Tag Archives: Helicopter

This Robinson R22 Is No Ordinary R22 Helicopter, It Is Completely Unmanned

More than likely, the mention of drone or UAV will conjure up the image of a quad- or multicopter, or something along the line of the Predator. What you see here is what one would not imagine as a drone, but the thing is, it is in fact a UAV. Wait. Isn’t that a Robinson R22? Well, it was. It has been converted by UAVOS to an unmanned drone, now called R22-UV. Continue reading This Robinson R22 Is No Ordinary R22 Helicopter, It Is Completely Unmanned

MD Helicopters’ Enhanced MD 696 Can Launch A Bunch Of Drones In The Air

American helicopter maker MD Helicopters may have just changed the face of close air support with the enhanced MD 969 Twin Attack Helicopter. First unveiled at the HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, last month, MD Helicopters also took to the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit at Nashville, Tennessee, to show off the light attack helicopter. Continue reading MD Helicopters’ Enhanced MD 696 Can Launch A Bunch Of Drones In The Air

Here’s The (Overdue) First Look At Sikorsky’s New SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter

Here’s a long overdue first look at Lockheed Martin-owned Sikorsky and Boeing new SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter developed for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program. The helicopter with a URL-unfriendly name is capable of flying at twice the speed and range of today’s conventional helicopters, while offering advanced agility and maneuverability (even though, it may not look like it). It may or may not make it as a defense used helicopter (it is, after all, a demonstrator), but the data gathered from it will help the Army to develop requirements for new utility helicopters that reportedly will enter service in the early 2030s. Continue reading Here’s The (Overdue) First Look At Sikorsky’s New SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter

Little Ripper Lifesaver Drone Saved Two Teens From Dangerous Riptide

Unexpected riptide can sometimes overwhelm even experienced swimmers and if that happens, the question of life and death depends on if someone or something can look out for beach users in distress. But with waves come crashing in, it sometimes can inhibit the line of sight, or even hear the call for help. This is where Westpac Little Ripper Helicopter Drone (officially, Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver) aims to make the difference between life and death. Continue reading Little Ripper Lifesaver Drone Saved Two Teens From Dangerous Riptide

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?

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

Meet The FCX-001, Bell’s Radical Take On The Future Of Helicopters

Since the invention of helicopter, the concept behind this vertical lift flying machine hasn’t changed much and that’s probably because the inner workings of such machines are crazy complex and any attempt to tweak a part or component may set off a chain of changes which are both costly and time consuming. But it looks like Bell Helicopter thought reinventing the wheel is nigh. Earlier last month at the HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas, the Textron Inc. company has let the world in on the company’s vision of the future of vertical lift aircraft which will also serve as the 3-D roadmap for delivering safer, smarter and more efficient rotorcraft solutions, said Bell. Continue reading Meet The FCX-001, Bell’s Radical Take On The Future Of Helicopters

The Weirdest Thing Happens When Camera Shutter Syncs To Heli’s Rotor

When a helicopter in motion is captured on video, what we saw is a phenomenon known as aliasing whereby we a general blur along with occasional pronounced blades that appeared to be rotating in alternating directions. However, if you managed to capture the footage at a frame rate exactly the same revolution per minute of the spinning object, such as in the example of a helicopter, it will appear as though the blades aren’t moving at all. Continue reading The Weirdest Thing Happens When Camera Shutter Syncs To Heli’s Rotor

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), Cormorant UAV is Israel take of VTOL that employs internal rotor blades for lift and horizontally-mounted ducted fans for thrust, and it is designed to transport troops, civilians, or cargos, in locations where even helicopters can’t go. Continue reading Unusual VTOL, Cormorant, Is What Future Helicopters May Look Like

Volocopter Made First Manned Flight, Inches Toward Personal Air Mobility

Started out as a rather crude and dangerous multi-rotor flying rig, e-volo’s first aircraft has evolved into Volocopter VC200 which made its unmanned flight late last year. Fast forward to 2016, this VTOL personal air transportation vehicle has achieved yet another milestone: armed with the permit-to-fly in Germany, it made its first manned flight in March this year. The aircraft took to the sky at Airfield Bruchsal with Alexander Zosel, director of e-volo GmbH, at the stick. Alexander piloted the VTOL craft, circling and hovering at a height of around 20-25 meters. While it did not make high ceiling, it was nevertheless an important milestone and inches a step closer to the reality of joining the handful of personal flight. Upon landing, Alexander said: Continue reading Volocopter Made First Manned Flight, Inches Toward Personal Air Mobility