AEROSPACE

Boom Supersonic Announces Tooling and Automation Supplier for Overture Superfactory

Boom Supersonic | September 29, 2022 | Read time : 02:19 min

Boom Supersonic Announces Tooling and Automation Supplier for Overture Superfactory
Boom Supersonic, the company building the world's fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability, today announced that it has selected Advanced Integration Technology (AIT) as the tooling and automation provider and integrator for the Overture final assembly line. This strategic partnership is an important prerequisite for aircraft production at the Overture Superfactory in Greensboro, North Carolina. Site preparation at the Superfactory is already underway, and groundbreaking is on track for December 2022.Boom's purchase agreement with AIT spans the design, fabrication, and installation of custom tooling for the Overture Superfactory. AIT will provide an end-to-end system for the Superfactory, creating transportation and positioning tools for fuselage assembly, wing assembly, wing-to-fuselage joining, and final assembly. Major hardware provided by AIT will include automated drilling machinery, mobile transport equipment, and setups for positioning and joining setups. Boom is prioritizing design and procurement of long-lead-time sections of the tooling suite, helping to ensure that the Overture program remains on track to enter production in 2024.

"Advanced Integration Technology is a recognized leader in aircraft assembly tooling, and we are excited to be working with them to prepare the Superfactory for Overture production,This order will help ensure that the Superfactory is ready for Overture's manufacturing launch in 2024."

Chris Taylor, Vice President of Manufacturing at Boom

Overture will carry passengers at twice the speed of today's fastest passenger jets. As the company announced in January, 2022, Boom will hire more than 2,400 workers at the Superfactory over the next ten years, and recruiting is already underway. Boom also pledged to create over 200 internships for students in North Carolina universities, community colleges, and trade schools, and the first class of these interns is expected in 2023. We are honored that Boom has selected Advanced Integration Technology to design, produce and integrate Overture's Superfactory final assembly line. AIT is proud to use our industry leading expertise in aerospace production system integration to support Boom's vision of supersonic travel, said Michael Wellham, AIT President and Chief Operating Officer. Last week, Boom announced an offtake agreement with AIR COMPANY to purchase up to 5 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) per year through the duration of Overture flight testing in Greensboro, North Carolina. Boom also recently announced three tier-one suppliers that will contribute to key systems on Overture including Collins Aerospace, Safran Landing Systems, and Eaton. Boom is in advanced supplier conversations for several other major components of the aircraft, and also plans to announce its engine partner later this year. In August, American Airlines placed deposits on 20 Overture aircraft and pre-ordered an additional 40, bringing Overture's order book to $26 billion including orders and options.

About Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic is transforming air travel with Overture, the world's fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability. Serving both civil and government markets, Overture will fly at twice the speed of today's airliners and is designed to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Overture's order book, including purchases and options from American Airlines, United Airlines, and Japan Airlines stands at 130 aircraft. Boom is working with Northrop Grumman for government and defense applications of Overture. Suppliers and partners collaborating with Boom on the Overture program include Collins Aerospace, Eaton, Safran Landing Systems, the United States Air Force, American Express, AIR COMPANY, Climeworks, and AWS.

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Directional Aviation and Alder Fuels Join Forces for First Business Aviation Offtake Partner Agreement for SAF 2.0

Alder Fuels | September 16, 2022

Today, private aviation investment firm Directional Aviation is making a financial investment in Alder Fuels, a clean tech developer and greencrude producer. As part of the agreement, the two companies also will pilot a pioneering blockchain-powered transparency tool to document the production life cycle and industry adoption of low-carbon SAF. The state-of-the-art tool will assist with transparency around the production of SAF and provide robust documentation for compliance with regulatory programs, environment, social and governance (ESG) targets and carbon reduction milestones for the aviation sector.Alder Fuels uses sustainable biomass, such as regenerative grasses, forest residues and agricultural waste products, to create a low-carbon to carbon-negative greencrude that can be converted into SAF using existing bio and petroleum refinery infrastructure. In contrast to first-generation SAF, which was generated primarily from non-scalable supplies of fats, oils and grease, these biomass sources are abundantly available, and, when repurposed, can contribute to soil regeneration and wildfire mitigation. When calculating the fuel production carbon life cycle from field to wingtip across different biomass sources, AGC-derived SAF can achieve greenhouse gas reductions of over 80 percent compared to petroleum jet fuel. The process, which has been validated by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Laboratory (NREL), could even be carbon negative when utilizing regenerative crops. AGC-derived SAF will meet current aviation specifications and is currently in the process of global certification as a 100 percent drop-in replacement for petroleum-based jet fuel. As part of the agreement, Flexjet will become the first business aviation user of this SAF. “Our investment in Alder Fuels and partnership on advancing the use of digital technology to document SAF use is an example of private aviation leading the way on sustainability commitments and identifying solutions to reduce carbon emissions that aid the entire aviation industry,” Kenneth C. Ricci, Principal, Directional Aviation. As we make the transition from fossil to sustainable energy throughout our economy, transparency is critical. It is how we engender trust and integrity to strengthen the adoption curve – and that is exactly what we are working towards at Alder Fuels, said Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Executive Officer and President of Alder Fuels. This partnership will demonstrate exactly how fuel is sourced, developed and deployed – from the sustainable biomass provider to the wingtip. We are thrilled to test and trial the technology against our offtake agreement with Flexjet and are incredibly grateful to Directional Aviation for their financial support and industry leadership.4AIR and Alder will align the use of blockchain technology tools to account for all the emission claims from the use of the SAF, generating the necessary records and transparency for compliance with regulatory frameworks, ESG standards and other sustainability commitments. This application of digital technology for the aviation sector has enormous potential. Public blockchains represent a groundbreaking technological platform for documenting supply chains and recording physical asset ownership. They also can be deployed to help verify and validate the supply chain and emissions outputs of renewable fuels. For example, they can enhance the book-and-claim model of SAF use, a practice where a sustainability claim made by a company or customer is separated from the physical flow of these goods. Our goal at 4AIR is to make sustainability as simple and cost-effective as possible in order to promote its growth, said Kennedy Ricci, 4AIR’s president. The use of blockchain technology to transparently and permanently record the use of sustainable aviation fuel is an innovative application that will help users with regulatory and voluntary compliance and provide greater transparency about SAF’s benefits as a way to reduce climate-changing aircraft carbon emissions. Through this partnership between Directional and Alder Fuels, Flexjet will be the first business aviation offtake partner for AGC, advancing Flexjet towards its goal of having 12 percent of its annual fuel consumption come from SAF by 2030. Flexjet has achieved carbon-neutral flight operations for the past two years, purchasing credits to offset emissions from all flights booked by our aircraft Owners worldwide,said Flexjet Chief Executive Officer Michael Silvestro. However, we have wanted to take the next step, not merely offsetting emissions but actually reducing them directly in our operations by taking tangible steps today. The use of SAF produced with Alder’s cutting edge greencrude will help us achieve this goal, maintaining our leadership on aviation sustainability, and the transparency tool developed by Alder Fuels and 4AIR will serve as a real-world proof of concept. Recognizing the scaling up of SAF is critical to meeting such aggressive climate goals, the White House launched the SAF Grand Challenge,with goals of having 3 billion gallons of SAF produced in the U.S. by 2030, augmenting to 35 billion gallons by 2050. The recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act into law amplifies the U.S. commitment to SAF by providing tax credits for every gallon produced that demonstrates a 50 percent or greater lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reduction relative to petroleum jet fuel. About Directional Aviation Directional Aviation is a private investment firm whose singular focus is private business aviation. Directional’s OneSky Flight portfolio of private jet travel providers includes shared/fractional jet ownership, jet card, membership, on-demand charter and vertical lift providers. Industry leaders representing MRO, private jet remanufacturing, aviation parts distribution and more also make up the Directional family. Directional Aviation is charting the course of private aviation, worldwide. For more information, visit www.directionalaviation.com. About Alder Fuels Alder Fuels is powering the global clean energy transformation and race to net zero through the conversion of natural biomass into low-carbon to carbon-negative Alder Greencrude (AGC). This greencrude can then be converted into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), other low-carbon fuels, and chemicals using existing global refinery equipment and infrastructure. Bryan Sherbacow, Alder Fuels President & CEO, has a proven record for the development and commercial deployment of novel technology, including the world’s first refinery designed to produce renewable jet and military-grade fuels. Alder Fuels is backed by Honeywell UOP, United Ventures, AvFuel, and Boeing and its technology has been validated by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). For more information, visit http://www.alderfuels.com/. About 4AIR 4AIR is an industry pioneer offering sustainability solutions beyond just simple carbon neutrality. Its industry-first framework seeks to address climate impacts of all types and provides a simplified and verifiable path for private aviation industry participants to achieve meaningful aircraft emissions counteraction and reduction. The 4AIR framework offers four levels, each with specific, science-based goals, independently verified results and progressively greater impacts on sustainability that make it easy for private aviation users to pursue sustainability through access to carbon markets, use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, support for new technologies and other strategies

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AZORES AIRLINES, GALP, NESTE AND CARLYLE AVIATION TAKE OFF FOR SATA GROUP'S FIRST FLIGHT WITH SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL

Galp | November 10, 2022

October 24th will go down in Azores Airlines' history as the beginning of a new era, the date of its first-ever flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This milestone is even more significant considering that a few days ago, the SATA Group joined the European Union's Zero Emissions Aviation Alliance, an initiative aimed precisely at decarbonizing the sector by 2050. Azores Airlines' first commercial flight fueled with SAF connected Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, in an Airbus A320 named UNIQUE with registration CS-TKK. The aircraft took off from Lisbon airport at 19H25M local time and landed at Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, at 21H30M local time. The fuel used on this route incorporated 39% renewable origin material known as HEFA (Hydro processed Esters and Fatty Acids), representing a 35% reduction in total CO2 emissions. The preparation and monitoring of this first commercial flight using sustainable aviation fuel involved the energy partners Galp and NESTE, two leading innovators in biofuels and recyclable fuels, and Carlyle Aviation Partners, a commercial aviation investment platform and lessor of the CS-TKK UNIQUE aircraft operated by Azores Airlines. Together with Azores Airlines' technical teams, the partners ensured the feasibility of this operation. SAF offers similar performance to traditional jet fuel and can be used in the same engines as fossil fuel but with a significantly lower carbon footprint. NESTE's SAF is produced from 100% sustainably sourced renewable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste. Positioning itself as a strategic SAF supplier, Galp plans to produce 240.000 tons/year of SAF as part of the transformation of its Sines industrial site into a Green Energy Park. Azores Airlines is happy to contribute to the decarbonization goals that the aviation sector seeks to achieve and is very proud to undertake actions that will guarantee that the Azores Archipelago remains to be a remarkable sustainable tourism destination. About Galp Galp is an energy company committed to the development of efficient and sustainable solutions in its operations and in the integrated offers to its customers that creates simple, flexible, and competitive solutions for the energy or mobility needs of large industries, as well as small and medium-sized businesses and individual consumers. Galp's offer includes various types of energy – from electricity produced from renewable sources to natural gas and liquid fuels. As a producer, the company extracts oil and natural gas from reservoirs located miles below sea level, while also being one of the largest Iberian producers of solar-based electricity. Leaders in its sector in the world's main sustainability indices, Galp contributes to the economic development of the 10 countries it operates and to the social progress of the communities. Galp has 6,360 employees. For more information, visit https://galp.com/pt/ About Neste NESTE creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. NESTE refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. NESTE is a world's leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel and developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste challenge, aiming at helping customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. Read more: https://www.neste.com// About Carlyle Aviation Partners Carlyle Aviation Partners is the commercial aviation investment and servicing arm of Carlyle's $143 billion Global Credit platform. It is a multi-strategy aviation investment manager that seeks to capitalize on its extensive technical knowledge, in-depth industry expertise and long-standing presence in the aviation sector. As of June 30, 2022, it has a team of more than 105 employees and offices in the US, Ireland and Singapore.

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Vita Rescue System Completes U.S. Army Developmental Flight Testing

Vita Inclinata | November 30, 2022

The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) completed developmental flight testing on the Vita Rescue System – Litter Attachment (VRS-LA) for the Product Director (PD) MEDEVAC. The VRS-LA is an anti-rotational device that can be used to increase the effectiveness and safety of MEDEVAC hoist missions. The VRS-LA was tested on both the SKEDCO Basic Rescue System and the Stokes Rescue Litter. Testing was conducted to ensure the device would perform in various operational environments. Completion of the army flight and environmental testing is an important milestone for Vita Inclinata as it moves through the airworthiness certification process. The flight-testing process put the VRS LA through a series of rigorous field tests designed to fully explore the technology's capability. Prior to flight testing, the VRS underwent extensive environmental testing designed to ensure that the system will function under even the most extreme conditions. Up next, for the VRS-LA is the user-evaluation phase. During this phase, the system will be used by soldiers in the field with the express purpose of collecting user feedback and ensuring mission effectiveness. Vita is proud to have completed developmental flight testing and looks forward to continuing our work with the Army testing team at USAARL to ensure this life-saving technology can achieve the mission of bringing soldiers home every time.

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Dominican Republic’s New Flagship Airline Arajet Takes Off

Arajet | September 20, 2022

Arajet, the Dominican Republic's new low-fare airline, officially launched operations in the Caribbean skies, leading the rebirth of the Dominican aviation with a powerful connecting hub in Santo Domingo. Arajet will build a robust route network of 22 destinations in 12 countries in the upcoming months, proudly carrying the Dominican flag, and providing a customer-oriented service across the continent.After two days of successful operations on September 15th and 16th with flights to Barranquilla and Cali in Colombia and to Aruba, Arajet marked its first official flight to San Salvador in El Salvador, in an event hosted by Mr. Luis Abinader, President of the Dominican Republic, and Mrs. Morena Valdez, Minister of Tourism of El Salvador. We celebrate the launch of Arajet as our newest national carrier. Our government will continue supporting Arajet and the overall aeronautical industry to assure its competitiveness and create an air hub that promotes tourism, trade and cultural exchange, and provides an opportunity for all Dominicans abroad to visit their country at affordable prices,” said President Abinader. "Low-Fare business model and designation as a national carrier for the Dominican Republic will attract more tourists, increase connectivity, and offer Dominicans the opportunity to travel at lower fares, aboard new aircraft with the highest standards of safety and distinctive warm Dominican customer service." Víctor Pacheco Méndez, CEO of Arajet We are excited to commence operations and provide Dominicans and all our guests with low fares, world class customer experience and a new growing network from and to Santo Domingo to major cities in The Americas,” expressed Mr. Pacheco. “Our mission is to build services for our guests by utilizing state-of-the art aircraft fleet with the latest technology, to strengthen and facilitate the country’s connection to the world, while promoting domestic tourism internationally. Arajet will continue expanding its operations later this month with the addition of routes to Saint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lima in Peru, Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun in Mexico and Guatemala City in Guatemala. In October, Arajet will add Curaçao, San José in Costa Rica, Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador, Medellín and Bogotá in Colombia as well as destinations in North America. From the perspective of the government of President Nayib Bukele, air connectivity is key to boost tourism, making it easier for travelers to move between countries and discover the wide range of options offered by El Salvador: from the permanent consistency of its surfing waves, its imposing volcanoes, and towns and cities with great historical value,” said Mrs. Morena Valdez, Minister of Tourism of El Salvador. In the next 5 years Arajet plans to transport more than 7 million passengers, generating more than 4,000 direct and close to 40,000 indirect jobs in the region. With Arajet’s launch our country will begin to feel the impact the airline will have in the Dominican Republic. Arajet will contribute to the growth of the tourism industry and attract more visitors from new destinations so we can continue reaching record numbers in tourist arrivals and diversify the nationality of our visitors with fair rates that connect Santo Domingo with the continent. We reaffirm our commitment, assumed jointly with the Tourism Cabinet led by President Abinader, to strengthen public policies related to the tourism and the aeronautical sector to promote its development, said Tourism Minister David Collado. Arajet has already received 5 of 8 direct leases of new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and has a direct order for 20 new Boeing 737 MAX. The carrier will continue to grow and invest in its fleet with 15 additional options to be delivered over the next 5 years. The 737 MAX family of airplanes is well suited to Arajet’s network with the 737-8 enabling profitable new routes and the 737-8-200 providing unrivalled efficiencies,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. “The flexibility of the 737 MAX ensures Arajet can meet its goal of making flying more affordable and accessible across the Caribbean and beyond, with safe, sustainable and reliable service. Arajet enters the market as the newest Low-Cost Carrier in the region, strategically supported by experienced global aviation investors Bain Capital and Griffin Global Asset Management to consolidate as a world-class airline for the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. “By working closely with our investors as well as with our strategic partner and leading global aerospace company Boeing, we are well-positioned for operational success and to provide Dominicans and international visitors with flights at affordable prices that connect the country with key destinations in the American continent and the Caribbean,” added Pacheco. Arajet’s ultra-quiet and fuel-efficient CFM LEAP-1B engines reduce noise pollution and allow the airline to save on operational costs that support low fares so everyone can fly and easily book at Arajet.com We have prepared for years to efficiently and conveniently connect the Dominican Republic with key international markets. We are assuming the responsibility of the rebirth of the Dominican aviation as the new national carrier with an experienced international team that will ensure our operations meet the highest safety standards and customer service for our guests, Mr. Pacheco concluded.

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