Airbus to Deliver all Commercial Aircrafts with Sustainable Fuel

  • What FBO will be supplying the fuel for Airbus
  • What Sustainable Aviation Fuel means for aviation and the environment

As part of an industry-wide initiative to become carbon-neutral, Airbus will deliver all aircraft from its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by November. The Mobile facility manufactures the A220 and A320 aircraft families. Signature Flight Support will supply the SAF to the facility, ensuring that all delivered aircraft will be powered by a blend of SAF and conventional jet fuel within the next two months.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a fuel that meets all the technical and safety requirements as jet fuels, but SAF comes from a more sustainable source resulting in less or no carbon emissions in our atmosphere. SAF is capable of reducing emissions up to 80% compared to jet fuel which in the next decade or so we will have no choice but to use sustainable jet fuel to save us from over pollution. By offsetting emissions, SAF will play a vital role in the short and long term as we build towards a truly sustainable future. 

FAA Awards Pratt & Whitney, GE Aviation $25M Each

  • What the two aviation giants are going to use the money for

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Pratt & Whitney and GE Aviation each $25 million to develop airplane engines that will reduce noise, emissions, and fuel consumption. The companies said in separate news releases they will match the FAA’s funding to work on technologies that will make jet engines more fuel efficient, leading to lower emissions, and helping to make air travel more sustainable.

Pratt & Whitney, based in East Hartford, said it ushered in a new era of commercial propulsion with the introduction of the geared turbofan engine for single-aisle aircraft in 2016. Since its introduction, the GTF family of engines has helped 54 operators save more than 500 million gallons of jet fuel and avoid 4.9 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide over 9.3 million flight hours, the company said.

GE Aviation said it will use the funding to accelerate development of technologies such as open fan engine architecture, electrification, noise-lowering technologies, and more, as well as ongoing research into alternative jet fuels. GE Aviation and Safran, partners in CFM International, in June launched a technology development program targeting more than 20% lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to today’s most efficient engines.

Are Windowless Cabins the Future of Air Travel?

  • A statement from the VP of Strategy for Rosen Aviation
  • Who Rosen Aviation is working with on this futuristic aircraft

Aviation innovators Rosen Aviation reckon this experience could be taken to the next level, rendering actual airplane windows obsolete. Rosen is touting its Maverick Project airplane cabin design as the next frontier of inflight experience. Virtual windows will be used for this project.

“The Maverick Project was born from trying to bring tomorrow’s technology into tomorrow’s plane,” says Lee Clark, Rosen’s senior VP for strategy.

Rosen, working in collaboration with KiPcreating and Sky-Style, wants to change this dynamic with the Maverick Project. But while the visual renderings look flashy, Clark says the goal isn’t to go high tech simply for the sake of it. Rosen envisages the Maverick Project working in a private jet, but the company also plans to exhibit a commercial version at next year’s Airport Interiors Expo, an annual industry event highlighting innovation in cabin design.

Airbus and Air New Zealand to Collaborate on Potential Aircrafts powered by Hydrogen

  • The details of this collaboration and what the two companies plan to do together
  • What kind of hydrogen aircrafts Airbus is currently making

Air New Zealand will analyze the impact hydrogen-powered aircrafts may have on its network, operations and infrastructure and Airbus will share expected aircraft performance and ground operations to support Air New Zealand in its road to decarbonisation.

“This agreement brings us a step closer to our net zero emissions by 2050 commitment, and to realising our aspiration to put low carbon solutions in place for our shorter domestic and regional flights in the next decade. New Zealand has a unique opportunity to be a world leader in the adoption of zero emissions aircraft, given the country’s commitment to renewable energy which can be used to generate green hydrogen and our highly connected regional air network. At this stage, both hydrogen and battery electric aircraft are still on the table as potential options for our shorter domestic flights, along with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for long haul operations. This research will help to inform future decision making as we work to decarbonise the airline.”

Airbus is currently looking at three concepts for hydrogen-powered aircraft, including a turboprop, turbofan and blended wing option.

Textron Aviation Begins Install of Pro Line Fusion for Citation CJ2 Aircrafts

  • a Statement from Textron Aviations VP
  • Benefits of upgrading to the Pro Line Fusion

Textron Aviation has recently completed the first two installations of Collins Aerospace’s Pro Line Fusion touchscreen avionics in Cessna Citation CJ2+ twinjets at its North American service centers. The installation follows FAA approval in March of Collins’s STC for installation in the type.

An initial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) was launched for Cessna Citation CJ3 aircraft in 2017. This follow-on STC adds the Citation CJ1+ and Citation CJ2+ aircraft while extending new functionality to the Citation CJ3. Added benefits include integrated V-speeds, fuel sensing and predictive performance, along with Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) capabilities that position the operator for more efficient arrivals and departures.

“We are dedicated to supporting our customers through the life of their aircraft,” said Textron Aviation senior v-p of customer support Brian Rohloff. “This includes providing the resources they need to keep their aircraft in the air.

United Airlines Resolves Nationwide System Outage

  • A tweet from the airline explaining the system outage

United Airlines suffered a brief system outage, and the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop of less than an hour for all United flights.

The airline said in a tweet that “We experienced a system outage this morning, but everything is up and running and operations have resumed.”

The carrier confirmed that all of its systems are working normally and that it is “working diligently to get customers to their destinations.”

United implemented a nationwide ground stop in the U.S. and Canada around 6:45 a.m. ET that was lifted after 45 minutes.

Reports of delays on social media continued to be shared. 

The carrier had responded to multiple customers on Twitter who complained about the issues they were having with the airline at the airport and on its mobile app.

Aviation Startup ‘Lillium’ Looks to be a Leader in Air Mobility

  • Inside Lilliums technology
  • CEO profile on Daniel Weigand

Lillium has an ambitious team with diverse backgrounds and talents. Backed by their investors and working in partnership with governments, regulators and specialist suppliers, Lillium has got the drive and expertise to make electric flight a reality.

Daniel Wiegand leads Lilium as the CEO. A specialist in propulsion, he pioneered Lilium’s aircraft architecture while studying Aeronautics at the Technical University of Munich. He was named Under 35 Innovator of the Year by the MIT Technology Review.

Since 2015, lilliums been developing proprietary technology that powers our all-electric vertical take-off and landing jets. Through an iterative process, Lillium designed, built and tested 4 generations of prototypes including our current 5-seat technology demonstrator. In 2018, they applied for concurrent type certification with EASA and FAA for a larger Lilium Jet and subsequently began work behind the scenes on our 7-seater – an aircraft enabling a sustainable and accessible mode of high-speed travel.

The proprietary technology at the core of the Lilium Jet is Ducted Electric Vectored Thrust (DEVT) which they have refined through successive generations of technology demonstrators. Electric jet engines integrated into the wing flaps provide advantages in payload, aerodynamic efficiency and a lower noise profile, whilst also providing thrust vector control to maneuver the Lilium Jet through every phase of flight.

Boeing Announces $1.4 Million to Support Afghan Allies and Military Veterans

  • Donations Boeing made on the 20th anniversary of 9/11
  • A statement from the CEO of Boeing aviation

The Boeing Company today announced a $1.4 million donation to help assist with humanitarian relief efforts for Afghan allies as well as initiatives to support and honor U.S. Military veterans and their families.

Following the recent 20th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Boeing is also donating $400,000 to support 9/11 DayBlue Star FamiliesOperation GratitudeThe Mission Continues and Travis Manion Foundation. The company – in coordination with its 33 active Boeing Veterans Engagement Team (BVET) chapters – is also engaged in a number of ongoing service projects, wellbeing initiatives and kit packing projects in support of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

“Our charitable investments focus on supporting rehabilitation and recovery efforts that heal the visible and invisible wounds of war for veterans, their families and survivors. We are also proud to support Afghan allies who stood alongside U.S. and coalition service members and provided critical support for years during military operations in Afghanistan,” said Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and enterprise executive sponsor of BVET.

Rolls-Royce Announces its all-electric ‘ACCEL’ Made its First Flight

  • Specs of this aircraft
  • How many homes this aircraft could power

As Rolls-Royce Holdings’s all-electric plane prepares to take its first ever flight in coming weeks in a world-record attempt for flight speed, it will get ground support from Jaguar I-Pace electric cars. The zero-emission cars will act as towing and support vehicles for the carbon-neutral project. The aviation company’s ‘Spirit of Innovation’ all-electric aircraft is targeting a speed of of 300+ mph (480+ kmh) in its maiden flight in order to set a world record for fastest all-electric plane.

The aircraft features an electric propulsion system that delivers 500+ horsepower using its most power-dense battery pack ever assembled for a plane. The battery, Rolls-Royce says, has enough power to light 250 homes at once or fly from London to Paris on a single charge. The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ electric aircraft has been created by the ‘Accelerating the Electrification of Flight‘ (ACCEL) programme. Key partners of the programme include YASA – electric motor and controller manufacturer, and aviation start-up Electroflight. The UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Innovate have together funded half of the project’s costs.

Heart Aerospace, Electrifying Regional Air Travel

  • When Hearts aircraft will be certified by as well as the specs of this aircraft
  • What airlines have made orders for this aircraft

Heart’s mission is to create the fastest, most affordable and sustainable transportation for regional travel to every corner of the world. Hearts goal is to have Heart ES-19 certified for commercial operation by 2026. Their first aircraft is the ES-19, a nineteen-passenger airliner with an operating range of 400 km. Heart’s main office and hangar facility is located at Säve Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden. Heart is a small and yet a highly skilled team that have made key contributions to over 100 aircraft.

Heart Aerospace has received its biggest order to date: 200 of its inaugural ES-19 electric aircraft from aviation giant United Airlines and its regional airline partner Mesa Air Group. The deal, which includes an option of purchasing up to 100 additional aircraft, was announced together with a $35 million Series A funding round. Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, United’s venture arm and Mesa led the round. Seed investors EQT Ventures and Lower carbon Capital also participated. The ES-19 is a regional airplane that seats 19 and runs on batteries and electric motors instead of traditional jet fuel. The startup says it will deliver the first aircraft for commercial use by 2026. These aircraft will be able to fly up to 250 miles based on today’s battery technology. Heart’s founder, aerospace engineer Anders Forslund, said the company will focus on shorter routes in the first stages of its commercial operations. Some of those routes, identified by United, include the 118 mile route between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Purdue University Airport, and San Francisco International Airport to Modesto City-County Airport, which is 74 miles.