Innovation

New Cross-Border Customs Tracking Module for OASES

Joy Finnegan

OASES, the MRO IT software system supporting airlines and aircraft maintenance organizations has introduced a new module which addresses challenges faced by MROs and airline operators when transporting parts across customs borders. The new OASES Customs Tracking module provides tracking data for both imports and exports, ensuring demonstrable customs compliance through robust data audit trails….

Rolls-Royce Begins Build of World’s Largest Aero-Engine

Joy Finnegan

Rolls-Royce has officially started building the world’s largest aero-engine, UltraFan. Work on the first module is underway at the company’s dedicated DemoWorks facility in Derby, UK, and the demonstrator engine, which has a fan diameter of 140 inches, will be completed by the end of the year. The engine is the basis for a potential…

Sagetech, NASA, and AATI Partner on Detect and Avoid System Demo

Joy Finnegan

Sagetech Avionics, an aerospace technology company providing industry-leading situational awareness solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and American Aerospace ISR (AA ISR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to integrate Sagetech’s Detect and Avoid (DAA) system into the AA ISR AiRanger unmanned aircraft. The companies expect to have a certifiable prototype of the system…

Wisk Prepares to Launch Trial to Advance Autonomous Passenger Transport

Joy Finnegan

In February 2020, Wisk announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Zealand Government to establish the Transport Trial under the broader AITP. Since then, both parties have been undertaking detailed planning of a highly structured and integrated program, with implementation of the trial expected to start in the second half of 2021. …

Martin UAV Unveils V-BAT 128, Featuring Increased Payload, Endurance for Defense and Private-Sector Application

Joy Finnegan

Martin UAV announced the public release of the latest unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the V-BAT 128, for defense and commercial use, including search and rescue, firefighting, logistic resupply, and energy and oil and gas operations.  Martin UAV previously demonstrated its upgraded version of the V-BAT featuring an increase in power, payloads and endurance at the Army Expeditionary Warrior…

Frequentis Digital Cloud Services: Paving the Way for Estonian U-Space

Joy Finnegan

Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) has been working with Frequentis to create an environment where drones and civil aviation can coexist in the shared airspace. By integrating air traffic management (ATM) and unmanned traffic management (UTM) on the same platform, situational awareness and safety will be enhanced, allowing increased use of drones in Estonia. The…

AeroVironment Awarded $21 Million Contract Option for Raven Radio Frequency Modifications Under Existing U.S. Army FCS Contract

Joy Finnegan

AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), announced the United States Army exercised the second of three options under the sole source Flight Control Systems (FCS) domain of the Army’s multi-year small UAS contract on February 25, 2021. The value of the contract option is $20,979,905 and includes avionics and data link…

NUAIR Lays Automation Groundwork for High-Density Vertiports

Joy Finnegan

On March 5, NUAIR held an all-day virtual conference for more than 70 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and industry professionals to further develop a strategic plan that supports NASA’s advanced air mobility (AAM) efforts. NASA awarded Oneida County this critical contract in August 2020 to conduct research in automation…

Aviation Companies Launch First In-Flight 100% Sustainable-Fuel Emissions Study on Commercial Jet

Joy Finnegan

A team of aerospace specialists has launched the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. Airbus, German research center DLR, Rolls-Royce and SAF producer Neste have teamed up to start the pioneering “Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels” project looking into the effects of…

FAA, Choctaw Nation Team Up to Advance UAS

Joy Finnegan

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is partnering with the Choctaw Nation to study how Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can best transport cargo, including parcels, at lower altitudes. The FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC), signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The agreement will enable the MMAC to work…

Former FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell Joins Joby Advisory Board

Joy Finnegan

Joby Aviation, a transportation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) that it intends to operate as a commercial passenger aircraft beginning in 2024, has announced the appointment of Dan Elwell as an advisor. Elwell served as deputy and acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from June 2017 to November…

Velodyne Lidar Announces Appointment of Deborah Hersman to Board of Directors

Joy Finnegan

Velodyne Lidar announced that Deborah Hersman, former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has been appointed to the bompany’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Ms. Hersman has nearly 30 years of government, nonprofit and private sector executive leadership experience in transportation, safety and policy. Following her role as chair of the National Transportation…

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