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Jetman flies across Grand Canyon after jumping from helicopter

Jetman flies across Grand Canyon after jumping from helicopter

You might recall back on November of 2010 I mentioned a daredevil named Yves Rossy. Rossy is also known as Jetman to his fans. He gets the nickname from the wing with jet nozzles underneath that he straps to his back. Jetman launches his wing backpack by jumping off a helicopter or other stabile platform in the air and then firing up those jets for powered flight. Previously Rossy has performed loops and other stunts.

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Experimental airplane and student pilot need only tens of feet to takeoff

Experimental airplane and student pilot need only tens of feet to takeoff

I've never been to Alaska, but I have watched enough Discovery Channel to know that if you live in some of the remoter areas of Alaska, everything you get has to be flown in by airplane. These aren't the big commercial jets that we see flying everywhere in most states. The aircraft used in Alaska tend to be of the smaller variety, and they are designed to be very rugged and to take off and land in only a few feet.

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Elektra One Electric Airplane

Elektra One Electric Airplane

We regularly report on new advances in electric cars, and you've maybe seen some of these electric bikes. The Elektra One is an all-electric single seater airplane weighing in at 440 pounds with a full contingent of batteries. The plane recently performed two test flights in Augsburg, Germany. This is the first successful flight of this design and marks it's imminent entry into the European market. Calin Gologan is the CEO of the company marketing the electric aircraft, PC-Aero.

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Festo SmartBird is an automated mechanical herring gull

Festo SmartBird is an automated mechanical herring gull

One of the things that researchers have been trying to figure out for a long time is the exact mechanics behind how birds and insects are able to fly. The reason is that many of nature's flying machines are capable of generating much more lift than the aircraft people can design today. By discovering more behind the mechanics of how bird and insect wings operate, we can possibly design more efficient aircraft.

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$100 Gets You a Mysterious Package Aboard Any Airplane (so Long as You’re a TSA Agent)

$100 Gets You a Mysterious Package Aboard Any Airplane (so Long as You’re a TSA Agent)

So you're ready to get aboard a flight and you've decided you'd like to place your bag aboard a different flight. Why would you want to do that? You're a TSA agent and you'd like to test the system with $100 bill. You take your totally mysterious bag, you head over to a JetBlue flight, you hand that one hundred dollar bill to the doorman, and poof! You've got that bag aboard, unaccompanied by you.

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