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Mobile is Now Home to A220 Production for Airbus

Joy Finnegan

Airbus’ U.S. production capabilities have begun in Mobile, Alabama with inauguration of the completed A220 commercial aircraft final assembly line (FAL). This 270,000-square-foot facility – which can produce both the A220-100 and A220-300 versions – houses five primary assembly stations where major airframe component assemblies come together for a completed aircraft. Airbus’ production team in…

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VoltAero Unveils Production Version Cassio Hybrid-Electric Aircraft

Joy Finnegan

VoltAero has revealed the production configuration for its Cassio aircraft, which they say will “revolutionize general aviation with a highly efficient, safe and optimized family of airplanes powered by the company’s hybrid-electric power module.” Cassio utilizes VoltAero’s hybrid-electric power module in an aft fuselage “pusher” configuration, integrating a cluster of electric motors with a high-performance…

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Pittsburgh International Airport to Become first U.S. Airport to Utilize Autonomous Robots with Ultraviolet Light Technology

Joy Finnegan

Pittsburgh International Airport is looking to the region’s vibrant tech community to help incorporate a new disinfecting strategy using ultraviolet light – on robots.  This partnership with Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics is the first step of an airport-wide strategy to deploy technology solutions and multi-layered cleaning processes to enhance the health and safety of the traveling…

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VELO3D Raises $28 Million in Series D Funding Round for Expansion

Joy Finnegan

Digital manufacturing innovator VELO3D announced today that it has raised $28 million in a Series D funding round. New investors Piva and TNSC joined the round, along with existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Playground, and Khosla Ventures. This brings VELO3D’s total funding to $138 million. “With the VELO3D integrated solution of Flow advanced pre-print software, Sapphire printer, and Assure quality…

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Swift UAS Teams Break New Ground in Japan

Joy Finnegan

Teams from Swift Tactical Systems, in partnership with its Japanese counterpart, Swift-Xi, both subsidiaries of Swift Engineering, completed personnel search and rescue and animal identification missions as part of a contract with Okayama Prefecture in Japan. The proof of concept program validates Swift’s unmanned aerial systems and capabilities under unique scenarios. First, the team’s ability to perform…

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Honeywell Releases Urban Air Mobility Industry Survey

Joy Finnegan

The market for urban air mobility aircraft systems is heating up quickly, a new industry survey by Honeywell and Avionics International Magazine shows. Some 30 percent of professionals in the avionics industry report their companies are actively developing products for the urban air mobility market, and more than half of those already have products in…

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Optimized Flight Routes for Climate-Friendly Air Transport

Joy Finnegan

Last month, the new project “Greener Air Traffic Operations” (GreAT) held its launch event at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Institute of Flight Guidance in Braunschweig, Germany. This European-Chinese research and innovation project aims to reduce the impact of air transport on climate change. The project focuses on new…

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Dassault Systèmes Names Alice Steenland as Chief Sustainability Officer

Joy Finnegan

  Dassault Systèmes announced Alice Steenland, 45, has been named chief sustainability officer. A newly created role, Dassault says Steenland will lead the company’s efforts to further embed social and environmental sustainability into its 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which is already used by many of the world’s most sustainable companies to transform how they imagine, create and…

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Integrated Counter UAV Solution Led by FREQUENTIS and HENSOLDT

Joy Finnegan

Frequentis, an Air Traffic Management (ATM) solution provider, and defence and security sensor specialist HENSOLDT are combing strengths to support the creation of next generation integrated counter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions. Both companies are already combining their respective strengths and competences on the FALKE research project, which aims to develop the blueprint solution for…

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VoltAero’s Cassio Aircraft Flight Testing is Underway with Safran’s ENGINeUS Electric Motors

Joy Finnegan

VoltAero has marked a significant milestone in developing its all-new family of Cassio e-aircraft with initiation of flight testing using Safran Electrical & Power’s ENGINeUS smart electric motors. The companies say this testing is a major step toward validating the electric and hybrid-electric powertrains for Cassio aircraft. It keeps the company on track in evolving…

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Two Diehl Aviation Finalists Competing for the Crystal Cabin Awards 2020

Joy Finnegan

Diehl Aviation has put forward several candidates for the Crystal Cabin Award (CCA) Competition 2020, with two now selected by the CCA jury as finalists. Traditionally, Diehl Aviation, a supplier of cabin equipment and aircraft systems to the aviation industry, is represented at the CCA every year, underlining its commitment to continuous innovation and improvement…

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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…

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