Intelsat | October 27, 2022
Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), announced today that it has been selected to provide high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi to Virgin Australia’s fleet of existing 737NG aircraft and future-delivery 737MAX aircraft. Intelsat’s 2Ku satellite connectivity solution will deliver industry-leading speeds to support video streaming, web browsing, and anything else Virgin’s guests want to do with Wi-Fi-enabled devices onboard their flights. A recent survey of Virgin Australia customers indicated Wi-Fi connectivity was an important part of travel for one in three leisure travellers and almost half of the business passengers.
“We are laser focused on creating great travel experiences for our guests when they fly with Virgin Australia, We also listened to our guests, and overwhelmingly they told us that Wi-Fi was important to them.”
Virgin Australia Group Chief Customer and Digital Officer, Paul Jones.
The popular inflight feature will be complimentary for the airline’s Business Class guests and Beyond and Velocity Platinum members. For all other guests, Wi-Fi access will be available for a nominal fee. We’re going to deliver a streaming-quality, always-on, reliable inflight internet product onboard Virginia Australia’s fleet of 737 aircraft,” said Dave Bijur, SVP of Intelsat Commercial Aviation. “We’re adding 737MAX aircraft for the first time with Virgin Australia, and they’ve made a technology decision that expands our relationship and will delight their guests.The 2Ku antennas that facilitate the IFC system will be installed gradually over 18 months on more than half of the airline’s fleet starting mid-December 2023.
As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s most trusted satellite telecom network. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses, and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is building the future of global communications with the world’s first hybrid, multi-orbit, software-defined 5G network designed for simple, seamless, and secure coverage precisely when and where our customers most need it.
mint air | August 30, 2022
MintAir is building an Advance Air Mobility service in the Republic of Korea and will work with Jaunt Air Mobility to launch commercial passenger air transportation operations in several Korean markets. "The Jaunt Journey's eVTOL design offers the safest air taxi configuration that is operationally efficient, quiet, and sustainable,” quoted Eugene Choi, CEO of MintAir.MintAir Co. LTD ("MintAir") signed a Letter of Intent with Jaunt Air Mobility LLC ("Jaunt") to form a strategic partnership and purchase Jaunt Journey electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. MintAir has agreed to order up to 40 of Jaunt's aircraft to bring air mobility services to the Korean markets. MintAir will serve as Jaunt’s exclusive Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) partner in the Korean market.Jaunt is approaching the design and certification of an eVTOL from a unique market position utilizing Slowed Rotor Compound (SRC) technologies and partnerships with Tier 1 aerospace suppliers. "The Jaunt Journey's aircraft design offers the safest air taxi configuration that is operationally efficient, quiet, and sustainable," says Martin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt. Martin Peryea has more than 40 years of commercial aviation experience certifying rotorcraft. MintAir is building an AAM service in the Republic of Korea and will work with Jaunt to launch commercial passenger air transportation operations in several Korean markets. MintAir intends to launch AAM services with a particular type of eVTOL design, electric rotorcraft with a single main rotor like the Jaunt Journey. Electric rotorcraft provide superior safety through autorotation, energy-saving efficiency, lower operating costs, and a clear path to certification.
"Our mission is to develop the safest Advanced Air Mobility service in both urban and rural environments based on sound ESG management,and “Jaunt Air Mobility is committed to those same principles throughout the aircraft's lifecycle. And we are confident the Jaunt Journey will transport the public with the highest level of safety."
Eugene Choi, CEO of MintAir
"We are pleased to team with MintAir to bring this new form of advanced air transportation to the Korean markets," said Simon Briceno, Chief Commercial Officer for Jaunt. "We are excited to showcase our safe and efficient aircraft to the Korean public."
Jaunt Air Mobility aircraft will be designed and manufactured in Montreal, Canada. President Eric Cote stated, “Canada is a global exporter of aerospace and with customers like MintAir, Jaunt is developing partnerships worldwide.”
MintAir is a startup company building an Advanced Air Mobility Service in South Korea. MintAir's approach is to facilitate an ecosystem of partners to accelerate the adoption of electric flight in Korea. A former global engineering parts manufacturing company, MintAir will take advantage of its global business experience and network to accelerate the development of the Advanced Air Mobility ecosystem in Asia-Pacific markets. Beginning with air taxi operation, MintAir will specialize in electric rotorcraft with a large rotor common in a traditional helicopter. Electric rotorcraft provides superior safety under power loss situations through autorotation, energy saving better hover efficiency, lower operating cost, and a clear path to certification via existing regulations. For more information about the company, visit www.mintair.kr.
Jaunt Air Mobility is a transformative aerospace company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with design and manufacturing located in Montreal, Canada. Jaunt is building the next generation of eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft for faster, quieter, and safer travel over urban areas, moving people and cargo. Jaunt is the global leader in developing Slowed Rotor Compound (SRC) technology. The Jaunt Journey is the world's first electric aircraft combining helicopter and airplane flight capabilities. Jaunt has teamed with Tier 1 aerospace partners to develop the Journey and work with global operators to provide this new form of travel. Jaunt offers the most operationally efficient aircraft with a zero-carbon footprint. Jaunt is a recognized global brand of AIRO Group Holdings, Inc. (“AIRO”). AIRO is a mid-tier aerospace and defense company offering industry-leading technology and services in Electric Air Mobility, Advanced Avionics, Commercial Drones and Training uniquely capable of addressing a broad spectrum of aerospace markets.
FAPA.aero | November 28, 2022
If dreams of getting behind the flight deck are calling, pilot career consulting company Future & Active Pilot Advisors (FAPA) invites individuals to learn more about a rewarding career in aviation. Ideal for aspiring pilots of all ages, including career changers, military personnel, students and their parents, school counselors, and staff, the FAPA Future Pilot Seminar: Building the Pilot Pipeline takes place on Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. sharp at Le Méridien Dania Beach (1825 Griffin Road Dania Beach, FL 33004) near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Starting at 2 p.m. sharp, the FAPA Future Pilot Seminar will feature an informative “How to Launch Your Pilot Career” presentation from FAPA’s Chief Advisor on the aviation industry and touch on the state of the aviation industry to the training required to get started, and the process for building the experience necessary to secure a professional pilot job.
“FAPA wants to be a part of every pilot’s journey to a professional cockpit career, and we have the collective experience to provide guidance. Our Future Pilot Seminar is free for everyone to attend, and we’re here to help,”
Tim Genc, chief advisor and executive editor of FAPA.
Republic Airways’ Lift Academy, L3Harris Airline Academy, Skyborne Airline Academy, Spartan College of Aeronautics, and Wayman Aviation Academy will also be present to discuss their flight training and professional pathway programs and answer questions. School counselors are also encouraged to attend—so they can best guide their students in navigating an interest in flying for a living. As the need for aviation pilots continues to grow, there is also a growing need for guidance and direction for those that may have the desire to become a pilot. That guidance and direction can be found at the Future Pilot Seminar hosted by the FAPA organization. The FAPA seminar is a one-stop shop for providing a future pilot with all the data that is needed to make an informed decision about becoming a pilot. In my opinion, the FAPA Future Pilot seminar is an absolute must for any aspiring pilot,” said Glenn Thompkins, vice president, educational partnerships, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. FAPA strives to assist professional pilots—whether future or active—in landing a successful cockpit career by providing the information and counseling needed at monthly Pilot Job Fairs and Future Pilot Seminar events, which take place around the country, usually on the third Saturday of the month.
ABOUT FUTURE & ACTIVE PILOT ADVISORS (FAPA)
Future & Active Pilot Advisors (FAPA) is a career and financial advisory service for professional pilots at every stage of their career—from school selection to retirement. The company specializes in low-cost and high-quality information and consulting. Through innovative pricing and focused delivery of information that is important to professional pilots, the FAPA brand has been a market leader since 1972. Collectively, the FAPA team has 25 type ratings and logged over 66,000 flight hours. In addition, the team has experience in airline, corporate, cargo, and military aviation, as well as commercial publishing.
H3 Dynamics | November 24, 2022
The future of hydrogen aviation powered by H3 Dynamics’ distributed hydrogen propulsion nacelles has taken flight for the very first time in France. Following the announcement of its hydrogen aviation concept back in 2018, H3 Dynamics managed to become a topic at an Oval Office press conference on the very next day, and started what is now a global hydrogen aviation movement. In November 2021, H3 Dynamics completed its first working hydrogen propulsion nacelle prototype. In July 2022, the first distributed pod system took to the skies on a scaled-down aircraft at “Hub Drones - Systematic” airfield near Paris. The hydrogen flight received clearance from the French civil air authorities (DGAC). H3 Dynamics’ self-contained nacelle approach addresses technical, safety and cost challenges hydrogen aircraft developers could face at some point in the future. It achieves this by placing hydrogen and smaller fuel cells across a series of collaborative propulsion nacelles under the wings. A new 2022 study forecasts the global thrust nacelle market to reach $7 Billion by 2030 highlights H3 Dynamics’ hydrogen solution as a key new opportunity in the sector. Other, higher-visibility hydrogen aircraft proponents will fly larger size aircraft much sooner – but they will do so by converting existing aircraft using fuel cells sourced from the automotive world and storing large amounts of gas or liquid hydrogen inside the main fuselage.
“Not only is safety our first priority, but we don’t want hydrogen competing for revenue-generating airfreight and passenger space,Distributing small systems solves technical headaches, such as thermal management, and increases safety through multiple redundancy.
Taras Wankewycz, Founder/CEO of H3 Dynamics
H3 Dynamics’ 25kg test aircraft is already a breakthrough - with an electric flight range of up to 900km on liquid hydrogen, or 350km with pressurized hydrogen. Its externalized nacelle design also frees up 30L of fuselage volume with no hydrogen nor any powertrain elements inside. H3 Dynamics’ hydrogen propulsion nacelles could potentially become a “snap-on” retrofit for battery-powered unmanned eVTOL or fixed wing cargo drones. Preparing for the arrival of much longer duration unmanned hydrogen flights - H3 Dynamics started to work on airspace safety with world-leading air traffic control companies. It has been building experience with high-volume enterprise data services being deployed in smart cities such as Singapore, and gradually coupling these with drone-agnostic charging stations. By starting at the lower-end boundary of regulatory and certification efforts, H3 Dynamics doesn’t need to wait until 2035 to begin its commercial journey. “We all need to learn today with small commercial applications and gradually increase aircraft size over time together with all stakeholders – most importantly, the regulators. Now H3 Dynamics is already preparing its next steps. It is exploring liquid hydrogen integration as part of a joint-development with ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse launched in 2019. The objective is a historical and symbolic Atlantic crossing on hydrogen electric propulsion in the coming two years. And with airfield experiments feeding its digital twin capability for hydrogen aircraft design, H3 Dynamics is now working on a next generation platform powered by 6 independent hydrogen-electric nacelle systems. The aircraft will feature fast-refueling and will be used as a test bed for H3 Dynamics hydrogen-electric propulsion technology moving forward.
About H3 Dynamics:
H3 Dynamics is on a long-term mission to decarbonize aviation with a unique technology solution around distributed hydrogen-electric propulsion, as well as ground refueling solutions. While the commercial opportunities around passenger-scale hydrogen aviation continue to mature, the company is implementing an incremental product and services roadmap that solves safety, technical, regulatory challenges starting small and simple, adding scale and complexity over time. The company currently has 95 employees and serves clients globally from its 3 regional headquarters in Toulouse, Austin and Singapore. H3 Dynamics is member of the Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation under the European Commission, the Lufthansa Cleantech Hub, Paris Advanced Air Mobility Alliance, and Aerospace Valley in Toulouse.