The latest model from the Wichita plane maker will compete with other light jets, but only sort of. Here’s why it’s got a niche of its own.
The “new” Learjet Liberty is a brand new plane, well, at least according to much of the hype surrounding its launch, but it’s not really new at all. A follow-on offering of the Learjet 75, which was certificated in 2013, the $9.9 million Liberty is not a different plane in terms of its type certificate more »
The aerospace giant is testing a flying scale proof of concept model that kind of flaps. Here’s what it is and why they’re doing it.
Aerospace giant Airbus is testing a large scale model of an A321 with wingtips that flap, kind of. The model makes use of what Airbus is calling an “aeroelastic hinge” that flaps in response to gusts and turbulence. Named after a bird, the albatross, which is known to be a great long-distance flyer, the AlbatrosOne more »
Eviation’s little commuter plane is like nothing you’ve ever seen. But will we really ever see it? At least one operator is betting yes.
At the Paris Air Show this week, Eviation—we actually kind of like the name—unveiled a non-flying, electric powered prototype of its 9-seat commuter plane, called, oddly enough, “Alice.” The Israeli company is real, in the sense that it has facilities and has already managed to come up with the mockup/prototype. We’ll start referring to it more »
Uber’s gathering in Washington D.C. of the movers and shakers in urban aerial mobility had some major announcements of partnerships and programs.
The Uber Elevate Summit took place in Washington D.C. this week, with two days of seminars, speakers and tech talks all on the subject of Urban Aerial Mobility (UAM…get used to the acronym). Here’s a video of Uber’s vision of how this might all work. The event, hosted by Uber at the Ronald Reagan Building more »
The proposed model has a few highly desirable features.
Since the heyday of Burt Rutan, we’ve grown somewhat accustomed to weird plane shapes. This one, dubbed the Flying-V (nicely descriptive, but not very creative in our estimation), is being promoted by Dutch airline KLM and manufacturer Airbus, and is pushing itself down the aisle and way past our comfort zone. The concept plane—dream on more »
The PC12 killer has hit some impressive milestones of late as it makes up ground.
What exactly is happening with the emerging Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop and when can customers get theirs? The first question is easy. The second one is coming into sharper focus. In concept, the new turboprop is a direct competitor to the Pilatus PC12. Both planes are priced at more than $4.5 million. At 285 knots, more »
Two advanced features of the single-engine turboprop required the thumbs up from regulators. The company got the first approval this week.
The evolution of the Daher TBM pressurized single-engine turboprop continues its steady march. On Monday at the European Business Aviation Expo in Geneva, Switzerland, Daher announced that it had earned EASA certification for its latest TBM, the 940. It expected to begin deliveries in Europe soon and to begin deliveries in the North American market more »
A cool new airship gets floated. Another crash lands. What the heck is going on?
The world is pretty much over airships and has been for 80 years or so. How that happened is an interesting story. Okay, it’s not that interesting. But if that’s the case that blimps are largely obsolete, why do we see companies popping up over and over again with their airship schemes, none of which more »
The Vulcanair V1.0 isn’t a very familiar plane to most pilots. Vulcanair and Ameravia plan to change that.
We’d lucked out. It was a gorgeous winter afternoon in Sebring, Florida, a comic book periwinkle sky, just an insinuation of wind, and, I imagined, the kind of visibility from up higher that would allow one to make out Vero Beach on the Atlantic coast and then, upon turning, spy Sarasota on the Gulf Coast more »
A couple of big improvements make the latest single-engine jet from Cirrus a whole new experience.
On the ramp in the mist, the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet, which many still call the “Cirrus Jet,” is a figure of some mystery. When I posted a photo on my Facebook page of the plane viewed from the rear, its distinctive V-tail prominent, a friend asked if it was a “Bugatti.” Now, the Bugatti, more »
If you fly long enough, you’re eventually going to have an airplane break when you’re far from home. When you scale up the factor to the level of the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in, statistically there will be a lot of airplanes needing the loving touch of a mechanic’s hand before they can fly back home. more »
The fly-in and expo's night airshows have become must-watch events.
A Saturday admission armband for Sun n’ Fun packs a two-for-one punch: Instead of heading for the exits and jamming the roads when the last performer lands in the afternoon airshow, it’s worth sticking around for dinner on the grounds and waiting for the sun to set. Pilots speak of night flight in hushed tones. more »
The premier Navy demonstration team is set to rock and roll in Lakeland.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels arrived at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Thursday in spectacular fashion. The demonstration team’s arrival on a show site is a performance in and of itself, as the team circles the field from a number of angles while they set their timing marks. The full formation circled the field from more »
There are many milestone numbers an aviator may log in the course of their career. Flying through the first 10-hour block of aircraft rental seems like a big commitment at the time. Hitting 100 hours so the insurance companies quit hanging up when you call. Going through four digits at the thousand-hour mark. Professional pilots more »
A Sling TSi lands at Sun 'n Fun after a nonstop VFR flight from Southern California
When Wayne Toddun and Jean d’Assonville checked in with SoCal departure for flight following in the predawn hours, the controllers likely thought they were being played in an elaborate, if one day early, April Fool’s prank. Was the Sling TSi on their radar scope really requesting VFR flight following nonstop from Compton, California to Lakeland, more »
Mike Patey's Draco might be the coolest airplane in the world.
What do you get when you put a turbine engine on one of the most versatile of all bush planes? A pretty epic race-winning STOL aircraft, and this year’s winner of the 2018 High Sierra STOL Drag competition. Brainchild of self-taught engineer and successful entrepreneur Mike Patey, Draco is the ultimate backcountry airplane. With its more »