Podcasts

Podcast: Batteries the Solar Airplane Challenge

Batteries the Solar Airplane Challenge »

Producing electrical power from the sun has come a long way, and solar cells are getting remarkably efficient. But where to put all that power remains the issue for pure electric aircraft. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Rich Kapusta of California-based Alta Devices about the issues and the opportunities. More

Podcast: Dr. Frank Anton Of Siemens On The Road Map To Hybrid Aircraft

Dr. Frank Anton Of Siemens On The Road Map To Hybrid Aircraft »

Dr. Frank Anton from Siemens AG attended this year's Electric Aircraft Symposium, where he spoke with AVweb about the possibilities of electric-powered flight and, more practically, Siemens's own plan to introduce viable hybrid aircraft over the next two decades. More

Podcast: Preparing For Failures In An Electric Future

Preparing For Failures In An Electric Future »

Heading into a world of electric aircraft, we need to know on which systems we can rely and to what extent. Michael Ricci from LaunchPoint Technologies spoke with AVweb at the Electric Aircraft Symposium about parallel redundancy, failure mitigation, and how fly-by-wire has set the standard for reliability in future designs. More

Podcast: Pilot Not Included -- Sanjiv Singh Addresses the Challenges of Autonomous Aircraft

Pilot Not Included -- Sanjiv Singh Addresses the Challenges of Autonomous Aircraft »

Self-flying aircraft are coming, says Sanjiv Singh of Near Earth Autonomy, though it may be a while before they're safe and reliable enough to carry passengers. Singh spoke with us at the Electric Aircraft Symposium in Santa Rosa, California about the remaining problems to be solved, both technical and regulatory. More

Podcast: Airbus And The Electric GA Airplane

Airbus And The Electric GA Airplane »

AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Airbus's Ken McKenzie about the European giant's foray into electric aviation at the Electric Airplane Symposium in Santa Rosa, California. More

Podcast: Gift of Education

Gift of Education »

It's taking a roundabout route, but a Sonex kit complete with engine is heading to a youth program in Georgia. AVweb's Elaine Kauh spoke with Sonex GM Mark Schaible about the generous gift that benefits youth not only in Georgia but all over the country. More

Podcast: Breitling Jet Team Debuts

Breitling Jet Team Debuts »

The Breitling Jet Team, a seven-ship formation team that uses L-39 Albatros trainers, is starting its first U.S. tour at Sun 'n Fun this week. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with team lead Jacques Bothelin. More

Podcast: Commercial Use of LSAs?

Commercial Use of LSAs? »

The FAA is exploring the idea, and the small airplane groups are gathering the information. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Dan Johnson of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) at Sun 'n Fun 2015. More

Podcast: Rod Rakic on the Growth of OpenAirplane

Rod Rakic on the Growth of OpenAirplane »

Rod Rakic's vision of a nationwide airplane rental network is now a reality, with OpenAirplane nearing 10,000 members. "We're taking away a lot of the friction of renting an airplane," said Rakic when we caught up with him at Sun 'n Fun. More