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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Airbus claimed victory over rival Boeing at the Paris Air Show with orders and commitments totaling 421 aircraft announced through the week, but Boeing’s 331 commercial airplane sales included a far larger number of higher value widebodies....More
The GE Aviation/Pratt & Whitney joint venture Engine Alliance said it remains in contention to power the potential re-engined Airbus A380neo with a comprehensive upgrade to the GP7200, but it noted the timing of such a move is dependent on Airbus....More
ATR has sold 46 aircraft and 35 options in the year to date, valued at $2 billion including options, marking a slowdown on its previous performance due to low fuel prices and adverse dollar exchange rates....More