July 24, 2013
Can an aeronautical idea still seem futuristic decades, or even generations, after it first tickled the imagination? The public—flying and non-flying alike—certainly seems just as beguiled today with the idea of a flying car as it was when your grandfather earned his plane-spotting credentials by pointing out DC-3s and Lockheed Constellations overhead. The concept of a car equally comfy on an airway and a highway was causing considerable camera clicking at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., where the “roadable” Terrafugia Transition drove in, unfolded its wings, and flew.
The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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