It's been quite a month for electric aircraft. First, the Solar Impulse 2 broke distance and duration records when it flew from Japan to Hawaii. Then, two competing teams both claimed to have made the world's first electric flight across the English Channel.
Now, Germany's PC-Aero says that its Elektra One Solar has become the
first solar-electric plane to cross the Alps in both directions.
Newly-designed aircraft cabins for Swiss International Airlines are
aimed at making long-haul flights more comfortable for holidaymakers and
more productive for business travelers. Designed by PriestmanGoode, the
cabins will provide passengers with more space, storage and privacy.
An electric aircraft has crossed the English Channel for the first time. The question is, which one is it? On Friday, Airbus Group announced that its E-Fan technology demonstrator claimed the prize by flying from Lydd, Kent to Calais. However, it soon came to light that French Aerobat Hugues Duval had flown from Dover to Calais 12 hours earlier on Thursday in a Cri-Cri electric plane. Exactly which one gets in the record books may hinge on a technicality.
Flying around the world on only the power of the sun turns out to be more of a stop-and-go affair than even the team behind Solar Impulse 2
may have guessed. The solar-powered, single-pilot aircraft began
circling the globe from Abu Dhabi back in March, but must now remain in
Hawaii until early August. While Swiss pilot and Solar Impulse
co-founder André Borschberg survived a record-breaking five-day flight from Nagoya, Japan to Oahu with just minimal sleep, SI2's batteries didn't all fare so well without rest.
One of only two Mk.1 Spitfires still able to fly today has sold for a record amount at Christie's auctions. The gavel fell at £3,106,500 (US$4,784,010) on the painstakingly restored RAF Spitfire P9374, far exceeding pre-auction estimates of £2.5m.
Ever since the retirement of Concorde, the aviation industry has looked forward to the rebirth of civilian supersonic air travel.
The question is, will it be an airliner or something else? Spike
Aerospace is betting that it will be a business jet – to be specific,
the Spike Aerospace S-512 supersonic jet, which was unveiled as a concept in 2013. The company has now released its latest design.
Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Hawaii after completing its record-breaking
longest leg of the Round the World Solar Flight, that began last March
in Abu Dhabi. With pilot André Borschberg at the controls, the
solar-powered, single-pilot aircraft touched down today at Kalaeloa
Airport just west of Honolulu on the island of Oahu at 5:55 HAST (15:55
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Solar Impulse 2 has started smashing records even before the longest leg of its round-the-world flight is complete. At around three quarters of the way to its next touch down in Hawaii, the single-pilot aircraft has broken the world records for longest distance and duration for solar aviation, with the record for longest ever solo flight of any kind thrown in for good measure.
If a NASA experimental program pans out, the first aircraft on Mars
could be a flying wing. Under development at NASA Armstrong, the
Prandtl–m is a flying wing glider designed to fly piggyback with a
future Mars rover mission to provide low-altitude reconnaissance. It's scheduled to begin test flights later this year.