Graham Warwick

Japan startup Euglena opens first biojet refinery
Japanese startup Euglena has completed construction of the country’s first demonstration plant for producing renewable jet and diesel fuel. The refinery in Tsurumi, Yokohama, is to begin operation in spring 2019.
Bombardier CRJ family
Bombardier forecasts CRJ profitability in 2020
Bombardier expects its commercial aircraft unit to become profitable in 2020 relying solely on CRJ production after the sale of the Q400 program next year.
Shell, SkyNRG begin providing biofuel at SFO
Fuel supplier Shell Aviation and biofuel distributor SkyNRG have begun providing sustainable aviation fuel to Finnair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) under a long-term collaboration agreement announced in May.
Boeing, SparkCognition launch unmanned airspace management JV
Boeing and artificial-intelligence (AI) startup SparkCognition have launched SkyGrid, a joint venture (JV) that will develop an airspace management platform for unmanned aircraft and urban air mobility (UAM).
2020 launch planned for European hypersonic test glider 
European and international partners are moving toward the launch of an experimental hypersonic glider in 2020 as part of a long-term research program aimed at enabling development of a high-speed civil transport able to fly from Europe to Asia and Australia in under three hours.
Bombardier to sell Q400 turboprop program, cut 5,000 positions 
Bombardier plans to sell the Q400 regional turboprop program to Longview Aviation Capital, parent company of Canada’s Viking Air, which previously acquired the rights to out-of-production de Havilland Canada types.
Wright and easyJet tout progress toward all-electric airliner 
Working with Spanish hybrid-electric light aircraft developer Axter Aerospace, US startup Wright Electric plans to fly a nine-seat demonstrator in 2019 as a step toward an ultimate goal of developing a 186-seat, electric-powered narrowbody airliner.
Volocopter to test eVTOL air taxi in Singapore in 2019 
Autonomous air taxi developer Volocopter will conduct its next set of urban flight tests in Singapore, in the second half of 2019.
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.
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Disturbing Vegas controller recording

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