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Tag: Aircraft

FAA Forms Study Group to Examine Expanded Use of Gadgets on Aircraft

FAA Forms Study Group to Examine Expanded Use of Gadgets on Aircraft
Back in March of this year, we mentioned that the FAA had agreed to re-examining restrictions on gadgets during commercial aircraft flights. The FAA announced this week that it has formed a government-industry group to study the use of certain consumer electronics devices during flights.

Hypersonic X-51A WaveRider Test Flight Today

Hypersonic X-51A WaveRider Test Flight Today
I’ve always had a fascination with flight. My favorite aircraft is the SR-71 Blackbird. The Blackbird was a spy aircraft that ventured into enemy territory for many years with nothing but speed and altitude for defense.

Students Set Record for Human-Powered Helicopter

Students Set Record for Human-Powered Helicopter
A team of students at the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering have been hard at work trying to perfect one of the ideas that many inventors and pioneers of aviation have tried to achieve for many, many decades.

Flexrotor UAV Takes off Like a Helicopter, Flies Like an Airplane

Flexrotor UAV Takes off Like a Helicopter, Flies Like an Airplane
The military in the United States and other militaries around the world are making heavy use of unmanned aerial vehicles these days. UAVs are being used for many reasons with one of the main reasons being that a UAV allows aircraft to be put into action without a pilot being placed in danger.

X-47B UAV: Can Skynet Be Far Behind?

X-47B UAV: Can Skynet Be Far Behind?
Yep, the US military is set to put the first part of Skynet into motion. The first part of the system that John Connor will need to fight is already in development. The craft is called the X-47B and it has been designed to require no human interaction to carry out its military mission.

Solar Ship: Air Ships Taking To the Skies with the Power of the Sun

Solar Ship: Air Ships Taking To the Skies with the Power of the Sun
I just love airships. I wish I could travel all over the world in an blimp. Sure, it would take longer than a 777, but it would be way more relaxing. I wish that there would be airships all over the place, kind of like in the TV show Fringe.

New Airships to Hit Canada: A Bit of Fringe Up North

New Airships to Hit Canada: A Bit of Fringe Up North
I’ve always enjoyed airships. They’ve been featured prominently in Fringe, in the other universe. It’s a shame that there aren’t more around, but that might not be for long. Hybrid Air Vehicles will be making some futuristic giant blimps to supply remote communities in the Northern parts of Canada.

Lockheed’s Samarai Drone Design is Based on a Maple Seed

Lockheed’s Samarai Drone Design is Based on a Maple Seed
Each fall I end up spending some time outside with the kids chasing leaves. They think it’s a riot to see if they can catch a leaf before it hits the ground as it falls from the tree.

Green Siemens Airplane is the Chevy Volt of Aviation

Green Siemens Airplane is the Chevy Volt of Aviation
I have always wanted to learn to fly, since aviation is an interest of mine. It’s been very interesting over the last few years to see the giant push for green vehicles in the automotive sector spill over into aviation.

Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter Hits 232 knots

Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter Hits 232 knots
Helicopters are awesome, but they have some drawbacks. The fantastic thing about the helicopter is that it can land and take off vertically needing no more space to do so than it takes to clear the rotors.

Helicopter Emulates Falling Maple Seed Pod: I’m Never Getting in One of These Things

Helicopter Emulates Falling Maple Seed Pod: I’m Never Getting in One of These Things
Riding in a helicopter can be a thrilling, and sometimes harrowing experience. But this helicopter design is one that I can say that with certainty that I would never, ever set foot inside of.

Martin Aircraft Presents Their Real Jetpack!

Martin Aircraft Presents Their Real Jetpack!
A company from New Zealand is going to start selling flying jetpacks commercially. Strangely enough, these real jetpacks cost $75,000, which is less than the earth-bound JetLev Flyer which we posted about yesterday. The Martin Aircraft Company jetpacks have about 200 HP coming out of their dual propellers.

The Airplane Hangar Gets Extremely Literal

The Airplane Hangar Gets Extremely Literal
I always wondered why they called it an airplane hangar. This clever wall hook system is definitely a clever play on the airplane hang(e)r concept. Created by Kolja Clemens of Germany’s MOM, these cool aluminum airplanes are just the right size and shape for hanging up your leather bomber jacket or flak jacket.

Micro Rc Helicopters Are a Perfect Way to Waste Time at the Office

Micro Rc Helicopters Are a Perfect Way to Waste Time at the Office
I have to say that I have always wanted to pilot a radio-controlled helicopter, though I’ve learned that doing so isn’t as easy as I initially had thought. Experienced R/C pilots have told me that helicopters are really hard to pilot.

Parrot Ar Drone Helicopter has Streaming Video and iPhone Controls

Parrot Ar Drone Helicopter has Streaming Video and iPhone Controls
This new toy is so cool that I’m almost speechless. It’s a quadricopter and it’s got a camera on board! The AR.Drone from Parrot is one amazing toy. It can be controlled via iPhone or iPod Touch thanks to WiFi and it will provide a live video stream of what it sees.

Rcx 4 Star Stryker Looks Nothing Like an X-Wing Fighter

Rcx 4 Star Stryker Looks Nothing Like an X-Wing Fighter
I was strolling down the aisles at the CES show today, when what did I see but a wondrous remote-controlled aircraft hovering in the sky. What was it that I spied? Nope, as much as I want to believe this airborne beauty is an X-Wing Fighter, it’s actually an RCX 4 Star Stryker, I swear.