The Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane began its trek across the United States on Friday by completing the first leg of its planned transcontinental flight. With Bertrand Piccard at the controls, Solar Impulse launched Friday morning at 06:12 Pacific Daylight Time from Moffett Field in San Francisco, California and landed successfully after a 18 hour flight at 12:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona. Terrafugia, currently in development of the Transition street-legal airplane, has begun feasibility studies of a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) plug-in hybrid-electric flying car, the TF-X. Incorporating the state-of-the-art in intelligent systems, fly by wire controls, and currently available technology, the TF-X. will further increase the level of safety, simplicity, and convenience of personal aviation. Talk about taking your own sweet time... Last year, ICON aircraft petitioned the FAA for an exemption that would permit ICON Aircraft to incorporate a Spin-Resistant Airframe (SRA) in the ICON A5 at a weight above the current Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) definition. Now, a year later, the FAA has sent a letter to the company saying it needs additional information -- again, a YEAR later. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Airborne 05.07.13 is chock full of info about the half-week period ending Tuesday, May 7th, 2013... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton, and Glen Moyer, this episode covers:
Solar Impulse Begins Trek Across America
X-51A Waverider Achieves History In Final Flight
Terrafugia's Next Step
FAA Tells ICON It Needs Additional Information
Boeing Gives Go-Ahead For 777X Marketing
Jetman To Appear At AirVenture 2013
Encore: Chicago Returns To AirVenture For July 29 Opening-Day Concert
FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna 206 Exhaust Systems
Senators Pressure FAA To Keep Contract Towers Open
ANN Help Wanted for Oshkosh
Man Delivers Engagement Ring On Hexcopter
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