That motor is quite impressive. They are using it in the Ag tractor to replace a turbopropAgreed. But I got a kick out of the opening sentence of that article:
"RED Aircraft’s liquid cooled V12 twin six-cylinder RED A03 engine is the primary reason why the Celera 500L boasts running costs of $328 per hour with a 4,500nm range"
I suspect the author meant to indicate nautical mile, but the abbreviation he used is actually nanometers, with 4500 nm being roughly 0.0002 inches. That would certainly give some ammo to the BEV range anxiety crowd. I think he meant 4,500 nmi or NM.
there is no reason to fly above now that we have weather radar on every plane. Two pilots died when in good weather they stalled their CRJ at the max operating altitude because the climb was too fast and they lost too much air speed then could not restart either engine because windmill restarts need to happen at 10k’. (They made some other choice like not choosing the nearest airport).Well, they are also able to get above some weather, it gives them more options to fly through developing weather, and you avoid more critters, not to mention yahoos who fly once in a blue moon.
Leer jets can fly above many thunderstorms, whereas commercial airliners generally cannot fly above big storms.
Some storms can get really tall. https://wgntv.com/weather/weather-blog/what-is-the-maximum-height-recorded-for-thunderstorms/ Remember the crash in the Atlantic of a was it an Air France Air bus? Theirs to fly over/ through and iced up and stalled.
No way you would catch me flying a personal quad rotor. You just increased your chances of a crash by a factor of 4. Can they fly on 3/4 rotors?
I heard they are thinking of some hybrid solutions. Extra thrust for takeoff and climb out from fuel. Cruise on batteries. Seems simple I’m sure it’s not.