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FutureFlight - Special Report / Air Traffic Management

Regulators and air traffic management agencies already face a challenge integrating unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into controlled airspace. But now, passenger-carrying electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft are demanding access too, and some of them will be operated autonomously without a pilot. So how will the system cope with what’s being called unmanned traffic management?

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FutureFlight - Special Report / UAM Avionics

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) has become a buzzword in the mainstream transportation industry with high-profile companies such as Uber, Bell and Sikorsky jumping into the fray. Behind the scenes, many component manufacturers are diligently working to solve the problems that naysayers contend will keep UAM from becoming reality for decades, at least at a scale that Uber imagines.

 

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Power Technology

Battery technology is still not adequate for the needs of electric aircraft. Lighter, more capable batteries—or alternatives like fuel cells—will be needed to allow aviation to reduce its carbon footprint. For now, hybrid electric propulsion seems the most viable option for new aircraft developers. 

 

 

 

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AIN‐‐NASA, Lockheed Martin progress toward SST demonstrator

Assembly on the X-50 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) demonstrator continues to progress as Lockheed Martin and NASA prepare to use the X-plane to test public perception of a sonic "thud" that new supersonic designs create.

 

 

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AIN --Cabin germ-shield concepts raise feasibility issues

As several manufacturers aim speed the development of systems to inhibit the spread of Covid‐19 germs between passengers, certification experts harbor doubts about their viability given the stringent requirements regulators impose on any modification to aircraft seating.
 

 

 

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AIN--Random boarding could reduce virus exposure/Cranfield research points to a smaller airline industry

While many airlines have adopted practices such as keeping middle seats open and boarding from back to front in response to the Covid‐19 pandemic, academic research suggests that random boarding might present a better approach to limiting exposure rates.
 

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Boom preps for XB-1 supersonic rollout
Boom Supersonic plans a virtual rollout of its XB-1 supersonic demonstrator on October 7. Powered by three GE J85-15 engines, the XB-1 is a one-third scale version of Boom’s planned Mach 2.2, 55-passenger Overture.
 

 

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Sustainable future boosts case for electric aircraft

The clear damage the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the air travel business has prompted calls for a fundamental re-evaluation of the industry’s business model and potentially advanced the case for “sustainable” solutions such as electric aircraft. 

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FAA reveiew of 737 Max reaches its final stages

As the FAA’s Aircraft Evaluation Group and Boeing test pilots prepared to perform the 737 Max’s July 10 operational suitability flights, anticipation grew over the results of three days of certification flying that ended a week and a half earlier. 
 

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