Watch A Test Pilot Trial A Paramedic Jet Suit For Mountain Rescues

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, but it might be your local emergency service.

A recent demonstration involving the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), UK, showed a radical new Avengers-style approach to difficult mountain rescues – a first responder rocketing up to the patient using a jetpack.

GNAAS tested the jetpack produced by Gravity Industries in the Lake District with founder Richard Browning giving a full demonstration. Strapped with dual jets on both sides, he flew from valley floor to a simulated casualty site on the side of Bowfell mountain in just 90 seconds, a marked improvement on the roughly 25 minutes it would usually take on foot, says GNAAS director of operations Andy Mawson.

 Browning demonstrates the jet suit. Credit: Gravity Industries

Of course, these are just trials for now. GNAAS hopes that one day jet suit paramedics will be able to access injured travelers

Read More

Otto Aviation Hopes To Torpedo The Business Jet Market With Its Curious New Design. Will It Sink Or Swim?

Otto Aviation is looking for investors to advance its unconventional “Celera” business aircraft from a prototype to a production airplane built in the thousands. The media attention the company has garnered since formally unveiling the Celera 500L last week is no doubt pleasing.

But with the spotlight comes scrutiny and the questions that all startup aviation manufacturers face. The answers often determine whether a new effort even reaches the market. In Otto’s case the mere appearance of the Celera with its bulbous fuselage, pusher propeller and short, thin wing, leads to questions.

The man responsible for the project, and the Celera’s distinctive shape, is William Otto Sr., a former researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory, chief scientist at North American Aviation (subsumed by Boeing in the 1990s after a series of mergers) and founder of aviation

Read More