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Retired F-117s Fly As ‘Cruise Missiles’ For Training
U.S. Air National Guard pilots are flying against officially retired F-117s as a way to practice homeland defense missiles against cruise missiles, with the stealth characteristics of the Nighthawks serving as a representation of the threat.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 22:26

Bombardier Service Center Expansions On Track

By Molly McMillin Sep 22, 2021
Bombardier is investing in major expansions of its worldwide service center network as it grows the segment, with plans to add hundreds of technicians over the next 18 months.
Maintenance & Training
Raytheon Wins First Export For Gallium Nitride Fighter AESA
Raytheon has expanded sales and options for gallium nitride-enabled active electronically scanned array radars for fighters.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 20:57
What Does Titanium Sponge Show About Aircraft Production Recovery?
How fast will U.S. military jet and large commercial aircraft build rates pick up?
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 20:25
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Xeriant To Merge With Hybrid-Electric VTOL Developer XTI
After announcing a joint venture in June, startup Xeriant has agreed to merge with XTI Aircraft in a bid to secure the funding needed to develop the TriFan 600 hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing business aircraft.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 19:02
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Airbus Starts Electrical Backup System Flight Tests
The EBS system uses a 100-kW electric motor connected to the main gearbox which could provide up to 30 sec. of additional power in the event of an engine failure, allowing the pilot to make a safe auto-rotation landing.
guy.ferneyhoug… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 16:59
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Aerojet Rocketdyne To Provide Future Orion Propulsion
NASA has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a $600 million maximum value contract for the design, certification, production and other requirements for the main engine of the Orion crew capsule.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 15:30
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Airbus Commits To UAM With Evolved EVTOL

By Tony Osborne Sep 22, 2021
Airbus has committed to the advanced air mobility market targeting the certification of a winged multi-copter by 2025.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Kitty Hawk Returns To Autonomous Single-Seat eVTOL Strategy

By Graham Warwick Sep 22, 2021
The startup has decided it wants to start flying people as soon as possible and so will certify the autonomous single-seat Heaviside H2 now in flight testing as its entry into the market.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Global Aviation Stakeholders Commit To 10% SAF Target By 2030
Reaching a target of 10% SAF use by 2030 will require the scaling up of production to at least 9.5 billion gal./year from the less than 10 million gal. produced in 2020.
guy.ferneyhoug… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 13:00
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Airbus Sees Micro-Hybridization As First Step In Electrification
As Airbus is exploring several technologies to drastically cut and eventually annihilate an aircraft’s CO2 emissions, its design engineers are considering micro-hybridization as a starting point in electrification.
guy.ferneyhoug… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 12:31
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Spanish Partners To Convert Caravan To Fuel-Cell Propulsion

By Graham Warwick Sep 21, 2021
The goal is to be able to fly missions longer than 200 km (125 mi.) with nine passengers and zero emissions.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAFE Prepares For F-35A With More International Training, Planning

By Brian Everstine Sep 21, 2021
As the U.S. Air Force prepares to base its first F-35As in Europe later this year, the service has increased its ability to train with local nations that fly the aircraft, established a local way to train with live-fire missiles, and even brought in international partners to its air operations center to work more closely together.
Light Attack and Advanced Training

Lawmakers Urged To Back NASA’s Low Earth Orbit Presence

By Mark Carreau Sep 21, 2021
NASA and congressional policy makers face difficult choices as they resolve how to transition a range of research and technology development activities underway aboard an aging International Space Station to a fleet of commercial free-flying platforms, a panel of experts told U.S. lawmakers in Washington Sept. 21.

SOCOM Selects Three Qualified Bidders For Armed Overwatch Contract

By Steve Trimble Sep 21, 2021
The Textron AC-208 and Leidos/Paramount Bronco II have been eliminated from the Armed Overwatch competition, leaving three qualified bidders as U.S. Special Operations Command releases a request for proposals as soon as later this week.
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

Daily Memo: The C919 Conundrum: Duopoly To Triopoly?

Sep 21, 2021
The C919’s expected entry into service before the end of 2021 has revived talk that COMAC could grab a big share of the narrowbody market in the coming years. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Dassault Aviation’s New France Facility Now Open

By Molly McMillin Sep 21, 2021
Dassault Aviation has opened a new 28,000-sq.-ft. facility at its plant in Bordeaux-Merignac, France, dedicated to the design and development of its civil and defense business and after-sales support teams.
Supply Chain
Vertical Signs eVTOL Tie-Up With Bristow; Avolon Strikes Brazil Deal
Helicopter operator Bristow Group has announced a partnership with Vertical Aerospace to explore electric vertical-takeoff aircraft while Avolon is partnering with Brazilian airline GOL and transportation provider Grupo Comporte to commercialize an eVTOL ride-sharing platform in Brazil.
guy.ferneyhoug… Tue, 09/21/2021 - 13:52
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Volocopter Explores UAM Launch In LA

By Graham Warwick Sep 21, 2021
Los Angeles has already been identified as early launch market by urban air taxi developers Archer and Joby Aviation, and now Volocopter.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Shell Sets Out SAF Production Ambition

By Graham Warwick Sep 21, 2021
The oil and gas company has set itself a target of producing 2 million metric tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) a year by 2025—a significant near-term scale-up in supply since Shell is not producing SAF at present.
Emerging Technologies

NASA’s Viper Rover To Roam Moon’s Nobile Crater

By Mark Carreau Sep 20, 2021
Viper is due to launch in late 2023 on a 100-day mission to gather “hands-on” evidence for water ice.
American Airlines Backs Gates’ Clean Energy Initiative
American Airlines has become an anchor partner in Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, investing $100 million in the Bill Gates-founded initiative to accelerate clean energy technologies needed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
natalia.pelayo… Mon, 09/20/2021 - 21:14
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The Weekly Debrief: Space BACN Comes To Low Earth Orbit

By Steve Trimble Sep 20, 2021
Low Earth orbit is new home of several small-comsat constellations of enormous bandwidth—but no ability to exchange data with each other.
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference
USAF Discloses Five B-21s In Assembly For Test Fleet
Northrop Grumman now has five B-21 Raider test aircraft in final assembly, U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said on Sept. 20
ARTURO.MORA@IN… Mon, 09/20/2021 - 16:21

KVS, Air Methods Team to Provide Part 135 BVLOS in U.S.

By Carole Rickard Hedden Sep 20, 2021
KVS Technologies has entered into agreement with Air Methods’ Spright, for one-stop linear inspection services for utility companies.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation