Category Archives: AIRCRAFT

Aircraft is basically all things that flies, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Toys & Hobbies not included.

Parrot’s Newest Drones Are Here To Help Firefighters And Farmers

For an organization who knows drone like DJI did, it is a bit of surprise that Parrot did not dive into the commercial sector until of late when it positioned its consumer drones as 3D modelling and mapping. Anyways, it is a logical business progression which the French company is following up with two new drones, Bebop-Pro Thermo and Bluegrass, aimed at firefighters and farmers, respectively. The firefighting drone is, as the product name hinted, is based on the company’s Bebop drone. It does not fight fire per se (obviously…), but with a 14MP camera and FLIR One Pro thermal imaging camera, Bebop-Pro Thermo can serve as eyes in the sky during critical rescue missions. Continue reading Parrot’s Newest Drones Are Here To Help Firefighters And Farmers

Who Needs A Drone When You Can Fly A Mosquito Helicopter To Work?

How much time does it take for you to get from your suburban, luxurious mansion to your office in downtown during peak hours? I know right. It felt like forever. Well, if you want to make getting stuck in the traffic a thing of the past, my suggestion is, go check if you office tower has a helipad. Next, clear out your lawn of everything and if possible, get it cemented. After you do those, head down to Composite FX and order yourself a Mosquito XE Single Seat Helicopter and your stuck-in-traffic ordeal will be history. OK. To be honest, I am not sure if you can do that because the XE line of Mosquito helis is actually marketed as “affordable, high performance machine for helicopter enthusiasts,” and therefore, I am not sure if it qualifies as a proper air transportation. Continue reading Who Needs A Drone When You Can Fly A Mosquito Helicopter To Work?

Concept TIE-X Fighter Makes TIE Fighter Looks Truly Very Alien-ish

While many car designers work on outrageous car designs they couldn’t present to the board in the real-world, one Canadian automotive designer, Jason Battersby, who makes a living designing automobile for Audi, choose to take on the sci-fi route during his free time. Instead of turning out concepts that stays on the ground, Jason has came up with a brilliant iteration of Darth Vader’s secret advanced TIE Fighter which he calls TIE-X. Jason’s vision is a fictional in two folds: first, it is a spacecraft and second, it is a spacecraft to the theme of a hugely successful sci-fi franchise, Star Wars. I am not sure the original creator of Star Wars, George Lucas’ opinion on this, but for me, I have mixed feelings about this radical even by sci-fi standard design. Continue reading Concept TIE-X Fighter Makes TIE Fighter Looks Truly Very Alien-ish

Hoversurf’s Hoverbike Gets Inducted Into Dubai Police Department

In a short few months since the revealing of the real-life functional hoverbike, Hoversurf has apparently secured a deal to provide Dubai Police Department with the company’s low altitude flying machines for cop duties. However, don’t expect the Hoversurf to do pursuit duties though. It obviously won’t cut it in several departments. This ain’t no real-life The Fifth Element, yet. The Middle East kingdom’s police department has better vehicles, namely Bugatti, that will do better than zipping at 43 mph (70 km/h), albeit not sixteen feet in the air, and the Bugatti can definitely do a lot more than 25 minutes run while carrying way more than 660 lbs (300 kilograms) of gear. Continue reading Hoversurf’s Hoverbike Gets Inducted Into Dubai Police Department

You Can Buy Anything On Taobao, Including Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets

It is official. You can buy just about anything on Taobao for the cheap, now including used Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets. Yep. That’s plural right there because there are not one, not two, but three on the block and they are available on Taobao alongside other more mundane items like real estates, motor vehicles, and boats. These aircraft, all of which are Boeing 747-400ERF, were seized by a court in Shenzhen after its owner Jade Cargo went bust in 2013. Continue reading You Can Buy Anything On Taobao, Including Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets

China Offers ‘Affordable’ Counterterrorism Solution With Unmanned Attack Helicopter

It looks like China is a rapidly growing market that not only offers the world affordable alternatives to a myriad of consumers product, but it is now actively vying for a piece of the military hardware pie too. The unmanned attack helicopter, the AV500W, you see here from state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) is one such military hardware aimed at the global market. The AV500W was recently unveiled at the fourth China Helicopter Expo at Tianjin where over 400 helicopter manufacturers and vendors from 22 nations and regions participated. Continue reading China Offers ‘Affordable’ Counterterrorism Solution With Unmanned Attack Helicopter

Guy Builds Working ‘Hoverbike’ In Just Three Weeks In His Garage

Folks, this is FlytCycle, a garage-built ‘hoverbike’ that took mere three weeks to take it from nothing to flight. The project started sometime in late April and completed in May, but by July, this flying contraption has already clocked in numerous test flights. Powered by no less than ten electric motors, arranged in a two-tier setup, FlytCycle’s latest flight test proved that it is extremely stable in low level flight and hover, and it is well capable of flying a human operator. While FlytCycle did get an instrument panel of sort and a proper seat complete with arm rests, it does not, however, come with a proper flight sticks like an actual should have at this point. Continue reading Guy Builds Working ‘Hoverbike’ In Just Three Weeks In His Garage

DeLorean ‘Flying Car’ Is Not The DeLorean You Have Come To Expect

DeLorean did not promised us flying cars, but Back to the Future II sure planted that idea into our head. Since then, companies and individuals have not stop trying to make car fly, which now apparently includes the DeLorean. Wait, what? A flying DeLorean? A very interesting prospect that piqued a BTTF fan like me. But unfortunately, it won’t be the DeLorean DMC-12 that will fly. In fact, John DeLorean, the person responsible for the made-famous-by-movie iconic ride, is not behind this ambitious endeavor. Instead, it is Paul DeLorean, the legend’s nephew, and his startup DeLorean Aerospace, who will be making a flying DeLorean a reality. Continue reading DeLorean ‘Flying Car’ Is Not The DeLorean You Have Come To Expect

Manned Flight Of A 76-Motor Multicopter Is Simply Mind-blowing

We have not been tracking the scary yet cool manned multicopter flight for a while. A year on, it has transitioned from an intimidating flying contraption into something a lot less scarier. However, it does not mean it is any less dangerous; it still is and so, unless you know what you are doing, do not attempt to do the same at home. Also, it has became a lot bigger. Instead of eight exposed rotors setup in a longish setup, it now takes on a quadcopter layout but instead of four motors, each quadrant has a whopping 19 Turnigy Multistar Elite 5010-274Kv outrunner motors. Continue reading Manned Flight Of A 76-Motor Multicopter Is Simply Mind-blowing

The World’s Biggest Aircraft, Stratolaunch, Emerges From Hanger

If you don’t already know, co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen, has been involved in an interesting aerospace development. The company he is in, Stratolaunch Systems, has built an aircraft called the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft that is billed as the world’s biggest aircraft ever built. By the virtue of its non-swept wing wingspan that stretches a cool 385 feet (117 meters! That’s longer than an American Football field!), Stratolaunch’s air-launch platform out wingspan the largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, which comes in at 80 meters and it even dethrone the previous biggest aircraft, the Hughes H-4 ‘Spruce Goose’ Hercules which has a wingspan of 97.5 meters. Continue reading The World’s Biggest Aircraft, Stratolaunch, Emerges From Hanger