The British Royal Navy is a step closer to getting a fighter wing for its new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers after the F-35B Lightning II made a successful take off from a ski-jump on June 19 at Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland. The vertical and/or short take-off and landing (VSTOL) variant of the F-35B is being jointly tested by an Anglo-American team as part of the program to bring the aircraft into service with the Royal Navy and the US Marine Corps.
The age of steam is over – at least, as far as US aircraft carriers are concerned. At Newport News, Virginia, the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) successfully test fired a revolutionary Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), which replaces the steam catapults that have been standard carrier equipment since the 1950s. The test made a literal splash because it involved an unmanned dead-weight sled rather than an aircraft, which landed about a hundred yards off the bow of the still under construction vessel.
The 51st edition of the Paris Air Show got off to a rather gloomy start, with a gray sky threatening to spoil all the static and in-the-air fun. Thankfully, the rain never appeared and Gizmag joined spirited show-goers for a gawk at some splendid show spectacles.
A couple of days ago, we heard how Airbus Helicopters had announced the concept phase of its planned X6 heavy-lift helicopter.
That aircraft will borrow some features from the company's new H160
medium-lift model. Although the H160 was introduced at the Heli-Expo
trade show back in March, its first flight took place on June 13th and
was announced this week at the Paris Air Show.
When we first covered the news of the E-Fan's first public flight, Airbus was only showing an artist's impression of what the production model of the two-seater electric demonstrator could look like. But this year the company had a full-sized version on display at the 51st Paris Air Show. In addition to straining our ears to listen to hear the original aircraft in the air above Le Bourget, we got the opportunity to rub shoulders with the sleek and sexy E-Fan 2.0 electric pilot trainer.
Airbus Helicopters has just announced the launch of the concept phase of
its planned X6 heavy-lift helicopter. Over the next two years, the
company will be seeking input from corporate customers and evaluating
different designs. Possible applications for the aircraft could include
oil and gas missions, or search and rescue operations.
You'll likely remember Malloy Aeronautics' ambitious quadcopter Hoverbike from when Gizmag caught up with its creators last year.
Well, the company has been busy in the last 10 months, today announcing
a partnership with a Maryland-based military research firm to develop
the vehicle for the US Department of Defense. Gizmag caught up with the
Hoverbike team at the 2015 Paris Air Show.
If you thought that nano drones were downgraded versions of big drones, it is time to think again. The Axis Turbo-X can fly at 30 mph, with full 6-axis stabilization, and it currently has 40% off.
Small, single-engine aircraft are the mainstay of recreational flying, and provide many hours of generally safe enjoyment for hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts worldwide. However, with only one engine on-board, they are also often only a small malfunction away from becoming a heavy, unpowered glider in dire need of somewhere to land. To help improve this situation, researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and AXTER Aerospace have created an auxiliary electric propulsion unit designed to be installed in conventionally-powered light aircraft to both increase available power and provide extra range in the event of an engine failure.
Assembly is underway on Boeing's first 737 MAX. Due to enter service in 2017, the new single-aisle airplane promises to deliver reduced operating costs, more cabin-luggage space and better fuel economy than the Next-Generation 737 it will replace.