Is Joby Aviations Stock Heading to the Skies?

  • Joby Aviation $JOBY trend in the market
  • What Joby is looking to do in order to push the aviation industry further

Joby Aviation delivers groundbreaking technology that might otherwise never hit the public market if Joby wasnt around. Joby is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) manufacturer. Much hyped, JOBY stock is now trading under its own brand identity. By introducing and expanding the concept of electric air mobility, the company addresses a key contributor to carbon emissions.

According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, the use of jet fuel produces carbon dioxide at a fixed ratio of 3.16 kilograms of CO2 per 1 kilogram of fuel. When it is all said and done, Joby wants to be a large contributor in the way aircrafts will cut their Co2 emissions into our atmosphere. Better yet, the demand profile for JOBY stock couldn’t be more robust. Cities are getting more crowded, which not only causes increased traffic problems but also violence. According to Apolitical.co, “68% of people will live in cities by 2050.” Having that many people crowded into tight quarters could easily cause problems. Let’s also not forget that the competition is not going to let Joby have turbulence-free airtime. Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), among several other companies have their eyes set on the potential eVTOL revolution.


Bristow Orders 50 eSTOLs To Launch Air Services in 2026

  • what an eSTOL is and when this aircraft will be in service
  • The specs of the eSTOL aircraft

Today, Helicopter operator Bristow committed to buying up to 50 hybrid-electric eSTOL aircrafts being developed by Electra Aero for air services starting in 2026, when the aircraft is set to enter service. Under a memorandum of understanding, Bristow will also support Electra Aero in the development of the eSTOL aircraft’s operations, design, and safety features to meet customer, as well as FAA, EASA, and Transport Canada certification requirements. Bristow and Electra Aero intend to explore potential new applications for the eSTOL aircraft, focusing on logistics needs for retailers. The aircraft will use Electras blown-lift design  and eight battery operated motors. According to Electra, it will be able to carry between five and seven passengers or 1,800 pounds of cargo on trips of up to around 500 miles in all weather conditions. Currently unnamed, the eSTOL model is expected to need a surface of no more than 300 feet to take off and land, allowing it to operate many missions currently being performed by rotorcraft. 


High-Wing Aircraft: JSX-2T

  • Specs of the High-Wing aircraft
  • When we can expect this aircraft to be on the market for purchase

Kit manufacturer Sonex Aircraft has announced it will develop a line of high-wing models. Sonex hopes to have the high-wing program on display and ready to take orders at the 2023 edition of AirVenture. The company continues to focus its current energy on developing its two-seat SubSonex JSX-2T jet, which it hopes to have ready for prime time by next year’s AirVenture. As the home team based at Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Sonex has some flexibility when it comes to preparing to display at GA’s biggest show on earth.  

Development work has continued on JSX-2T since AirVenture and much progress has been made. Most of the work to-date has been in the form of engineering analysis and detailed modeling of the aircraft in SolidWorks 3D CAD software. Building on the extensive 3D modeling design process of the Sonex, Waiex and Xenos B-Models, SubSonex JSX-2T will be the most extensively modeled design in the Sonex Aircraft product line thus-far. Sonexes high wing aircraft call for 20 gallons’ fuel capacity, with optional inboard aux tankage for 10 gallons more. With a 44-inch-wide cabin, it will be aerobatic, said Sonex


The Future of Electric Aviation: Ampaires ‘Electric EEL’

  • The Specs of the Hybrid Electric aircraft
  • What the Senior VP of Ampaire thinks of the Hybrid Aircraft

Ampaire’s Electric EEL is primarily a testing aircraft for the development of high-powered electrics, inverters, motors, and related systems. It is a platform for developing scalable technology and certification processes. The EEL can also serve owner-flown, charter and short-haul regional airline/cargo carriers. The aircraft takes off a little more steeply than might be expected, and when the aircraft is in flight, it is noticeably quieter than other aircrafts. 

Electric EEL is an adapted six-seat Cessna. There is a conventional combustion engine in the back of the plane that drives the rear propeller. The compartment you can see under the cabin holds six batteries that power the front propeller. The aircraft is very much a work in progress, and the batteries are only used to help get the plane airborne. Susan Ying, Ampaire’s senior vice-president, said she believed that “as well as being good for the environment, hybrid planes will cut the cost of flying and the cost of the hop from Exeter to Newquay in Electric EEL was 30% cheaper than in a conventional light aircraft. And batteries are coming down in price all the time.”


Russia Embarks On New R&D Path to a Supersonic Transport

  • Why Russia is waiting to perfect the Strizh supersonic aircraft
  • The specs of the Strizh supersonic aircraft

The Russian Aerospace industry is delaying a full-scale launch of a second-generation supersonic transport aircraft in order to work out key technologies in the development of supersonic aircrafts. The change in course was confirmed in a high-level government meeting last month when President Vladimir Putin himself approved a proposal by state-backed companies to develop the new Strizh (Swift) supersonic technology demonstrator to be powered by Klimov RD-93MA turbofans. 

The Strizh aircraft would have a takeoff weight of 16 tonnes and would serve as a platform to evaluate a package of new technologies such as pro-bionic structural airframe design and engineering advancements of engines to help with noise emitted from the engines.  the Strizh features a wedge-shaped nozzle and an inverted-V wing to reduce sonic boom and noise levels. The features would allow it to cruise at Mach 1.7 at an altitude of 51,000 feet while producing a sonic boom quieter than 85 dB. Developers of both the American X-59 project and the Strizh intend for community-response flight tests to enable ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection meeting (CAEP13) to establish a sonic boom standard in 2025. 


Boeing MQ-25 T1 performs first unmanned refueling of E-2D Hawkeye

  • What Captain Chad Reed had to say about the successful mission
  • What this means for the history of aviation

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On Thursday, August 18th, 2021, The Boeing MQ-25 T1 refueled the US Navy E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft. This is the second recorded successful unmanned air-to-air refueling mission between the two aircrafts. Capt. Chad Reed, the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager had this to say about the mission, “Once operational the MQ-25 will refuel every receiver-capable platform, including E-2, this flight keeps us on a fast track to getting the Stingray out to the fleet where its refueling capability will greatly increase the range and operational flexibility of the carrier air wing and strike group.”

 In its first-ever successful unmanned air-to-air refueling mission in June 2021, Boeing MQ-25 T1 test asset refueled a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet. During Boeing’s second unmanned refueling mission this summer, the E-2D pilot flew behind the MQ-25 to ensure performance and stability prior to receiving fuel. After an initial evaluation was safely completed, the E-2D aircraft received the fuel. “This history-making event is a credit to our joint Boeing and Navy team that is all-in on delivering MQ-25’s critical aerial refueling capability to the fleet as soon as possible,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. 


Electra’s eSTOL aircraft aims for FAA certification by 2026

  • What the CEO of Electra thinks of the aircraft and what Electra is looking to do in the aviation industry
  • When Electra will start test flights on this aircraft

The Aviation startup company Electra, working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to certify its new hybrid-electric short takeoff and landing aircraft (eSTOL) by 2026. In order to help with the FAA certification process, Electra hired Randy Griffith as its director of certification on August 17, 2021. The Virginia-based startup aims to get the FAA Level 3 type certification under 14 CFR Part 23 in 2026. Electra CEO John Langford said in a company statement, “Randy is an industry veteran who has led the certification of the Eclipse Jet, Honda Jet, Mooney M10, Aerion SST, and Zunum ZA10. Having taken several aircraft from concept through certification, he knows what it really takes to get the job done and we are excited to have him on our team.” 

This new fixed-wing type hybrid-electric aircraft will be controlled by a single pilot and will be able to carry up to 7 passengers. The maximum range of the aircraft is 805 kilometers, and can reach up to 30 miles per hour during energy-efficient takeoff and landings but can hit speeds of 200 mph at cruise speed. Testing for this eSTOL aircraft will begin in 2022, says Electra.


Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Aircraft is Unlike Anything Youv’e Seen Before

  • How the interior of the aircraft was transformed to look like a hospital
  • How students in the classroom can watch surgeries in real time, thanks to the most advanced technology available

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is a state-of-the-art teaching facility complete with an operating room, classroom and recovery room, marrying medicine and aviation. The Flying Eye Hospital was once a cargo plane, and the interior was completely transformed to be a flying hospital. Thanks to our generous and compassionate supporters, the Flying Eye Hospital has been a call to action for better eye care around the world for more than three decades. Wherever it lands, it raises awareness, creates change and rallies supporters – from local governments, global organizations, philanthropists, to the general public – to join the global fight to end avoidable blindness.

The aircraft has a space to train doctors, nurses and medical technicians, working in partnership with local hospitals to understand skills shortages, and work where is seen best fit. The aircraft is fitted with the latest medical equipment and is linked up through an advanced audio visual system, meaning surgeries are broadcasted to the classroom live. The Flying Eye also features a Mobile Simulation Center which uses virtual reality, cutting-edge prosthetics, and highly sophisticated, life-like mannequins to build confidence before doing a real surgery.


Craft Aerospace Creates a VTOL Aircraft

  • NFT connection to private aviation
  • Box Collective

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Russian Prototype Military Transport Aircraft (Il-112V) Crashes During Test Flight

  • How many fatalities were involved in the test flight crash
  • Specs of the aircraft and when we can expect this aircraft to go into production

A Russian prototype military plane crashed while performing a test flight outside Moscow on Tuesday, killing all three crew members involved. The Il-112V, a light military transport plane, crashed in the forest as it was trying to land at the Lubinka airfield, 28 miles west of Moscow. Russian police have opened an investigation into the incident, as is usual in most plane crash cases. The Il-112V was planned to be unveiled at the Army-2021 forum later this month and is the first military transport plane developed in Russia since the Soviet Union.

This aircraft has turboprop engines, with a main purpose of transporting military personnel, equipment, and weapons with a max cargo weight capacity of 5 tons. The Il-112V aircraft is expected to begin manufacturing in 2023 at the Voronezh Aviation Enterprise, producing up to 12 aircrafts a year to be delivered to customers. United Aircraft Corporation is developing and testing the Il-112V as a replacement for the ageing Antonov An-26.