All-electric 300mi Range VTOL “Flying Car” Made Successful Maiden Flight

Ok. The Lilium Jet Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft (VTOL) from Munich-based aviation company, Lilium Aviation, is not quite a flying car; rather, it is a full-fledged electric aircraft, or more specifically, an electric VTOL. Clearly, not the first (NASA was among the first, albeit in scaled form), but it is a baby step … Continue reading All-electric 300mi Range VTOL “Flying Car” Made Successful Maiden Flight

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), … Continue reading Unusual VTOL, Cormorant, Is What Future Helicopters May Look Like

Aurora Wins DARPA VTOL X-Plane Experimental Plane Challenge

If there’s one aviation development that fascinates the military, it would be the ability to take-off vertically like helicopters do and travel at speeds like conventional aircraft. While this has been done, it was never wildly efficient. So, how do you make it even more ‘efficient’? Well, this is the challenge set out by DARPA, … Continue reading Aurora Wins DARPA VTOL X-Plane Experimental Plane Challenge

Krossblade Aerospace’s Skyprowler UAV is a Precursor to the Firm’s Future Personal VTOL Airplane

For the longest time in human history, mankind have been dreaming of flying cars. Even with today’s technology, flying cars are far from reality and one of the stumbling blocks is obviously landing and taking off. Up till today, flying car concepts all require runway or some sort of reasonably flat ground for taking off … Continue reading Krossblade Aerospace’s Skyprowler UAV is a Precursor to the Firm’s Future Personal VTOL Airplane

Boeing Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle Made First Flight

Bell Helicopter is doing it. Airbus and Audi is doing it too and so is Rolls-Royce. We are talking about autonomous air vehicle, or air taxi. While those aerospace giants are working on it, Boeing has revealed that on January 22, 2019, it has made the first flight with its own take called Boeing Autonomous … Continue reading Boeing Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle Made First Flight

Drone With Jumping Legs Will Revolutionize The Drone Industry

The mention of drones, two things came to mind: vertically take-off aircraft, often in the form of multi-rotor configuration (or in rare occasion, dual rotor, like a helicopter) or a fixed wing aircraft that pretty much designed to destroy. Both have its short falls. A multi-rotor aircraft sacrifices speed and payload for convenient take-off and … Continue reading Drone With Jumping Legs Will Revolutionize The Drone Industry

Bell Helicopter Show Off Air Taxi, Bell Nexus, At CES 2019

The race to develop a viable on-demand air transportation is on. At last year’s CES, Bell Helicopter revealed the cabin of its vision of air taxi and at this year’s CES, the Texas helicopter maker follow up with a full-scale Bell Nexus prototype. Ermmm. OK. It is more like a full-scale model than a prototype … Continue reading Bell Helicopter Show Off Air Taxi, Bell Nexus, At CES 2019

Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Service To Go On Trial In Finland Next Year

If you are wondering what Google’s parent company Alphabet is or has been doing, well, this is one of the many things the company is doing: delivery using drone. The idea is not new, though. Amazon is among the the first to propose this seemingly audacious idea, but soon the idea caught up with the … Continue reading Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Service To Go On Trial In Finland Next Year

Aston Martin Wants To Fly Into The Future With Volante Vision Concept

In addition to dreaming up its own “flying taxi,” aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce is also working with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, Cranfield University and UK’s luxury sports car marque, Aston Martin, on a “near future study” that explores autonomous hybrid-electric flying vehicle suitable for urban and inter-city air travel. Yes. You heard that right. Aston Martin … Continue reading Aston Martin Wants To Fly Into The Future With Volante Vision Concept

Opener Unveiled BlackFly Flying Car, But It Really Is An Ultralight Aircraft

According to Wikipedia, a flying car is “a type of personal air vehicle or ‘roadable’ aircraft that provides door-to-door transportation by both ground and air.” So, what really is a flying car? My definition would be a car-like vehicle that flies. Whether or not it is roadable is non-consequential (think Fifth Element). But I guess … Continue reading Opener Unveiled BlackFly Flying Car, But It Really Is An Ultralight Aircraft