Honeywell Schedules first Non-Stop Trans-Atlantic Biofuels flight

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Will biofuels replace standard jet fuel one day?

An important milestone in aviation biofuels: Honeywell has scheduled for today the world’s first trans-Atlantic non-stop jet flight powered by biofuel. Flying between Morristown, New Jersey and Paris will be a Gulfstream corporate jet carrying company executives and powered by a 50-50 blend of aviation biofuel and petroleum.

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New Zealand Inventor Readies “Jetski For the Skies” That Could Revolutionize Aviation

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The jetpack is expected to be commercially available in the next 18 months.

New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin aims to have his “jetski for the skies” on the market within 18 months.  He has created  a jetpack suitable for everyday use by ordinary people with no specialist pilot training. (video)

 

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Using Your Cellphone in Flight Won’t Really Crash Your Plane

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You don’t have to worry about bringing everything crashing down if you accidentally forget to turn off your phone before takeoff.

No one wants their plane to crash, and no one wants to cause a scene during a flight. So, diligent passengers that we are, we turn off our gadgets when we’re told to. But no one’s dying if you don’t.

 

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History of the Flying Car – Part Six: The SoloTrek

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The SoloTrek XFV (Exo-skeletal Flying Vehicle) was a single-person VTOL aircraft. It was first flown in December 2001 by Millennium Jet Inc, a private company run by Michael Moshier. Millennium Jet subsequently changed its name to Trek Aerospace Inc. The SoloTrek had one seat and was propelled by two ducted fans located above and on either side of the user, leading some to class it as a type of backpack helicopter. It ran for around 2 hours on gasoline fuel. According to Michael Moshier, SoloTrek was capable of hovering for up to two hours, flying at 100km/h and travelling more than 200km. (pics)

 

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History of the Flying Car – Part Four: The CarterCopter

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CarterCopter

Is it a plane? Is it a rotorcraft? No! It’s the CarterCopter. This unique craft is a hybrid between an airplane and a rotorcraft which uses its main upper rotor for take offs, landings, lows speed flying and hovering and its secondary aft rotor for high speed flying. (Pics)

 

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History of the Flying Car – Part Two: The Curtiss Autoplane

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Curtiss Autoplane

The 1917 Autoplane, designed by the aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss, is usually cited as the world’s first flying car.  The Autoplane married a flivver (resembling a Model T) to a biplane–make that triplane.  The car, patented in 1919, was capable of short hops–bunny hops, to be exact. It tried but never achieved sustained flight. (Pics)

 

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Airline Will Sell Standing Room Only Tickets for $6 But You’ll Have to Pay Extra to Use Toilet

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How the vertical airline seats might look

Air passengers might soon be able to fly from just $6, with ample leg room to boot.  There’s just one small catch, it seems – they’ll have to stand.

 

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FAA is Looking Into Unmanned Commercial Flights

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Insitu’s ScanEagle Drone – Boeing subsidiary Insitu will provide two unmanned aerial systems for the FAA’s flight tests.

The Federal Aviation Administration wants you to fly the robot-friendly skies, but the regulatory overseer has more than a few challenges to overcome before it can extend that invitation in earnest. The FAA today announced it has added a research project aimed at figuring out exactly how the U.S. can safely fold unmanned aircraft into its national infrastructure and eventually the airspace it governs.

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Star Trek-like Replicator? Electron Beam Device Makes Metal Parts, One Layer At A Time

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Electron beam freeform fabrication process.

A group of engineers working on a novel manufacturing technique at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., have come up with a new twist on the popular old saying about dreaming and doing: “If you can slice it, we can build it.”

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