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This awesome little airplane is the world’s smallest twin-engine manned aircraft. It was designed in the 1970s by Michel Colomban and is named the Cri-Cri. Cri-Cri features include a single seat, an enclosed cockpit, a cantilever low-wing, two front mounted engines, and fixed landing gear. The aircraft is made of klegecell foam and aluminum and has a 16.1-ft wingspan. Video and pictures of the tiny CriCri after the break.


Drones continue to make headlines as they are being used for fishing, videography, racing, human flight, and more. So, no surprise that they are soon going to be used for cloud seeding to help make it rain. Well that is the plan anyways. A group of researchers in Nevada completed their first flight of their unmanned cloud seeding drone, the “Sandoval Silver State Seeder”.

The cloud seeding drone was sent up on a test flight (currently limited at 400-feet) and successfully deployed two silver-iodine flares, used to help kick-off rainfall from clouds. This one is a no brainer to save lives and money. No need to send humans up for this type of thing once it is perfected.

A bit Iron Man and a bit Green Goblin. Either way it is totally awesome. The Flyboard Air by Zapata Racing begins where the water-jet Flyboards leaves off. No more tethering to a jetski and tons of water. The Flyboard Air runs on what seems to be a jet engine (don’t quote me on that) and can fly for 10 minutes and up to 10,000 feet. Franky Zapata let me know if you need any product testers....

One way the budget airlines are able to offer such low airfare is by cutting costs. T’his means luggage fees, tighter seating, and now hybrid airplanes. How much can a hybrid fleet save a small airline like EasyJet? 35-million per year! This isn’t your typical hybrid though. Don’t expect an Prius styled airplane running on batteries or anything like that. The way the jumbo-jet hybrid system works is that the main engines are not used when the airplane is taxiing. Apparently taxiing around the runway is approximately...

Fingers crossed that electric VTOL (vertical take off and landing) aircraft become a reality. The folks at Joby Aviation agree and have started showing off their S2 VTOL concept. It has two seats, a convertible clear top, and 12 tilting electric propellers for VTOL and flight, and 4 efficient props for forward only power. Once the Joby S2 reaches cruising speed the 12 props fold away and let the four cruise-optimized props take over. Range is approximately 200 miles and speed...

This beast is the world’s first jet-powered, 3D printed UAV and hit hits 150mph. This collaboration between Aurora Flight Sciences and Stratasys is most likely the fastest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). ...

Don’t get me wrong, this is pretty awesome but I can’t help thinking of all the ways this could go wrong. I mean, who needs to smuggle a bomb on to a plane when you can just fly one right up to the plane? I am sure the terrorist suicide bombers are scratching their heads with this one. Either way this is some pretty amazing Jetpack formation flying.   ...

If, unlike me, you have $5-million kicking around and want your own personal fighter jet, pay attention. The Saker S-1 is getting closer to launching and expects the first deliveries to hit in 2019. The jet not only looks amazing, but it is fast as well. Users can expect speeds just short of Mach-1 (Mach .99) with a 1.600 mile range. Still not impressed? Users can also opt for an ejection seat. More images and video after the break. ...

In an effort to get rated for human space flights, SpaceX is developing their Crew Dragon Launch Abort System (LAS). The video, after the break, shows real time footage of this life saving backup plan. The LAS is designed to trigger should there be any critical rocket issues. In the event of a problem, the human capsule has its own set of rockets that will separate it from the main rocket. The rockets that power the human capsule are eight SuperDraco engines which generate 120,000 lbs of thrust which equals about 5,000 ft of lift.

The Aero-X Hoverbike is going to be available for purchase next year. Honestly. According to the makers, Aerofex, this Star Wars looking hoverbike will be hitting stores next year for $85,000. Totally worth it. The Aero-X Hoverbike has carbon fiber rotors, has a top speed of 45mph, and can carry two people up to 10-feet above the ground. In other words, just out of reach of pesky humans. It can also do vertical takeoffs. No runway needed here. More specs and video of the Hoverbike after the break.