Four years ago, MIT made history with a real-life ion drive model plane. It was a major breakthrough in aircraft propulsion. Fast forward to today, a Florida startup has unveiled the new design of its silent eVTOL drone powered by ion propulsion.
Shows like M.A.S.K. and Back to the Future II set an unrealistic expectation for flying cars. I mean, when we talked about flying cars, most people would imagine a regular-looking car that, you know, just flies. Gullwing doors are a bonus, of course, but shouldn’t open like Matt Trakker’s Thunder Hawk in order to fly …
Honda is no stranger to making things that fly. After setting its foot firmly in the private jet’s arena, the automobile company has revealed its plan for a “new mobility ecosystem”.
Even before eVTOL becomes a norm, an aerospace startup is already planning to introduce what it called “flying electric hypercar.” And the startup, called Urban eVTOL (UEV), is not started by just anyone; it is by VTOL and eVTOL inventor, Pete Bitar, who has more than 14 patents under his belt.
It has been several years since a new personal air transport called Blackfly by Opener was revealed. The good news is, it is still alive. Yay. The California-based aerospace outfit has recently carried out a human flight demonstration at the EAA AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft is not new. So is eVTOL with wings loaded with vertical lift rotors. But Cavorite X5 eVTOL from Canadian aerospace company is not the regular wings-with-vertical-lift rotors VTOL. It has a patents-pending wing system, a fan-in-wing design, that promised “highly efficient operational flight.”
With the rapid advancement in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, you know it is a matter of time that some is going to propose a VTOL business jet. The Pegasus Vertical Business Jet or VBJ by Johannesburg-based Pegasus Universal Aerospace (no relation to Marvel’s Project PEGASUS) is one such proposition.
We had this piece of news on our hands for more than week. We hesitated because, we are not sure if we could explain what it is in a nutshell. On one hand, we welcome the fact that someone is thinking outside the box in the area of electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) propulsion, …
We are totally not surprised that Kitty Hawk’s supposed flying car is no longer a thing. The plug has been pulled on that one. Instead, the company is embarking on an electric plane proper which it dubbed Project Heaviside.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just take off and soar the sky like a bird? Sadly, we are no X-Men and the closest a person can get to taking off just like that would be an air vehicle like the Watfly Atlas EVTOL.