind of drones). Lakemade Brewery decided a drone would be perfect for delivering cases of beer to ice fishermen who didn't want to leave their fishing cabins on the frozen lake. When the FAA caught wind of this, they said no dice!

FlareAssist Helps You Find the Ground When Landing

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Category: Airplanes

John Pursey had one too many hard water landings in his SeaRey amphibian plane. This led him to put his knowledge of electronics to good use and invent an ultrasonic device that tells the pilot (via the headset) exactly how far above the surface the plane is flying.

Southwest Airlines Monitors Water Vapor for National Weather Service

Published Thursday, December 19, 2013. Category: Airplanes

Water Vapor (or humidity) is one of the missing ingredients in real-time weather prediction. Knowing how moisture levels change in the atmosphere is incredibly helpful in predicting whether severe weather storms will produce rain, hail or snow.

A Jet-Powered Biplane? Oh yeah!!

Published Monday, December 09, 2013. Category: Airplanes

John Klatt Airshows and Jack Link's Beef Jerky announced at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) in Las Vegas that they will introduce a 1929 Waco biplane that has a jet engine on it.

Watch How a Sensenich Wooden Propeller is Made.

Published Monday, December 02, 2013. Category: Airplanes

Sensenich has been making wooden airplane propellers since 1932. Later, in 1949 they expanded into the airboat propeller market.

Is There a Flying Electric Car in Your Future?

Published Saturday, November 23, 2013. Category: Airplanes

A Recent patent filing by a little-known company named Zee.Aero has brought light to what appears to be a future electric flying car.

Synergy Aircraft. A Revolution in Design

Published Thursday, November 21, 2013. Category: Airplanes

John McGinnis doesn't claim to have discovered new aerodynamic principles. He does believe, however, that he is the first person to harness and combine several proven but underutilized drag-reducing technologies. Together, these aerodynamic ideas "promise the largest practical fuel economy breakthrough in history."