Textron Reveals New eVTOL Air Taxi Concept
Textron has unveiled one of the electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing configurations being studied by its new eAviation division.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 09/28/2021 - 18:49
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South Korea Publishes Initial Operating Concept For UAM
South Korea has published its initial concept of operations for urban air mobility with the goal of beginning commercial operation in Seoul in 2025.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 09/28/2021 - 18:17
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Bombardier Global 7500, Challenger 350 On European Tour
The two aircraft are traveling through Europe on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) refined by Finnish producer Neste.
guy.ferneyhoug… Tue, 09/28/2021 - 17:00
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Vertical Details Partnership Path To eVTOL Market Entry

By Graham Warwick Sep 28, 2021
Where several of its rival electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) developers have chosen to be vertically integrated, Vertical Aerospace is relying on Tier 1 suppliers funding their own technology development work in return for gaining access to a new aviation market.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Gulfstream Delivers 50th G600

By Molly McMillin Sep 28, 2021
Gulfstream Aerospace has delivered its 50th G600 business jet since the aircraft entered service in August 2019.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Safran, TotalEnergies Sign Emissions Reduction Strategic Partnership

By Helen Massy-Beresford Sep 27, 2021
Safran and French energy group TotalEnergies agreed to jointly develop technical and commercial solutions designed to accelerate the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from the aviation industry.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Honeywell, Wood Team Up To Produce Carbon-Neutral SAF

By Graham Warwick Sep 24, 2021
Honeywell UOP and hydrogen production specialist Wood have joined forces to further reduce the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of sustainable aviation fuel to produce a carbon-neutral jet fuel. 
Aircraft & Propulsion
Paragon Underpins VTOL Ambition With Ecosystem Push
Founded in 2018 in Jamaica, Paragon VTOL Aerospace announced in June that it will move its operations to Brownsville, Texas.
andy.savoie@av… Fri, 09/24/2021 - 19:59
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U.S. Agencies Describe Progress Toward SAF

By Bill Carey Sep 24, 2021
U.S. agency executives described steps the federal government is taking to promote the development of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) during the NBAA Business Aviation Sustainability Summit.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Passengers Face Inconsistent Travel Rules In Europe

By Helen Massy-Beresford Sep 24, 2021
Despite top-down recommendations from the European Council, EU member states are managing their own travel rules in different ways which has created confusion.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Sikorsky Approves SAF Use On S-92

By Tony Osborne Sep 24, 2021
Sikorsky has approved the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel on its S-92 twin-engine heavy helicopter, as the greater aviation industry looks to more widely adopt the fuels to reduce carbon emissions.
Aircraft & Propulsion
China’s XPeng Details X2 Autonomous eVTOL
Backed by China’s electric carmaker XPeng, HT Aero has unveiled details of its X2 autonomous two-seat electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicle.
guy.ferneyhoug… Fri, 09/24/2021 - 16:05
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Contemporary Artist Turns ACJ TwoTwenty Into ‘Flying Art Gallery’
Airbus Corporate Jets has partnered with contemporary artist Cyril Kongo, aka Mr. Colorful, to design a special edition cabin of its ACJ TwoTwenty extra-large business jet.
andy.savoie@av… Fri, 09/24/2021 - 14:30
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KLM Flight Academy Signs Order For 14 Bye eFlyers

By Molly McMillin Sep 24, 2021
KLM Flight Academy, based at Groningen Airport Elde in the Netherlands, has placed an order with Bye Aerospace for 14 all-electric eFlyer aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

CPI Aero Faces NYSE Delisting, Vows to File Plan of Compliance

By Michael Bruno Sep 24, 2021
CPI Aero acknowledged late Sept. 23 that it has been notified by the premiere stock exchange that it does not meet the NYSE’s continued listing standards.
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EmbraerX Partners With Pyka On Autonomous Ag Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Sep 24, 2021
The companies say they will work together to accelerate the entry of Pyka’s autonomous aircraft into the precision agriculture sector and “pursue opportunities to scale commercial services as autonomous aircraft operations in Brazil evolve in the coming years.”
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

UK VTOL Startup Seeks Faster Route To Market

By Graham Warwick Sep 23, 2021
Looking to gain experience and revenue from an earlier market entry, UK startup Samad Aerospace plans to develop manned and unmanned versions of a half-scale model built to flight test the configuration of the company’s planned e-Starling hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff business aircraft.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Alaka’i Preparing To Fly New Skai Fuel-cell eVTOL Prototype
Alaka’i Technologies is awaiting FAA approval to begin free-flight tests on a new prototype of its Skai zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell-powered electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft.
andy.savoie@av… Thu, 09/23/2021 - 22:26
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Angry Bird Clips Wing’s Drone, Spurs Deliveries Pause

By Bill Carey Sep 23, 2021
Alphabet subsidiary Wing has paused some of its drone package deliveries in the suburbs of Canberra, Australia, after one of its drones was attacked by a raven.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Bristow Adds Eve eVTOL To Electric Aviation Bets

By Graham Warwick Sep 23, 2021
Embraer subsidiary Eve Urban Air Mobility continues to build its orderbook of conditional commitments as it looks toward completing a deal to go public through a merger with a blank-check company.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Airbus Technology Incubator Leading X-Plane Wing Trial Work

By Tony Osborne Sep 23, 2021
Airbus’ plans to adapt a business jet into an X-plane to test future wing technologies has focused new attention on its UpNext subsidiary that will run the trials.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Environmental Groups Urge Tougher U.S. Carbon Standard For Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Sep 23, 2021
Environmental groups have renewed their call for the U.S. government to set a tougher rule for aircraft greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions than the CO2 certification standard agreed by ICAO.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Autoflight Secures Funding For Manned eVTOL

By Graham Warwick Sep 23, 2021
China’s Autoflight has announced completion of a $100 million Series A funding round, which it believes may be the largest yet in the country’s fledging electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicle industry.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Xeriant To Merge With Hybrid-Electric VTOL Developer XTI
After announcing a joint venture in June, startup Xeriant has agreed to merge with XTI Aircraft in a bid to secure the funding needed to develop the TriFan 600 hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing business aircraft.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 19:02
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Airbus Starts Electrical Backup System Flight Tests

By Tony Osborne Sep 22, 2021
The EBS system uses a 100-kW electric motor connected to the main gearbox which could provide up to 30 sec. of additional power in the event of an engine failure, allowing the pilot to make a safe auto-rotation landing.
Emerging Technologies