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Electra Flies Solar-Electric Hybrid Research Aircraft

Electra | September 28, 2022 | Read time : 02:01 min

Electra Flies Solar-Electric Hybrid Research Aircraft
Electra.aero, Inc , a next-gen aerospace company with a mission to help decarbonize aviation and open new air transportation markets, announced today that it has completed the first flight of a solar-battery hybrid electric research aircraft. This 90-foot wingspan unmanned aircraft system (UAS) made its first flight from Manassas Regional Airport, Virginia on September 9, 2022, and is the first airplane to emerge from Electra's new development facility there.The new plane, named Dawn One, is part of the Stratospheric Airborne Climate Observatory System (SACOS) program. SACOS is being developed under the leadership of Professor James G. Anderson at Harvard University. The project is supported by a contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and by the Weld Foundation for Scientific and Environmental Development.

"SACOS is designed to innovatively address a broad range of scientific missions and serve as a climate observing system that will herald a new era in the quantitative dissection of the physics, chemistry, and biology controlling critical climate systems. Following the lead of the new National Academy of Sciences report Global Change Research Needs and Opportunities for 2022-2031, SACOS promises to dramatically expand our national climate research capabilities,"

 Professor Anderson.Harvard University

The high-spatial resolution observations from SACOS will provide, for the first time, quantitative forecasts of risk associated with rapidly expanding wildfires, the increasing rate of sea level rise, the intensification of severe storms, and global shifts in arid regions that trigger water shortages.  Moreover, these quantitative forecasts of risk will, in turn, establish the essential intellectual links directly coupling irreversible changes in the climate structure to economics, public policy, and associated societal instability, Professor Anderson explained. The Dawn One project originated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) led by Professors John Hansman and Mark Drela.  Detailed design, construction, and testing of the aircraft were led by Electra. This solar-battery aircraft is part of Electra's ongoing development of reduced and zero-carbon aircraft propulsion technologies, which also include turbine-electric and hydrogen fuel cell-based hybrid systems. The SACOS flight is part of the public celebration of the 2021 Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences, to be presented to Professor Anderson on September 29, 2022 at Harvard. JP (James) Stewart of Electra and Annick DeWald of MIT led the aircraft team that included researchers and students from MIT, Harvard, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Stanford, Tuskegee, Embry Riddle, University of Michigan, San Diego State, and The University of Texas at El Paso.

About Electra
Electra.aero, Inc. is a next-gen aerospace company leading the way in building aircraft for sustainable air transportation. Electra's first commercial product is a clean, hybrid-electric, ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) airplane for urban and regional air mobility. Electra's eSTOL will quietly fly people and cargo with greater payload, longer range, and significantly lower operating costs than comparably sized vertical takeoff alternatives. Electra is based in Virginia and has operations in Massachusetts and Switzerland.

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Garmin GI 275 receives STC for Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 7X

Garmin International | October 18, 2022

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced Supplemental Type Certification (STC) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in the Dassault Falcon 7X business jet.As a replacement for the original secondary flight display (SFD), the primary GI 275 will integrate with the aircraft’s existing systems to be configured as an attitude-direction indicator (ADI) with synthetic vision technology (SVT™). Adding a second GI 275 to the copilot’s side will reduce the flight crew’s workload by providing multifunction display (MFD) capabilities. “We are delighted to collaborate with Dassault Aviation and bring the GI 275 to the Falcon cockpit,The popular GI 275 redefines the capabilities of a standby flight display, and we’re excited that almost 300 aircraft in the Falcon line globally will now have the opportunity to be retrofitted with this integrated and intuitive solution.” Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing Standby flight display Configured as an ADI, the primary GI 275 will display the Falcon’s flight path, in addition to attitude, heading, altitude, airspeed and vertical speed. Localizer, ILS and VOR approach cues will also be displayed. SVT overlays a rich, 3D topographic view of terrain, traffic, obstacles, airport signposts and more. The GI 275 flight instruments will integrate with the existing flight control, inertial navigation, air data and flight management systems offering more redundancy and options than the previous SFD. Backup GPS information can still be displayed on the MFD moving map in the event of a sensor failure. Adding a second display When configured as an MFD, the copilot’s GI 275 will serve multiple roles. Available pages include a dedicated course deviation indicator (CDI), horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and HSI with a moving map. Within the MFD configuration, the moving map can display terrain, obstacles, traffic, airspace information, airways and more. SafeTaxi® airport diagrams display runways, taxiways, fixed based operators (FBOs) and more relative to the aircraft’s location on the airport surface. The GI 275 also allows the crew to select airports and other points of interest on the map to see airspaces with ceilings and floors, frequencies, and airport hot spots with ease. Bluetooth functionality Transferring flight plan information from the Flight Management System (FMS) to an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) is easier with the GI 275 thanks to its Bluetooth® functionality. The GI 275 can be easily connected via internal Bluetooth to provide unidirectional flight plan transfer from the FMS to Garmin Pilot™. Garmin Connext® and Database Concierge1 allow the GI 275 navigation databases to be loaded remotely via the internal 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi® from a tablet or smartphone. The GI 275 in Dassault Falcon 7X is available immediately and can be installed at several of the Dassault MROs around the United States. Downtimes for installation of the GI 275 are approximately one week as the installation is minimally invasive to the instrument panel. More Falcon models from Dassault Aviation and variants are expected to be added in the coming months. Garmin products and services have revolutionized flight and become essential to the lives of pilots and aircraft owners and operators around the world. A leading provider of solutions to general aviation, business aviation, rotorcraft, advanced air mobility, government and defense, and commercial air carrier customers, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate. Recipient of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy for Garmin Autoland, Garmin developed the world’s first certified autonomous system that activates during an emergency to control and land an aircraft without human intervention. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual Newsroom, email our press team, connect with @garminaviation on social media, or follow our adventures at garmin.com/blog. About Garmin International, Inc. Garmin International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, SafeTaxi and Connext are registered trademarks and SVT and Garmin Pilot are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Garmin is under license. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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LeaseWorks Advances Novus Aviation Capital’s Digital Transformation

Novus Aviation Capital | September 21, 2022

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Ascent Aerospace to Exhibit at IMTS in September

Ascent Aerospace | September 05, 2022

Ascent Aerospace, a leading provider of aerospace tooling systems, factory automation and integration services, will be an exhibitor at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, IL at McCormick Place from September 12-17, 2022. As the largest show in the Western hemisphere, and this year being co-located with Hannover Messe, it will be the event of the year with over 2,000 booths and 9 application focused pavilions to cater to each and every industry need. This year at IMTS, Ascent will be showcasing a parallel kinematic machine (PKM) that has extreme accuracy, flexible mounting options and is customizable to meet specific machining applications for any industry. As an expert in automated solutions and factory integration, Ascent Aerospace can incorporate robots, like this PKM, into new or existing systems to meet specific customer needs and industry requirements. With unmatched expertise, Ascent creates flexible and scalable applications to propel production for customers in the right direction to reduce cycle times or recurring costs while increasing overall quality and a safer work environment for all. About Ascent Aerospace Ascent Aerospace is a world renowned, single-source provider of turnkey production and automated assembly systems for the aerospace, defense and space industries. Our unique offering consists of a variety of products and solutions to resolve challenging aerostructure assembly requirements, from wing components and fuselage structures to final assembly lines. As the industry's largest tooling and automation group, Ascent produces a full suite of composite tooling, including layup molds, mandrels, bond tools, and trim and drill fixtures, including the largest Invar molds ever made for aerospace. In addition, Ascent offers automated, high-precision drilling and fastening systems, having installed more than 2,200 systems globally. As an assembly line integrator, Ascent works with airframers to develop their project and see it through from process design and engineering through build and installation, to ensure it is an efficient and cost-effective solution. This strategy has allowed Ascent Aerospace to develop long-term, strategic alliances with the world's foremost manufacturers in the commercial aerospace, business aviation, defense, space launch and satellite industries.

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Archer Enters Into Agreement for Garmin to Supply Key Avionic Systems for Archer’s Production Aircraft, Midnight™

Archer Aviation Inc | November 16, 2022

Archer Aviation Inc. , a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and Garmin , a leading provider of aviation technologies and solutions, today announced they have entered into an agreement for Garmin to supply the G3000® integrated flight deck for Midnight. The Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck offers an ideal solution for the Midnight cockpit. The compact and lightweight system offers both an extensive certification pedigree and the configurability needed for Archer to bring its aircraft to market. The large format displays and intuitive controls will provide pilots with the situational awareness needed to operate Midnight. The extensive reach of Garmin avionics will make the Midnight aircraft familiar to a large swath of pilots. Part of Archer’s commercialization strategy is to focus its in-house development on only the key enabling technologies that cannot be sourced from the existing aerospace supply base. The Garmin relationship further advances Archer’s approach of establishing strategic relationships for supply of components already being used on certified aircraft today. Archer now has more than 64% of our suppliers for Midnight’s bill-of-materials selected. “By aligning Archer’s product sourcing needs with the experience and capabilities of well-established leaders in the aviation industry, we can help reduce our certification risk, as well as development timelines and costs, We’re excited to be adding Garmin to our growing base of world-class suppliers as we pave the way towards commercialization.” Adam Goldstein, Archer’s CEO We are proud of this strategic relationship with Archer Aviation to provide the advanced Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck for their new Midnight aircraft,” said Phil Straub, Garmin Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Aviation. “It is an honor to be selected and trusted by Archer and we are confident the G3000 will help them to provide advanced and efficient air taxi services for years to come. Garmin maintains an exceptional reputation for delivering high-quality avionic technologies to general aviation, business aviation, rotorcraft, advanced air mobility, government and defense, and commercial air carrier customers. Their extensive experience in the aviation space and demonstrated ability to reliably source flight deck avionic systems was a significant factor in Archer’s decision to enter into this relationship. About Archer Archer is designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for use in urban air mobility networks. Archer’s mission is to unlock the skies, freeing everyone to reimagine how they move and spend time. Archer's team is based in Santa Clara, CA. To learn more, visit www.archer.com. About Garmin International, Inc. Garmin International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin and G3000 are registered trademarks.

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Predicting the future has long been a dream for mankind. After all, who wouldn’t want to know the winner of the race before the start? In the more exotic manifestations of this desire, people have used tea leaves, various cards and even chicken bones to try to tap into the unseen forces impelling us to the future.

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