Airbus Helicopters Details Technology Testbed

By Tony Osborne Jan 21, 2021
Airbus Helicopters has adapted an H130 light helicopter as a flying laboratory to test technology for urban air mobility, hybrid-electric flight and new flight safety systems.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

E-11 Crew’s Mistake Caused Crash, But Mystery Remains, Report Says

By Steve Trimble Jan 21, 2021
An investigation report released by Air Combat Command nearly a year after the crash that killed both crewmembers definitively concludes that pilot and co-pilot responded to an explosion that shut down the left engine by incorrectly shutting down the right engine. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

Aero Friedrichshafen Postponed Until July

By Molly McMillin Jan 21, 2021
Organizers of the annual Aero Friedrichshafen international general aviation show have postponed the event in Friedrichshafen, Germany, until July 14-17.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Organizers Cancel Heli-Expo 2021 After Exhibitors Pull Out

By Molly McMillin Jan 21, 2021
Heli-Expo 2021 organizers have canceled the March trade show in New Orleans after many exhibitors and attendees decided to withdraw in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Helicopter Association International organizers announced Jan. 20.
Aircraft & Propulsion

IS&S To Adapt Autothrottle For Additional Aircraft, Missions

By Molly McMillin Jan 20, 2021
Innovative Solutions & Support leaders are looking beyond Textron Aviation’s iconic King Air turboprop for its new ThrustSense Autothrottle, a product that gained attention recently when Textron Aviation announced the King Air 260 and King Air 360.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Bell Tests Alternate Design As It Matures APT Cargo Drone

By Graham Warwick Jan 20, 2021
Bell has flight tested a different configuration for its Autonomous Pod Transport unmanned cargo aircraft to show that the vehicle design is flexible and can be scaled and customized for potential customers.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

UK Studies Air Taxi Connection Between London Airports

By Graham Warwick Jan 20, 2021
Transporting passengers between London City and London Heathrow Airports is one potential application of urban air mobility in the UK that will be studied by a consortium led by Eve, the spinoff from EmbraerX.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Will Supersonic Business Jet Development Survive The Travel Slump?

By Molly McMillin Jan 20, 2021
Ask the editors: Despite the pandemic-related travel dip, demand for speed continues to propel development of supersonic business jets.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Paris Picks UAM Testing Partners Ahead Of 2024 Summer Olympics

By Graham Warwick Jan 20, 2021
Vehicle developers ranging from Airbus to startup Ascendance Flight Technologies are among 30 companies that have been selected to participate in urban air mobility testing in Paris beginning in June.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Electric Short-Haul Aviation Pioneers Make Washington State Their Home

By Graham Warwick Jan 20, 2021
MagniX and Eviation set up base in Washington state, focused on enabling “middle-mile” air transportation using electric aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rising Charter Bookings Part of 2021 Predictions, ACS Says

By Molly McMillin Jan 19, 2021
Private jet travel bookings are expected to return to 2019 levels in 2021, although private business travel is expected to rise to 85% of 2019 levels, according to predictions by European-based Air Charter Service. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Used Bizjet Inventory Down 18%, Led By Light Jets

By Molly McMillin Jan 19, 2021
The number of used business jets for sale in January declined 18% compared to a year ago, while average list prices decreased 11%, according to a report by Jefferies Group.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Ex-Flybe Dash 8s Bound For Firefighting Duties

By Alan Dron Jan 19, 2021
Canada’s Conair Group, which describes itself as operating the world’s largest privately owned fixed-wing fleet of firefighting aircraft, has bought 11 De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft for conversion to firefighting aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Trump Orders U.S. Agencies To Review Drone Usage

By Bill Carey Jan 19, 2021
Counting drones among his final priorities as U.S. president, Donald Trump issued an executive order on Jan. 18 that directs the heads of federal agencies to determine if they have legal authority to stop using, acquiring or funding the purchase of foreign-made unmanned aircraft systems.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Used Helicopter Sales Improve, But Remain Down In Q4 2020

By Molly McMillin Jan 19, 2021
The pre-owned helicopter market continued to recover in the fourth quarter of 2020, although sales remained below those in 2019, largely due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the fourth-quarter 2020 Heli Market Trends report by Aero Asset, based in Toronto.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Electric Aviation Pioneers Choose Washington State As Home

By Graham Warwick Jan 19, 2021
Electric motor developer MagniX is consolidating its global operations near Everett, Washington state. Electric aircraft startup Eviation, a sister company of MagniX, is building a final assembly, flight test and delivery center in Arlington, just north of Everett.
Emerging Technologies

Spirit Aero, U.S. Export-Import Bank Launch $40M Program For Suppliers

By Michael Bruno Jan 19, 2021
Leading Tier 1 supplier Spirit AeroSystems and the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) have inaugurated a new kind of federally backed, discounted-rate lending for aerospace suppliers—beginning with a $40 million transaction based on receivables from Spirit’s lower-tier providers.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

NASA Picks More University Research Projects

By Graham Warwick Jan 15, 2021
Advanced air mobility, electric aircraft and hypersonic flight are the focus of the latest academic research projects to be funded under NASA’s University Leadership Initiative.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Report Recommends Multipath Approach To Reduce Lead In Avgas

By Graham Warwick Jan 15, 2021
With no certainty that a suitable unleaded alternative can ever be developed, the FAA must lead a broad-based and sustained commitment by government and the aviation community to reduce lead emissions from gasoline-powered aircraft, concludes a new report by the National Academies.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Honda Aircraft Opens New Wing Assembly, Parts Facility

By Molly McMillin Jan 14, 2021
Honda Aircraft Co. has opened a new Wing Production and Service Parts Facility at its headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, for more efficient production, the company says.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Webinar: Business Aviation: What’s Coming in 2021?

Jan 13, 2021
This webinar took place January 13, 2021 Now that 2020 is behind us, what will the new year bring for the business and general aviation market? What…
Business Aviation

20/Twenty: Gulfstream G280 Tech Performance

By Bill Carey Jan 13, 2021
Editor’s note: This is the second of two consecutive daily installments of the 20/Twenty G280 article. Here's the first. Eight years since entering…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Tecnam Converts P2012 To Carry Vaccines To Remote Areas

By Molly McMillin Jan 12, 2021
Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam is repurposing a P2012 utility twin-piston-engine aircraft for COVID-19 vaccine transportation to carry products to remote areas.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Enders Adds Weight To Lilium’s eVTOL Air Taxi Ambitions

By Graham Warwick Jan 12, 2021
Retired Airbus CEO Thomas Enders has joined the board of Lilium, adding the weight of his reputation to the German startup’s ambitious plans to launch a regional air mobility service by 2025.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

General Motors Debuts Cadillac VTOL Concept

By Lindsay Bjerregaard Jan 12, 2021
General Motors’ urban air mobility aspirations have been confirmed following CEO Mary Barra’s keynote on Jan. 12 at CES 2021.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation