Category Archives: Research

NLR presents Endless Runway

The Dutch aviation and space research institute NLR has presented a completely new airport concept: ‘The Endless Runway. This radical concept is based on the construction of a circular runway with a diameter of approximately 3.5 km around an airport terminal. Such an airport would need only a third of the space of a conventional […]

Giant Airlander 10 takes off

The biggest aircraft in the world, the Airlander 10, developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles in England, successfully completed its first flight on Wednesday 17 August 2016. Airlander 10 took off from the historic Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, England, for a short flight of only 19 minutes, just before darkness. During its first flight, chief test […]

Boeing / Embraer unveil ecoplane

The newest Boeing ecoDemonstrator aircraft is not a Boeing, but an Embraer, an E-170 E-jet. The airplane will be used to test technologies to improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon emissions. Boeing and Embraer unveiled the new ecoDemonstrator today. The E-170 will serve as a flying testbed and will perform test flights in August and […]

Robot to guide KLM-passengers

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will begin testing the robot ‘Spencer’ at its homebase Amsterdam Schiphol Airport tomorrow, Monday 30 November. The robot is being developed to guide KLM passengers to their connecting flight at the airport. Every day, travellers miss their connecting flights for all sorts of reasons, including delays, restricted transfer times, losing their […]

Airbus patent for Mach 4.5 aircraft

Airbus has patented the concept of a Mach 4.5 hypersonic aircraft able to fly from London to New York in around an hour. That is a lot faster than the Concorde, which cruised at Mach 2 and needed more than 3 hours. The US Patent and Trademark Office has approved the concept for a so-called […]

Facebook is ready for take off

Facebook’s Connectivity Lab in the UK has completed a full-scale version of Aquila, an unmanned, high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft. It is ready for flight testing now. The aircraft is intended to circle over remote regions for up to 90 days, beaming connectivity down to people from an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 feet (20 to 30 […]

Electric battle over the English Channel

It seems as if pioneering times are back in aviation. The Solar Impulse 2 is making a first round the world flight flying on solar energy only, like in 1924 the Douglas World Cruiser made the first round the world flight on carbon dioxide producing fuel. Today, 10 July 2015, the Airbus E-Fan demonstrator, flying […]

40 years ago: Boeing 747SP takes off for maiden flight

On 4 July 1975, 40 years ago, the Boeing 747SP (‘Special Performance’) took off for its maiden flight. For many aviation enthousiasts the SP is the most special version of the ‘Queen of the Skies’. The first flight lasted three hours and included a stall test and a run at maximum speed (Mach 0.92). The […]

Solar Impulse 2 reaches Hawaii

The Solar Impulse 2, the sun-powered plane on a around the world flight, has reached Hawaii after flying a five-days-and-five nights leg from Japan across the Pacific to Honolulu. The aircraft landed at 3 July 2015, 5:55 local time (15:55 UTC). Borschberg is extremely tired and he needed his legs massaged after seating in the […]