Old Gyrocopters Could Be the Funky Flying Cars of the Future

Old Gyrocopters Could Be the Funky Flying Cars of the Future

Jaunt's 21st century gyrocopter uses a free-spinning rotor in forward flight, a wing, and rear-facing propellers—and has been selected as one of six official development aircraft for Uber's flying taxi program.

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

Carrying improvements like seats that swivel between patient-bearing stretchers and enemy-facing machine guns, the Combat Rescue Helicopter could enter service next year. The new Combat Rescue Helicopter, as the Air Force dubs it, comes with a suite of improvements over the HH-60 Pave Hawk it’s replacing, some of them long needed.

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

Sikorsky is pitching the funky, fast S-97 Raider as a replacement for today’s light attack and scout helicopters, via the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.

An Aviation Pioneer Goes All In on Electric Planes

An Aviation Pioneer Goes All In on Electric Planes

It has been three years since Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard completed an around-the-world journey in Solar Impulse 2 , the sun-powered plane that could stay aloft for days at a time.

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

New aviation startup Alaka’i says its Skai aircraft will be able to fly for up to four hours and cover 400 miles on a single load of fuel, which can be replenished in 10 minutes at a hydrogen fueling station.

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

The aircraft would pitch the fan assemblies vertically for takeoff, then transition them 90 degrees for horizontal flight, with the aerodynamic wing and fuselage providing most of the lift at cruising speed.

Why the Air Force Is Embedding Airmen at Carnegie Mellon

Why the Air Force Is Embedding Airmen at Carnegie Mellon

So Pittsburgh will be one of the places where the Air Force puts a cell of airmen, based on our long partnership with Carnegie Mellon, focused on autonomy and robotics.

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

Now it’s time to navigate a safe flight path (in relation to mountains, storms, air traffic zones, and other aircraft) and communicate with the folks who need to know what you’re doing, or who can help you to achieve a safe outcome.

Boeing 737 Crashes May Make It Harder for Air Taxis to Take Off

Boeing 737 Crashes May Make It Harder for Air Taxis to Take Off

Now, in the wake of the dual MAX 8 crashes, the FAA could be far less eager to sign off on new technologies, agency watchers say.

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

Stratolaunch, the World's Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

A company spokesperson could not immediately say when Stratolaunch planned to complete additional flights, and the aircraft will need certification from the Federal Aviation Administration before it can begin to carry rockets and satellites into space.

How Self-Driving Has Changed Since Uber's Crash and More Car News

How Self-Driving Has Changed Since Uber's Crash and More Car News

One year after a self-driving Uber struck and killed an Arizona woman, the industry is taking a more circumspect approach to the tech —including tamping down its predictions about when and where it will show up.

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

How the FAA Decides When to Ground a Jet Like Boeing’s 737 MAX 8

“The FAA looks at all of this information and decides, ‘OK, if it’s just likely that there's a significant problem here, it doesn’t matter what the cost to the traveling public is—we have to put safety first and ground this aircraft,’” Balog says.

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

(Conventional carbon fiber manufacturing requires pieces to be shaped and then baked in an oven to set, a longer and more labor-intensive process.) Fixes If Icon is a cautionary tale, another new airplane manufacturer could prove to be an inspiration for the eVTOL.

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Replace the wheels with heavy-duty helicopter skids, add four buzzing dronelike electric fans to each one, and you’ll have something like Boeing’s prototype flying taxi.

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

On the Ava's planned cross-country flight, the Beta team will follow along in their mobile charging vehicle, a converted tour bus outfitted with generators, solar panels, and an expanding landing pad on the roof.

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

Bell Reveals a Surprisingly Down-to-Earth Air Taxi

That industry is based on the idea that quiet, efficient, and safe air taxis (aka flying cars) with electric power and high-tech control systems will allow safe operation by either computers or human pilots with minimal specialized training.

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The two aircraft don’t share any hardware, but they both use swiveling rotors to switch between flying vertically (to take off and land like a helicopter) and horizontally (to cruise like a plane).That connection has concentrated extra attention on the aircraft’s testing phase, and Bell and partner Lockheed Martin, which is in charge of the avionics and weapons systems, have done just about everything they can to smooth out its adolescence.“The whole idea from the beginning has been to find simple solutions for complex designs,” says Jeff Josselyn, manager of V-280 flight maintenance at Bell’s Arlington, Texas, headquarters.

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Researchers at LakeDiamond, a spinoff of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, think their solution could be the dilithium crystal of roaming drones.They have developed an artificial diamond that can help a laser beam maintain its quality over much longer ranges, and say ground-based networks of these diamond-enhanced power sources could send drones flying great distances, without wasting power to haul their big batteries around.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to DronesLakeDiamond CEO Pascal Gallo says the company’s lab-created diamond—a smooth, tiny rectangle placed directly in front of the laser source—can convert a low-power laser diode into a beam with consistent, parallel rays that can stretch several hundred meters.

Watch 2 Helicopter Pilots Pull Off A Daring Wildfire Rescue

Watch 2 Helicopter Pilots Pull Off A Daring Wildfire Rescue

But it’s a no-go when you’re on atop a narrow ridge cluttered with bushes with barely enough room for the aircraft, and when you can only get one skid down safely: You can’t rely on the ground to support you.“That means he’s still flying the helicopter,” Brevik says.

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

By this point, they were accompanied by a pair of F-16 fighter jets scrambled by the Portuguese air force, which led the Embraer south toward the airport in Beja.Even when your navigation systems are working, that kind of guidance is helpful because it gives you one less thing to worry about.

My fear for a future of climate change | Letters

My fear for a future of climate change | Letters

Protesters hold a banner reading Change the System not the Climate during the Rise for the Climate march in Paris on 8 September 2018. I have had a long and happy life but what am I leaving my great-grandchildren?