Mooney – An Aviation Legend Is Back

Mooney – An Aviation Legend Is Back

Mooney Aviation Company, Inc (formerly the Mooney Aircraft Company), founded by Albert Mooney and his brother Arthur in 1929, has gone through a very rich history. After going through many years of ups and downs, Mooney Aviation got acquired by Soaring America Corporation in 2013 headed by President Jerry Chen who is looking to lead the aviation industry for the legendary brand.

Mooney’s history of innovation includes designed and produced the first pressurized single-engine, piston-powered aircraft (M22 Mustang), first production aircraft M20J 201 to achieve 200 mph on 200 hp, first single-engine power-control certified (FADEC) aircraft M20L Porsche in the United States and much more.

Mooney also has great achievements in the aviation history by setting 132 world speed records, designed and produced the fastest transcontinental flight in a single-engine, piston-powered production aircraft, and routinely cruising at altitudes and speeds similar to a twin-engine turboprop.

Mooney now has a manufacturing facility in Kerrville, Texas, which occupies 270,000 square miles with a base of more than 100 employees. They also have a research and development facility in Chino, California is leading the development of the all-new Mooney M10 series aircraft. There are currently more than 70 employees which more than 50 of them are engineers. And a sales and marketing office based in Beijing China to coordinate overseas events.

Mooney’s Manufacturing headquarter at Kerrville, Texas.

A M10 model with a Xoar Tri-bladed prop in research and development phase.

AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition

AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition

The 2015 AIAA/Cessna Aircraft Company/Raytheon Missile Systems Design/Build/Fly Competition Flyoff was held at TIMPA Field in Tucson, AZ on the weekend of April 10-12, 2015. This was the 19th year the competition was held. Of the 100 entries this year, 84 teams submitted written reports to be judged and were eligible to participate in the flyoff. Sixty-five (65) teams attended the flyoff, all of which completed the technical inspection. Over 650 students, faculty, and guests were present. The weather was excellent allowing for non-stop flying. Of the 262 official flight attempts, 121 resulted in a successful score with 56 teams achieving a flight score (a new record!). Twentythree (23) teams successfully completed all three missions. The quality of the teams, their readiness to compete, and the execution of the flights continues to improve each year.

The contest theme this year was a Remote Sensor Delivery and Drop System. The first mission was a Ferry Flight with no payload to see how many laps each team could fly in 4 minutes. The second mission was a Sensor Package Transport Mission with a 5 lb internal payload with the time to fly three laps as the score. The third mission was a Sensor Drop Mission in which the externally carried payload (12” whiffle balls) were dropped on each lap with the score being the number of laps with a successful drop. A ground mission was also required consisting of a timed loading of the payloads for mission 2 and 3. As usual, the total score is the product of the flight score and written report score. More details on the mission requirements can be found at the competition website:

First Place went to the University of Ljubljana, the first time an international team has won DBF, Second Place went to University of California Irvine and Third Place went to Georgia Institute of Technology. A full listing of the results is included below. The Best Paper Award, sponsored by the Design Engineering TC for the highest report score, went to Georgia Institute of Technology with a score of 98.50.

The 6th Beijing International Modern Agricultural Exhibition (CIMAE) 2015

The 6th Beijing International Modern Agricultural Exhibition (CIMAE) 2015

The 6th China (Beijing) International Modern Agricultural Exhibition (CIMAE 2015) was held at the National Agriculture Exhibition Center (CNAEC), Beijing, China, from 19-21 April 2015. The event attracted over 30,000 visitors and showcase 428 exhibits from 10 countries – USA, Japan, Germany, Israel, Canada, Korea, Russia, Belarus, Norway and Austria.

Xoar AreoTech was one of the 428 exhibitors at the CIMAE 2015 to present the aviation systems of UAV, Drones, and Multicopters for Agricultural purpose specializing in heavy duty payload applications. See below for some snap shots of Multicopters, UAV, and Drones for the Agriculture industry.





Xoar working with Johnny Beavers & 7LineMedia

Xoar working with Johnny Beavers & 7LineMedia

We’re excited to announce that Xoar is working with Johnny Beavers & 7LineMedia. Can’t wait to do many cool things together!

Johnny Beavers is an entrepreneur and a founder of 7LineMedia LLC. (est. 2007), a leader in Aerial Cinematography utilizing technologically advanced UAV platforms. Pairing this technology with technique, Johnny has helped set the bar for this rapidly growing field.

Johnny’s feature film work includes “FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS” (Voltage Pictures 2015), “GRUDGE MATCH” (Warner Brothers 2014), “THE EXPENDABLES 3” (Lionsgate 2014), “FARMLAND” (Allentown Prod. 2014), “SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY” (Spark Pictures 2013) and television production with ABC, BBC, AMC, PBS, FOX SPORTS, PGA TOUR, TRAVEL CHANNEL, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, HISTORY CHANNEL, and ANIMAL PLANET.


Stark Aerospace “HoverLite”

Stark Aerospace “HoverLite”

Stark Aerospace, as part of a rapid research and development effort sponsored by the Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), introduces the HoverLite tactical tethered hovering aerial ISR system. HoverLite provides exceptional asymmetric observation and surveillance capabilities supporting military, homeland security and civilian missions for pop-up surveillance, border patrol, crowd monitoring, and emergency rapid response missions.

Rising to a height of 165 ft. in ~ 15 seconds, HoverLite is secured by a tether providing power and bi-directional signals to and from the aerial platform and its sensor(s). HoverLite can be operated on the move and broadcasts ISR products to users on the network or local with no signature.

“We are excited to offer this new capability to the ISR market”, said Robert Foglesong, Chairman & CEO of Stark Aerospace. “The HoverLite serves a huge gap in fast reaction 360 degree situational awareness.”

The platform is capable of carrying any payload of up to 13.2 lbs. HoverLite is suitable for a wide range of small platforms including pick-up trucks, ATVs, UGVs/USVs (unmanned ground /surface vehicles), boats, communication vehicles, etc.

Technical Specifications

  • Maximum hover height: 165 ft
  • Deployment time: 15 seconds
  • Wind Limit: 25 Kt ~ 28.8 MPH
  • T-STAMP-ER Payload

T-STAMPER-ER electro-optical stabilized gimbal payload

  • Stabilization at the nadir by 3-gimbal system
  • GPS aided IMU on LOS provides target geo-location
  • Day Channel
  • Continuous optical zoom (X20)
  • Thermal Camera
  • FPA 640×512 pixels
  • Laser Pointer
Lexus Quadcopters x KMel Robotics = Amazing in Motion – SWARM

Lexus Quadcopters x KMel Robotics = Amazing in Motion – SWARM

‘Swarm’ is the result of cutting edge technology combined with imagination and

Executed in collaboration with KMel robotics, and directed by Sam Brown, Swarm’ takes advanced quadrotor technology out of the testing laboratory and into the real world, to produce a dramatic and engaging story. These unique quadrotors were inspired by the design and material principles of Lexus and constructed to an incredible level of detail and precision. Advanced motion capture camera technology is then used to programme the complex movement paths of each quadrotor, resulting in the stunning movement patterns seen in the film.

‘Swarm’ is the second Amazing in Motion project from Lexus. Visit to experience the full story behind ‘Swarm’ and to see the first Amazing in Motion project ‘Steps’.