Evaluation flights have been completed on an electric forward-facing window that will allow the pilot to fly the supersonic X-59 safely.
Airbus UK’s Bird of Prey concept will never fly, but may inspire more unconventional approaches to future aircraft design.
Engineering services company Akka pursues modular aircraft concept as way to develop workforce skills and technology knowhow.
Airbus studying drag-reducing boundary-layer ingestion and load-alleviating flexible wingtips in a drive to improve efficiency.
NASA’s rapid feasibility project demonstrates ultralight cellular structures that can be programmed during assembly to enable a wing to adapt its shape in flight
Successful wind tunnel tests could potentially clear the concept for further test and development as a full-scale X-plane.
Distributed drive units should increase performance while enabling simpler, lighter, less costly systems.
Initial mission is atmospheric science, but other uses could be communications relay and persistent surveillance.
Canada’s Coulson Aircrane receives government support to modify more ex-airline 737-300s to firefighting airtankers.
In tests in Australia, using a Cessna Caravan iron bird, startup MagniX runs its electric motor with a propeller for the first time.