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AVIONS MAUBOUSSIN DEVELOPING HYBRID HYDROGEN AIRCRAFT
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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A 3D Rendering of the Hydrogen Fueled Aleron M1h

.Source: Avion Mauboussin


A 3D Rendering of the Hydrogen Fueled Aleron M1h

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BELFORT, France -- Avions Mauboussi is developing the first generation of hybrid hydrogen-fuelled aircraft. The goal of the project is to allow sustainable inter-city mobility and access to areas currently closed to conventional aircraft through the use of clean and silent short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft and to operate as close as possible to the desired destinations and from reduced infrastructures.

The name Avions Mauboussin is the revival of the aviation brand of the 1930s founded by Pierre Mauboussin. The name Pierre Mauboussin represents the innovative spirit of French aviation. Mauboussin's plans broke the endurance and speed records of the period. The planes were known for their energy efficiency due to improved aerodynamic breakthroughs. David Gallezot, the founder of the new Avions Mauboussin, wanted to revive the brand, as it is synonymous with innovation.

"In 1928 Pierre Mauboussin founded Avions Mauboussin to make aviation accessible to more people; today Avions Mauboussin is being reinvented to bring accessibility to the regions with the sustainable aviation of the 21st century," said Gallezot.

Channeling this innovative spirit to push the company and aviation forward, Avions Mauboussin is pushing the hydrogen technology that modern science has been able to make safe. Hydrogen flight has a history of disaster, due mostly in part to the Hindenburg disaster in the 1930s. As a result, hydrogen has maintained a reputation for danger. It is only in the last decade that hydrogen fuel has become the conversation of aviation innovation. The fuel source allows for cleaner energy in a world desperate for sustainable energy options. This desire for a vision of modernity and energy efficiency has led to the design of Avions Mauboussin's Alérion M1h hybrid STOL twin-seater.

Designed in cooperation with the Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) and industrial partners, the M1h is a light, two-seater with low wings, hybrid drive, designed for the pilot-owner and on-demand mobility markets. The powerplant will initially be hybrid, a combination of electric and thermal, with a total power of 90 kW or 110hp. These specs will enable short takeoff and landing in electric mode, to then switch to combustion mode while cruising, reaching speeds of 250km/h and a range of several hundred kilometers. Early estimates postulate that the aircraft will be able to fly from Belfort to Toulouse in two and a half hours. The hydrogen-powered turbine will enable the electric engine to function and will eliminate harmful emissions from the lack of fossil fuels. The first flight is planned for 2022 in the hybrid version and 2024 for the hydrogen version. The commercialization of the aircraft is scheduled for late 2024.

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SAFRAN TO EQUIP BYE AEROSPACE EFLYER WITH ELECTRIC MOTOR
Monday, November 16, 2020
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The eFlyer2 set to be equipped with the ENGINeUS 100

.Source: Bye Aerospace


The eFlyer2 set to be equipped with the ENGINeUS 100

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DENVER -- All-electric aircraft manufacturer, Bye Aerospace, has partnered with aviation propulsion expert Safran to power its eFlyer2 and eFlyer4 aircraft. Bye Aerospace is currently in the process of FAA-certifying the two-seat, all-electric eFlyer2 for the professional flight training mission and the four-seat eFlyer4 for air-taxi and advanced training uses. According to Bye Aerospace, the primary purpose of the eFlyer is to create an environmentally sustainable aircraft for flight training and recreational purposes. To meet Bye Aerospace's goal of lowering operating costs while also emitting no CO2 emissions and decreasing noise, the company is collaborating with Safran to incorporate the company's ENGINEeUS product line into the eFlyer.

The ENGINeUS product line includes a range of electric motors with power outputs from single-digit to 500 kW. The ENGINeUS 100 product line has been selected to equip the eFlyer2 and eFlyer4, delivering high performance and features a fully integrated motor controller within the machine. The thermal management is provided by an air-cooling system, jointly integrated by Safran and Bye Aerospace into the aircraft structure. Safran has spent the past few years preparing for the growing eVTOL markets and for electric propulsion in general aviation aircraft. As such, the company has positioned itself as the perfect partner for Bye Aerospace, as the company has experience with several partnerships for electric propulsion. Safran has worked with electric aircraft developers Zunum Aero, VoltAero, Bell, and Boeing.

"Bye Aerospace has concluded that Safran’s ENGINeUS 100 smart electric motor is the optimal production solution to meet the requirements of our rigorous FAA and EASA certification schedules for eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4," said George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace. "Our list of future eFlyer purchase agreements, currently at 711 units, continues to grow, and we must continue forward at a high-tempo pace to meet the demands of aviation enthusiasts worldwide who have been waiting years for all-electric airplanes to come to market."

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PNG LNG ADDS H145 FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA OPERATIONS
Monday, November 23, 2020
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.Source: Airbus


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MARIGNANE, France -- ExxonMobil has signed a contract for two Airbus H145 helicopters to support the PNG LNG Project* in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The new H145 model with a five-blade, bearingless main rotor provides a 150kg increase in useful load.

The aircraft will be based at the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant (HGCP) in Hela Province of the PNG Highlands, and will be used to transport personnel and equipment in support of PNG LNG Project operations.

In addition to its reliability and superior economics, the new H145’s "hot and high" performance was critical to its selection for use in an environment requiring routine operations at an altitude of 5,400ft in temperatures up to 35ºC.

The sale is the first by Airbus Helicopters to ExxonMobil and the first order in the oil and gas sector for the new H145 in the Asia Pacific region.

Ben Bridge, Executive Vice President Global Business, for Airbus Helicopters said "It’s an honor to win the confidence of a safety and performance focused customer like ExxonMobil for operations in PNG’s highly demanding operational environment. The new H145 has made a strong start in the market and it’s clear that it has a great future across multiple market segments."

* liquefied natural gas

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