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The Flying Yacht!

by on Aug.31, 2010, under Articles, Aviation, Aviation News

London, England (CNN) — Need to get your superyacht from the crystal-blue waters of the Caribbean to the glamorous Mediterranean in a hurry? Not a problem when your luxury vessel transforms into a sleek jetplane at the click of a button.

That’s exactly what Yelken Octuri’s “Flying Yacht” design would do if built. Octuri, a French cabin designer for Airbus, has combined his knowledge of aircraft design with his love of the seas to create the outlandish concept yacht.

Although currently rooted in the realm of science fiction, the “superyacht with wings” has garnered much attention, with Octuri’s designs recently exhibited at Paris’ Air and Space Museum. It’s just one of a number of futuristic concepts by the designer, who aims to push the boundaries of aviation design.

He told CNN: “My approach when I started was not really to make something feasible. The main idea was to generate innovative concepts.

“For me it was just a fantasy project. Most of the futuristic aircraft concepts out there are all the same. I wanted to avoid that and create something original — to inspire new ideas.”

But Octuri’s ideas might not be as far-fetched as they seem: A number of engineers and aircraft designers have approached Ocuri to talk about realizing his concept.

“The feedback I’ve been getting tells me, with more thinking, this project could be made. Of course it is a very specialist market. Maybe some parts will need to be reworked to consider the aerodynamics and structure, etcetera, but it could work,” he told CNN.

According to Octuri, the 46-meter “Flying Yacht” transforms from superyacht to glamorous jetplane thanks to its mobile masts. When on the water the four masts, each reaching a height of 40-meters, can be individually oriented through a double-jack system — ensuring optimal positioning regardless of wind direction.

The Flying Yacht

When it’s time to take off, the masts are lowered to become horizontal wings. Sails are stored in compartments located inside each mast — a design feature Ocuri took from existing superyacht “The Maltese Falcon.”

On board, the vessel doesn’t skimp on luxury. There are two main decks — the lower deck houses the main room, kitchen and toilet, while the upper deck contains three plush bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom.  (If you would like to read the full CNN article with additional photos click here)

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Soaring over the Swiss Alps

by on Aug.31, 2010, under Aviation, Aviation News, Video of the day

For those of you who are interested in finding out more about soaring or sailplanes, this is an excellent video that shows soaring over the Swiss and Austrian alps.

If you would like more information about soaring, Soaring Society of America has an excellent website, www.ssa.org, which gives a lot of good information about the sport of soaring and how to learn flying sailplanes.

Click on the photo or here to enjoy our Video of the day!

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A Great Aviation Video

by on Aug.29, 2010, under Aviation, Aviation News, Video of the day

The video of the day is a wonderful and very relaxing video of the Mirage 2000. It has some of the greatest aerial camera work I have ever seen and is one of my favorites. The footage is from the filming of Les Chevaliers du Ciel (English title “Sky Fighters”) which was filmed in co-operation with the French Air Force. This film used real footage. The filming of these flight sequences seen in the movie were mainly done from the air, as opposed to Top Gun where most of the filming was done from the ground. To achieve this, one of the Mirage’s external fuel tanks was modified to fit a camera.  Tracking shots were done from a hired US Lear Jet. Additionally, jet aircraft are not allowed to fly over Paris. As a result of this, all the Paris filming had to be done on the actual Bastille Day (14 July) for which the filming crew got special permission.Watch it and give your feedback. If you have suggestions of any other videos that should be featured on our website, email us.

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Sky Dancer F/A 18 Hornet Swiss Air Force

by on Aug.28, 2010, under Aviation, Aviation News, Video of the day

Our video of the day is a great video of the Swizz Air Force F/A 18 with clips taken from a film by film maker Lionel Charlet. The  film really captures a lot of the beauty of flying a military jet, as well as flying over the alps. The McDonnel Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets. The Hornet is used by the Swiss Air Forces since January 1996. The F/A-18 is a twin engine, mid-wing, multi-mission tactical aircraft. The Hornet is capable of extremely tight turns over a large range of speeds. The Swiss Air Force purchased 26 C models and eight D models. In October 2008 the Swiss Hornet fleet reached the 50000 flight hour milestone. If you have a video you would like to nominate for the video of the day, send an email to [email protected] with the link.

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Vintage Ford Tri Motor Offers Flyers a Glimpse at Aviation’s Past

by on Aug.28, 2010, under Articles, Aviation, Aviation News

A vintage Ford Tri Motor Aircraft from 1929 was featured on the News today.

Click on the picture or on this link to watch the News clip to learn more.

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Landing on the Los Angeles 405 Freeway

by on Aug.27, 2010, under General

An American Airlines DC-10 crash lands on the 405 freeway in LA. This film is a fictional account of a guy in the wrong place at the wrong time. Probably the single most amazing aspect of 405 is that this film was not created by an army of special effects artists. It was not a project that took years to complete. And it did not cost a million dollars to create. In fact, 405 was created about 10 years ago by just two people, in only three months, with the only expense being their time and personal home computers. Visit www.405themovie.com to see how film makers Bruce Branit and Jeremy Hunt made this amazing film. Click on the picture or on the link, Landing on the 405 Freeway to watch this 3 minutes long film.

If you have an aviation video you would like to see in our video library, please email me at [email protected]. We plan to add hundreds of videos to it over the next few weeks and you will be able to vote on your favorite videos. Looking forward to your replies and suggestions.

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Bob Hoover – Aviation Legend

by on Aug.26, 2010, under General

Bob Hoover is truly a legend of Aviation.

He possesses an ability to make airplanes do things that they were never intended to to and do it with breath-taking precision. If you never witnessed one of his displays, go to the video below and see what he can do while rolling a Shrike Commander, which is not intended to be an aerobatic plane. You will be truly amazed!

Even if this video was made quite a few years back, you never get tired of watching it or hearing the modest statements from one of the greatest pilots who ever lived. He is now in his late 80’s but you can still see him around quite frequently speaking at air shows and sharing his experinces from his very rich life. 


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When Glendale Ruled the Skies

by on Aug.21, 2010, under General


Glendale, California used to be the aviation capital of the world in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Famous aviation personalities such as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and Howard Hughes regulary flew out the Grand Central Air Terminal, which at the time was the main aviation hub on the West Coast. Here is an excellent documentary about the Glendale Air Terminal and its history.

Part 1: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t48-hPRB2Y

Part 2: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvlW9_ThtSU&feature=related

Part 3: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh59dmZbadc&feature=related

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Edwards Air Force Base – a unique fly-in opportunity!

by on Aug.20, 2010, under General


The Air Force Flight Test Center is hosting the first ever fly-in to one of our historic dry lakebeds at Edwards Air Force Base on the 1st of October, 2010.This is also a “Flight Safety Event”.  Only 100 aircraft will be selected to land at the event and will be picked using a lottery system. Those not selected to fly-in will be able to drive to the lakebed. The full information about the vent can be found on the website for Edwards Air Force Base by clicking this link.

Aviators will be given several presentations discussing Edwards’ current programs and the history of women in aviation.

Those people who wish to drive in to the 2010 Lakebed Fly-in can also take part in the event. They must register online for a parking pass and will pay for lunch on-site. Those who are not registered or do not have a parking pass will not be allowed into the event.

To register for the fly-in lottery drawing, or to drive-in to event, go to www.flighttestnation.com and click on the 2010 FTN Lakebed Fly-in link on the home page.

Location of Seminar:
Edwards AFB, Rosamond Dry Lakebed
305 E. Popson Ave.

Edwards, CA 93524

(The below article and description of the dry lakes has been excerpted from the Public website for the Edwards Air Force base and is being republished with their permission. It gives an overview of the area and how it is an essential part of the US and World Aviation History. The full article can be found by clicking this link:

About the Dry Lakes

Edwards Air Force Base, on California’s Mojave Desert about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, has two unique natural resources that help make it the premier flight test facility in all the world; Rogers and Rosamond dry lakebeds.

Rogers Dry Lake is the largest of the two and has been used since 1977 as the landing site for many space shuttle test and operational flights. But both lakebeds have been used for emergency and test landings of aircraft for more than 40 years. And these natural flat surfaces have literally saved hundreds of aircrew lives and aircraft valued at millions of dollars because they offer a broad expanse of hardened clay on which to land aircraft in emergency situations.

Rogers Dry Lake has been declared a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior, because of its role in the development of the nation’s space program and in the development of aerospace systems.

Rogers has a surface of about 44 square miles and is the lakebed next to which the main Edwards complex has been developed. There are seven “drawn on” runways crisscrossing the surface of Rogers, with the longest 17/ 35 extending 7 1/2 miles.

The main Edwards concrete runway is also located next to Rogers Dry Lake and combining this runway’s 15,000 foot length with a 9,000 foot lakebed overrun gives pilots with an inflight emergency one of the longest and safest runways anywhere in the world.

Rosamond Dry Lake, serveral miles southwest of Rogers, offers 21 square miles of smooth flat surface which is also used for routine flight test and research operations and for emergency landings.

The lakebeds are among the lowest points in Antelope Valley and collect seasonal rain and snow runoff from surrounding hills and also from the San Gabriel Mountains to the south and the Tehachapi Mountains to the west.

At one time the lakebeds contained water the year around, but changing geological and weather patterns are void of vegetation and contain water only after infrequent rains or snow falls.

The flatness of the lakebeds was revealed following a measurement of the Rosamond lakebed surface which has a curvature of less than 18 inches over a distance of 30,000 feet.

The history of Edwards AFB and the military’s use of Rogers and Rosamond lakebeds goes back to the early 1930s when Army Air Corps aircraft from what is now March Air Force Base, Riverside, Calif., flew over the lakebeds for bombing and gunnery practice. During World War II, facilities were established adjacent to Rogers Dry Lake then called Muroc Dry Lake to train bomber and fighter crews for duty overseas.

During the early 1940s, the base was chosen as the site to flight test the nation’s first jet aircraft, the Bell XP-59A Airacomet. As the flight test program progressed, it became evident that the lakebed coupled with year around flying weather was an ideal place for all phases of aircraft testing and permanent facilities began emerging.

In 1949, what was then called Muroc Army Air Field was renamed Edwards AFB in honor of Capt. Glen Edwards, copilot on the YB-49 jetpowered flying wing which crashed near the base June 4, 1948.

The Air Force Flight Test Center was activated at Edwards in 1951, and with the increased number of flight test programs carried out at Edwards in recent years, the natural surfaces of Rogers and Rosamond dry lakebeds have taken on even greater roles as emergency landing sites and sites for test and research.

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