Posts in category: ‘Aerospace’

3D printing adoption in aerospace

A great deal of new research and application development for the full spectrum of 3D printing technologies continues apace across the aerospace industry. Despite the simplicity of the umbrella term, this is a vast and diverse global industry that encompasses commercial aircraft, satellites, military, and defence aerial vehicles (planes/helicopters/drones), rockets and space vehicles, and, of course, applications for and on the international space station (ISS).

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FlyNano carbon fibered flier weighs less than you do

FlyNano is the brainchild of an aviation consultant, designer an enthusiastic pilot Aki Suokas who first dreamed of an aircraft to weigh less than 70 kilos over 7 years ago.


This magical weight limit determines how an aircraft is classified - below 70 kg is unlicensed fun-fliers territory. FlyNano single-seater was officially launched at Aero 2011 in Friedrichshafen in Germany in April and photos from the test sessions are to be believed then you can orders yours soon. Technical details and more photos at the end of the interview.

I had the chance to ask Aki Suokas a few questions about his baby, the idea, the motivation and the challenges along the way. Enjoy!

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Interview: AutoGyro’s gyroplanes would make Bond jealeous

You’ve all seen Little Nellie, the autogyro featured in the 1967 Bond movie You Only Live Twice. Q shipped it in a suitcase and assembled before use. German company AutoGyro is building the modern gyroplanes and they’re better than what Bond had.

I met Ute Hoja, who is a member of the management board at AutoGyro, in Hannover Messe and she gladly agreed to tell us more about those not-so-common flying machines. Ute has been with AutoGyro since 1999 when the company was founded so she knows the machines and everything to do with gyroplanes intimately.

Lauri: How and why did the company start producing gyroplanes?

Ute Hoja: Otmar Birkner, the founder and CEO of AutoGyro, started his own business building airtrikes and laminating propeller blades, when the gyroplane with its unique technique caught his attention. Together with his friend Thomas Kiggen, who today runs the flight school for gyroplanes at the airfield in Hildesheim, Otmar started to develop his first gyroplane and realized the possibilities of this aircraft.

In the first year, he built just a handful, whereas today more than 300 Autogyros are produced in Hildesheim per year to fly all around the globe.

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