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INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Japan Airlines and Sumitomo Corporation Sign Agreement to Develop the Air Mobility Industry with Bell

Joy Finnegan

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Sumitomo Corporation recently entered into a cooperation agreement with Bell-Textron to promote the development of the Air Mobility Industry, including the infrastructure for next generation air transportation methods. As urban areas become highly concentrated, eVTOL technology has attracted global attention in their efforts to develop the highly anticipated concept of a…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport 70 Achieves First BVLOS Flight

Joy Finnegan

On Jan. 16, APT 70 flew its first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight path 10 miles at Choctaw Nation test site under the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UASIPP). The vehicle also completed an 18 mile flight with 60lbs of payload at Bell’s testing site near Fort Worth, Texas. To date, the APT 70…

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A330-800 receives FAA & EASA type certification

Charlotte Daniels

The A330-800 has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), after completing its flight-test campaign. The campaign comprised 370 flight-test hours and a total of 132 flights, which commenced in November 2018. The A330-800 comprises Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a 3D-optimised wing and Sharklets manufactured from…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Airbus Shows Off its Blended Wing Aircraft Demonstrator

Joy Finnegan

Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. At two meters long and 3.2 meters wide, with a surface area of about 2.25m², MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design, that has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Wright Electric Commences Engine Development Programme For Electric Narrowbody

Charlotte Daniels

Wright Electric, easyJet’s partner has announced an engine development programme is underway for Wright 1; its inaugural 186 seat electric aircraft. Wright is currently building a 1.5 MW electric motor and inverter at 3 kilovolts, in order to achieve the power required for electric flight. According to easyJet and the electric systems manufacturer, these components…

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Collins Aerospace supplies FAA with HUD training device for scientific research

Charlotte Daniels

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered a Head-Up Display (HUD) training device from Collins Aerospace Systems, to be used in ongoing scientific research. The research will explore areas such as pilot-HUD interface, and the benefits of utilising HUD for pilot performance and overall crew workload. The HUD VR trainer provides a view of what…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Harbour Air and magniX Announce Successful Flight of World’s First Commercial Electric Airplane

Joy Finnegan

Harbour Air, a North American seaplane airline and magniX, announced in early December 2019, the successful flight of the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft. The successful flight of the ePlane, a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system, took place on the Fraser River at Harbour Air Seaplanes…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

EmbraerX and Elroy Air Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Unmanned Air Cargo

Joy Finnegan

Embraer’s disruptive business subsidiary called EmbraerX has announced its expansion into the commercial air cargo market, via a collaboration agreement with Elroy Air. This collaboration will allow the companies to accelerate the unmanned air cargo market worldwide, leveraging Embraer’s 50 years of industry experience with Elroy Air’s bold new developments in autonomous aircraft systems. “In…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force to Study Joint Development of a New Light Military Transport Aircraft

Joy Finnegan

Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) signed a memorandum of understanding which enables the study of the potential development of a new light military transport aircraft. The study seeks to identify alternatives and solutions to meet FAB’s operational needs, especially in the Amazon region and austere environments, including unpaved, short and damaged runways located…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Rolls-Royce Unveils All-Electric Plane

Joy Finnegan

Rolls-Royce’s hopes to build the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft and the company has taken steps forward with the unveiling of the plane at Gloucestershire Airport. Work will now begin on integrating the electrical propulsion system to enable the zero-emissions plane to make a run for the record books with a target speed of 300+ MPH…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Hyundai’s Vision of Urban Air Mobility Unveiled

Joy Finnegan

Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled its innovative vision for urban mobility to help vitalize human-centered future cities. To realize the vision, Hyundai Motor showcased three mobility solutions, comprising Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV) and Hub, a place for mobility transfer and community activities. Based on these mobility solutions, Hyundai aims to free future…

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