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Supersonic amendment on FAA bill hailed as breakthrough 
FAA reauthorization legislation agreed by US House and Senate committee leaders on noise standards for civil supersonic aircraft has been lauded by a Colorado startup that is developing a 55-seat, Mach 2.2 airliner.
United Airlines Boeing 787
United 787 to make SFO-Zurich biofuel flight 
A United Airlines Boeing 787 will fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Zurich on Sept. 14-15 powered by a blend of biojet fuel derived from carinata, an oilseed crop that can be grown in rotation with food crops.
Post CSeries deal, Bombardier Commercial eyes return to profitability 
Now that Airbus has taken control of the CSeries program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (BCA) said it will focus on returning to profitability by reducing the cost structure for its regional airliners, increasing production volume and growing aftermarket revenue, Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare told analysts on the company’s Aug. 2 second-quarter results call.
Boeing creates future travel organization 
Boeing is standing up an organization to leverage its research into autonomous flight and advanced propulsion and explore new transportation markets.
Report raises questions on supersonic environmental effects 
As the US and Europe diverge over regulations for future supersonic transports (SST), a report by an environmental research group suggests such aircraft would dramatically increase carbon emissions, airport noise and fuel burn compared with subsonic airliners.
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.
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