Just watched terrific program on the future in aviation. Sure it had news items on what you might expect: Branson's Virgin Galactic, the Dreamliner, VLJs/private jets, UAVs, nextgen air traffic control and 'push-button anybody can fly' which have been talked about ad nauseam but it was the less well known designers and projects that interested me.
There was Icon aircraft's ambhibian sport plane and Tiger aircraft's $400k jet which were exciting enough but some of the others were truly unknown projects to me.
For example there was the Attila's Malkudie's AMV211 VTOL experimental project. There was the Rocket Racing League, a 100-ton airship the size of a football field, five stories tall with restaurants, bars, boardrooms etc and 30,000 sq ft called the Aeros Craft project that can fly slow and low say over wilderness and doesn't require the amount of ground crew due to a buoyancy air ballast system built-in. It could be used militarily or as a cargo vehicle.
And for the truly unusual there was a company that uses peristaltic motion of jellyfish and manta rays to build aircraft such as the airjelly.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/04/15/60mi ... 8454.shtml
Check out the links above. Really drew me back to childhood books from the 80s that talked about those then future fantasies such as UAVs, VTOL aircraft etc.
It only takes two things to fly:--- airspeed and money.