Graham Warwick

CSeries certification in hand, Bombardier moves to optional performance 
Armed with Transport Canada certification of the initial CSeries variant, the CS100, Bombardier is continuing flight testing to certify optional capabilities and build the aircraft’s maturity ahead of its entry into service with Swiss International Air Lines in the second quarter of 2016.
Bombardier CS300
Bombardier prepares for CSeries production ramp-up, eyes new sales  1
Bombardier has outlined its CSeries production ramp-up schedule, which foresees 250 of the airliners in service by 2020.
FAA’s UAV registration task force moves forward  1
FAA’s unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) registration task force, which began its work Tuesday, has until Nov. 20 to come up with recommendations on how consumers should register small UAS and what products should be excluded.
Bombardier CS100
Quebec government to put $1bn in new Bombardier CSeries partnership  3
The Quebec government will make a $1 billion cash investment in Bombardier that will allow the Montreal manufacturer to take its new CSeries aircraft through certification to full production, Bombardier announced Thursday.
Recreational drone with a commercial aircraft in the background
Congress hears solutions to illegal incursions by UAVs 
Congress is pushing for a simple and quick solution to illegal incursions by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into airspace around airports at a hearing Oct. 7.
FAA to evaluate UAV detection technology 
FAA will evaluate technology to detect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) near airports under a Pathfinder program with developer CACI International.
Lufthansa reports near-miss with unmanned aircraft  2
Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) said air traffic controllers changed landing direction for more than 20 flights into Warsaw Chopin Airport on July 20 after a Lufthansa crew on approach reported a near-miss with an unmanned aircraft.
Russia working on supersonic transport design 
Russia intends to have a prototype small supersonic transport ready for flight tests “as early as 2025,” says TsAGI, the Moscow-based central Aerohydrodynamic Research Institute.
FedEx Express MD-11F
FedEx Express signs biofuel agreement 
FedEx Express has become the latest US airline to sign a long-term offtake agreement for low-carbon biofuels.
United Airlines aircraft in EcoSkies livery
United Airlines invests $30 million for stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy 
United Airlines has invested $30 million for a stake in renewable fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy in a deal that could see the carrier buy 90 million gallons a year of jet fuel made from municipal waste.
Embraer to fly ecoDemonstrator with Boeing 
Boeing will collaborate with Embraer to fly a test bed for environmental technologies in Brazil in 2016, as a follow on the US manufacturer’s series of ecoDemonstrators.
EPA aircraft emissions findings may result in tighter US standards  1
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed findings that aircraft emissions contribute to climate change and endanger public health has launched a regulatory process that could culminate in the US adopting a tighter carbon-dioxide standard for aircraft than those currently under discussion by ICAO.
Waste Watch
Oil may be at $50 a barrel, and staying there for now, but airlines are not ready to abandon ambitions to secure alternative sources of jet fuel.
FAA changes Section 333 process to speed UAS approvals 
With 69 exemptions granted, but 771 petitions still in the queue at the end of March, FAA is moving to streamline its process for approving low-risk commercial unmanned-aircraft operations under Section 333 legislation.
CS100 taxi trials
Bombardier to use additional CSeries test aircraft 
The fifth and final test vehicle for the initial CS100 version of Bombardier’s CSeries airliner has begun flying, but additional aircraft will be used in the test program in a bid to meet the target of certification toward the end of the year.
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