Blainjett’s hemi-rotor concept promises unprecedented VTOL performance

This wonderfully odd idea appears to have genuine potential to radically improve the power, speed, efficiency, payload capacity, range, endurance and ground footprint of a wide range of VTOL aircraft and drones. We've never seen anything quite like it.

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Watch the world’s first hydrofoiling ground effect vehicle take off

Regent has released video of its remarkable Seaglider prototype in flight testing. The first machine to combine the efficiency advantages of ground effect and hydrofoiling in a single design, it promises revolutionary speed and range in coastal areas.

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Yamaha’s beefed-up unmanned helicopter can carry up to 50 kg

Yamaha has introduced an upgraded version of its Fazer R G2 unmanned helicopter, or drone, equipping it with more thrust and greater payload capacity to make it more suitable for carrying out aerial deliveries.

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AI autopilot could let autonomous aircraft fly in busy airspaces

While pilots often use an autopilot at high altitudes, they typically switch to manual control when entering crowded lower airspaces. However, what if the plane has no pilot? Well, a new AI autopilot system for busy airspaces may be the answer.

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VW throws its hat into the eVTOL ring, with the “Flying Tiger” V.MO

With the increasing development of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) "air taxis," it shouldn't come as a surprise that automakers are moving into the field. This week, Volkswagen Group China unveiled its own effort, the V.MO.

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Horizon presents a 50% scale prototype of its badass Cavorite X5 eVTOL

Toronto's Horizon Aircraft has unveiled a 50% prototype of its gorgeous – and very unique – electric VTOL air taxi. The Cavorite X5 separates itself from the pack as the only eVTOL that completely covers its lift fans for super low-drag cruise flight.

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Zephyr UAS smashes its own endurance record, may still be up there

The remarkable Zephyr is a stratospheric UAV designed to fly ultra-long endurance missions acting as a solar-powered observation and comms platform. In its latest test, it sailed past its old endurance record two weeks ago, and may still be up there.

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Reaction begins testing Mach 4 jet engine upgrades for US Air Force

Reaction Engines has built a precooler for its SABRE engine that can chill a hypersonic airstream from 1,000 °C to -150 °C in 1/20th of a second. Now it's doing tests with the USAF and DoD to prove it can upgrade other existing jets to handle Mach 4.

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Gulfstream G800 ultra-long-range business jet makes maiden flight

The new ultra-long-range Gulfstream G800 completed its first flight on Wednesday in the skies over the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia, on a two-hour test flight that used sustainable aviation fuel.

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Archer outlines what its early eVTOL air taxi service will look like

The eVTOL age is just a couple of years from dawning. We caught up with Archer's Director of Business Development, Andrew Cummins, to learn what the first steps will look like when electric air taxis begin taking to the skies in 2024-25.

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