USAF to Assess Airworthiness of Textron AirLand Multimission Aircraft Under CRADA

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The U.S. Air Force will perform an airworthiness test on a multimission aircraft built by a Textron and AirLand Enterprises joint venture under a cooperative research and development agreement, Defense News reported Thursday. Valerie Insinna writes the certification for Textron AirLand‘s Scorpion aircraft could lead to direct commercial sales to foreign militaries and accelerate the domestic purchase process for the jet.

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A Carbon-Neutral Fuel for the Aviation Industry?

Article | January 7, 2022

A New System That Aims to Create Carbon-Neutral Aviation Scientists have achieved an amazing breakthrough in the development of carbon-neutral fuel for the aviation industry. An aviation fuel production system that uses water, sunlight, and carbon dioxide has been put into action. Its design was published on July 20th, 2022, in the journal Joule. The dream of achieving carbon-free aviation could become a reality with this development. “We are the first to demonstrate the entire thermochemical process chain from water and CO2 to kerosene in a fully-integrated solar tower system.” - Aldo Steinfeld, Professor, Study Corresponding Author, ETH Zurich The aviation industry accounts for approximately 5% of the global anthropogenic emissions that contribute to global climate change. The industry heavily relies on kerosene, commonly known as jet fuel, a liquid hydrocarbon fuel derived from crude oil. There are no clean options to power commercial flights on a global scale at the moment. Production of Synthetic Kerosene This breakthrough, with the help of solar energy, makes it possible to produce synthetic kerosene from water and carbon dioxide instead of crude oil. The amount of CO2 emitted during kerosene combustion in a jet engine equals what is consumed during its production in the solar plant. It is what makes the fuel carbon neutral, especially if the CO2 in the air is captured and directly used as an ingredient, which could be possible in the near future. As part of the European Union's SUN-to-LIQUID project, Steinfeld and his colleagues put forward a system that uses solar power to generate drop-in fuels—synthetic alternatives to fossil-derived fuels like kerosene and diesel. Solar-produced kerosene is consistent with the current aviation infrastructure for allocation, fuel storage, and use in jet engines. It can also combine with fossil-derived kerosene, according to Steinfeld. High Hopes for the Future Steinfeld and his team began scaling the construction of a solar fuel manufacturing plant at the IMDEA Energy Institute in Spain half a decade ago. The plant has 169 sun-tracking reflective panels that redirect and concentrate solar radiation into a tower-mounted solar reactor. This concentrated solar energy then powers redox reaction cycles in the reactor’s porous ceria structure, which is not absorbed but can be reused. It transforms the water and carbon dioxide into syngas, a customized mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. This syngas is then injected into a gas-to-liquid converter and is finally converted into liquid hydrocarbon fuels such as kerosene and diesel. Steinfeld and his team are working on amping up the reactor’s efficiency from the current 4% to more than 15%.

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AI in Aviation: What’s the Word?

Article | July 26, 2022

DataBridge recently released a new market research analysis on AI in aviation, and the findings are promising. The aviation industry has relied on artificial intelligence (AI) for years. The technology has assisted pilots through machine learning algorithms to collect flight data about altitudes, air traffic management, weather, and route distance. It has enabled them to optimize fuel usage and reduce fuel costs. And now, it is going further. AI has been cascading into other areas of aviation. Here are some trends to note from the “Global Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Market” study. Benefitting Ground Operations AI is extensively used in real-time support systems and air traffic control. From automated baggage check-in to facial recognition, it is powering several ground operations. These functions contribute heavily to maximizing resources, reducing labor costs, and enhancing seamlessness across different processes. Improving Performance and Processes with Machine Learning (ML) The emergence of AI in aviation is thanks to a surge of capital investments by key aviation players. Cloud computing is being used by many organizations as a way to consolidate processes and deal with complexity better. Impacting How Planes will be Piloted AI will considerably impact the future of piloting as we know it. Building on Airbus’ first ever takeoff, landing and taxi using vision-based AI in 2020, prominent aerospace tech firms continue to work on self-piloting planes or passenger autonomous aerial vehicles (AV) that will employ AI-powered intelligent navigation to fly. Improving Efficiency and Accuracy for Manual Processes According to aviation experts, ML digital assistants are able to process massive volumes of historical data in order to support ground staff and pilots alike. With AI’s capabilities of enabling elusive insights into patterns and complexities of data, the technology is considered ideal for aviation, where there is no room for errors. The Path Ahead The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of new technologies in pushing the envelope and innovating solutions. The evolution of technology will only propel the adoption of AI further into the aviation industry. With multiple use cases and brilliant results from the use of AI, the aviation industry is all set for a digital transformation fuelled by data, machine learning and precision

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Inside NASA’s New Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Program

Article | July 15, 2022

NASA is known for developing and launching spacecraft that have a significant environmental impact. However, the space agency is fully on board with the net-zero movement. NASA supports the White House's Aviation Climate Action Plan. It is helping fund several aviation projects that aim to reduce the aviation industry’s damage to the environment. NASA’s Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Program NASA focuses on technologies for single-aisle aircraft, which are the powerhouses of many airline fleets and account for nearly half of global aviation emissions. NASA's Sustainable Flight Demonstrator (SFD) project aims to reduce carbon emissions and keep the US competitive in the design of single-aisle commercial airliners, which are in high demand. "Since its creation, NASA has worked with industry to develop and implement innovative aeronautics technology and has shared it with the world," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. "Now, with this ambitious new project, we're again joining with US industry to usher in a new era of cutting-edge improvements that will make the global aviation industry cleaner, quieter, and more sustainable." NASA Wants to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Commercial Aircraft The program’s goal is to build, test, and fly a large-scale demonstrator. NASA hopes to find a business partner for a Funded Space Act Agreement with its Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, by the beginning of 2023. The agreement would draw on private-industry knowledge and experience, with an awardee developing a suggested technical plan and committing considerable cash to the project. Under this agreement, NASA would not purchase an aircraft or any other hardware for its missions. The mission of NASA is to develop new and innovative technologies and capabilities. NASA will collect data on the ground and in the air. Agency and industry teams can use it to test the airframe configuration and related technologies. Moving Away From Space NASA's technologies are typically cutting-edge. However, as with many high-end items, the benefits and applications frequently filter down to the masses. NASA's specialized technology and research frequently has civil aviation applications. It's interesting to see how NASA seems to be moving away from space and going after planes that fly closer to Earth.

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A Peek into The Future of Piloting Airplanes

Article | July 6, 2022

Flying is changing, and so is the future of piloting. With technological advancements across the aviation industry, one can only anticipate what’s in store for the future of piloting. The battle between automation and learning skills that automation can easily take over is coming to a head. As airplane engineering matures, the aviation industry isn’t far from seeing a day when pilots who have undergone training on electric trainers require a license endorsement to fly a piston-powered aircraft. Goodbye, Manual Flying Airplanes are becoming downright easier to fly. Consider how most pilots today would never be able to fly the aircraft that their seniors trained in. According to experts, piloting skills will put more emphasis on the efficient use of airspace systems instead of directing and maneuvering the aircraft. Decoding Airplane Information Traditionally, a pilot’s primary task was to gather and decode the information he received through the aircraft’s systems. This information was then used to give the pilot an “air picture” which allowed him to get a sense of the air traffic, airspace, and weather. As aircraft technology improves, pilots will no longer need to know how to do this. Instead, the "air picture" will be shown on a screen in front of them. Final Word From augmented reality to 3D spatial audio cues, augmentation is happening to aircraft as well as the pilot’s ability to fly them. The evolution of aviation technology will only help transform the mechanics of airplanes, and pilots will no longer need to handle flight control. As augmented reality takes over, future cockpits might not even need to be at the front of the aircraft or have windows. That would be the true test of the future of piloting.

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Pipistrel Selects Honeywell's Revolutionary Small UAV SATCOM System For All Unmanned Aircraft Platforms

Honeywell | August 16, 2021

Pipistrel's Nuuva V300 is a long-range, large-capacity, autonomous UAV. It will take off and land vertically with battery power, meaning it does not require a runway, and has significantly lower operating costs than helicopters. It can carry loads up to 460 kilograms (~1010 pounds) for more than 300 kilometers (~186 miles), making it an ideal solution for deliveries to areas traditionally accessible only by helicopter. Its smaller sibling, the Nuuva V20, shares the same architecture and advantages of the larger V300, but is designed to serve as a lighter cargo transport vehicle carrying loads of up to 20 kg. The Surveyor aircraft uses a fixed-wing design that is designed to be customized with various sensors and cameras for use in applications like wildlife management, coastal patrol, traffic observation, or search and rescue efforts. Honeywell is a major player in the emerging Urban Air Mobility segment, offering a full line of avionics, flight control, navigation, radar, communications, actuation, cooling, motors, and turbo-electric propulsion systems — all tailored for piloted vertical takeoff and landing, urban air mobility and unmanned cargo vehicles. Honeywell also offers aerospace integration and certification expertise for enabling the commercialization of these vehicles. About Honeywell Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. For more information About Pipistrel Pipistrel is a world-leading small aircraft designer and manufacturer, specialized in energy-efficient and affordable high-performance aircraft. With more than 30 years of experience, Pipistrel has produced more than 2200 aircraft to-date, gaining significant international reputation by delivering unique, innovative products to passionate customers on all continents. First-to-fly an electric two-seater in 2007 and the winner of the NASA Green Flight Challenge in 2011 with the World's first electric four-seat aeroplane, Pipistrel has designed nine different experimental and serially produced electric aircraft, including the first type certified electric aeroplane, the Velis Electro. It has also developed propulsion systems, including batteries, power controllers and electric motors, for small and general aviation class of aircraft for NASA and Siemens, among others. With involvement in standardisation committees, i.e. ASTM F44.40, F39.05, SAE AE7-D, Pipistrel is helping to enable the future market of hybrid-electric aviation.

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Sagetech Avionics and Pen Aviation Sign MOU to Integrate Detect and Avoid System

Sagetech Avionics , Pen Aviation | April 30, 2021

Sagetech Avionics, an aerospace technology firm that provides industry-leading situational awareness solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and Pen Aviation has agreed to integrate Sagetech Avionics' MXS transponders and Detect and Avoid (DAA) systems into the PEN 55V midsize drone and the PEN 1360V heavy cargo drone. According to the terms of the deal, Sagetech Avionics and Pen Aviation will collaborate to certify the PEN UAV series, which is outfitted with Sagetech's technology, for UAS operation in global airspace. The project will be divided into five stages: design, development, testing, and validation, followed by a full production of Pen Aviation UAVs. Sagetech and Pen Aviation are collaborating to achieve PEN UAV certification in 2022. Sagetech's DAA system combines various core technologies into a single low scale, weight, and power (SWaP) DAA approach that can be used on commercial unmanned aircraft as well as urban air mobility (UAM) platforms. Sagetech's DAA system is ACAS-based and includes technologies such as a transponder, an interrogator, an ACAS-based DAA computer, a software kit, and other critical components. It is compatible with a wide range of off-the-shelf low SWaP radars and other traffic sensors. Sagetech's next-generation MXS miniature transponder integrates Mode S and 1090 MHz ADS-B In/Out for global enforcement with unmanned systems into a single tiny box. This transponder, which has top and bottom monopole antennas, offers complete pattern coverage for maximum visibility and protection. Pen Aviation is designing medium to large-scale drones in collaboration with its French partner, Cavok-UAS. The PEN 55V is a completely autonomous VTOL, rotary tactical drone with exceptional performance: high level of safety, quick deployment and low maintenance cost, no runway needed, fantastic versatility, long-endurance (2.5 hours), high range of speed up to 110 km/h, hardly detectable, low level of vibration to improve video quality and payload customization (up to 15kg). This UAV can run in harsh environmental conditions that no other drones can. The PEN 1360V is a fully autonomous multi-mission VTOL rotary cargo drone intended to transport large payloads over long distances. This model provides exceptional results, including unprecedented payload-range capability (up to 770kg over 675km), a high degree of protection, ease of deployment and low maintenance costs, no runway requirement, great mobility, and long endurance (3.8 hours). DIGIMIND, Pen Aviation's creative industry enabler platform, completely integrates both the PEN 1360V and the PEN 55V. About Sagetech Avionics Sagetech Avionics is an aerospace technology company that provides situational awareness solutions designed from mission-critical transponders, software, and related technologies to allow safe flight in unmanned aircraft. Sagetech solutions are mission-proven and provide decades of program experience, certifications, and millions of flight hours to achieve maximum performance over the life of an unmanned vehicle. They are now serving military and civil duty on most small to medium UAVs. Sagetech is now extending its technology platform to develop comprehensive, certifiable systems such as detect and avoid solutions. Every day, Sagetech works in concert with its extensive ecosystem of OEM customers, technology partners, and resellers to ensure UAVs fly safer with Sagetech on board. About Pen Aviation Pen Aviation was created in 2016 in Malaysia with the vision of being Asia's favorite one-stop personalized solutions provider in the aviation niche markets of private jets, helicopters, aircraft, and specialized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); aircraft sales, charter, consulting, and investment. Pen Aviation's vibrant and robust staff has over 30 years of expertise and experience in every area of the aircraft life cycle, especially within the aviation industry. PEN UAS is a Pen Aviation brand for unmanned aerial systems that offers ecosystem solutions to government agencies and the private sector. For companies looking for personalized solutions, PEN UAS is the go-to industrial drone store.

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U.S. Aviation Brokers Add SkyWatch Drone Insurance

Unmanned Aerial | May 08, 2019

SkyWatch.AI, a risk-assessment and insurtech platform for the drone industry, has announced a technological integration with nine U.S. aviation brokers to provide drone insurance on a monthly subscription basis from a dedicated Web portal. The brokers will now offer customers direct access to SkyWatch.AI’s monthly drone insurance plan. The policies are underwritten by Starr Insurance Cos. “After serving thousands of drone pilots with the SkyWatch.AI mobile app, we saw the demand to expand our solution to include even more drone pilots, including those who would like to continue working with their existing brokers. Hence, we’re excited to launch this new development,” says Tomer Kashi, CEO of SkyWatch.AI. Pilots can purchase and manage their insurance directly from SkyWatch Web without downloading SkyWatch.AI’s mobile app. Pilots who already use the mobile app will have their accounts fully synchronized between the SkyWatch.AI mobile app and Web portal.

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Pipistrel Selects Honeywell's Revolutionary Small UAV SATCOM System For All Unmanned Aircraft Platforms

Honeywell | August 16, 2021

Pipistrel's Nuuva V300 is a long-range, large-capacity, autonomous UAV. It will take off and land vertically with battery power, meaning it does not require a runway, and has significantly lower operating costs than helicopters. It can carry loads up to 460 kilograms (~1010 pounds) for more than 300 kilometers (~186 miles), making it an ideal solution for deliveries to areas traditionally accessible only by helicopter. Its smaller sibling, the Nuuva V20, shares the same architecture and advantages of the larger V300, but is designed to serve as a lighter cargo transport vehicle carrying loads of up to 20 kg. The Surveyor aircraft uses a fixed-wing design that is designed to be customized with various sensors and cameras for use in applications like wildlife management, coastal patrol, traffic observation, or search and rescue efforts. Honeywell is a major player in the emerging Urban Air Mobility segment, offering a full line of avionics, flight control, navigation, radar, communications, actuation, cooling, motors, and turbo-electric propulsion systems — all tailored for piloted vertical takeoff and landing, urban air mobility and unmanned cargo vehicles. Honeywell also offers aerospace integration and certification expertise for enabling the commercialization of these vehicles. About Honeywell Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. The Aerospace business unit builds aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity systems, mechanical components and more. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights and safer skies and airports. For more information About Pipistrel Pipistrel is a world-leading small aircraft designer and manufacturer, specialized in energy-efficient and affordable high-performance aircraft. With more than 30 years of experience, Pipistrel has produced more than 2200 aircraft to-date, gaining significant international reputation by delivering unique, innovative products to passionate customers on all continents. First-to-fly an electric two-seater in 2007 and the winner of the NASA Green Flight Challenge in 2011 with the World's first electric four-seat aeroplane, Pipistrel has designed nine different experimental and serially produced electric aircraft, including the first type certified electric aeroplane, the Velis Electro. It has also developed propulsion systems, including batteries, power controllers and electric motors, for small and general aviation class of aircraft for NASA and Siemens, among others. With involvement in standardisation committees, i.e. ASTM F44.40, F39.05, SAE AE7-D, Pipistrel is helping to enable the future market of hybrid-electric aviation.

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Sagetech Avionics and Pen Aviation Sign MOU to Integrate Detect and Avoid System

Sagetech Avionics , Pen Aviation | April 30, 2021

Sagetech Avionics, an aerospace technology firm that provides industry-leading situational awareness solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and Pen Aviation has agreed to integrate Sagetech Avionics' MXS transponders and Detect and Avoid (DAA) systems into the PEN 55V midsize drone and the PEN 1360V heavy cargo drone. According to the terms of the deal, Sagetech Avionics and Pen Aviation will collaborate to certify the PEN UAV series, which is outfitted with Sagetech's technology, for UAS operation in global airspace. The project will be divided into five stages: design, development, testing, and validation, followed by a full production of Pen Aviation UAVs. Sagetech and Pen Aviation are collaborating to achieve PEN UAV certification in 2022. Sagetech's DAA system combines various core technologies into a single low scale, weight, and power (SWaP) DAA approach that can be used on commercial unmanned aircraft as well as urban air mobility (UAM) platforms. Sagetech's DAA system is ACAS-based and includes technologies such as a transponder, an interrogator, an ACAS-based DAA computer, a software kit, and other critical components. It is compatible with a wide range of off-the-shelf low SWaP radars and other traffic sensors. Sagetech's next-generation MXS miniature transponder integrates Mode S and 1090 MHz ADS-B In/Out for global enforcement with unmanned systems into a single tiny box. This transponder, which has top and bottom monopole antennas, offers complete pattern coverage for maximum visibility and protection. Pen Aviation is designing medium to large-scale drones in collaboration with its French partner, Cavok-UAS. The PEN 55V is a completely autonomous VTOL, rotary tactical drone with exceptional performance: high level of safety, quick deployment and low maintenance cost, no runway needed, fantastic versatility, long-endurance (2.5 hours), high range of speed up to 110 km/h, hardly detectable, low level of vibration to improve video quality and payload customization (up to 15kg). This UAV can run in harsh environmental conditions that no other drones can. The PEN 1360V is a fully autonomous multi-mission VTOL rotary cargo drone intended to transport large payloads over long distances. This model provides exceptional results, including unprecedented payload-range capability (up to 770kg over 675km), a high degree of protection, ease of deployment and low maintenance costs, no runway requirement, great mobility, and long endurance (3.8 hours). DIGIMIND, Pen Aviation's creative industry enabler platform, completely integrates both the PEN 1360V and the PEN 55V. About Sagetech Avionics Sagetech Avionics is an aerospace technology company that provides situational awareness solutions designed from mission-critical transponders, software, and related technologies to allow safe flight in unmanned aircraft. Sagetech solutions are mission-proven and provide decades of program experience, certifications, and millions of flight hours to achieve maximum performance over the life of an unmanned vehicle. They are now serving military and civil duty on most small to medium UAVs. Sagetech is now extending its technology platform to develop comprehensive, certifiable systems such as detect and avoid solutions. Every day, Sagetech works in concert with its extensive ecosystem of OEM customers, technology partners, and resellers to ensure UAVs fly safer with Sagetech on board. About Pen Aviation Pen Aviation was created in 2016 in Malaysia with the vision of being Asia's favorite one-stop personalized solutions provider in the aviation niche markets of private jets, helicopters, aircraft, and specialized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); aircraft sales, charter, consulting, and investment. Pen Aviation's vibrant and robust staff has over 30 years of expertise and experience in every area of the aircraft life cycle, especially within the aviation industry. PEN UAS is a Pen Aviation brand for unmanned aerial systems that offers ecosystem solutions to government agencies and the private sector. For companies looking for personalized solutions, PEN UAS is the go-to industrial drone store.

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U.S. Aviation Brokers Add SkyWatch Drone Insurance

Unmanned Aerial | May 08, 2019

SkyWatch.AI, a risk-assessment and insurtech platform for the drone industry, has announced a technological integration with nine U.S. aviation brokers to provide drone insurance on a monthly subscription basis from a dedicated Web portal. The brokers will now offer customers direct access to SkyWatch.AI’s monthly drone insurance plan. The policies are underwritten by Starr Insurance Cos. “After serving thousands of drone pilots with the SkyWatch.AI mobile app, we saw the demand to expand our solution to include even more drone pilots, including those who would like to continue working with their existing brokers. Hence, we’re excited to launch this new development,” says Tomer Kashi, CEO of SkyWatch.AI. Pilots can purchase and manage their insurance directly from SkyWatch Web without downloading SkyWatch.AI’s mobile app. Pilots who already use the mobile app will have their accounts fully synchronized between the SkyWatch.AI mobile app and Web portal.

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