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HondaPro Jason vs. the Honda Jet (w/ Video)

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 […]

August 14th

Video: Chip Yates Sets Electric Airplane Speed Record

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.

Volare Hybrid Plane is Pretty, Flies

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, […]

May 14th

Elektra One EV Plane Adds Solar Panels, Doubles Range

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 […]

April 12th

Solar Powered Plane to Fly the World In 2014

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 […]

December 5th

A Nuclear Powered Airport In The Sky

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.

November 1st

Elektra One Solar Plane Takes Aviation Off the Grid

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 […]

August 14th