Category Archives: AIRCRAFT

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

Spike S-512 Supersonic Business Jet

since the ‘demise’ of the Concorde, air travel has pretty much ‘slowed down’ quite a bit in respect to speed. everyday folks with money to drop and who wish to travel any faster can no longer do so, however, this is set to change with the Spike S-512 Supersonic Business Jet, an upcoming private jet that will inevitably change the landscape of air travel, well, at least for the wealthy folks. the brainchild of Boston-based Spike Aerospace, the S-512 is a small 18-passenger jet capable of cruising at mach 1.6 (1,100 mph or 1,770 km/h), which will cut typical flight time by half, if not more. this means that a regular flight from New York to London would take less than four hours instead of 6-7 hours on current commercial jets. Continue reading Spike S-512 Supersonic Business Jet

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

SkyRunner Flying Car

you have read a lot about flying cars, but until now none has come close to fruition and so the SkyRunner Flying Car you see here is your best bet for a road-running vehicle that can take to sky. technically, it qualifies as a flying car because it can actually takes to the sky, but it isn’t quite the flying car you might have dreamed of. it has no wings and it look like just another regular all terrain vehicle, but when it comes the time to take this machine off the ground and across some lake standing in your path, it has a parasail and a massive pusher propeller to do just that. it has a body made of fiberglass and carbon fiber, and is powered by a 1.0-liter EcoBoost Direct Injection Turbo engine that puts out a healthy 92 kW (123 hp) and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque, mated to a four-speed transmission, giving it a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h) and takes just 4.3 second to launch its sub-1000 lbs weight from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h). Continue reading SkyRunner Flying Car

3DR Iris Quadcopter UAV

the line between radio controlled aircraft and UAV (or drone) is being further blurred by new entrants such as the 3DR Iris Quadcopter UAV. actually, we are not sure if we should refer the Iris as a UAV or a radio control quadcopter, but one thing we are sure is that these things are a lot easier fly than it was a decade ago. thanks to technological advancement, miniature flying machines like this Iris can be flown without much experience. the drone can be controlled by an Android tablet or phone (iOS coming soon) or with a nine-channel radio control transmitter (see what i mean by “blurring the line”?) and features a single touch takeoff and landing when controlled though the mobile app. planning of “mission” is as easy: all it takes is tapping on the map and drawing out the path that you want the Iris to take. Continue reading 3DR Iris Quadcopter UAV

Lehmann Aviation LA300 UAV

you heard about the prowess of the camera onboard the Nokia 1020, but we bet you didn’t know you could harness that 41MP awesomeness for aerial photography as well. amazingly, you can with the new Lehmann Aviation LA300 UAV. the LA300 is officially, the world’s first drone to utilize a smartphone’s high resolution camera for capturing high definition professional images for orthophoto and DEM applications and since it is a smartphone, it also means you can choose to take advantage of the handset’s cell network to stream live video footage for live surveillance. aesthetically, the LA300 looks identical to its sibling, the LA100, launched late last year, but instead of piggy-backing a GoPro camera, this new craft has a purpose built underbelly that allows you to attached a Nokia 1020 smartphone for aerial imaging and it is designed for long range missions with the same autonomous capability that requires no piloting skills at all. Continue reading Lehmann Aviation LA300 UAV

Martin Jetpack Arriving in 2014 for 150 Grand

in what seems like an infinite phase of development and testing, James Bond-wannabes finally will have a glint of hope of seeing the Martin Jetpack taking to the sky next year. the latest prototype P12, seen here clad in a new striking paint job, features various tweaks including changing the position of the ducts for enhanced performance and maneuverability. despite its namesake, the Jetpack does not use aviation fuel and is instead powered by a 200 hp petrol engine and as you can see, it is not as tiny as a backpack like it was fantasied in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball – you know, for practicality sake cos’ it has to do more than just 20 seconds in the air and go a whole lot farther and higher. speaking of which, the Martin Jetpack has a fuel capacity of 45 liters which gives it about 30 kilometers range and the aircraft is capable of an altitude of 8,000 feet and fly up to a speed of 60 mph. Continue reading Martin Jetpack Arriving in 2014 for 150 Grand

Saker S-1 Personal Jet

we almost wanted to term the Saker S-1 Personal Jet a Fighter Jet, but it isn’t one. Saker Aircraft, the establishment responsible for this fighter jet-like personal jet, described the S-1 as “where military performance and style meets general aviation” which could only mean one thing: it is freaking awesome. and yet, this aircraft is totally capable of up jetting up to 0.99 Mach – a little short of breaking the sound barrier (and in fact, it can cos’ theoretically, it has a top speed of Mach 1.1), which also means, this bird is pretty damn fast. though bearing the form of the menacing, gas-guzzling fighter jet, it however, uses 20 percent less fuel than “the competitors” – all thanks to fuel-efficient Williams FJ44-4 engines and advanced aerodynamics that drastically minimized the drag, and with 5,000 hour TBO on the engines, it cost only $2 per nautical mile to operate which, if you already can afford its $7 million asking price, is well considered as cheap to operate. Continue reading Saker S-1 Personal Jet

XploreAir Paravelo Flying Bicycle

it wouldn’t be fair to call the XploreAir Paravelo the world’s first flying bicycle, as the world have seen a handful of attempts (including this one here). however, the Paravelo would be the first bicycle to achieve practical, sustainable flight of up to a ceiling of 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) and attains an air speed of 25 mph (40 km/h or about 22 knots) and makes 15 mph (24 km/h) on land. obviously, we can’t expect our humanly legs to power us through the air at 25 mph for 3 hours each time and so the Paravelo’s specially designed bike-airframe is fused with a bio-fuel sipping motor that drives a large rotor fan and a flexible wing (more like a paraglider) to achieve that result. and mind you, this is not a whiteboard stuff – this thing really takes flight. though it would require an open space without obstructions (and reasonable level ground) about the size of a football pitch to take-off. there’s no talk about its landing, but it is safe to assume the same amount of space would be required, so your hope to take this to your local shopping mall might be dashed somewhat – unless the mall happens to have a large open ground next to it (if not, you might as well cycle there, or look forward to the Hirobo HX-1). Continue reading XploreAir Paravelo Flying Bicycle

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

Aeryon SkyRanger Small Unmanned Aerial System

we don’t always tell you how to spend your hard earned dough (ok, maybe we did most of the time). there are times where we just want to share some interesting finds, such as this cute little guy known as the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS. it is highly portable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that falls under the small Unmanned Aerial System (or sUAS) category. Aeryon Labs has chosen quadcopter as its platform for its portability and ease of use, and despite its diminutive size (it weighs around 5 pounds and measures 40 inches across), it is totally capable of sustaining in a wind speed and gust of 40 mph (65 km/h) and 50 mph (90 km/h), respectively. its pleasing enclosure is the result of a ruggedized and weather-sealed construction that promises to brave extreme elements and capable of operating in temperature between 22 degrees and 122 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 degrees to 50 degrees Celsius). Continue reading Aeryon SkyRanger Small Unmanned Aerial System