Why Gasoline Is The Best Drone Fuel


Drone technology is rapidly evolving to service various scenarios on land, in the air and underwater (even underground.)

Number one commercial issue remains power sources and ability to sustain activities for longer periods of time without requiring a recharge.

MIT engineers recently attempted to extend the duration of an airborne drone using an expected method…gasoline. They created the Jungle Hawk Owl, a 24 foot wide drone that can be launched from the roof of a car and can stay airborne for 5 days on a single tank of gas.

Original ask by the Airforce was a solar powered device, but it appears solar lost quickly due to need to size of surface area, weight of batteries and challenges as you moved to latitudes far from the equator.

Pre Order Your Flying Car

The moment we have all been waiting for is here…It’s no longer about getting in line to buy the world’s best electric car, it’s about the new line for buying a flying car.

Aeromobil (known as the flying car company) announced the launch of its new model and plans to begin taking pre orders for a limited 1st run of production. Car company has committed to making its model commercially available this year with scale building on deliveries between now a 2020.


Concept is pretty cool and definitely looks interesting. Car can transform from car mode to air mode is roughly 3 minutes, has a driving distance of 434 miles and a flight range of closer to 466 miles depending on conditions and throttle usage.

Top speed is said to be roughly 100 mph in care mode and 225 mph in air mode.

Good news is that is hasn’t skipped safety…plane or car (whatever) can deploy a parachute in case of emergency and comes with a full suite of airbags and pilot assisted flight functions.


Pricing is TBD, but don’t expect it to come cheap until scale builds.

Hybrid Air Travel By The End Of The Decade.


Regional air travel has long been the foundation driver for the airlines, however the costs of fuel and ever increasing tax structures have led many companies to rethink the future.

Enter Zunum, a startup company (backed by Boeing Horizon X and Jetblue’s tech venture arm) which has announced an aggressive plan to develop and fly hybrid electric aircraft on regional routes by 2020. Aircrafts will be limited in terms of distance initially, targeting 700 miles, but the potential for 1,000 is real and expected to follow within the decade. Sounds like they will build multiple versions from 10 seats to 50 seats depending on route and need.

Zunum Aero Planes are designed to provide lower cost, more efficient regional based air travel that could become a viable option for commuters…understanding that rail and highways systems are only going to worsen over next 50 years.


In terms of efficiency, electric drive systems (hybrids) hard targets including 40% minimum reduction in costs, 40 percent decrease in the overall travel time between spots on busy commuter corridors, 80% decreased emissions vs. purely gas powered regional jets and most importantly 75% drop in noise.