Graham Warwick

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.
CS300 first flight
Bombardier CSeries 300 takes off on first test flight 
In a sign of the increasing maturity of Bombardier’s CSeries airliner, the first test aircraft for the stretched, 135-seat CS300 variant flew for about five hours on its maiden flight from Mirabel, near Montreal, Feb. 27.
A Singular Argument 
Whether they are being spotted on the approach to a busy airport, dropping on to the White House lawn or crashing while carrying drugs in Tijuana, the issues raised by unmanned aircraft arguably are the most controversial in aviation for decades.
US DOT issues proposed rulemaking for small UAS in commercial airspace 
In a first major step to regulate the use of small unmanned aircraft commercially in US airspace, the US Transportation Department announced Feb. 15 a proposed rulemaking.
Bellemare replaces Beaudoin as Bombardier CEO 
Bombardier has unveiled plans to raise new financing as Pierre Beaudoin steps down to be replaced as president and chief executive officer by outsider Alaine Bellemare, until recently head of United Technologies’ Propulsion & Aerospace business.
Bombardier CSeries FTV1
Bombardier completes more CSeries tests toward certification 
Bombardier has completed flutter, cold-weather and passenger-evacuation testing as CSeries flight tests pass the 900-hour mark en route to the 2,400 hours expected to be required for certification of the initial CS100 version.
Bombardier CSeries flight testing gains momentum 
The first Bombardier CSeries airliner returned to flight Nov. 6 after its wing was repaired and engines were modified.
Added Value 
Greg Morris, head of additive manufacturing strategy for GE Aviation, likes to talk about his Angel Trumpet engine. This tiny gas turbine will never power an aircraft, but previews how 3D printing could be applied throughout a future full-size commercial turbofan.
Personal Air Travel 
Rapid developments in electric vehicles and driverless cars have some in aviation wondering whether the long-awaited age of personal air vehicles and on-demand air taxis is finally on the horizon.

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