160-Knot VTOL Flying Car Flown Says Company »

160-Knot VTOL Flying Car Flown Says Company

Lilium Aviation, of Munich, says it has flown a prototype of its all-electric VTOL tilt-engine aircraft that the company says will fly 160 knots in horizontal thrust configuration with a range of 180 miles. A video provided by the company of the first flight shows the aircraft, with what looks like a spacious automotive-style cabin, autonomously taking off vertically, turning tightly and transitioning to aerodynamic flight before landing vertically.

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Electric Aircraft: Enabled, Still Struggling For Market »

Electric Aircraft: Enabled, Still Struggling For Market

While electric aircraft have gained press notice, they’ve lagged in market penetration, partly because buyers don’t fully understand the potential for electric aircraft. “I think it all comes down to people’s expectations. The most straightforward form of an electric airplane is one powered by batteries and batteries will always be a factor on the airplane, which is hindering endurance and performance, “ says Tine Tomažic, a developmental engineer for the Slovenian Pipistrel Aircraft. Pipistrel is a leading developer of light, efficient aircraft and has two electric models in its line. Tomažic presented at the Sustainable Aviation Symposium this week in Redwood City, California, and we spoke with him for this recorded podcast.

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VTOL Urban Taxi Summit In Dallas »

VTOL Urban Taxi Summit In Dallas

Uber has attracted dozens of speakers from the aviation industry, government and technology sectors to a large summit on “urban air transportation” in Dallas this week. The Uber Elevate Summit kicks off Tuesday and features speeches and panel discussions on the promise and problems of having fleets of electric VTOL aircraft buzzing around major cities.

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SAS: Wright Plans For “Electric 737” »

Wright Electric, a San Los Obispo-based startup, aims to make every short commercial flight electric within 20 years by building what co-founder Jeff Engler calls their “electric 737.”... More

SAS: Fresno Hopes To Train In Electric Aircraft »

Subsidized by local funds from Fresno County, a fleet of four Pipistrel Alpha Electro trainers will be made available for primary training in California’s Central Valley late this year,... More

Sustainable Flight Center Stage In Silicon Valley »

The Sustainable Aviation Symposium (SAS) opened Friday morning in Redwood City, California, for two days of seminars and discussions about the future of efficient flight. The event has drawn the... More

Continental Working With FAA On Cam Gear AD »

Continental Motors is working with the FAA to dispel what they see as confusion and unnecessary concern about a mandatory service bulletin (MSB) issued by Continental Motors in early 2017 for a... More

BasicMed Course Imminent Says FAA »

An online course that will satisfy the aeromedical education requirements of the BasicMed regulations should be approved sometime next week, FAA representatives told AVweb Thursday. BasicMed... More

New GA Show Arrives In Tucson »

The inaugural U.S. Flight Expo kicks off early next month at Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ) near Tucson, Arizona. Show organizers say the event will focus on the markets other than certified... More

Malaysian First In Space-Based Aircraft Tracking »

The first airline customer for Aireon’s space-based ADS-B tracking services will be Malaysian Airlines, Aireon reported in a press release issued this week. Aireon is placing ADS-B receivers... More

CAFE Symposium Moves To Oshkosh »

The CAFE Foundation, which has held annual symposia in California since 2007 to explore new technologies for aviation, this year will host its event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the group announced this... More

 

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Flying Classics and Antiques

Flying Classics and Antiques »

Pilots trained on modern airplanes sometimes do not realize how easy they are to fly and experience culture shock when they discover that older airplanes require more work and finesse to fly well. More

Short Final:

Short Final »

Some years ago I was flying into a very congested London Heathrow Airport when I heard the following exchange withHeathrow Approach ... Heathrow: ”Speedbird 123, what is your position in the hold at Lambourne?" ... Speedbird:  "We are just turning outbound at flight level 200." ... Heathrow:  "Roger, Speedbird, could you possibly cross Lambourne inbound at 3000 feet?" ... Speedbird:  "Roger, I could probably make that, but I doubt if I could take my aircraft with me." ...... More

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AutoGyro USA hosts the world debut of new Gyro

AutoGyro USA is extremely proud and honored to announce that this year's Sun n Fun event taking place in Lakeland, Florida (March 4th thru 9th) has been chosen as the launch location for this eagerly anticipated and much talked about exciting new model.

Aviation Program Expands at Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is advancing its aviation program with the purchase of ten new planes from Cirrus Aircraft expected to begin arriving in June. The fleet of Thunderbird-red, fixed-wing planes features the Cirrus SR20 - a technologically advanced, easy-to-fly modern training platform that will prepare both flight instructors and students to fly tomorrow's commercial airliners, military and general aviation aircraft.

Flamingo Air Partners with U.S. Forestry Service To Help Combat Need for Avionics Electronics Technicians

Flamingo Air's Airline Ground Schools has announced it is now working with the United States Forestry Service to aid them in recruiting Avionics Electronics Technicians to work for the organization.