Bluetail | September 03, 2021
Bluetail, announced today that the company had recently closed over $2.1M in Series A investment. The successful Venture Capital funding effort was led by Brookstone Venture Capital (formerly Canal Partners), with offices in Arizona and New York.
With its rapid market acceptance of over $1B in aircraft value, Bluetail will now utilize these funds to introduce new products, integrations, grow the team and further enhance its industry-leading array of digital aircraft records scanning, storing, and searching.
"This successful venture capital effort is further proof in the ongoing value that Bluetail's Software-with-a-Service (SwaS) will continue to deliver throughout all segments of private, business, and commercial aircraft and helicopter operations," stated Roberto Guerrieri, Bluetail co-founder.
Stuart Illian, Bluetail's other co-founder added, "We've made amazing progress in the 14 months since we started. This funding will enable us to continue that growth with an array of game-changing new product features, partner integrations, and best-in-class services."
"The recent explosive growth of private and business aviation in the U.S. and around the world has had our attention for the past year," stated Todd Belfer, managing partner at Brookstone. "Take that growth, and add the value benefits that Bluetail's platform brings to aircraft owners and operators, and you can see why we are so confident that now is the right time to invest in the company and private aviation."
About Brookstone Venture Capital
Brookstone, formerly Canal Partners, is a venture capital firm founded in 2008 in Scottsdale, Ariz. that provides strategic capital to highly scalable, growth-oriented companies with market-proven products and services. With extensive track records in launching and scaling multiple businesses, Brookstone aims to form true partnerships with each of our portfolio companies, providing not just the capital but the strategic guidance to empower early-stage companies to reach the next level of growth. For more information, visit Brookstone Venture Capital.
About Bluetail, Inc.
Bluetail is the leading business and private aviation aircraft records SwaS platform built specifically for owners, flight departments, lenders, brokers, MROs and operators. Through its powerful platform that allows aircraft owners to store, search and share data, Bluetail helps them, their staff, and partners to maintain any and all aircraft records and logbooks in one secure, collaborative platform. The solution makes it easy to build and organize logbooks, timelines, manuals, maintenance documents, and even privately share records.
Federal Aviation Administration | May 07, 2020
The Federal Aviation Administration announced the vendors chosen to develop the underlying technology and standards for tracking drones and their pilots as part of a new regulatory regime and marketplace.
In December, the agency issued a proposed rule to establish a system for remotely identifying unmanned aerial vehicles more colloquially known as drones called Remote ID. The rule created a framework for tagging drones with unique radio wave identifiers that are broadcast directly from the drone or over a Wi-Fi internet connection, depending on the method. That unique ID could be picked up by air traffic control towers, law enforcement and the general public to ensure a level of safety and accountability.
DEFENSE AND SPACE
Spirit AeroSystems Inc. | October 18, 2021
Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] held a grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony for its National Defense Prototype Center (NDPC), a joint project with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). This new research center will significantly expand Spirit’s capabilities and production efficiencies in the defense and space market.
NIAR has been a tremendous partner in the development of the National Defense Prototype Center and enabling Wichita as a center for defense growth, The NDPC provides a secure space for high temperature materials testing, as well as development, prototyping and industrialization capabilities to support Spirit’s growth strategy targeting $1 billion of defense revenue by the mid-2020s.
- Duane Hawkins, Spirit AeroSystems executive vice president; president, Defense and Space.
The research center comes soon after Kansas earned its designation as one of 11 Defense Manufacturing Communities by the Department of Defense (DoD). The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program will encourage long-term community investments to strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial ecosystem.
The National Defense Prototype Center encompasses more than 125,000 square feet of manufacturing and lab space with processing and characterization capabilities, including high temperature testing, furnaces for fabricating and processing materials, multi-method non-destructive inspection, robotic automated fiber placement technology and a large autoclave. The center promotes the capacity to sustain broader and maximum throughput capabilities to support a high-priority national defense program.
The more knowledge that can be generated and disseminated about high temperature materials, the more these materials can be used, optimized, and designed for specific objectives. This leads to reliable and safe products that enable the industry to go further, push faster, and break through current design limitations. Not only is this a first for the state of Kansas, but for the nation in terms of testing capacity at these temperatures.
- John Tomblin, Wichita State’s senior vice president for Industry & Defense Programs and NIAR executive director.
The research center is the first of its kind with the ability to attract new aviation, defense, and space programs with a focus on high-temperature materials, such as hypersonic missiles, that can withstand temperatures of 2,500-5,000°F. The NDPC offers distinctive capabilities and research technology that will spur the development of new high temperature materials and ultra-competitive composites.
About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminum and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles. We are leveraging decades of design and manufacturing expertise to be the most innovative and reliable supplier of military aerostructures, and specialty high-temperature materials, enabling warfighters to execute complex, critical missions. Spirit also serves the aftermarket for commercial and business/regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, Malaysia and Morocco.