Shape-memory alloy component could make for quieter aircraft landings

Although an airliner's engines may be very loud on takeoff, its wings also create a lot of wind noise when it's landing. According to a new study, the latter problem could be addressed with the addition of a shape-memory alloy filler within the wing.

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Internet sleuths find evidence of Copterpack video tampering

Last month, we reported on astonishing first flight footage from the Copterpack, an Australian electric personal flight device. Now, eagle-eyed pixel peepers have scrutinized the video and presented evidence that a tether wire has been edited out.

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Alice electric plane ditches a motor as it gears up for first flight

As it edges towards the first flights for its Alice aircraft, Eviation has finally unveiled what it says is the production version of its all-electric nine-seater, with the first test flights now slated for later in the year.

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Rotor X’s big-blade quad-rotor eVTOL promises extreme efficiency

Rotor X plans to break into the air taxi market with an aircraft that's "dramatically more efficient and less expensive than all other eVTOL concepts being proposed or developed today," capable of hovering for 45 minutes or flying 200 miles.

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US Air Force partners with Electra on ultra-short takeoff aircraft

The US Air Force's flying car program, Agility Prime, is hedging its bets on advanced air mobility, adding an ultra-short takeoff and landing aircraft from Electra.aero into the mix alongside a number of eVTOL projects.

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Omni Hoverboard takes a super-simple approach to personal flight

Montreal's Alexandru Duru first flew his electric multirotor hoverboard back in 2015, and quickly set a Guinness World Record for distance. Now this levitating madman is working to commercialize it for sale, while performing stunt shows on the side.

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Biggest member of Boeing’s 737 MAX family makes its maiden flight

Over a year and half after its rollout, Boeing's 737 MAX 10 passenger jet has made its first flight. The largest member of the 737 MAX family, the MAX 10 is designed to compete with the Airbus A321neo.

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Airspeeder flying race car takes to the air over South Australian desert

Matt Pearson's Alauda Aeronautics has released footage of engineers remotely piloting its full-size Airspeeder Mk3 multirotor electric "flying car" ahead of international teams taking the controls for the first EXA racing series later in the year.

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Archer unveils full-scale, two-seat, autonomous Maker eVTOL prototype

Palo Alto's Archer has unveiled a full-scale, two-seat, autonomous prototype of its Maker eVTOL aircraft. This striking machine will begin ground tests and flight tests later this year, with air taxi services slated to begin in LA and Miami in 2024.

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Kelekona proposes colossal 40-seater mass transport eVTOL aircraft

An audacious New York City startup is proposing electric VTOL aviation on a mass transit scale. Kelekona's monster aircraft is designed to seat 40, and fly high-speed inter-city routes using its entire body as a lift-generating wing surface.

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