Crowdfunding is usually associated with consumer goods like smartwatches and drones, but XTI Aircraft Company of Denver, Colorado is hoping to score a double first with its TriFan 600. Pitched as the first commercially certified high-speed, long-range Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) airplane that combines the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed of an airplane, it's also the first major aviation project to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign in the wake of new rules approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
This July, we heard about how a group of aviation enthusiasts were building a flying replica of the radical Bugatti 100P racing aircraft. Named Reve Bleu (Blue Dream), it was undergoing taxi and engine testing at the time. This Wednesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, however, it made its first flight – and did a nose-plant at the end.
This July, PC Aero’s single-seater solar-electric Elektra One Solar airplane got some media attention by flying across the Alps in both directions within one trip. Starting in 2009, however, Solar Flight president Eric Raymond took his solar-electric Sunseeker II over the mountain range a number of times. This August, he did his own over-and-back trip … although this time he flew his two-seater Sunseeker Duo, which allowed him to bring his wife Irena along as a second pilot.
Dubai-based airline Emirates has announced a new service between Dubai, UAE, and Panama City, Panama. The firm says Panama City will be its first gateway into Central America and that the service will be the world’s longest non-stop flight. It will cover 8,588 mi (13,821 km).
You would expect any big drone to offer auto-stabilization and a built-in HD camera, but the SKEYE Mini fits both inside a palm-sized package. Gizmag Store is currently taking pre-orders at 34% off the regular price.
Felix Baumgartner rose to fame in 2012 by setting a new record for high-altitude skydiving. The Austrian jumped from an altitude of 128,100 ft (39,045 m) over Roswell, New Mexico, US. His latest stunt saw him at the controls of a Bolkov BO105 aerobatic helicopter, seeing how closely he could track a drift car.
If you were a classroom pilot at school, the PowerUp 3.0 paper airplane is your dream come true. A large, robust aircraft with a motor and smartphone remote control, the two-pack now on offer for 20% off at the Gizmag Store is perfect for dogfights.
In a recent challenge issued by NASA, university students were asked to
design an electric aircraft envisaged to enter service in
the year 2020 and be commercially competitive with standard piston-engine craft.
In response, the space agency received submissions from 20 universities
across the United States that not only met the brief but, in many cases,
went above and beyond to really the impress the judges. We take a look
at the top five prize winners.
If there's one area where the 21st century has gone backwards technologically, it's in supersonic passenger flight. With the grounding of the Concorde fleets in 2003, flying faster than the speed of sound reverted to a military monopoly, but that hasn't kept engineers from trying for a revival. Now Airbus' Marco Prampolini and Yohann Coraboeuf have been granted a US patent for an "ultra-rapid air vehicle" designed to fly at 20 km (12.4 mi) higher than conventional aircraft and over four times the speed of sound – twice the speed of Concorde.
Have you ever wished you could change the weather to be more like somewhere else in the world? Well, travelers at Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden can now experience just that. The airport's new Climate Portal simulates the weather from other locations in real time.