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  • Boeing X-51A Wave Rider
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on December 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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    Published on May 3, 2013

    The X-51A Waverider is an unmanned scramjet-powered demonstration aircraft, capable of achieving hypersonic speeds five times the speed of sound. At that speed an aircraft could travel across the U.S. in under an hour.

  • Crazy Wingsuit Flight -- Man Lands on Wa...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on December 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM
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    Published on Oct 8, 2013

    Wingsuit flying is a relatively young sport but it progresses at an incredibly fast pace. The idea of a man completing a jump and landing on water without a parachute has been widely talked of within the wingsuit community since Gary Connery landed the first wingsuit jump without using a parachute. Gary's jump and landing can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRB-wo...

    This video shows another huge progression in wingsuit flying. Raphael Dumont, 31 from Chamonix (France), has always been fascinated by flight. This project is not just about flight though, it has always been about doing the impossible and pushing the boundaries of human possibility. What it does not show is the days of preparation, planning and hard work required to make it a reality, plus a lot of injuries!

    The jump took place at Lake Garda (Italy) on September 30th 2013. Raphael has trained in BASE jumping and wingsuit flight for many years, he is a professional with over 600 successful flights to date and the jump was performed under professional supervision.

    The flight and subsequent landing have been planned for several years with absolute attention to detail and safety at all times. The theory and calculations behind the landing have been based on the trajectory and approach of a plane landing. Please do not attempt wingsuit flying or to recreate such a landing as it is highly dangerous.

    We would like to especially thank the people at Wingman for their continued support, you guys are awesome! www.worldofwingman.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamwingman

    Twitter: @iamwingman

    Thank you:

    James Boole & Maurizio DiPalma: Without the expertise and guidance of you guys, the jump would probably never have happened. If it had happened without you, I doubt the result would have been the same! http://www.mauriziodipalma.com/

    Filming/Editing: Lee Watson

    Lake Garda & Italy: A beautiful part of an incredibly country. This is one of the greatest spots in the world for wingsuit jumps and the weather was perfect! www.italia.it / www.visitgarda.com

    Wicked Wingsuits: www.wickedwingsuits.com

    Go Pro Cameras: www.gopro.com

    Spy (sunglasses): www.spyoptic.com

    Jeb Corliss: A constant inspiration! Twitter: @jebcorliss

    Gary Connery: For showing what is really possible! www.thestuntbase.com

     

  • Wingsuit landing without deploying a par...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on December 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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    Published on May 23, 2012

    A stuntman has made aviation history by becoming the first skydiver in the world to land without the use of a parachute. Gary Connery, 42, from Oxfordshire, leapt from a helicopter a mile above Henley then glided down using a specially adapted wing suit before landing on a "runway" of 18,000 cardboard boxes.

    "It was so comfortable, so soft. My calculations obviously worked out and I'm glad they did," he told Sky News afterwards.

    His wife Vivian said she was "relieved its all over".

    To prepare for the jump he underwent weeks of intensive training in Switzerland and Italy, leaping from mountains and cliffs to perfect his wing suit glide angle.

    As part of the preparations, Mr Connery studied the flight of kite birds and how they use their tail to control their flight direction.

    "Kites steer by twisting their tail one way or another and I'll be doing the same," he explained before the jump.

    Gary Connery

    Mr Connery made his first parachute jump aged 23 after joining the Army. He went on to become a professional stuntman, completing 880 skydives and 450 base jumps.

    He has acted as stunt-double for the likes of Gary Oldman, John Hurt and Rowan Atkinson and appeared in films such as The Beach, Die Another Day, Batman Begins and Indiana Jones.

    He also leapt from the Eiffel Tower, Nelson's Column, Tower Bridge and the London Eye.

    "This stunt will get great recognition and will be a post in the runway of aviation history," Mr Connery said beforehand. "I'm sure plenty of people will think I'm bonkers but that's OK, I take that as a compliment."

    Landing a wing suit without a parachute has been a dream of skydivers since the modern wing suit was invented in 1997 by French skydiver and aristocrat Patrick De Gayardon.

    The unique design of his suit enabled "pilots" to barrel-roll, swoop and fly in formation.

    Tragically, Mr De Gayardon died a year later in a skydiving accident in Hawaii after a modification to his suit caused his parachute to malfunction.

    US skydiver Jeb Corliss planned to become the first to land a wing suit without a parachute but his plans were suspended after he was seriously injured during a recent jump in South Africa.

  • Inventor Begins Testing a 'Star Wars' Ho...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on December 8, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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    An Australian man has invented what he says is the world's first flying motorbike, and is building it in his garage. The Hoverbike is claimed to be able to reach a theoretical height of 10,000 feet - really - and fly at 100 miles per hour. It's based on much the same principles as a twin-propeller helicopter such as Boeing's Chinook. Christopher Malloy says he's been building the vehicle for the last two years, using a custom-built carbon-fiber airframe and BMW engine. He's now at the testing stage, although so far he's only flown it tethered to the ground, at an altitude of just a few feet."With the limited ground testing done thus far the hoverbike has preformed exactly as predicted," he says. "Because we do not know 100 percent what might happen during testing, the straps are there to cover the unknown. The hoverbike is quite stable and does not want to tip over - however, if something unplanned happens during testing, we don't want to break our prototype!"The Hoverbike's designed with triple redundancy, says Malloy - three components need to fail before there could be a serious accident. If anything does go wrong, two parachutes are built into the airframe, he says.Eventually, Malloy aims to sell the Hoverbike commercially, at a price of around $50,000. He sees uses in cattle mustering and search and rescue, as well as good old fun. It shouldn't need a pilot's license in most countries, including the US, as it would be classed as an ultralight vehicle.

  • Spherical Flying Machine Developed by Ja...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on November 11, 2011 at 4:04 AM
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    Spherical Flying Machine demonstrated -- Weighing in at about 12 ounces (350 g), the 16-inch (42 mm) diameter flying ball can launch and return vertically, maintain a stationary hover and zip along at up to 37 mph (60 km/h). Coupled with a camera, it could become a valuable reconnaissance platform. 

  • Worlds smallest One-man Helicopter GEN H...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on November 11, 2011 at 3:40 AM
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    75-year-old Gennai Yanagisawa, who runs an electronics equipment company in Matsumoto, central Japan, created a 75kg (165-pound) one-man aircraft which, at the time, set the world record for the smallest helicopter.

  • World's first manned flight with an elec...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on November 3, 2011 at 8:29 PM
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    At the end of October 2011, Thomas Senkel of e-volo made the first manned flight with an e-powered multicopter at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30 seconds, after which the constructor and test pilot stated: "The flight characteristics are good natured. Without any steering input it would just hover there on the spot". This could be the future of flight, piloting a device as simple as a car. More information: www.e-volo.com

  • Aeronautical engineering key to Automoti...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on July 26, 2011 at 1:41 AM
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    One of the key engineers on the team that won the $5 million Automotive X Prize was Chief of Aerodynamics, Barnaby Wainfan.  Wainfan is a leading thinker and teacher of aerodynamics at Northrop Grumman, one of the world’s premier aircraft design firms, and has worked on both classified and unclassified projects there.  He is also an adjunct professor of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Michigan.  Working with Ron Mathis on a number of auto racing projects, Wainfan has made a lasting impact by introducing a new perspective from his experience in high-performance aircraft design.  His knowledge and application of aerodynamic design helped achieve the breakthrough efficiency of the Very Light Car.

    See the whole team here http://www.edison2.com/personnel/ and read about the X Prize winning Very Light Car project.

  • 1909 Bleriot XI
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on July 12, 2011 at 1:44 AM
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  • Louis Bleriot on his cross Channel fligh...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on July 12, 2011 at 1:35 AM
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  • Aviation history - Louis Blériot's flig...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on July 12, 2011 at 1:33 AM
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  • Yves Rossy Prepares for Record Breaking ...
    by EAA 211 Webmaster on July 12, 2011 at 12:52 AM
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