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Unusual VTOL, Cormorant, Is What Future Helicopters May Look Like

Just when we thought mankind has reached the apex of aircraft design with respect to vertical takeoff aircraft like the helicopter, Israel firm Tactical Robotics came around and introduce a whole new concept of VTOL, or vertical takeoff and landing, vehicle. Formerly known as AirMule (which is exactly what it is designed to do, btw), Cormorant UAV is Israel take of VTOL that employs internal rotor blades for lift and horizontally-mounted ducted fans for thrust, and it is designed to transport troops, civilians, or cargos, in locations where even helicopters can’t go. Continue reading Unusual VTOL, Cormorant, Is What Future Helicopters May Look Like

Volocopter Made First Manned Flight, Inches Toward Personal Air Mobility

Started out as a rather crude and dangerous multi-rotor flying rig, e-volo’s first aircraft has evolved into Volocopter VC200 which made its unmanned flight late last year. Fast forward to 2016, this VTOL personal air transportation vehicle has achieved yet another milestone: armed with the permit-to-fly in Germany, it made its first manned flight in March this year. The aircraft took to the sky at Airfield Bruchsal with Alexander Zosel, director of e-volo GmbH, at the stick. Alexander piloted the VTOL craft, circling and hovering at a height of around 20-25 meters. While it did not make high ceiling, it was nevertheless an important milestone and inches a step closer to the reality of joining the handful of personal flight. Upon landing, Alexander said: Continue reading Volocopter Made First Manned Flight, Inches Toward Personal Air Mobility

You Will Probably See Airvinci Ducted Fan Drone Sooner Than Flying Cars

While flying car seems to be far from a reality at this point, there’s no lack of companies pushing to make everyday commute a jam free one with the use of personal flying transportation. RC helicopter maker Hirobo is one of them. China’s Ehang is another and now, Canadian startup Airvinci (no prize for guessing what or who inspires the company’s name) has its own vision of near-future transportation. Simply called Airvinci, this ducted fan vertical take-off and landing or VTOL aircraft stands out as one that can be outfitted for transporting a lone human or as a heavy-lifting delivery drone, or for situations where airlifting is required. Continue reading You Will Probably See Airvinci Ducted Fan Drone Sooner Than Flying Cars

Boeing Partners With Peugeot Design Lab to Create A Helicopter

Peugeot Design Lab is unlike any automobile design house. First of all, it is own and operated by the French automaker and secondly, it does a whole lot more than turning up fancy cars. It has food truck, timepiece, collectible toys, jewelry, piano, furniture and more, under its growing design portfolio. Now, it can proudly add helicopter to the list. Yes. You heard that right. Peugeot designed a helicopter, well, sort of. There’s not going to be a Peugeot-branded heli; that helicopter is in fact a product of Airbus’ helicopter division. Continue reading Boeing Partners With Peugeot Design Lab to Create A Helicopter

Sikorsky S-97 Raider Coaxial Helicopter Officially Unveiled, Claims 253 MPH Top Speed

and here we are thinking that coaxial rotor helicopters are pretty much dead. well, at least ‘dead’ in real aircraft and wouldn’t even dream of it being developed for military operations. we couldn’t be more wrong cos’ Sikorsky, the pioneer in helicopter design and manufacturing founded by American Russian aviator Igor Sikorsky, has unveiled the first of two S-97 Raider armed reconnaissance rotorcraft featuring X2 technology designed for military operations. the S-97 Raider uses a rigid X2 rotor coaxial design and features next-generation technologies in a multi-mission configuration, boasting a flexible cabin space capable of accommodating six combat-equipped personnel or additional fuel and ammunitions for extend missions. additionally, the craft can also be loaded with an array of weapons and sensors as per mission requirements. Continue reading Sikorsky S-97 Raider Coaxial Helicopter Officially Unveiled, Claims 253 MPH Top Speed

Volocopter VC200 Multicopter

remember the e-volo? the multicopter that caught our attention about two and half years ago? (apparently, the original prove of concept was dubbed as a VC1). well, it has evolved, or rather the company behind has came up with another awesome way of taking to sky and it sure is a whole lot safer and less intimidating to the pilot, and oh, it seats two now. billed as the world’s first green helicopter, the Volocopter VC200, as it is called, is a completely new take of the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) manned aircraft and like its predecessor, lift comes from multiple electric motors and in this instance, it has eighteen of them (and thus qualifies it as a multicopter). one of the goal of the Volocopter is make flying a little less perplexing and due to the use of separate electric motors for lift, it is simpler to construct and is also deem safer as the multi-rotor setup will allow the aircraft to land safely even if some of the drives fail. Continue reading Volocopter VC200 Multicopter

Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter breaks 300MPH

for all intents and purposes, helicopters are never designed for speed, but for hovering which allows them to perform what traditional fixed wing crafts can’t and go to places where other crafts can’t. as such they have been doing pretty damn well in areas such as transportation of crews to and from oil rigs and ships, ferrying casualties, as well as search and rescue operations. so it may seem that a helicopter don’t quite need to be fast, but that hasn’t stop Eurocopter from experimenting that possibility of breaking the helicopter speed barrier. the Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter, which we featured on two occasions (here and here), is the experimental aircraft that attempts to bring the best of fixed wing aircraft to a VTOL vehicle and the result, is nothing short of brilliant: this EC-155-based helicopter with wings (albeit stubby ones) and propellers recently topped 263 knots (303 MPH or 487 km/h), proving that helicopter – if you do it right – could be as fast and thereby expanding its applications. Continue reading Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter breaks 300MPH

Eurocopter EC145 BRABUS Limited Edition Livery

we probably won’t get there and so, we will never understand why should one pimp up their personal chopper like we did to our down-to-earth four-wheelers. if you happen to spend more time being zipping through the sky more than rolling on solid ground, then we suppose it’s only a logical progression that you might want your sky ride to have that unique look. it is like pimp my ride, the heli chapter, and if you happen to own one of these beauties, the Eurocopter EC145, then you are in for a treat. the BRABUS Limited Edition Livery by BRABUS Private Aviation presents an option to make your EC145 chopper stands from the rest. Continue reading Eurocopter EC145 BRABUS Limited Edition Livery

Hirobo HX-1 Personal Electric Helicopter

Hirobo HX-1 Personal Electric Helicopter
Hirobo HX-1 Personal Electric Helicopter | ¥10 million | www.hirobo.co.jp

pulling your hairs over the ever frustrating traffic condition? well, that might be a thing of the past if the Hirobo HX-1 Personal Electric Helicopter becomes a reality, commercially. Hirobo, a company best known for its radio controlled helicopters, is not the usual firm that you expect to develop a full-scale man-piloted machine but here it is, the HX-1 that looks more like a vehicle of choice for Bond than a personal transportation and an emergency relief vehicle it was designed for. this coaxial one-seater vertical takeoff flying machine is capable of achieving 97 km/h (60 mph or around 52 knots) for a duration of up to 30 minutes. Continue reading Hirobo HX-1 Personal Electric Helicopter

Pininfarina Edition Agusta AW139 Helicopter

Pininfarina Edition Agusta AW139 Helicopter
Pininfarina Edition Agusta AW139 Helicopter | US$tba | www.agustawestland.com

Italian coach builder Pininfarina is no stranger to the world of automotive and its name is often synonymous with the epitome of luxury and design excellence. so you will expect the same refinement whatever the Italian automotive designer have their hands on. one such example is the Pininfarina Edition Agusta AW139 Helicopter. to be fair, the twin Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67C powered, five-rotor Agusta Westland AW139 isn’t the newest of new aircraft but with an interior souped by the legendary Italian firm, you can expect nothing less than the ultimate in luxury and style. Continue reading Pininfarina Edition Agusta AW139 Helicopter