In the midst of high tech innovation, three hangars
Fast Business Aircraft
Rock Star Aircraft
Below, a look at an eclectic collection of aircraft:
More than two years after The War Zone was first to report on a mysterious bullet-shaped aircraft appearing at the Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville, a refined version of the plane has conducted taxi tests and looks to be getting close to its first flight. Even though much about its design and purpose remain unclear, we do know now that the aircraft, which is called the Otto Aviation Celera 500L, is definitely focused on potentially game-changing high-efficiency flight that has the potential to disrupt the aerospace marketplace.
“Preferably, it would have operating costs well below current costs and competitive with commercial airliners, cruise at higher system speed than current commercial aircraft, have a longer range with full passenger and luggage load than most current business aircraft, provide passenger comfort comparable to commercial aircraft, and be capable of all weather operation. The plane should also provide for ease of maintenance and require only a single pilot.”
The patent goes on to describe a notional aircraft that would cruise between 460 and 510 miles per hour at an altitude of up to 65,000 feet, yielding a fuel efficiency rate of between 30 and 42 miles per gallon. To put this in perspective, the Pilatus PC-12, a popular light, single-engine turboprop aircraft has a service ceiling of 30,000 feet, a cruising speed just under 330 miles per hour, and still burns, on average, 66 gallons of jet fuel per hour, for a fuel economy of roughly five miles to the gallon. Even going to a Learjet 70, which has similar speed performance to what’s stated in the Celera patent documents, but still nowhere near as high a ceiling, we are talking about roughly three miles per gallon of gas at cruise. So, Otto Aviation is talking about performance that is at least 10 times more efficient than existing light business jets with similar cruise capabilities.
The plane has been built with carbon fibre and glass fibre-reinforced polymers, as well as components from additive-layer manufacturing.
The team will now carry out further testing before the demonstrator plane, based on the manufacturer’s A321 aircraft, is scaled up further.
“While hinged wing-tips are not new – military jets employ them to allow greater storage capacity on aircraft carriers – the Airbus demonstrator is the first aircraft to trial in-flight, freely-flapping wing-tips to relieve the effects of wind gusts and turbulence,” explained Airbus engineer Tom Wilson, who is based in Filton.
“We drew inspiration from nature – the albatross marine bird locks its wings at the shoulder for long-distance soaring but unlocks them when wind-gusts occur or manoeuvering is required.”
VIDEO OF A TEST FLIGHT
Pure Speed: Cessna Citation X+
When you think about a Cessna plane, what immediately comes to mind? For most, it is the manufacturer’s ubiquitous model – the 172. First built in 1956, the 172, which is still in production today, is often referred to as being, “the most incredible and robust aircraft in the world.”
Of course, with a top speed of just under 188 miles per hour, it hardly qualifies as one of the fastest planes in the air.
Marathon Speed: Bombardier Global 6000
While hitting a maximum speed of Mach 0.89 or 677 miles per hour may not make the Global 6000 the fastest jet in the world, its range of 6,900 nautical miles means that it just might take you the furthest.
No Lightweight: Embraer Phenom 300E
The Embraer Phenom 300E, which is the fastest and longest-range lightweight jet in the world, is just one of the many reasons why both parties are excited about the future. Flying at a break-neck speed of 518 miles per hour, with a staggering range of 2,268 miles, the 300E can jet up to 11 passengers to an important meeting or a weekend getaway.
No wonder it has been the best-selling lightweight business jet in the world for seven consecutive years. Ironically, the only thing that is lightweight about this plane is its relatively affordable price tag of just $9.45 million US.
Drake revealed his very own “Air Drake” on Instagram on Friday – a massive plane emblazoned with his own logos. But if you want to take a trip on the rapper’s airline, you’ll have to have some sort of inside connection. “No rental, no timeshare,” he said in a video unveiling the Boeing 767.
Looks like Drake will be keeping the 30-seat airplane all for himself. And rightfully so – new 767-300F planes cost about $185 million – before customization.
A one-and-a-half-minute video clip offering a rare look inside IRON MAIDEN’s Boeing 747 plane — introduced by the band’s lead singer and chairman of Cardiff Aviation, Bruce Dickinson — is available below.
The video gives a glimpse of what goes on inside the aircraft, which is equipped to carry more than 10,000 kg of equipment — and it has Dickinson at the controls.
The clip includes footage of the band taking off from Vancouver, Canada, and flying to Everett, Washington.
In the video, Bruce says: “It’s such a beautiful airplane. This machine enables us to do a European itinerary on an intercontinental basis. It’s our time machine — our magic carpet.”
The Boeing 747 was back in the air in late March after a ten-day emergency repair mission following a ground accident in Santiago, Chile. The incident required the replacing of both of the Boeing 747’s port side jet engines, a tough proposition at the best of times but not made any easier by the fact of the distances involved in getting such huge components, parts, tools and technical crew to Chile as quickly as possible to get Ed Force One flying again.
Ed Force One is leased from Air Atlanta who went into immediate action following the incident, with technical assistance from Boeing. An emergency meeting was called to create a comprehensive detailed plan for this complex operation — locating suitable engines, thrust reversers, cowlings and parts, working out necessary tooling and technical team, logistics of ground and freight transport and tech team travel and a myriad of other detail. The next couple of days were spent putting these plans meticulously into place.
PLEASE SEND US COPIES OF YOUR FAVORITE PLANES FOR A FUTURE HANGAR REVIEW
Share this article: