Category Archives: AIRCRAFT

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

EC145 “Mercedes-Benz Style” helicopter takes to the sky

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(credit: Daimler)

a year on after the debut of the EC145 ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ concept at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 2011 (EBACE), Eurocopter unveiled the first ready aircraft yesterday at the EBACE 2011. this first product from ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ will be handed over to an European customer after the exhibition. Mercedes-Benz’s designers created the interior for the EC145 that is tailor-made for luxury-class business and private travel. Continue reading EC145 “Mercedes-Benz Style” helicopter takes to the sky

Firebird: an unmanned aircraft, yet can be flew by a pilot

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(credit: Northrop Grumman)

UAV or unmanned aerial vehicles are greatly used by defense forces around the world. it has proven itself in the field of reconnaissance and have provided invaluable information that are critical for winning a conflict. it does all this while keep our soldiers free from harm, miles and miles away. however, there are times when you do need a human pilot to be there to exercise sound judgement and collect the data that only the wonder of human mind can do. Continue reading Firebird: an unmanned aircraft, yet can be flew by a pilot

ICON Sport Aircraft Can Be Yours For $139k, Takes Delivery In 2015

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(credit: ICON Aircraft) ICON Sport Aircraft | from US$139,000.00 | www.iconaircraft.com

you don’t need millions to take to sky yourself, well, at least for those who are residing in the United States. all thanks the change in regulation by FAA in 2004 that resulted in a creation of the new Light Sport Aircraft category. that’s where ICON Aircraft, founded in 2005, decided to bring “flying to the masses with a sexy plane that breaks the mold on everything the industry has come to expect over the past 50 years.” Continue reading ICON Sport Aircraft Can Be Yours For $139k, Takes Delivery In 2015

could AvA 299 DROP concept helicopter replaces Ski Lift?

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(credit: Timon Sager)

if designer Timon Sager has his way, future snowboarders would be riding the AvA 299 DROP helicopter to the peak for a thrilling snowboarding ride downhill. Timon’s concept helicopter is a purposed designed coaxial helicopter specifically to bring snowboarders to locations that are not accessible by your usual ski lifts. Continue reading could AvA 299 DROP concept helicopter replaces Ski Lift?

you can buy The Cavalon gyrocopter for EUR65000

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(credit: Auto Gyro via Gizmag) The Cavalon | €65,000.00 | www.auto-gyro.com

another exciting announcement for those who are rich enough for personal flight. i am talking about you being the pilot and not as a passenger. announced recently and showcased during the recent Aero Friedrichshafen 2011 is The Cavalon gyrocopter from Germany-based Auto-Gyro. for the uninitiated, the history of gyroplane dated back to 1923 when the father of gyroplane, Juan de la Cierva, flew his “auto-gyro” for the first time. Continue reading you can buy The Cavalon gyrocopter for EUR65000

dream of flying? you can, with the FlyNano for $36,000

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FlyNano | from €25,000.00 | www.flynano.com

no, the FlyNano is not a concept. it is a real flying machine that weighs under 70 kg. you read that right. this aircraft weighs less than me. how is that possible? but the truth is, it is a reality now. the brain behind the breakthrough FlyNano personal air transport is Aki Suokas, an aviation consultant, flight designer and enthusiastic pilot. ten years ago, Suokas envisioned a new flight design that would weight less than 70 kilos and today, this dream is being realized. Continue reading dream of flying? you can, with the FlyNano for $36,000

this gyrocopter is inspired by sports cars and motorcycles

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(credit: Daniel Kocyba)

a picture is worth a thousand words. case in the point: the Fliege – Supergiro gyrocopter featured here. one look, you will known it is personal and it is a helicopter of sort. need we say more? designer Daniel Kocyba cited his inspirations from sports cars and motorcycles. the pilot’s seat form the main part of the aluminum frame while information (presumably, the aircraft essential info) will be projected to the pilot’s helmet. yes, the pilot will have to wear a helmet. overall, it is a gorgeous aircraft but i got a hunch that it will remain as a concept. the blades up there does look a little too threatening to our heads. don’t it? Continue reading this gyrocopter is inspired by sports cars and motorcycles

$60 million iPad controlled Gulfstream G550 Visions Edition

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(credits: Stefan Radev)

we have seen iPad being integrated into yacht and automobile, but one integrated with an aircraft? it gotta be the first. seriously, do you trust an iPad-controlled aircraft? for me, it’s a yes as long it doesn’t fiddles with the flight control. conceived up by Spain-based industrial designer Stefan Radev, this reportedly $60 million Gulfstream G550 concept had a makeover that ranges from the exterior livery to the luxurious interior design. Stefan Radev called it the Visions Edition. Continue reading $60 million iPad controlled Gulfstream G550 Visions Edition

the next time you spot a seagull, it could be a robot

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(credit: Festo)

now, it is not only hummingbird that we must be aware of. the next seagull you spot could be a flying robot. the upside is, it won’t poop on you indiscriminately or a take a bite off the food from your picnic basket, but the downer is, it could be spying on you. Festo has just unveiled the next generation of flight, dubbed the Smart Bird, which mimics a real flying seagull. you won’t believe how real it is to the real seagull. check out the video clip after the break to witness it for yourself. constructed out of ultra-light weight materials such as carbon fiber and sensitive control electronics, this piece of magnificently engineered bird weighs in at just 450 grams. strictly speaking, it weighs much lesser than your iPad 2. Continue reading the next time you spot a seagull, it could be a robot

modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft

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(image credit: Hawker Beechcraft)

sometimes, for the sake of efficiency we have to take a step back in terms of technology. not everything that’s sleek, mean and shiny can be as efficient. this is exactly what the U.S. Air Force has realized with the operations in Afghanistan. USAF uses the A10 to provide battlefield surveillance and close air support to friendly troops which means expending valuable flying hours in an airspace that’s predominantly uncontested. so the idea is to use an aircraft that has the same capability but with a lower cost of operation. the answer is a modern day turboprop trainer aircraft that has an uncanny resemblance to a World War II fighter aircraft. Continue reading modern turboprop turns into surveillance aircraft