Boeing to host a new round of updates on the 737 MAX

Boeing | December 03, 2019

The Boeing Co. this week is sending industry stakeholders to Seattle to provide an update on its work to return the 737 MAX to service. Boeing spokesperson Paul Bergman says the event, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, will provide invited guests with a two-day review of 737 MAX software upgrades, training and the certification process. “This is a further element in our outreach across the industry, with more than 20 global conferences, and a series of briefings and simulator sessions that in all have reached more than 1,600 participants and over 300 organizations,” Bergman said in an emailed response to the WBJ. “The goal is to provide industry stakeholders a firm foundation of knowledge in the technical and training updates for the 737 MAX at the appropriate point in the certification process. The visit will help them understand how the MAX software update and training will prevent an MCAS-related accident from ever happening again and the changes Boeing has made as a result of the accidents.”

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T he unique capabilities of mobile networks can be used to support the safe usage of unmanned aircraft1 (UA), which are becoming increasingly popular with consumers and business users. Today UA are generally connected to a ground control system via limited range communications over unlicensed spectrum. As a result, they tend to be restricted to visual-line-of-sight (VLOS) applications, limiting their usefulness for enterprises in particular.

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T he unique capabilities of mobile networks can be used to support the safe usage of unmanned aircraft1 (UA), which are becoming increasingly popular with consumers and business users. Today UA are generally connected to a ground control system via limited range communications over unlicensed spectrum. As a result, they tend to be restricted to visual-line-of-sight (VLOS) applications, limiting their usefulness for enterprises in particular.

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Velo3D | September 02, 2022

Velo3D, Inc., a leading metal additive manufacturing technology company for mission-critical parts, today announced Hermeus, a company developing hypersonic aircraft for defense and commercial applications, has acquired an original Sapphire and a large-format Sapphire XC that is designed for high-volume production. The printers, both of which will be calibrated for Inconel 718, will be used to build parts for Hermeus’ Chimera engine and Quarterhorse aircraft. “Metal additive manufacturing is a core component of our plan to vertically integrate production,” said Glenn Case, CTO at Hermeus. “As we explore the capabilities of Velo3D’s additive manufacturing technology, we’ll be looking for ways to increase performance, consolidate components, reduce weight of our aircraft, and minimize external dependencies.” Hermeus was founded in 2018 to radically accelerate air travel with hypersonic aircraft. The company is an up-and-coming superstar in the aviation industry with more than $130 million in funding, including a $100 million Series B and contracts with the U.S. Air Force. It also has strong support from NASA and other U.S. government agencies, as well as funding from aerospace innovators like RTX Ventures, the venture capital group of Raytheon Technologies. The Chimera engine is a turbine-based combined cycle engine that will power Hermeus’ first aircraft, Quarterhorse, an autonomous aircraft designed to touch high Mach speeds and prove reusability. Quarterhorse’s first flight is planned for 2023. “Hypersonics is an extremely challenging subset of the aviation industry and at the speeds that Hermeus will achieve, temperature, vibration, and aerodynamics play major factors in the flight of the aircraft “There are not many teams with the deep experience in hypersonics, aviation, and space flight that Hermeus has, and we’re truly honored to provide Sapphire printers to help them achieve their goals. I have no doubt that they will bring their vision to life and make hypersonic commercial flight a reality.” ” Benny Buller, Velo3D CEO and Founder Velo3D’s metal additive manufacturing technology has seen extensive adoption in the hypersonics and NewSpace industries due to its ability to build the complex, mission-critical parts engineers need without compromising design, quality, or performance. Customers can print existing designs without the need to design the parts for additive manufacturing or obtain specialized training. The company’s solution also helps teams iterate on designs more quickly and greatly simplify supply chains. About Velo3D: Velo3D is a metal 3D printing technology company. 3D printing—also known as additive manufacturing (AM)—has a unique ability to improve the way high-value metal parts are built. However, legacy metal AM has been greatly limited in its capabilities since its invention almost 30 years ago. This has prevented the technology from being used to create the most valuable and impactful parts, restricting its use to specific niches where the limitations were acceptable. Velo3D has overcome these limitations so engineers can design and print the parts they want. The company’s solution unlocks a wide breadth of design freedom and enables customers in space exploration, aviation, power generation, energy, and semiconductor to innovate the future in their respective industries. Using Velo3D, these customers can now build mission-critical metal parts that were previously impossible to manufacture. The end-to-end solution includes the Flow print preparation software, the Sapphire family of printers, and the Assure quality control system—all of which are powered by Velo3D’s Intelligent Fusion manufacturing process. The company delivered its first Sapphire system in 2018 and has been a strategic partner to innovators such as SpaceX, Honeywell, Honda, Chromalloy, and Lam Research. Velo3D has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021. For more information, please visit Velo3D.com, or follow the company on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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GlobalX Inks Deal With Eviation for 50 All-Electric Alice Aircraft

Eviation | September 17, 2022

Eviation Aircraft, a manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, today announced that Global Crossing Airlines Group, Inc a Miami-based provider of passenger and cargo charter jets, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) ordering 50 all-electric commuter Alice aircraft. The aircraft will open up new routes for passenger travel in GlobalX's key markets in Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, supporting the airline's plan to adopt carbon-free and sustainable technologies.Alice is a nine-passenger electric aircraft offering a premium passenger experience. The aircraft, built from a clean-sheet design around all-electric propulsion, produces no carbon emissions, significantly reduces noise, and costs a fraction to operate per flight hour compared to light jets or high-end turboprops. Alice is powered by two magni650 electric propulsion units by magniX, which is the global industry leader in flight-proven electric propulsion systems at this scale. GlobalX began passenger operations in August 2021 and operates seven A320 family aircraft serving the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America. It also has 15 A321 freighter aircraft under lease agreements and will commence cargo operations in Q4 2022. Alice will enable GlobalX to introduce new, sustainable flight options for growing markets including Miami, Orlando and the Bahamas. GlobalX expects to take delivery of its initial Alice aircraft in 2027, and is evaluating the cargo aircraft variant of Alice for supporting its cargo customer base. "Charter travel is attractive to both individuals and groups as it offers flexibility, privacy and convenience. Alice represents a pioneering approach to making this type of aviation sustainable for generations to come, We are delighted to enter this agreement with GlobalX, whose investment in zero-emissions flight demonstrates the airline's commitment to cleaner skies, lower operational costs, and the provision of the most innovative options for air travel. Quieter, smoother and with a cabin design that defines the future, the in-flight experience aboard the Alice will offer GlobalX passengers a new way to fly." Eviation President Gregory Davis Eviation's Alice aircraft is setting the standard in sustainable aviation, and we plan to offer the aircraft to our cruise line, tour operators, leisure travel providers, and business clients with a need for short-haul charter flights across Florida," said Ed Wegel, Chair and CEO of GlobalX. "The Alice aircraft will allow us to offer sustainable, regional flights to and from major markets, and is the first step in our initiative to be a zero-carbon emissions airline by 2050. We are proud to be a launch customer for Eviation and lead the charge in bringing carbon-free air travel to our passengers. About Eviation Aircraft Based in Washington State, Eviation Aircraft Inc. develops and manufactures efficient electric aircraft to deliver a competitive and sustainable solution for the regional mobility of people and goods. Its electric propulsion units, high-energy-density batteries, mission-driven energy management, and innovative airframe are designed from the ground up for electric flight. Please visit us at www.eviation.co. About Global Crossing Airlines GlobalX is a US 121 domestic flag and supplemental Airline flying the Airbus A320 family aircraft. GlobalX flies as a passenger ACMI and charter airline serving the US, Caribbean, European and Latin American markets. In 2022, GlobalX will enter ACMI cargo service flying the A321 freighter, subject to DOT and FAA approvals. For more information, please visit www.globalxair.com.

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Delta, Joby Aviation Partner to Pioneer Home-to-Airport Transportation to Customers

Delta Air Lines | October 14, 2022

Delta Air Lines is once again deepening its commitment to transform the future of travel: the airline is embarking on a multi-year, multi-market commercial and operational partnership with Joby Aviation, Inc. , to deliver transformational, sustainable home-to-airport transportation service to Delta customers, beginning in New York and Los Angeles. As part of the first-of-its-kind arrangement, the companies will work together to integrate a Joby-operated service into Delta’s customer-facing channels, providing customers who travel with Delta through New York and Los Angeles the opportunity to reserve a seat for seamless, zero-operating-emission, short-range journeys to and from city airports when booking Delta travel. Delta has made an upfront equity investment of $60 million in Joby, with the opportunity to expand the total investment up to $200 million as the partners achieve substantive milestones on the development and delivery of the service. The partners will work together to create a differentiated, premium experience for Delta customers featuring seamless booking, simplified transit and greater time savings. This will run alongside Joby’s standard airport service in priority markets. The partnership will be mutually exclusive across the U.S. and U.K. for five years following commercial launch, with the potential to extend that period. “Delta always looks forward and embraces opportunities to lead the future, and we’ve found in Joby a partner that shares our pioneering spirit and commitment to delivering innovative, seamless experiences that are better for our customers, their journeys, and our world,This is a groundbreaking opportunity for Delta to deliver a time-saving, uniquely premium home-to-airport solution for customers in key markets we’ve been investing and innovating in for many years.” Delta CEO Ed Bastian Delta has long made strategic investments in unique commercial partnerships that deliver value and drive growth for individual businesses. From investments in companies such as CLEAR and Wheels Up to a worldwide network of alliance partners Delta’s partnerships have played a key role in Delta’s efforts to transform the travel experience. We share Delta’s unwavering commitment to delivering seamless and sustainable journeys to customers, said Joby Founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt. “Their history of innovation, along with their vast operational expertise and leadership on climate change, make them incredible partners for Joby, and it’s an honor to be working alongside them. Joby’s aircraft is designed to fly fast, quiet and sustainable trips in and around cities. The aircraft has flown more than 1,000 test flights, demonstrating its range, speed, altitude and low noise profile. The company was the first eVTOL company to be granted a G-1 (Stage 4) Certification Basis for its aircraft by the FAA and recently received its Part 135 Air Carrier Certification. Delta is differentiating and amplifying the customer experience with premium products, choices and solutions across the journey,” said Allison Ausband, Delta’s E.V.P. and Chief Customer Experience Officer. “Addressing what matters most to our customers is foundational to our focus, and our work with Joby is the latest in a series of ways we’re making the experience of travel more seamless, enjoyable and wait-free. This year alone, Delta unveiled multi-billion-dollar terminal transformations at both New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Los Angeles International, further cementing its commitment to those hubs and creating a more efficient and seamless experience for customers from the moment they arrive at the airport. The airline also continues to invest in digital identity technology in these and other airports, which allows customers to move through the airport using facial matching, eliminating the need to show a boarding pass or government ID and thereby expediting their journeys. 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