aviation

New Zealander Builds Working Helicopter from Scratch

New Zealander Builds Working Helicopter from Scratch

Engineer and rotorcraft enthusiast Cameron Carter finally realized his dream of building and flying his own helicopter. This dedicated New Zealander has spent 12 years engineering this complicated personal flying machine. He sought a project that involved solving all the problems that the pioneers of aviation had to solve. One of his biggest motivations was […]

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Incredible Aviation-Themed Desk

Incredible Aviation-Themed Desk

If you need a desk you can, of course, always buy one. Or you can make an excellent “normal” desk with right angles and the occasional rounded edge. On the other hand, you could make a truly exotic aluminum covered aviation-themed desk like the one pictured above. The results look very good and well polished. […]

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The Women Behind the Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers could not have invented the airplane without the involvement of two key women in their family.

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DIY 737 Flight Simulator

DIY 737 Flight Simulator

James Price converted the nosecone and cockpit of a 1967 Boeing 737 into his own DIY flight simulator. Built in his garage over the course of three years, 90% of the Lufthansa 737′s systems are working and James even retrofitted the cockpit with modern instruments.

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Radios of a Different Frequency

Radios of a Different Frequency

  Working on the latest Weekend Projects Newsletter, about the Aircraft Band Receiver, sparked my own interest. Of course, like other readers, I had questions about hearing amplitude modulated (AM) sound on a FM-expanded receiver. And like any good blogger, within minutes, I had more opened tabs than I could deal with. I saved some […]

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Centuries of cranks vindicated by human-powered ornithopter flight

Centuries of cranks vindicated by human-powered ornithopter flight

Although the Snowbird, made of carbon fiber and balsa wood and with a 105-foot wingspan, could hardly be described as “practical,” to me this seems like a major aviation milestone: Somebody, specifically University of Toronto PhD student Todd Reichert and co-workers, finally did it. All those old black and white “wacky inventor” blooper reels set to goofy music can eat it. [via Toronto Star]

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