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HYUNDAI CREATES SUPERNAL FOR AIR TAXI OPERATION
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
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WASHINGTON -- Hyundai has taken its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft sector and spun it off into a separate business. The new company, Supernal, expects its aircraft to enter service in 2028. This is a few years behind other eVTOL developers aiming for 2026 and the more ambitious companies such as Joby Aviation aiming for a 2024 launch.

Supernal has stated that it will not begin the certification until 2024, gaining benefits from delaying its eVTOL launch. This delay allows Supernal to take note of how the market is or is not growing, learning from the mistakes of its competitors while also waiting for the ability to operate autonomously. Supernal has stated its aircraft will be autonomous-capable from day one, meaning that a later launch could remove the need for piloted versions of the aircraft entirely if the legislation goes in favor of pilot-free flight.

The company also has the potential to take advantage of ever-evolving hydrogen fuel cell technologies. Nations like South Korea and Japan are working towards building a hydrogen economy, meaning Supernal's interest in hydrogen powertrains could pay off while it bides its time before launch.

Source:  New Atlas
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BEECHCRAFT DENALI ENTERS FLIGHT TEST PHASE WITH LANDMARK FIRST FLIGHT
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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.Source: Textron Aviation


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WICHITA, Kan. -- Textron Aviation announced its new single-engine turboprop, the Beechcraft Denali, took to the skies for the first time. The milestone first flight is a major step for the clean-sheet design aircraft and begins the important flight test program that substantiates the segment-leading performance expected of the Denali.

The Beechcraft Denali is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company.

“Today’s landmark flight is not only a significant occasion for the Denali, it’s a truly great moment for our employees, our suppliers and the customers who will be flying this aircraft,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “With its more environmentally friendly engine and largest cabin in its class, this is an aircraft that will change the landscape for high-performance single-engine turboprop aircraft. Today’s flight is just the beginning for what we anticipate will be a long list of important accomplishments as we prepare the aircraft for certification and customer deliveries.”

Piloted by senior test pilot Peter Gracey and chief test pilot Dustin Smisor, the Beechcraft Denali prototype aircraft, powered by GE Aviation’s new Catalyst engine, took off at approximately 8:20 a.m. from the company’s west campus at Eisenhower International Airport. During the 2-hour and 50-minute flight, the team tested the aircraft’s performance, stability and control, as well as its propulsion, environmental, flight controls and avionics systems. The aircraft reached an altitude of 15,600 feet and attained speeds of 180 knots.

The Denali is the first aircraft powered with GE’s Catalyst engine, a more sustainable engine that burns up to 20 percent less fuel than older turboprop technologies. Like the company’s other aircraft, the Denali can also use sustainable aviation fuel. The FADEC-equipped, 1,300 shaft horsepower (SHP)-rated turboprop engine eases pilot workload with its single-lever power and propeller control.

The Denali prototype aircraft, along with two additional flight test articles and three full airframe ground test articles, will continue to expand on operational goals, focusing on testing aircraft systems, engine, avionics and overall performance. The company is targeting certification for the Denali in 2023.

Source:  Textron Aviation
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EMBRAER AND THE NETHERLANDS AEROSPACE CENTRE SIGN A MOU FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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AMSTERDAM -- Embraer and the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Center (Royal NLR) have signed a mmorandum of uderstanding for a potential strategic collaboration relating to aerospace research. The research areas include technology development and innovation in defense and space systems, general aviation, MRO, air mobility, and sustainability.

The MoU also brings together the possibility to extend and increase long-term relations between Embraer and Royal NLR during the design and development of Embraer products, such as the E-Jets family and recent E2 models, the legacy family of executive jets and the KC-390 Millennium multi-mission aircraft, and programs. In this context, the two companies are already discussing potential opportunities related to automated maintenance procedures.

In the last two decades, Embraer and Royal NLR have been working in close collaboration in research and development in such areas as new materials, flight-deck technology, system development, and aerodynamics applied in the company's leading-edge products including wind tunnel tests and advanced aero-elastic wind tunnel models.

Embraer and Royal NLR are both members of The Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG). This MoU is a further development of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Embraer and NAG in September 2021 to discuss potential strategic relationships in the fields of aviation and sustainability.

Source:  embraer.com/
Associated URL: www.nlr.org

 

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