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!
The TF-X and Transition are a pair of flying cars designed by Terrafugia to be safer, faster and easier than anything currently on the road.
According to GreenWing’s stated figures, the 32 hp electric motor can propel the eSpyder to maximum air speed of 68 mph. Peak efficiency, though, is found in an “economy cruise” mode that holds the tiny plane at 38 mph, which translates to about 90 minutes of flying time.
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.
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, […]
Cute isn’t a concept that car people – or tech people – often talk about, but how good something looks can be just as important as how well it works. With that in mind, I present to you the five cutest electric vehicles presented in 2011! They are – one might say – Electro-Cute. Number […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 …
We live in an age packed with hot-selling hybrid cars, hybrid boats, and even hybrid military vehicles. In fact, the whole “hybrid” thing has become so ubiquitous lately that brands like Buick and Chevrolet don’t even call their hybrids hybrids anymore. In other words, you’d be forgiven for assuming that at least a few of […]
This independence day, we should also take some time to remember our country’s history and give the French a little love. With that in mind, then, let’s go back to last weekend’s Paris Air Show, where French pilot Hugues Duval still has a fair bit to boast about with his latest accomplishment: breaking the electric-powered […]
Honeywell‘s camelina-based Green Jet Fuel arrived at last weekend’s Paris AirShow in grand style, powering the company’s Gulfstream G450 demonstrator across the Atlantic as part of the company’s “proof of concept” display to promote and market their biofuel. The Honeywell jet flew in on a 50/50 blend of the Green Jet Fuel and a conventional […]