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airplanesOffset Middle Seat Will Make Economy Air Travel 17% Less Sucky

Molon Labe and manufacturing partner Primus Aerospace have FAA approval and will debut with a low-cost carrier in Q1 2020. This new offset middle seat will improve air travel. The seat is two inches behind and two inches below the …

airplanesSpaceX Starship Will Carry 1000 People Anywhere on Earth – Cost $500-2000

Elon Musk tweeted that he is looking at 1000 passengers for point to point travel. Because it will be a 20-minute flight on a fully reusable then the ticket cost could be $500-1000 per person. It will feel like a …

airplanesAmpaire Flies Largest Hybrid-Electric Plane

Los Angeles-based Ampaire unveiled its prototype electric-powered plane, the Ampaire 337, in a test flight above Camarillo Airport in California on June 6. This is the largest a hybrid-electric aircraft that has flown. The twin-engine plane will be able to …

airplanesTesla Dry Electrode Batteries Will Enable Large Passenger Electric Planes

Elon Musk indicates that electric motors and batteries with over 400 Wh/kg will be able be a cross over point for electric planes against jet fuel planes. Israeli startup Eviation is making a nine-passenger all-electric regional passenger aircraft by 2021. …

airplanesUS Arms Sales Shifting from Middle East to Europe

U.S. arms sales offers to the Middle East totaled $78.8 billion in 2018 which is down from $102 billion in offers during the Obama administration peak in 2010. There was a sharp shift in the regional breakdown in U.S. arms …

air forceAir Force Bases Need $4.9 Billion for Hurricane Repairs

The US Air Force requires $1.2 billion in FY2019 and $3.7 billion in FY2020/FY2021 of supplemental funding to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base and recover Offutt Tyndall Air Force Base. Without supplemental funding, the US Air Force would have to …

airplanesGet Rid of the TSA to Save Lives

Most people fear plane crashes, airplane terrorism and nuclear power accidents. However, these fears have resulted in stupid policies that increase deaths. Planes are far safer than cars. The TSA and anti-terrorism pre-flight checks are ineffective at catching terrorism and …

airplanesBoeing Flew an Electric VTOL Passenger Drone Which Would Become Personal Flying Machines

Boeing successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Boeing NeXt, which leads the company’s urban air mobility efforts, used Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the electric …

airbusAirbus CTO Predicts a Quantum Computing Era in Aerospace

Airbus chief technology officer (CTO) Grazia Vittadini predicts a quantum era in aerospace. Vittadini made this prediction in a Wall Street Journal article. Quantum computing research is being applied to tough flight physics problems. This is even with the small …