A rocket-drive theory that was discussed at a scientific meeting this week has the Internet buzzing, but critics say the research is flawed and violates well-established laws of physics. The electromagnetic-drive research was presented by Martin Tajmar, a professor for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany, at a meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, in Orlando. The EM drive, powered by solar energy, would not expel any propellent, but would be driven by bouncing microwaves within a closed container. Theoretically, the drive could make it possible to travel to the Moon in four hours and to Mars within 70 days.
Spike Aerospace has been working since 2011 to develop a supersonic jet for the business market, and recently they released an updated version of their design concept. The design now features a modified delta wing, and eliminates the tail surface. The two engines, which previously were depicted side-by-side atop the tail section, now are placed on either side of the tail. Cruise speeds will average Mach 1.6 to 1.8, the company says.
The Weekender hopes you've recovered from Oshkosh, because there's no rest for the weary on the SocialFlight calendar. For starters, the July's Skys airshow invites all to come early and stay late Saturday in Preston, Idaho. Watch aerobatic performers do their stuff and enjoy a glimpse of history as four World War II aircraft take part in the show.
Pleasant weather and some aircraft firsts helped last week's EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh attract about 550,000 visitors, an attendance increase of about two percent, EAA said. "AirVenture 2015 exceeded our expectations on many levels," Chairman Jack Pelton said in a statement Wednesday.
A nine-foot object that appears to be part of a wing flap was found Wednesday on an island in the Indian Ocean, spurring investigators to determine whether it's a piece from the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared more than a year ago. People cleaning a beach on the French island of La Réunion found the piece, which France's air safety agency, BEA, is examining, the New York Times reported.
A cockpit design that made it possible for one human error to result in a catastrophic crash was mainly to blame for the destruction of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo last October, which resulted in the death of the co-pilot and injury to the pilot, the NTSB concluded on Tuesday. The board also spent some time discussing whether the co-pilot's action, in prematurely unlocking the tail, was part of the probable cause or not. After a half-hour break, the board proposed a revised probable cause, which noted that the co-pilot's action initiated the break-up.
Although Congress is about to break for its August recess, AOPA members should keep calling their elected officials and asking them to co-sponsor the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2), said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jim Coon.
A tale of flying adventure, severe injuries, international political maneuvering, and an emergency at sea comes to life in "Floatplane Odyssey," a book that commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of Tom Casey's 1990 around-the-world flight in a Cessna 206 on floats.
Also: Jack Pelton Interview - Part 4, Trig Avionics Update, 3rd Class Medical, Part 23 Re-Write, UAVs... FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his annual speech at AirVenture today, which is intended to focus on issues important to the general and sport aviation pilots that make up most of the AirVenture crowd--but overall, he didn't say much. The first Sun Flyer electric trainer is under construction at Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation's facility in Colorado. At a news conference at AirVenture Thursday, AEAC president and CEO George Bye said the company has contracted with Arion Aircraft to help build the initial prototype trainer. The FAA has extended an S-T-C for Trig Avionics' TT31 transponder, which Trig CEO Andy Davis says is an economical way for pilots of both certified and experimental and light sport airplanes to meet the agency's ADS-B out requirements. You can always count on seeing a lot of Warbirds at AirVenture, each with its own unique story and history. One of the most historically significant this year is not bristling with guns or bombs. It is the C-47 “That's All, Brother.” which was the airplane that led the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1945. The airplane is set for a major restoration effort by the Commemorative Air Force. CAF president and CEO Stephan Brown said that by pure coincidence, the historically significant airplane was discovered near Wittman Regional Airport. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Parts Appear To Be Consistent With A B777 Debris that could be from a Boeing 777 has been found off the coast of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, raising speculation that it could be from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in March of 2014.