First Fuel Cell Powered Piloted Aircraft Flies

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Antares DLR-H2, the first manned aircraft able to takeoff and fly powered by fuel cells took its first flight this week on July 7 in Hamburg, Germany.

The Antares is a motor glider with a very low noise footprint and zero CO2 emissions. It was developed as a testbed for fuel cell technologies by the DLR Institute for Technical Thermodynamics (Stuttgart, Germany) in collaboration with Lange Aviation, BASF Fuel Cells and Serenergy (Denmark).

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“Roadable aircraft” to be test flown soon

The Transition, a small aircraft that converts into a car is scheduled for testing by Terrafugia, a Woburn, Massachusetts based company. The vehicle’s wings can extend and retract and transform the roadable car into a fixed-wing airplane and vice-versa in only a few minutes.

As a car, the transition will be able to reach speeds of 90 MPH. As an airplane, it can fly at 115 MPH with a range of 500 miles.

 

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Garmin’s Synthetic Vision certified

Garmin International received FAA certification for its Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) this week. The new technology will display 3-dimensional terrain information on Primary Flight Displays (PFD) of Garmin G1000 glass cockpits.

 

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