Aviat Flies World's First CNG Airplane at Oshkosh 2013

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!

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Video: New Electric Airplane Set to Train Future Pilots

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.

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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.

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Passenger Jet Flies on 50/50 Blend Of Jet Fuel And Cooking Oil

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.

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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.

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