October 8, 2007 In a move designed to accelerate the development of viable and sustainable clean fuels for commercial aviation, Boeing will team up with Air New Zealand and Rolls-Royce to conduct a biofuel demonstration flight planned for the second half of 2008.
Own your own brand new Cessna for a touch over a hundred grand – it’s an offer many are finding too good to refuse. The Cessna SkyCatcher Light Sports Aircraft
seems to be the right product at the right time – the all-metal, high-wing twin-seater monoplane is easy to fly (or learn to fly), very good looking and at a price point that's within a wallet’s stretch for aviation fans. Plus it has one of the most trusted names in aviation written down the side. Perhaps this is why it’s been selling like crazy since its July launch with the company now reporting orders for more than 850 aircraft.
September 27, 2007 Honda Aircraft Company has released further details of the interior design concept for its forthcoming HondaJet
. Expected to set a new standard for interior space and comfort, the focus will be on human fit, ergonomic efficiency and safety for the customer. Billed as the fastest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class, first deliveries of the US$3.65 million aircraft are expected in 2010.
September 27, 2007 Fledgling company Ad-Air
has announced plans to target airline passengers with enormous flight path ads at the world’s busiest airports. The first of its kind project will see digitally printed ad skins of 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) – that twice the size of London’s Trafalgar Square – placed within view of window seat passengers.
September 26, 2007 Despite early concerns, Boeing has delivered its new EA-18G Growler carrier planes
to the U.S. Navy on time and under budget. Closely related to the F/A-18F Super Hornet, the Growler is specially equipped with tactical jamming pods, self-defense missiles and high-speed anti-radiation missiles to suit its electronic warfare
The €300,000 Lisa Akoya seems to open up a new category of aircraft
. Designed to fly from airstrip to yacht to ski slope, the sporty multi-access amphibian
caters perfectly to the business/leisure niche of the very wealthy. Entirely built from high-tech composite materials and capable of landing on a mere 100-metre strip, the luxurious
Akoya also features a swivelling wing to make it storable in a narrow garage or on a yacht.
September 11, 2007 Using new solar array technology and a tailor-built autopilot system, QinetiQ’s
Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
has nearly doubled the official world record time for the longest duration unmanned flight with a 54 hour flight achieved during trials at the US Military's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
September 6, 2007 The aeronautical world is mourning the loss of visionary inventor, designer and engineer Dr Paul MacCready, who passed away on 28 August 2007. Among his very long list of accomplishments, he was most widely known as the "father of human-powered flight
". Using a craft he created, the Gossamer Condor, MacCready
made the first sustained, controlled flight by a heavier-than-air craft powered solely by its pilot's muscles.
September 5, 2007 Successful testing of an aircraft mounted laser weapon system has been carried out by the US missile defense agency and industry partnership team at Edwards Air Force base in California. The Airborne Laser
(ABL) team has demonstrated the ability to point and focus the Lockheed Martin developed Beam control/Fire control system on an airborne target.
August 31, 2007 The US Airforce has announced the deployment of a new squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into combat zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. Capable of carrying a payload of 3,750 pounds, the jet-fighter sized MQ-9 Reaper can fly at 300mph, reach 50,000 feet and stay airborne for 14 hours at a time. The "hunter-killer" UAV also incorporates Infrared, laser and radar targeting and is capable of deploying precision guided weapons.