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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 …

airplanesTwo New Airport MegaHubs Will Lower International Airfares in 2019

Instanbul Airport in Turkey and Daxing Airport in Beijing will both open in 2019 to add huge competition for international airport megahubs. The airports are state-supported and will provide airport competition and extra capacity for a combined 160 million passengers. …

airplanesSolid State Ionic Wind Planes With No Moving Parts

MIT engineers have built and flown the first-ever plane with no moving parts. Instead of propellers or turbines, the light aircraft is powered by an “ionic wind”. Ion wind propulsion systems could be used to fly less noisy drones. Eventually …

air forceChina adds thrust vectoring for better aerial movement on J-10 fighters

China’s J-10 fighter has been upgraded with thrust vectoring controls. This allows for better aerial movement. The J-10 is a copy of the American F-16. The Chinese J-10 was built with Israeli assistance from Israel’s F-16-based Lavi fighter. It is …

airplanesChina and Russia spending $20 billion to compete with Boeing 787 by mid-2020s

China and Russia had a life-size model of a proposed wide-body long-haul jet at the opening of China’s largest airshow. The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) showed off the model of the CR929’s cockpit …

airplanesRapid discharging batteries enable electric passenger planes

Mixing magnetic nanoparticles into battery electrode materials and applying a light magnetic field doubles the discharge rate of batteries. 24M is making prototype batteries using this magnetic approach. Zunum will use the batteries for electric planes. The batteries must be …