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Hi Tech:- Cobalt releases Tablet controlled plane.Aims to be the “Apple of the air”

A San Francisco startup is aiming to become the Apple of the air – with a radical plane without dials, gauges and switches, but equipped with a forewing that makes it nearly impossible for it to stall mid-air, and a hi-tech tablet control system.

Cobalt, a manufacturer of design-centric private aircraft, today opened up pre-orders for its fighter jet inspired aircraft, the Co50 Valkyrie and Valkyrie-X.

Its makers say they were inspired by fighter jets, and hope to make planes far easier to fly.

A San Francisco startup is aiming to become the Apple of the air - with a radical plane without dials, gauges and switches

A THIRD WING FOR SAFETY

The Valkyrie is a canard aircraft, which means it has a smaller forewing near its nose, in front of the main wing, to help prevent mid-air stalls.

The Valkyrie is powered by an aft propeller and a 350-horsepower turbocharged engine, which allows it to travel up to 260 knots, about 300 mph, making it the fastest private aircraft in its class.

The Cobalt Valkyrie-X is an experiential version, which is only available in the U.S., while the Co50 Valkyrie is the fully certified model and offered worldwide.

The aircraft’s are both five-seat, propeller-driven private planes designed with three iPad-style screens that display the most essential information, like how much flight time is lefts based on remaining fuel.

The Valkyrie is a canard aircraft, which means it has a smaller forewing near its nose, in front of the main wing, to help prevent mid-air stalls.

Cobalt CEO David Loury said he wanted build a plane that was easier and safer to fly by incorporating Silicon Valley design sensibilities like the ones behind the iPhone.

‘10 years ago, I had a vision to disrupt the aviation industry with an innovative private aircraft, that is not only technologically sound and safe, but also design-centric and luxurious,’ said Loury.

‘Today, Cobalt is no longer just a prototype’.

‘It’s a world class aircraft, complete with advanced safety, technology, and modern design features for travel-loving consumers and aviation enthusiasts.’

The Valkyrie is powered by an aft propeller and a 350-horsepower turbocharged engine, which allows it to travel up to 260 knots, about 300 mph, making it the fastest private aircraft in its class.

The aircraft is a five-seat, propeller-driven private planes designed with three iPad style screens that display the most essential information.

Valkyrie has the largest one-piece canopy in the world and unrivaled visibility with a 320-degree view.

It is also the fastest private aircraft in its class with the ability to travel up to 260 knots, is the fastest single engine piston plane in its category.

Currently traditional planes can only get up to 242 knots, or 278 mph.

Buyers can choose from a variety of custom finishes and each seat is hand stitched, premium leather.

Co50 Valkyrie can be bought for $699,000 and a $15,000 deposit is required with every pre-order.

The exterior comes in a range of custom finishes including dark colors.

Cobalt's fiver seater Co50 costs $700,000 and features everything from a hi-tech tablet control system to hand stitched leather seats for passengers

The interior features premium leather seats, hand stitched by former Hermes craftsmen.

The dashboard design is equally impressive with only one on/off switch and a tasteful place for your iPad.

However, planes won’t be available until it gains full Federal Aviation Administration certification, which is not expected until at least summer 2017.

An FAA spokesman said the Co50 Valkyrie is now registered only as an experimental aircraft.

That permit lets the company do research and development, train crews and conduct sales demonstrations, but does not allow production or sale.

Cobalt aims to compete with established small plane manufacturers like Cessna and Piper.

The company plans to put their focus on small business owners who have interest in using the Valkyrie for shorter business trips and leisure travel.

Source:  DailyMail

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