Twenty years since designer Michimasa Fujino first sketched the HondaJet concept in 1997, the fuel-efficient little airplane is in full production, offering a low-cost alternative to other private jets. Well, low-er, anyway, since these planes are still over $5 million, making access to one for testing or reviews … let’s call it: limited. That’s where […]
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It’s called the Perlan 2, and the crew behind the Airbus-designed glider is going for the overall aviation altitude record, without any sort of engine!
In a love letter to efficiency, the shipping details of the Porsche 919 Hybrid have been revealed, demonstrating what it takes to pack an entire race team.
A Chinese farmer out of the Hunan Province has spent ten years turning his suitcase into a motorized scooter. Yes, it’s a suitcase scooter.
The Sunseeker Duo became the first solar plane to carry two passengers when it took flight last month in Milan with Eric and Irena Raymond at the stick.
Solar Impulse 2 is getting ready for its first test flight, and you can see some of the planning that’s going into this historic flight in the video, here.
Avgas costs nearly $6 per gallon these days, and the lead-enriched petroleum-based fuel is highly, highly toxic. So, why not build a plane that runs on low-emission, high-octane CNG? Aviat has done just that, and they’ve released their new, clean-burning aircraft at the Oshkosh 2013 aviation show!
Crazy, mad, heoric EV enthusiast Chip Yates wants to be like Chuck Lindbergh and cross the Atlantic, by ELECTRIC plane. Straight-up baller. Find out more.
This is the new E-FAN electric airplane by EADS, which was shown off at this month’s Paris Air Show. It is light, agile, fast, has a good L/D ratio, and is just the sort of thing you’d expect Dyson to build if Dyson decided to build an airplane.
Some people are born to go fast. For whatever reason, these human beings are wired in a way that compels them to chase speed, and Chip Yates is just such a person. Already holding the electric motorcycle world record, this weekend Yates set his sights on another record; that of electron-powered flight. Once again, Yates came through, setting an official speed record for electric aircraft, though not before suffering a dramatic mechanical malfunction that left his plane without power.
Alaska Airlines last year completed 75 passenger flights running on a 20% biofuel blend made with reclaimed cooking oil. Recently, Air Canada completed a flight from Toronto to Mexico City on a 50/50 blend of jet fuel and cooking oil.
We’ve seen more than a few new-age planes here on Gas 2, from hybrid planes to full-electric planes to solar-electric planes. They’re all ugly. The new Volare, from Italian builder Volta, is free. King. Gorgeous. Just look at the thing. I want to name it “Bettina” and do dirty things to it. The beautiful, stunning, […]
Electric cars may be struggling to find a home, but EV’s are making remarkable progress in the unlikeliest of places; aviation. Last summer we brought you the story of the Elektra One, an all-electric airplane a range of about 300 miles. Well the brilliant minds behind the Elektra One are back with a new version […]
Some analysts have said that we are about to enter a golden age of solar technology, as the cost of solar electricity and installations becomes increasingly competitive with established fuel sources. But will we ever use solar power to fly? A team comprised of engineers and adventurers wants to build the first plane to circumnavigate […]
Air travel is projected to more than double in the coming decades, and an already-overburned air traffic control system will be forced to deal with even more volume. But what if all of those long-range, cross-continental flights could be consolidated on one giant, mobile airplane/airport? That’s the idea behind the nuclear-powered Airborne Metro,” and it makes more sense than you might think.
It’s official: with its new Elektra One electric aircraft and “SunAirport” hangar, aviation company PC-Aero has taken recreational flying off the grid. Billed as “one of the most efficient transportation devices ever conceived”, PC-Aero’s Elektra One employs advanced composite materials and battery technology to keep its dry weight to approx. 400 lbs, which allows the tiny […]