Aircraft Design

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Solar Impulse nears departure

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Crews prepared Solar Impulse 2, the gossamer aircraft powered by the sun and designed to inspire, for a hoped-for March 7 departure from Abu Dhabi.

AOPA supports LSA status for road-worthy airplane

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition as a light sport aircraft.

Sky Commuter prototype reappears, in an auction

Article | Jan 14, 2015

A prototype of a 1990 flying car called the Sky Commuter has reappeared in an auction in Arizona.

Top tech of 2014

Article | Dec 29, 2014

From laser guns to laser defenses, twisting wings and cameras that capture a propeller in action, 2014 was a busy year on the cutting edge.

Cirrus completes fleet

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Cirrus Aircraft celebrated the successful first flight on Dec. 20 of its third conforming SF50 Vision personal jet.

Flight made simple

Article | Nov 21, 2014

Among the very first lessons a pilot learns is that a control yoke is not a steering wheel. Research underway in Europe could change that.

Shape-shifting flap takes flight

Article | Nov 17, 2014

Wing flaps that can bend and twist instead of extending and retracting have passed initial flight tests and continue to show significant promise

Solar switch: Pioneer shifts to future without pilots

Article | Nov 06, 2014

A tri-motor aircraft with the sun as its energy source, Sunstar represents a bit of a departure for Solar Flight. After 30 years of building and innovation, Eric Raymond said it is time to shift the vision, and remove the pilot from the equation.

Gulfstream intros new G500, G600

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace has just added two more long-range, wide-cabin airplanes to its line of business jets: the G500 and G600.

HondaJet creator honored

Article | Aug 25, 2014

HondaJet designer (and Honda Aircraft Co. CEO) Michimasa Fujino is being honored by fellow engineers for his innovation.