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The Transition – a street legal airplane

sportaircraft  The Transition – a street legal airplane

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The Transition®

The Transition® by Terrafugia: simply land at the airport, fold your wings up and drive home.

Every pilot faces uncertain weather, rising costs, and ground transportation hassles on each end of the flight. The Transition® combines the unique convenience of being able to fold its wings with the ability to drive on any surface road in a modern personal airplane platform. Stowing the wings for road use and deploying them for flight at the airport is activated from inside the cockpit. This unique functionality addresses head-on the issues faced by today’s Private and Sport Pilots.

Terrafugia’s award-winning MIT-trained engineers have been advancing the state-of-the-art in personal aircraft since 2006. Now you can streamline your flying experience with the revolutionary integration of personal land and air travel made possible by the Transition® Roadable Aircraft.

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Highway Aerocar

leigh aerosystems high road personal sport plane

leigh aerosystems high road personal sport plane

The key flight operational and performance goals are summarized as follows:

- FAA certification for instrument flight operations
- 100LL fuel
- 180 mph cruise speed at 15,000 ft.
- 20,000 ft ceiling
- 500 mile range

Projected road performance is:

- 25 mpg fuel consumption
- 500 mile range

High Road has successfully completed initial wind tunnel tests at the San Diego Air and Space Museum 12 ft tunnel and detailed mechanical and structural design is underway.

Source:  Leigh Aero Systems

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Biofuel Skycar headed for production in 2010

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Earlier this year, the Parajet Skycar Expedition, featuring the “World’s First Bio-fuelled Flying Car,” flew from London, England to Timbuktu in Mali, Africa. If you lusted over something so incredibly cool – a car that can transform from ground to air mode in about three minutes and actually works in both areas, then we’ve got good news for you: Parajet International Ltd has struck a deal to produce road-legal SkyCars with Rage Motorsport Ltd.

Rage will build the vehicle and Parajet will add all the parts that make it fly. A mock-up of the vehicle is pictured here, but Parajet says a “totally new chassis is being designed for the SkyCar which accommodates the rear fan system into the tubular chassis work.” This will reduce weight by about 80 kg (176 lbs). Other changes are to include a re-positioned rear parachute, more legroom and a three-cylinder, 140 horsepower fuel-injected Yamaha engine. How long will you have to wait for one? Parajet says test flights of the skycar should happen this September and the release date could be early 2010.

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VARIOmobil Perfect 1200 Platinum Class A Motorhome with car adapter

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Sure, we might be in the middle of a recession, but if you’ve got a few extra bucks floating around, think about splurging on the VARIOmobil Perfect 1200 Platinum Class A Motorhome! Sparing no expense when it came to including every luxe feature imaginable, the Perfect 1200 Platinum is built like a tough motorhome on the outside, but inside is designed in “bentART” ambience. Outfitted in cherry wood furniture, leather upholstery and high-tech conveniences, this VARIOmobil Class A motorhome also comes with a hydraulic operated car garage that can fit a compact car. Other features include granite flooring, Corian countertop, bar table with floor cupboards, extendable couch and rain shower in the bathroom. VARIOmobil.

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Blackline GPS vehicle and boat tracking

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We’re all about enhancing the quality of your life and peace-of-mind—by bringing you products that PROTECT what is most valuable to you, be they prized possessions like cars and boats, or even your own family members… let you SHARE the locations of those people and things, with family, friends and co-workers… and CONNECT you with that information—and one another—in real time and on demand.

Protect your vehicle as never before with the most-effective permanently installed GPS security alerting and tracking system available. And it’s from ESCORT, the leading authority in radar and laser detection for more than 30 years.

Powerfully combining always-on cellular networks, top-tier GPS tracking and motion-sensing technology that activates from your own keychain, plus the exclusive, instantly-triggered BlacklineGPS Recovery & Monitoring Service™ to speed the return of your stolen vehicle, the Entourage CIS is your extra layer of assurance for the things you value most.

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Margaritaville G1000 Ride-Behind Tailgating Propane Grill

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tailgating grill

Product Features

  • 20,000-BTU tailgating grill with 352-square-inch cooking surface
  • Swing-out travel arm attaches to any vehicle with a standard 2-inch hitch receiver
  • 2 side tables; fold-down tray; tool hooks; integrated legs for use as a tabletop grill
  • Push-button electronic ignition; uses 1-pound propane tank

Welcome to Margaritaville! Margaritaville isn’t a place. It’s a state of mind and now with the new Margaritaville Tailgating Grill – you can create your own Margaritaville anywhere you want to go! Bring along a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill and your party will go on and on. Everything you need is right at your fingertips and a breeze to operate, so let the good times roll-in any direction. Take the grill anywhere your vehicle can go – once you arrive – just swing out the arm and you are grilling in less than 5 minutes. Hassle-free grilling in the parking lot of your favorite team or take it on a picnic up in the mountains, down in the valley, or anywhere in between. The grill is a snap to operate-one push on the electronic lighter and it fires right up, putting out 20,000 BTUs of red-hot heat. The Margaritaville Tailgating Grill is packed with features, too. There’s a full-size cooking surface (352 square inches to be exact) , so you can load it up with as many as 20 burgers, chicken, veggies and just about anything else.

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Battery Operated Liquid Transfer Pump for gas, oil or water

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Getting rid of gas left in lawnmowers or snowblowers at the end of the season…cleaning out small ponds and aquariums…adding gas to your tank from your gas can…this lightweight, battery-operated pump transfers liquids at the rate of 5-6 quarts per minute. Simple, one-button operation. Uses 2 D batteries (not included). High-impact plastic. 25″ long with 25″ long hose.

Liquid Transfer Pump
Price: $14.99

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Innovative solar powered bridge de-icer

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Pave Guard:
Getting rid of snow and ice forever…
using the power of the sun.

Pave Guard Technologies,® Inc. has combined subsurface heating with solar energy to present a system that will eliminate snow and ice from forming on pavement while serving as an alternative energy source. The Pave Guard System is also designed to pay for itself over a period of 5-7 years while putting money back in your pocket for another 13 years or more.

Solar panels silently convert light into electricity. They have no moving parts, require little maintenance and are designed to last for many years. Photovoltaic solar panels work best in direct sunlight, but they also work well even on cloudy days.

Solar panels can be used to supply a substantial proportion of the electrical needs of typical households. They can be mounted on the roof or on the ground and connected to the local electric utility or stand alone (not connected to the utility), either supplying all the power directly to the home or pumping the excess back to the utility. Apart from reducing your electricity bill, home owners can often sell any surplus electricity directly back to the utility at an attractive rate.

Source:  Pave Guard Tech

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Build your own electric car with the Trexa platform

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Trexa is gunning to be the first electric vehicle devlopment platform, with a battery, driveline and power electronics built-in. You just add the passenger compartment on top. Want a pickup truck or a hot rod? The choice is yours, provided you’ve got the chops to put it together.

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Electric car batteries with 500-mile range on the way

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The project is progressing with its goal of boosting the range of rechargeable batteries for all-electric cars to 500 miles.

The Battery 500 Project recently held its kickoff meeting at IBM’s Almaden Laboratory in San Jose, Calif., where leading scientists, engineers and other experts brainstormed about how to perfect the power source for all-electric automobiles. (See the video.)

As a part of IBM’s 2-year-old Big Green Innovations program, the Battery 500 Project aims to boost the range of rechargeable batteries for all-electric cars from less than 100 miles today to as far as 500 miles. The consortium’s efforts are being led by the Almaden Lab in collaboration with several U.S. universities and the Department of Energy’s national labs.

“Batteries technology has improved, but is still far inferior to gasoline in terms of how much energy they hold,” said Spike Narayan, a key IBM researcher. “The energy density—which is the amount of energy a lithium-ion battery stores per unit weight—is really not enough to produce a family-sized sedan with a 300- to 500-mile range.”

Source:  Smarter Technology

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