Navigating Rough Waters in Aerospace

Sponsored by IAI Apr 26, 2021
Following steady growth in commercial air travel and growing demand in the military aircraft market over previous years, it seemed like 2020 would be…
Aircraft & Propulsion

NASA Set To Select Nuclear Power Developers For Future Mars Missions

By Guy Norris Apr 26, 2021
As new materials and fuel technology advance, NASA gets serious again about nuclear space propulsion for missions to Mars and beyond.

Airbus’ Move To Reintegrate, Centralize May Have Far-Reaching Effects

By Jens Flottau Apr 26, 2021
Airbus’ aerostructures production is a core part of its setup—a chance to take more work in-house—but pressure on suppliers is mounting.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Army Picks Unit In Germany To Get First M-SHORAD Systems

By Lee Hudson Apr 23, 2021
The U.S. Army has announced that a regiment located in Ansbach, Germany, will be the first unit to field and test the Mobile-Short Range Air Defense System that is designed to protect soldiers from unmanned aircraft systems, rotary-wing and fixed-wing threats.
Aircraft & Propulsion

HIGFLY Project Will Show Alternative Chemical Path To SAF

By Graham Warwick Apr 23, 2021
A four-year research project to develop a cheaper method of producing sustainable aviation fuel from agricultural and forestry residues has kicked off in Europe.
Emerging Technologies

Airbus, JetBlue Back Zero-Emission Startup Universal Hydrogen

By Graham Warwick Apr 23, 2021
Zero-emissions propulsion startup Universal Hydrogen has raised $20.5 million in Series A funding from investors including the venture arms of Airbus, JetBlue Airways and Toyota.
Emerging Technologies

Fast Five With Smithsonian’s Ellen Stofan On Ingenuity’s Flight

By Irene Klotz Apr 23, 2021
“This is the first powered flight on another planet. Let that blow your mind for a minute.”

Bye Takes On King Air With All-Electric eFlyer 800

By Graham Warwick Apr 22, 2021
Bye Aerospace has launched development of the eFlyer 800, an eight-seat, all-electric competitor to Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprop.
Emerging Technologies

The Week In Defense, April 22-29, 2021

By Jen DiMascio Apr 22, 2021
General warns of Chinese space prototype; U.S. Army wants FVL upgrades; Singapore’s new operational tanker; and T-7 aft fuselage arrives.
Budget, Policy & Operations

SAF Availability To Get Boost As Alliance Launches Certificate System

By Graham Warwick Apr 21, 2021
An alliance has been launched with the goal of accelerating investment in sustainable aviation fuels by creating a certificate system that provides a standardized approach to verifying and tracking the emissions reductions from the low-carbon fuels.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Widened Policy Dims Boeing’s Hopes For Canadian Contracts

By Steve Trimble Apr 20, 2021
The policy doesn’t name Boeing as the target, but the recent history of the company’s relations with the Canadian government provide a clear link. 
Aircraft & Propulsion
Russia Prepares To Flight-Test Superconducting Electric Propulsion
A Russian research agency is preparing to begin the first flight tests of a superconducting electric motor powering an aircraft.
guy.ferneyhoug… Tue, 04/20/2021 - 14:32
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Team Launches Effort To Certify Electric Beaver Retrofit
Swiss startup H55, a spinoff from the Solar Impulse round-the-world aircraft project, has joined MagniX and Harbour Air to certify an electric-powered version of the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver.
guy.ferneyhoug… Tue, 04/20/2021 - 13:00
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The Week In Technology, April 19-23, 2021

By Graham Warwick Apr 20, 2021
EHang’s longer-range eVTOL; Aska flying car; Pipistrel cargo UAV for China; Xwing autonomy demo; and ANA flies Wingcopter.
Emerging Technologies

Aeroflot Gains Inhouse Widebody C-Check Capability

By Maxim Pyadushkin Apr 19, 2021
Aeroflot, Russia’s largest passenger airline by fleet size, will for the first time conduct C-check maintenance of its Boeing 777 widebody in Russia…
Europe Moves To Better Understand Supersonic Aircraft Impacts
Europe has launched a research program to develop a deeper understanding of the environmental impact of future supersonic aircraft and provide input into international efforts to develop certification standards for noise and emissions.
andy_savoie@av… Mon, 04/19/2021 - 19:12
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Northrop Grumman Flies Japan’s First RQ-4 UAS

By Steve Trimble Apr 16, 2021
Northrop Grumman on April 15 began flying the first of three RQ-4B Block 30 (I) unmanned aircraft systems ordered by Japan.
Defense and Space

Webinar: The Future of Military Helicopters

Apr 16, 2021
This webinar took place April 16, 2021 and sponsored by Carlise. The U.S. Army has been experimenting with new types of helicopters that could…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Aeristech Secures Funds As Fuel-Cell Propulsion Work Expands

By Graham Warwick Apr 15, 2021
UK startup Aeristech, a developer of high-speed electric motors, has closed a £5.15 million ($7.1 million) funding round.

Xwing Flies Autonomous Caravan Gate-To-Gate

By Graham Warwick Apr 15, 2021
Startup Xwing has completed the first autonomous gate-to-gate demonstration with a commercial cargo aircraft. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Textron Aviation Unveils 75th Anniversary Bonanza With Nod To Mrs. Beech

By Molly McMillin Apr 13, 2021
Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo opened April 13 with an announcement by Textron Aviation of a special edition Beechcraft Bonanza G36 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the iconic six-seat single-engine piston aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

United Airlines Unveils Collective SAF Purchase Plan

By Lori Ranson Apr 13, 2021
United Airlines has launched a new endeavor with nearly a dozen other corporations to collectively purchase roughly 3.4 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) this year.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Babcock Considers Selling Emergency Helicopter Businesses 

By Tony Osborne Apr 13, 2021
LONDON—Babcock is mulling the sale of its emergency helicopter businesses as part of a streamlining effort after taking a £1.7 billion ($2.3 billion) hit to its profits. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Studies Potential For A350 And A380 Freighters

By Guy Norris Apr 13, 2021
With cargo demand rising since the beginning of the pandemic, Airbus sounds out the potential for A350 and A380 freighter versions.
Aircraft & Propulsion

South Korea Sets Sights On Exports With KF-21 Rollout

By Tony Osborne Apr 13, 2021
KF-21 fighter development will strengthen economy and national defense, says South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in.
Aircraft & Propulsion