Corvette-Size Electric Motor Seen Changing How Jets Taxi

By Thomas Black – Oct 11, 2012 9:01 PM MT As fuel prices continue to soar, airlines are studying new technology that may save more than $200,000 per jet every year. The breakthrough only sounds mundane: It’s all about how planes taxi. Travelers are familiar with the sight of low-slung airport tugs pushing aircraft away from the gate … More Corvette-Size Electric Motor Seen Changing How Jets Taxi

Beauty of Future Airplanes is More than Skin Deep

The process of starting with many possible solutions and narrowing it down to just a few. Image credit: NASA/Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation ›  Link to larger photo ›  View Future Aircraft Image GalleryA 20-passenger commercial aircraft design concept. Image credit: NASA/GE Aviation ›  Link to larger photo ›  View Future Aircraft Image GalleryThe “double bubble” D8 design … More Beauty of Future Airplanes is More than Skin Deep

New Center to Focus on Composite Materials and Aviation Safety

  The Composite Aviation Safety Center will allow engineers to design and manufacture test specimens representing aircraft parts made from composite materials— for example, fuselage sections, landing gear and wings. These specimens can be outfitted with embedded sensors to detect damage and monitor their structural integrity while being tested under various types of loading, for … More New Center to Focus on Composite Materials and Aviation Safety

Honeywell – Honeywell Technology Helps Pilots Avoid Hail And Lightning, Improving Passenger Safety And Comfort

Honeywell’s latest major upgrade to the IntuVue 3-D Weather Radar helps pilots to increase in-flight situational awareness and improve decision making in flight. Previously unable to anticipate either hail or lightning in their flight path, or turbulence at long range, flight crews are now able to predict the probability of severe weather up to 10 … More Honeywell – Honeywell Technology Helps Pilots Avoid Hail And Lightning, Improving Passenger Safety And Comfort

Solar-electric Advancing For Deep-space Propulsion

By Frank Morring Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology August 13, 2012 Working in the background, a relatively small group of U.S. spaceflight engineers has been figuring out just what it will take to get humans out of low Earth orbit to Mars, with stops along the way in cislunar space and perhaps on near-Earth asteroids. … More Solar-electric Advancing For Deep-space Propulsion

Must Read: China Airborne by James Fallows

  Greg Waldron   Depending on who you talk to, China is either the graveyard or the future for major airframers like Boeing and Airbus. It will also, supposedly, be the world’s greatest market for both general and business aviation, with millions of Chinese taking to the skies for pleasure and business. In China Airborne, journalist … More Must Read: China Airborne by James Fallows

Solar Impulse lands safely in Madrid

After a flight lasting approximately 17 hours, the HB-SIA prototype has finally landed in Madrid-Barajas airport at 01:28:50AM. The pilot, André Borschberg, made his way out of the cockpit, smiley and certainly happy to stretch his legs. “The flight went very well and thanks to the team of meteorologists, everything went according to the plan: … More Solar Impulse lands safely in Madrid

Synergy Aircraft Project at Kickstarter

Synergy Aircraft Project A Technology project in Kalispell, Mt by John McGinnis · send message Remind Me PROJECT HOME UPDATES 7 BACKERS 569 COMMENTS 36 ABOUT THIS PROJECT We’re building the proof that an airplane can be awesome, comfortable, and incredibly efficient all at the same time. Please join us to become part of an exciting grassroots project that’s already making history! Synergy: A bold new future for aviation. In this second … More Synergy Aircraft Project at Kickstarter

Aero-TV: L-3 Avionics’s GH-3900 — A Whole New Attitude

L-3 Continues Pushing The Envelope For Standby Instrumentation During ANN’s amazing sweep through all the news that came about as a result of the extraordinary week that was AEA’s 2012 Convention and trade Show, we saw some truly amazing gear. One of the more intriguing introductions came with L-3 Avionics Systems announcement their updated and … More Aero-TV: L-3 Avionics’s GH-3900 — A Whole New Attitude

NASA takes synthetic vision to the next level

By Jim Moore Assembling cameras, an eyeglass frame, and a tiny projector is easy enough. The result may profoundly increase safety and efficiency for general aviation and commercial aircraft alike by putting the world outside right in front of a pilot’s eye, visible through clouds thick and thin. A truly effective “virtual reality” display on … More NASA takes synthetic vision to the next level

XCOR Aerospace Hits Route 66 with Experimental Motorcycle Street bike used as platform to test propulsion parts for Lynx Suborbital Vehicle XCOR Senior Engineer Mike Valant on XCOR’s experimental motorcycle, designed to test pump technology Click here to jump to the video May 3, 2012, Mojave, CA:  XCOR’s innovative piston pump technology took a ride … More