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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.
DOT to establish pilot program to shape local UAV regulations 
The airline industry has broadly welcomed US President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a pilot program engaging state and local governments in the development of federal regulations for unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) operations, which seeks to balance local and national concerns.
Supersonic airliner advocates push for new boom standards 
Industry believes supersonic air travel will not return until technology can mute sonic booms sufficiently to allow high-speed flight over land.
CSeries US import duties would rise to 300% in new Commerce proposal 
The US government’s duty on imported Bombardier CSeries airliners would increase to almost 300% after a second ruling issued by the US Commerce Department Friday.
Zunum is looking to begin flight tests of a 12-seat aircraft in 2019.
Boeing, JetBlue-backed Zunum plans 12-seat regional aircraft launch 
US startup Zunum Aero plans to launch a 12-passenger regional airliner with hybrid-electric propulsion with venture-capital backing from Boeing and New York-based JetBlue Airways.
Rendering of CS100 in Delta Air Lines’ livery
Delta faces 220% duty on CSeries after US Commerce subsidy ruling 
The US will impose a duty of almost 220% on Bombardier CSeries imports if a parallel price-dumping investigation finds subsidies on the narrowbody jet ordered by Delta Air Lines in April 2016 threaten to materially damage Boeing. The duty is expected to be in place before deliveries to Delta begin in April.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 20, 2018

Unions imperil Air France's future

Air France unions must realize the damage they are doing to their company, which declared the cost of their strikes through mid-April was €220 million ($272 million). But do they understand how much they are jeopardizing their own futures and those of the other non-striking employees who make up the majority of Air France’s workforce?...More
Apr 18, 2018

Southwest’s ‘LUV’ heart beats through tragedy

It’s not something that any airline wants to be in a position to “get right,” but what Gary Kelly and his team at Southwest Airlines have demonstrated is the textbook way to respond to a disaster....More
Apr 5, 2018

Southwest builds its own kind of international network

Cutting out three hours of travel and eliminating a connection is a real selling point....More
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