Aeromobil flying car prototype makes its first test flight

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Stefan Klein, a designer from the Slovak Republic, has announced the first flight of his Aeromobil Version 2.5, a flying car prototype he has been developing over the last 20 years. This vehicle is a strikingly beautiful design with folding wings and a propeller in the tail. But will its flight capabilities match its looks? (Photos and video)

 

 

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Drone pilots get stress disorders as much as pilots of manned aircraft do

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Researchers with the Defense Department have found in a first of its kind study that pilots of drone aircraft experience mental health problems like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft who are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

 

 

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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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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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Amazing Photos of Stunt Glider Crashing Into Runway

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Amazingly pilot Mike Newman walked away from this crash with just a few injuries.

This is the moment when a stunt glider slammed into a runway ahead of 15,000 horrified fans at Shoreham air show. Astonishingly pilot Mike Newman, 35, crawled out of the wreckage of the high performance Swift S-1 aircraft after the cockpit broke up on impact. (Pics)

 

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Low Cost Airline Wants Flight Attendants to Fly Planes in Case of Emergency

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Inside the cockpit of a 747.

A low-cost airline wants flight attendants to fly airplanes in case of emergency. The reason: Having two pilots in the cockpit is too expensive. That’s great, because I really can’t wait to see Steven Slater landing a 747 at JFK.  (Videos)

 

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World’s First Glass-Bottomed Hot Air Balloon Makes Heart Stopping Maiden Flight

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World’s first glass-bottomed hot air balloon.

These stomach-churning images capture the moment the world’s first glass-bottomed hot air balloon took its maiden flight today ahead of the 2010 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. (Pics and video)

 

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