Category Archives: AIRCRAFT

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

Lisa Airplanes AKOYA

Lisa Airplanes AKOYA
Lisa Airplanes AKOYA | US$tba | www.lisa-airplanes.com

supply and demand is a beautiful thing, and it is because of this correlation that we started to see small firms sprouting up and turning out light personal air transports that doesn’t cost an arm or a leg. supply comes from brilliant engineers and entrepreneurs with dare-to-do attitude, developing better but cheaper aircraft to enable near-regular folks to take to the sky. the demand, on the other hand, is the result of the frustration over the ever increasing congestion we meet on day-to-day basis, spurring us to look towards the sky for solutions. Continue reading Lisa Airplanes AKOYA

Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS

Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 UASSchiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS | US$tba | www.schiebel.net

thinking about going serious in your movie-making career? then perhaps, the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS could be an worthy investment. this Austrian-made unmanned aerial vehicle is not new but despite its military intend, it has recently proven itself that it is equally capable for a more peaceful role, such as getting a video rig up into sky to capture glorious, crisp and stable aerial shots for entertainment purposes. this unmanned air system, as Schiebel has called it, was integrated with CINEFLEX camera, a gyro-stabilized cinematography camera and had successfully executed a few days of shoot over in Austria. Continue reading Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS

Pal-V One Flying Car

when George Jetson graced the tube in his flying vehicle contraption, it tickled our imagination of a flying car. of course, this concept aren’t new as the world has seen quite a handful of attempts in making flying car a reality from as far back as 1917, but mostly did so looking too much like an aircraft than a car and without much obvious success. however, the Dutch-built Pal-V One has inched one step closer to a real flying car by combining a three-wheeled car and a gyrocopter. on the road, it is capable of getting from naught to 100 km/h in less then 8-second and maxing out at a 180 km/h top speed – making it totally capable of traveling side by side with any regular vehicles on today’s road while not looking out of place. Continue reading Pal-V One Flying Car

e-volo Multicopter personal air transport

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e-volo multicopter | US$tba | www.e-volo.com

the dream of taking flight with a personal air transport never fail to fascinate us and thus, when we heard wind of this awesome 80kg electric helicopter, we sit up immediately and take notice. developed by German firm e-volo, this odd looking aircraft, dubbed the Multicopter, consists of sixteen propellers that enable it to take off and land just like a conventional helicopter. powering these rather menacing propellers are sixteen electric motors, each having its own speed controller. there’s no pitch to talk about in this aircraft, hence negating the possibility of wear and tear. the onboard computers monitor the altitude and directional control automatically with the pilot sitting on an open cockpit, controlling the aircraft by means of a simple joystick, which works via fly-by-wire system. Continue reading e-volo Multicopter personal air transport

and you thought one wing aircraft couldn’t fly [video]

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(image credit: Lockheed Martin)

usually when we think aircraft, we imagine them to have a pair of wings or at least two blades. at least that’s how we perceive an aircraft would fly, but that will not be the case for SAMARAI, an unmanned drone that mimics the movement of the sycamore seeds. sycamore seeds are winged samara seeds that are able to travel far from their source of origin, thanks to their single wing that spin along with the wind. developed by Lockheed Martin, the SAMARAI is making its appearance at the AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2011 (August 16 – 19, 2011), happening at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. pretty amazing stuff, except that it is making way too much noise but then again, this is just the beginning of this new innovation. on the other hand, i really don’t see how this is going to make it as an operational ready drone in future. isn’t two wings or at least a pair of blades make the flight more effortlessly, and perhaps more silent? check out the SAMARAI flight tests video after the break. tell me that the SAMARAI is not taking a lot of energy to take flight. Continue reading and you thought one wing aircraft couldn’t fly

Shadowhawk – the most fearsome Radio Control helicopter ever

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(image credit: Vanguard Defense Industries)

there is absolutely nothing to fear about radio control helicopter, until the Shadowhawk comes around. even the name itself is enough to instill fear in whoever the Shadowhawk is after. with onboard arsenal like stun batons, shotgun with laser designator or grenades launchers, i’d be pissing my pants if i were being hunted by it. plus the fact that i would never be able to outrun this 7-foot beast’s top speed of 70 mph (about 113 km/h). Continue reading Shadowhawk – the most fearsome Radio Control helicopter ever

Siemens showcased first serial hybrid electric drive aircraft

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(credit: Siemens)

these days, air show is not just the show-off ground for huge jets and military demonstrations. at last week’s Paris Air Show, Siemen showcased its motorglider powered by the first serial hybrid electric drive to be used in an aircraft. this hybrid aircraft, dubbed the DA36 E-Star, has a 94-horsepower Siemens electric motor that powers the prop while a 40-horsepower Wankel rotary engine drives a generator that keeps the juice flowing to the motor. needless to say, a hybrid is necessary for airborne vehicle cos’ i am sure one cannot imagine what will happen if an electric flying machine runs out of juice in midair. Continue reading Siemens showcased first serial hybrid electric drive aircraft

Airbus envisions transparent aircraft for air travel in 2050

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(credit: Airbus S.A.S)

if you have an inherent fear for flying, then this concept pitched by Airbus is not going to make you feel any better. ahead of the upcoming Paris Airshow, Airbus unveiled the concept cabin of how we will travel in year 2050 – that is an aircraft constructed of bionic structure that mimics bird bones thus allowing for a lighter weight structure and open panoramic views – essentially making it transparent. well, more or less. however, the highlight is of course its amenities that will change the way we travel. Continue reading Airbus envisions transparent aircraft for air travel in 2050

Hoverbike might be a reality sooner than Hoverboard

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Hoverbike | US$tba | www.hover-bike.com

the name says it all: Hoverbike is a bike that hovers and in fact, it does much more than just hover. invented by one Chris Molloy from Australia, this awesome personal air transport can actually reach an airspeed of 150 knots (278 km/h) and is able to reach an altitude of more than 10,000 feet – all done while riding it like a motorcycle. while i am excited about the hoverbike but the idea of flying up to 10,000 feet riding like a motorbike does give the chill. perhaps, a parachute backpack will be a good idea here. more images of this exciting aircraft after the break. Continue reading Hoverbike might be a reality sooner than Hoverboard

Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter successfully tops 232 knots

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(image credit: Eurocopter)

remember the Eurocopter X3 Hybrid that we featured here last December? well, between then and now, it has reached another milestone. a test flight carried out on the May 12, the X3 managed a true airspeed of 232 knots (430 km/h) for a duration of several minutes under level flight. thanks to the upgraded gearbox that allows the X3 to operate under full engine power, maximizing its true potential. with this milestone, the X3 has performed better than its original goal of 220 knots (407 km/h). Continue reading Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter successfully tops 232 knots