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Aviat Flies World's First CNG Airplane at Oshkosh 2013

July 29th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

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!

Video: New Electric Airplane Set to Train Future Pilots

June 20th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

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

Fill 'er Up, in SPACE! Antimatter Found in Earth's Orbit

August 15th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

A recent discovery of antimatter in the Earth's upper magnetic fields have scientists claiming that these tiny specks of matter might one day be used to fuel inter-planetary spacecraft. Tremendous potential energies are tapped matter and antimatter interact (or, "annihilate") in a reaction that produces energy more efficiently than the nuclear fusion at the sun's core

Burt Rutan's Hybrid Flying BIPOD; Sort of a Flying Chevy Volt

August 1st, 2011 | by Frankie Berti

Burt Rutan, a lifelong designer of lightweight and energy-efficient aircraft, has announced one final design to end his long career. The BIPOD, or model 367, is a low-drag, twin pod worthy of both road and air travel, powered by a hybrid gas-electric drive system

Farther and Faster: More Electric Aviation Records Fall

July 10th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

These are exciting days for aviation. In the last few weeks, we've seen transatlantic crossings made - for the first time! - on clean, renewable fuels. We've seen new developments in powertrain technology, and we've seen daring pilots in featherweight electric planes push themselves to new limits and new speeds ...

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