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Manhattan to Boston, $283, 36 mins,  No Airports = No Congestion
  • By Peter H. Schmidt
  • On 09/18/2018

Manhattan to Boston, $283, 36 mins, No Airports = No Congestion

I've been getting requests for a version of our homepage video set to music, finally got the chance to deliver. Click through for vid link, and feel free to share :-)

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Daring to Dream - Not Hallucinate
  • By Peter H. Schmidt
  • On 09/10/2018

Daring to Dream - Not Hallucinate

The journey starts with imagination. Then you need math.

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TRLs: Back to the Future
  • By Peter H. Schmidt
  • On 08/28/2018

TRLs: Back to the Future

We have a high TRL design. Who knew we're as smart as Doc Brown?

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Electrics: Infinity War
  • By Peter H. Schmidt
  • On 08/14/2018

Electrics: Infinity War

People ask us, why the proliferation of electric aircraft designs all of a sudden? A window has opened, due to a confluence of technology and manufacturing developments. But a reckoning is coming for the infinitude of electric designs. Certification will not be a snap...

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When We Don't Know, We Ask Those Who Do
  • By Peter H. Schmidt
  • On 08/07/2018

When We Don't Know, We Ask Those Who Do

A world class team is how we avoid being this guy: "Dunning and Kruger's 1999 study, 'Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments,' derived in part from the cognitive bias evident in the criminal case of McArthur Wheeler, who robbed banks with his face covered with lemon juice, which he believed would make it invisible to the surveillance cameras. This belief was based on his misunderstanding of the chemical properties of lemon juice as an invisible ink."

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San Francisco to San Diego, Not Fisherman's Wharf to South Park
  • By Peter H. Schmidt
  • On 07/31/2018

San Francisco to San Diego, Not Fisherman's Wharf to South Park

Our Vy 400, VTOL aircraft uses a jet engine. It isn't battery powered, for a very simple reason: Jet fuel has 50 times the energy of current batteries. 50 times! What does 50 times more look like? Just see the graphic.

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XTI: Mind the Gap
  • By Peter H. Schmidt
  • On 07/24/2018

XTI: Mind the Gap

The Vy 400 is a single-engine turboprop that can fly regionally from city to city, just like other turboprops. But it takes off and lands vertically. Given the 41 foot length of the XTI Trifan 600, comparison with all the other aircraft suggests it should be heavier, a lot heavier: over 40% heavier empty.

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Zunum: Crossing the CASM?
  • By Peter H. Schmidt
  • On 07/12/2018

Zunum: Crossing the CASM?

CASM, or cost per available seat mile, is calculated by dividing the operating cost of an airline schedule by the available seat miles that schedule provides. Talking about the CASM of a single aircraft gets tricky. CASM includes non-aircraft operating costs, and it turns out that energy represents just 20% of the total costs for an airline flying a passenger on a Zunum-sized aircraft. Saving energy can't save much money.

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Uber: Waiting for Coulomb (or, why we aren't an eVTOL - yet...)
  • By Peter H. Schmidt
  • On 07/06/2018

Uber: Waiting for Coulomb (or, why we aren't an eVTOL - yet...)

It’s fun to dream about catching a battery-powered Uber air taxi and zipping across town to catch a ball game. It’s also fun to dream about zero-calorie desserts and warp drives. But right now, we don’t know how to make any of them.

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