Bob Hoover, whose extraordinary aviation life included flying in World War II, test-flying for the Air Force and performing a unique airshow act demonstrating the laws of aerodynamics with a twin Shrike Commander, died this morning at age 94. Hoover was widely regarded as "the greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived,” as Jimmy Doolittle described him.
A local newspaper in the Silicon Valley has published photos of a test vehicle apparently under development by Zee Aero, a secretive company reportedly financed by Google founder Larry Page, which is working to develop a VTOL design that could be used as a “flying car.” The aircraft, seen in photos published online by the Monterey Herald, appears to be based on a Tecnam fuselage, with an array of small propellers mounted on booms in front of and behind the wing, and a pusher prop mounted beneath the tail.
NBAA will host its annual convention and expo next week, Tuesday through Thursday, in Orlando, Florida, with 27,000 visitors expected to attend. The event will feature more than 1,100 indoor exhibits and more than 100 aircraft in two static displays, at Orlando Executive Airport and at the exhibit hall. Dozens of education sessions are scheduled, covering topics of interest to those new to aviation as well as to flight-department veterans.