Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Honda Jet, The World’s Most Advanced Light Business Jet Aircraft

Richie rich and private jet operators looking to add a new private aircraft to their fleet will soon have a new option. at the recent European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) held at Geneva, Switzerland, Honda aerospace division, Honda Aircraft Company has announced that the first production HondaJet has entered its final assembly and should be available right after the type certification which is expected to be sometime in the first half of 2015.

Key features this new kid in the private jet block include a convention-breaking over-the-wing engine mount that is said to increase cabin and cargo space, a composite carbon fiber fuselage offering weight saving and increase interior spaciousness, and a smart design, together with natural laminar flow wing and nose, that improves fuel efficiency and is therefore, economic and environmentally-friendly.

There is also an advanced pilot-centric cockpit that place emphasis on pilot’s room and with advanced avionics powered by Garmin G3000. fitted with a pair of GE Honda HF120 engines with 2,050 lb-ft of thrust each, the HondaJet is capable of achieving 420 Knots True Airspeed, touted as the fastest business jet in its class, and has an astounding maximum cruise altitude of flight level 430 (43,000 feet) that literally puts it above the weather. Additionally, it also boasts a relatively short taking off and landing distance, requiring less than 4,000 feet for taking off and less than 3,000 feet for landing.

All these factors attribute to another significant performance: an impressive rate of climb of 3,990 feet per minute. On the inside, it offers a typical configuration of 1 crew plus five pax, or two crew with four pax (classic club config) and thanks to the OTW engine mount, the HondaJet has a total of 66 cubic feet of externally accessible cargo space. On top of that, OTW configuration also helps to direct the noise emissions away from the cabin, thereby affording a significantly quieter ride.

Of course, there is also a private aft lavatory with flushing toilet as standard and solid surface vanity. Finally, as an option, you can also use your mobile device to control various aspects of the cabin including audio, lighting, temperature and window shades. Naturally, the mobile device control is not included in the aircraft’s base price of $4.5 million. The first production aircraft will sport a new exterior paint scheme of deep pearl green with a gold stipe, in addition to the silver, red, yellow and blue exterior.

Tweak Flexible Sink Strainer Tosses Drain Waste Without The Mess

Kitchen sink strainer is among the last thing on Earth that needs innovation, or so we thought. Some may exclaim ‘it’s a strainer, for goodness’ sake. What’s there to reinvent?’ well, if you happen to be one of the aforementioned, then you probably have not done the washing chore in a long time, or even ever. However, for those who do, we all concur the real chore is not in the washing the dishes, but clearing the ‘aftermath’, that is, the food scraps and stuff that accumulate at the strainer. Strangely enough, the gourmet we have consumed, suddenly becomes a distasteful or even disgusting garbage that we loathe to clear (but have to). In comes Tweak, a sink strainer reinvented with the sole purpose of making that part of the chore less dreadful.

Created by Israeli duo, Nitzan Shafat and Aviv Rozenfeld, with the aim of letting you clear the mixture of scraps without having to touch them, the flexible sink strainer appears to be just like another other strainer, but with a contoured surface (with holes, of course) and a sloping bulge. When you are done with the dishes and the wet remains of what once used to be delectable cuisines gather atop of it, all you need is give the Tweak’s bulge a pinch and it transforms into a conical-shape ‘dish’ that you can grab and drop the remnants into the waste bin. But the magic don’t stop there. While in the conical-shape, with the waste aimed at the bin, a nudge on the cone pointed end will pop all the remains out in one swift action. In this way, this critical part of the whole doing the dishes routine can be done without you ever touching those slimy stuff.

It is a simple idea, motivated by the need of not getting your hands smudged by whatever is on the strainer and to that, we give it a double thumbs up. Absolutely brilliant. There is one version sized for bath tubs as well, you know, to catch whatever grimes and hairs that might want to trespass. The fact that this Kickstarter campaign has broken its minimum funding goal of $14,000 in just two weeks, goes to show that this innovation might be long overdue. For the next 42 days (up to July 01, 2014), you will be able to grab the Tweak sink or tub strainer for just 8 bucks a pop. Catch a fun pitch video after the break which, in our humble opinion, will totally convince you why you really need one of these.

Bultaco Reborn To Make Electric Motorbikes

Like the automobile industry, the motorcycle community could also benefit from a new entrant or two every now and then, you know, for variety and freshness sake. Unfortunately, the barrier of entry of bike making is as intimidating as automobile industry, which means new maker don’t appear as often as one might have hoped for. Then the Bultaco Motorcycle came about in 1958 as an alternative to mainstream offerings and in the process, sort of carved its name in motorcycle racing in Europe, but unfortunately, it was wound down in 1983.

That was history. Fast forward to 2014, the defunct Barcelona-based motorcycle manufacturer has officially announced that it will be making a comeback and the bike you see here, the Rapitán, is the bike that will pave the way for more to come.
Though the brand will uphold the values as it was founded on, its rebirth is in fact a transformation of an engineering firm, LGN TECH Design S.L. that has, since it’s founding in 2010, been developing its own electrical and mechanical designs and putting them to their paces in electrical motorcycle racing. So yes. The Bultaco is of an electric ride.

Though there is no official word if electric is the sole path or will there be a revival of old gasoline favorites like the Sherpa T and the TSS125 Road Racer. Anywho, the Rapitán and the Rapitán Sport will be the company first bikes anticipated to be built this year. At the heart of the Rapitán is a Bultaco PowerCore eMK1 air-cooled brushless motor producing 40 kW and 125 Nm of torque, capable of a top speed of 145 km/h and up to 200 km range.

A Bultaco-developed lithium-ion battery keeps the electric motor juiced, while regenerative braking puts back some of the those energy back into the system. An onboard charger lets you recharge the vehicle in just 3.5-5 hours and a quick charger will keep that topped in mere 45 minutes to an hour. And since it does without gas, Bultaco has cleverly integrate a storage compartment, big enough for a full-face helmet, into where the gas tank would have been.

The Rapitán seats two and rides on 17-inch wheels wearing 120/70R17 and 150/70R17 rubbers. of course, there are more to it then what we can detail and when it rolls into the market, the Rapitán will likely be one of the most advanced electric motorcycles to date, if not the most advanced.

Avengers Helicarrier By Ysomt

The thing about LEGO is, the bigger the set, the more detail and majestic it will be (the custom Starcraft II Battlecruiser is one good example, though it never was an official set). There’s no other way, but the LEGO The Avengers Helicarrier by ysomt submitted to LEGO Ideas (formerly LEGO Cuusoo) kind of takes bigger a few steps too far. Ysomt has created this monstrosity consisting of 22,694 bricks (!) and would measures 85.4 by 45.3 inches (217 by 115 cm) when built. And if it ever did garner the number of votes required for it to be considered by the Danish toy maker and eventually be made official, it would be the biggest official LEGO set ever to grace planet Earth, both in number of bricks and built size, and it would be one hard to beat.

However, we are skeptical. We doubt it will even be considered even if it gets the pre-requisite 10,000 votes because of the sheer size which can be quite impractical, and not to mention the potential astronomical price tag. Then again, when you see something this awesome, you can’t help but to chip in and vote. Whatever’s going to happen, will all go straight into the ‘afterthought department’.

Act now, think later. On a more serious note though, perhaps, scaling it down to a meter or so would have a better commercial opportunity. Don’t you think? if you like to see this monster of LEGO set have a shot as an official set or just love giving the LEGO Ideas folks a good time debating over this monstrous set, then hit up ysomt’s submission on LEGO Ideas and vote for it.

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