Scotland Plans Sustainable Aircraft Flights From Orkney Test Site

By Graham Warwick Jan 22, 2021
The UK’s first test site for sustainable aviation, including electric and hydrogen propulsion, is to be established at Kirkwall Airport in Scotland’s Orkney Islands.
Emerging Technologies

Supplier Prices Up Less Than 1%, But Double From TransDigm: Survey

By Michael Bruno Jan 22, 2021
Customers of TransDigm Group expect to pay roughly 2% higher prices this year from the key aerospace and defense parts provider, compared with an average of just 0.8% more across the whole aerospace supplier base, according to new survey results from Jefferies analysts.
Supply Chain

Project Works Toward Scotland-wide Medical Drone Delivery Network

By Graham Warwick Jan 22, 2021
A digital blueprint for a medical delivery drone network that could connect hospitals, laboratories and surgeries across Scotland is to be developed under an 18-month project begun in December.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Europe Launches Large-scale UAM Demonstration Program

By Graham Warwick Jan 22, 2021
Single European Sky ATM Research, the organization coordinating European air traffic management research, has launched a project to develop and test a concept of operations for urban air transport of passengers and cargo.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Volocopter Aims For Concurrent EASA/FAA eVTOL Certification

By Graham Warwick Jan 22, 2021
Germany’s Volocopter plans concurrent certification and validation of its VoloCity electric air taxi in Europe and the U.S., enabling it to enter both markets simultaneously.
Emerging Technologies

Business Aircraft Deliveries Feature Moving

Jan 22, 2021
An announcement from the Editor.
Business Aviation

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

Buttigieg Backs Mask Mandate During Confirmation Hearing

By Bill Carey Jan 21, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) pledged Jan. 21 to enforce a presidential directive requiring people to wear masks during interstate travel to prevent against the spread of COVID-19.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Biden Executive Order Makes U.S. Travel Mask-Wearing Mandatory

By Karen Walker Jan 21, 2021
As part of a “mask up for 100 days” campaign that new U.S. President Joe Biden has prioritized in his first days in office, most air travelers in America will be required to wear a mask until April.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

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

Global Aviation Technologies Expanding Installation Projects

By Molly McMillin Jan 20, 2021
Global Aviation Technologies is growing with new projects, including installations of the Innovative Solutions & Support ThrustSense Autothrottle, new starter generators and alternators for special-mission King Airs, and a new inflight entertainment system, called Goji Geotainment, offering movies, music and Hollywood-quality stories about places passengers are flying over. 
Interiors & Connectivity

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

Gama, Jet East Merger Reflects Changing Face of Bizav MRO

By Angus Batey Jan 20, 2021
In purely financial terms, it is not one of the biggest deals of the decade. But Gama Aviation’s acquisition of Trenton, New Jersey-based Jet East Corporate Aviation may highlight one way out of the post-COVID-19 doldrums for business aviation MRO.
Airports, FBOs & Suppliers

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

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

NBAA Raises Privacy Issue Over New Drone Regulation

By Bill Carey Jan 19, 2021
The location of a drone operator should be made available to police but not to the public, the National Business Aviation Association says in a Jan. 19 critique of the FAA’s new Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft final rule.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

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