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US program will monitor responses to sonic booms 
NASA is planning to fly a low-boom supersonic demonstrator over selected areas of the US to collect information on public acceptance of the noise.
Norway conducts first electric-aircraft flight 
Norway has conducted its first electric-aircraft flight under an initiative to electrify domestic aviation by 2040.
Zunum announces launch customer for hybrid-electric regional 
US scheduled charter operator JetSuite, in which JetBlue Airways and Qatar Airways have stakes, is the launch customer for Zunum Aero’s hybrid-electric regional aircraft, which is scheduled for delivery beginning in 2022. The company has options to buy up to 100 aircraft for both its JetSuite private charter and JetSuiteX public charter divisions.
DOT widens drone integration program 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has doubled the number of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) integration projects it will fund after a strong response from organizations that want to participate.
Bombardier accelerates CSeries production, overcomes delays 
Bombardier is picking up the production pace of its CSeries aircraft as the Canadian manufacturer overcomes interior completion delays that followed earlier issues with the availability of Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofan engines and problems with some suppliers.
NASA picks supplier for low-boom supersonic demo aircraft 
NASA has selected Lockheed Martin to build an X-plane to demonstrate that sonic boom noise can be reduced to a level low enough to lift bans on commercial supersonic flight over US land.
Israeli company to develop electric short-range commercial aircraft 
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) plans to develop an electric short-haul commercial aircraft. The company said future electric-powered aircraft will reduce emissions and noise, and provide significant savings in fuel costs.
Cargo UAV
AIA forecasts $150 billion market for large commercial UAVs 
The advent of large, commercial unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) for cargo and passengers is closer than most people believe, and legislators and regulators should begin work now to enable their certification and introduction over the next 20 years, according to a new report by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).
Alice concept
Eviation Aviation picks battery supplier for all-electric regional 
Israeli startup Eviation Aviation has selected South Korea’s Kokam to supply lithium-polymer batteries for its initial Alice all-electric regional aircraft, and hopes to fly a full-scale prototype by early 2019.
Trade Commission sees no Boeing sales losses over CSeries 
Boeing’s price-dumping charges against Bombardier failed because the US International Trade Commission (ITC) could find no evidence that the US manufacture had lost orders or revenue in the two sales campaigns investigated, at Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
Qantas 787 completes transpacific biofuel flight 
A Qantas Boeing 787-9 has flown a transpacific flight using a biofuel blend, landing in Melbourne Jan. 30 after a 15 hour flight from Los Angeles. The General Electric GEnx-powered flight used a 10% blend of biofuel made from carinata.
Rendering of CS100 in Delta Air Lines’ livery
US rejects Boeing price-dumping case against Bombardier 
Boeing’s price-dumping case against Bombardier over the sale of CSeries aircraft to a US airline has been overturned by the US International Trade Commission (ITC), ending the threat of tariffs of almost 300% on CSeries imports into the US.
Bombardier, Embraer debate E190-E2 range in trade dispute 
Bombardier has made a last-ditch attempt to reopen the US investigation into pricing of the CSeries, but may have been misled by reporting on the increased range Embraer is now quoting for the E190-E2.
Cargo air vehicle (CAV) rendering
Boeing HorizonX flies unmanned electric cargo prototype 
Boeing HorizonX, which the manufacturer set up to pursue potentially disruptive ideas inside as well as outside the company, has flown a prototype electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) unmanned cargo aircraft.
FAA collision study: Drones more dangerous than birds 
Drone collisions with aircraft will cause more impact damage than a bird strike of equivalent size and speed, concludes a study conducted for the FAA.
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