Adria Airways Becomes Second Airline To Leave Star Alliance In Two Months

Simple Flying | October 04, 2019

Adria Airways Becomes Second Airline To Leave Star Alliance In Two Months
It hasn’t been a great week for Alliances in terms of membership. A week ago we reported that LATAM would be departing the oneworld alliance. Now, the Star Alliance has announced its second airline departure in the space of two months. Adria Airways will be leaving the alliance having filed for bankruptcy earlier this week.

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Alaska Air was celebrating the public launch of a new campaign, Alaska Beyond. Their first need was a static infographic to explain the 3 main components of their flight experience (Beyond Entertainment, Beyond Delicious, Beyond Comfort), but they also needed a deeper dive into how of few of these components work and how they benefit Alaska flyers.

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Urban Aeronautics and Universal Avionics Partner to Enhance Safety of CityHawk

Urban Aeronautics | November 10, 2021

Urban Aeronautics, the Israel-based aerospace company behind CityHawk, the advanced, compact eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle) with a distinct, wingless exterior and patented fully-enclosed Fancraft™ rotor system, today announced a new partnership with Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems company and a leading manufacturer of innovative commercial avionics systems. The innovative partnership will feature Universal Avionics' ClearVision™ Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) solution together with the Aperture™ Advanced Video Management Device on the CityHawk air taxi and EMS vehicles. This combination will enhance aircraft safety through sensor fusion and augmented reality. Universal's technology is an important safety feature for urban flight, especially during takeoff and landing in crowded and confined spaces. This technology partnership provides an unprecedented level of agility for CityHawk's EMS and commercial travel use cases, offering improved weather and traffic handling, heightened night vision, and enhanced landing and ground movement by assisting the CityHawk in adeptly navigating city infrastructures. For more information on the CityHawk's wingless exterior, low noise level, and city-friendly size, visit the Urban Aeronautics site. Universal Avionics will provide a wearable headset for pilots, a sensor package, a sensor fusion and augmented reality platform that, together, will provide a new level of situational awareness and improved decision making for the pilot of a CityHawk. "Our mission at Universal Avionics is to shape the future of aviation by creating commercial avionics solutions that enhance safety and efficiency, and to deliver an outstanding customer experience. We are thrilled to bring our best-in-class technology to the urban air mobility space. We know eVTOLs are the future, and we're happy to have a partner that is both innovative and advanced with this unique technology." - Universal Avionics CEO Dror Yahav. "This partnership is particularly exciting in that it offers the CityHawk and our pilots improved visibility and agility for every ride, whether it be transferring passengers from an office building downtown to an apartment building downtown or evacuating a patient to a hospital. As a pilot for over 25 years, I know firsthand how powerful this technology is, and what a valuable step this partnership is in making urban air mobility a safe and enjoyable reality for both pilots and passengers." - Urban Aeronautics CEO Nimrod Golan-Yanay. This partnership announcement comes as Urban Aeronautics prepares to close its Series A funding round and in the wake of recent partnerships with other leading names in eVTOL and aerospace technology. This includes Urban Aeronautics' research partnership with London-based Skyports to explore requirements for eVTOL infrastructure in the Middle East region, and another partnership between Urban Aeronautics and California-based Hypoint to adapt hydrogen-fuel-cell technology for aviation. About Universal Avionics: Universal Avionics is a leading manufacturer of innovative commercial avionics systems offering retrofit and forward-fit solutions for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. Together with its parent company, Elbit Systems, it is a market leader in Enhanced Flight Vision Systems. Starting with the first ever EVS to be certified for operational credits – EVS-I certified in 2001, Universal and Elbit have delivered nearly 3,000 EVS cameras worldwide for 22 aircraft types. SkyLens is certified today on the ATR 42/72-600 and is starting certification flight testing on a Boeing 737NG. About Urban Aeronautics: Urban Aeronautics is creating the world's first compact, hydrogen-powered eVTOLs designed for repeated use, minimal noise, reduced emissions, and maximum public benefit as air taxis and ambulance services in crowded, urban environments. Headquartered in Israel, Urban Aeronautics' CityHawk air taxis and ambulances have been in development since 2006 and have completed over 300 successful test flights. The CityHawk's car-sized footprint and wingless, enclosed rotor design allow for safe, smooth, unobtrusive takeoff and landing in incredibly compact and crowded spaces. The increased operational efficiency of the Urban Aeronautics technology is designed to complement existing infrastructure and aviation requirements and has the potential to generate exponentially more commercial revenue per day than leading proposed urban aviation solutions.

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Flapper Partners with magniX to Electrify Aviation in Latin America

magniX | November 16, 2021

magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, and Flapper, Latin America's leading on-demand air charter platform, today announced an agreement for Flapper to purchase up to 20 magni650 Electric Propulsion Units (EPUs) for the conversion of Cessna Caravans to electric aircraft, with an expected launch date of 2024. Flapper currently uses Caravan aircraft for its scheduled service in the state of São Paulo, as well as cargo flights across Latin America. By partnering with magniX, the company aims to decrease operating costs, reduce carbon emissions and activate new routes abandoned by regional aviation years ago. In the 1960s, Brazil had more than 260 airports connected by scheduled flights, compared to only roughly 110 today. "We are excited to partner with a company considered the leader in the electric aviation industry. Together, we will work towards promoting clean and cost-effective aviation in Latin America, with safety as our top priority." - Paul Malicki, CEO of Flapper. The propulsion technology offered by magniX has shown a proven capacity to power a range of different aircraft, including the world's most popular turbo-prop, the Cessna Grand Caravan. With high levels of reliability, unparalleled performance and operational practicality, magniX EPUs can work with multiple sources of energy, including batteries and fuel cells. "Our agreement with Flapper paves the way for zero-emission passenger and cargo air transportation across Brazil and Latin America. Through the electrification of the Caravan planes, we are not only providing cleaner transportation, but opening up access to airports no longer in use due to noise from traditional aircraft. Together, our companies are ushering in the new age of electric flight across one of the world's most populated regions." - Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX. As a part of the agreement, Flapper will assist magniX with planning, reviewing, and coordinating all aspects of certification processes, according to the requirements of the local civil aviation authorities. This includes jointly orchestrating the project, providing technical advice and conducting flight tests to show compliance. The Future is Green Flapper has built a proprietary aircraft sourcing inventory and mobile marketplace technology and today counts 270,000 mobile app users and 800 safety-vetted aircraft registered in its fleet. It actively works with numerous Part 135 and Part 121 air carriers on commercializing their fleets under the Flapper-branded passenger experience, which includes full charters and by-the-seat flights. The company aims to neutralize its carbon emissions by 2025, and is actively working with companies, such as magniX, to reduce its carbon footprint. Although business aviation is responsible for just over 0.6% of all CO2 emissions, it is considered strategic in terms of the future application of new technologies focused on reducing carbon footprints. About Flapper Launched in 2016, Flapper is the first on-demand private aviation company in Latin America. Headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and with local offices in key cities in Latin America, the company commercialized scheduled flights in Brazil and boasts more than 800 safety-vetted charter aircraft on its regional marketplace platform. Flapper reports more than 270,000 users of its mobile app and is both ARGUS- and Wyvern-certified. About magniX Headquartered in Everett, WA, magniX is on a mission to lead the commercial aerospace and defense industries by providing high performance, reliable and environmentally friendly propulsion solutions. Developed with proprietary technology, magniX offers a range of revolutionary electric propulsion solutions, including motors and power electronics, which produce zero emissions at lower operating costs.

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EasyJet and Wizz among first to adopt new EASA protocol

EasyJet | June 04, 2020

Aegean Airlines, EasyJet and Wizz Air have become the first carriers to sign up to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s protocol of measures aimed at ensuring the safe restoration of air services. The three airlines have pledged to work with their national authorities to put the recommended measures in place, says EASA. Seven European airports and airport operators have also signed up to the protocol. These include Spain’s AENA, Germany’s Fraport, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Nice in France, Brussels Airport Company, Milan airport’s operator SEA and Athens airport in Greece. “These airlines and airports will lead the way in applying the recommended measures and will share their experiences with us,” states EASA executive director Patrick Ky. “This will help us to reach the ultimate goal of harmonised, health-safe travel across Europe and to destinations beyond.”

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Alaska Air was celebrating the public launch of a new campaign, Alaska Beyond. Their first need was a static infographic to explain the 3 main components of their flight experience (Beyond Entertainment, Beyond Delicious, Beyond Comfort), but they also needed a deeper dive into how of few of these components work and how they benefit Alaska flyers.