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WILL HYDROGEN BE THE KEY TO SUSTAINABLE AVIATION

WILL HYDROGEN BE THE KEY TO SUSTAINABLE AVIATION

5G Providers Agree to Delay Launch

Joy Finnegan

AT&T and Verizon announced they are delaying the rollout of 5G in some towers that are located near certain airports. The delay of the rollout, which was scheduled for Wednesday, January 19, 2022, is the result of concerns and warnings of “dire consequences” for air transport. 5G providers like AT&T are working with aviation industry…

ZEVA Completes Historic First Test Flight

Bruno Duarte

ZEVA successfully achieved its first untethered, powered, controlled flight test for its full-scale ZEVA ZERO flying wing airframe utilizing its eight zero-emission electric motor-driven propellers. The major milestone for the Tacoma-based startup occurred in rural Pierce County, Washington, on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 as part of its rigorous test program to achieve FAA airworthiness certification….

Airbus Begins Delivery of All Aircraft from its U.S. Plant with U.S.-Sourced Sustainable Aviation Fuel Blend

Bruno Duarte

Airbus has begun delivery of all aircraft from its U.S. manufacturing facility here with a blend of U.S.-sourced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and conventional jet fuel. Airbus says the initiative is a further step in their ongoing commitment to carbon-neutral growth in the aviation sector, with a long-term goal of developing a zero carbon-producing commercial…

FAA Statement on 5G

Joy Finnegan

Thursday, December 23, 2021 The FAA is working with the aviation and wireless industries to find a solution that allows 5G C-band and aviation to safely coexist. While that work is underway, the FAA alerted operators that Notices to Air Missions (NOTAMs) may be issued to restrict operations in areas where 5G interference is possible….

Merlin Labs and Ameriflight Partner on Autonomous Flight Solutions

Joy Finnegan

Merlin Labs has reached an agreement with Ameriflight to equip the cargo airline’s fleet with autonomous and semi-autonomous flight capability. By offering access to Merlin’s enhanced technology, the partnership will allow Ameriflight to capitalize on long-term growth opportunities. The nation’s largest Part 135 cargo airline, Ameriflight provides regional cargo aircraft services for overnight express carriers…

FAA Awards Research Grants to Build Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chains

Joy Finnegan

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is tapping some of the nation’s top research institutions to build sustainable aviation fuel supply chains in different regions across the United States. More than $1.4 million will go to five universities to undertake the research.  Since 2014, the FAA has invested more than $13 million in…

Cirium Releases Diio Signals, New Data Set for Demand Forecasting

Joy Finnegan

Cirium says their Diio Signals “improves schedule planning and revenue management by collecting demand indicators.” The new demand forecasting data uses machine learning to identify which indicators will create increases in demand and on what routes. The traditional models used at most airlines and airports apply trends to historical data to project demand. As markets…

Gulfstream G500 and G600 Demonstrate Steep Approach, Celebrate Certification Milestones

Joy Finnegan

Gulfstream Aerospace announced performance accomplishments for its next-generation Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600. Both aircraft successfully demonstrated steep-approach landings into London City Airport in England, as well as Lugano Airport and Sion Airport in Switzerland. The milestone demonstrations of low-speed handling and short-field landing capability were celebrated with a new city-pair record run. Following official…

American Airlines Makes Additional Commitment to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Joy Finnegan

American Airlines announced that it has finalized a new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offtake agreement with Aemetis. The agreement brings the airline’s total SAF commitment to more than 120 million gallons, a signal of the integral role SAF will play in American’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and achieve its ambitious sustainability goals. The airline’s…

FAA 5G Statement Issued on December 7, 2021

Joy Finnegan

The FAA believes the expansion of 5G and aviation will safely co-exist. Today, we took an important step toward that goal by issuing two airworthiness directives to provide a framework and to gather more information to avoid potential effects on aviation safety equipment. The FAA is working closely with the Federal Communications Commission and wireless…

SITA Supports ICAO’s Standardization of Electronic Personnel Licenses with Blockchain-Based Solution

Joy Finnegan

SITA, the technology provider for the air transport industry, has developed a proven blockchain-based solution enabling the verification of an electronic personnel license (EPL) without network connectivity. Allowing offline verification in an efficient and privacy-preserving way, SITA’s contribution supports the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) adoption of an industry-wide digital standard for the use of…

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