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The eFlyer 2 taxis at Centennial Airport in Colorado on July 30. Bye Aerospace.

Most folks are quickly gaining familiarity with lithium-ion batteries as they play an ever-increasing part in our lives. However, when it comes to delivering power for an airplane, where weight is critical, they reach a limit to their utility.


That’s why George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, is excited to share the company’s latest partnership with OXIS Energy. OXIS, based in Abingdon, England, has been developing a different type of battery technology, using lithium-sulfur (Li-S) cells for the storage of energy. The cells stand to achieve a higher energy density than commensurate lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells—which translates into lower weight. “Energy density is almost twice what we have in the most current, modern lithium-ion battery,” as Bye shared with Flying magazine.


Bye Aerospace will work with OXIS to “get the battery out of the lab and onto the airplane.” He estimates that they will spend about a year or a year-and-a-half of testing and development to take the already mature technology into an operational place. The four-seat eFlyer 4 is the initial target for the new battery system, followed by future larger aircraft projects suitable for air taxi operations. While the eFlyer 2 is focused on the training market, with a 3-hour endurance and range enough for the cross-country flights towards the private pilot certificate, the eFlyer 4 aims at flying longer. In its current state of development, it’s projected to fly 200 to 300 nm, or for roughly 4 hours. With the Li-S technology, Bye sees a potential for a 7- or even 8-hour endurance. “If true,” says Bye, “it’s a gigantic technical advantage,” and will help the airplane reach its full market potential.


The eFlyer 2 will stay on course with its current development plan, agreements, and supply chain, according to a company release.


Source: flyingmag.com


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Gulfstream Aerospace delivered its first G600 business jet to a U.S. customer from its facility in Savannah, Georgia, on August 8, 2019. The initial delivery marks an important milestone for the program, just one month after the FAA granted the aircraft’s type and production certification, on June 28.

Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream, called out this team effort dedicated to making the ambitious timeline in his remarks. “We always strive to exceed our customers’ expectations, and our first G600 delivery is a prime example of that,” said Burns in a company release. “The effort put forth by our team enabled this award-winning, technologically advanced aircraft to move from certified to delivered in an extremely short period of time.”

With the ability to travel at an average speed of Mach 0.90 from Paris to Los Angeles, in an award-winning interior, the Gulfstream G600 has already established itself as true top contender in both speed and luxury. In fact, it has notched more than 10 city-pair speed records. The aircraft logged more than 100,000 flight hours in company labs—more than half of that logged in the program before its first flight—and more than 3,200 hours in flight test prior to its entry into service.


Web: flyingmag.com

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The HondaJet Elite is a new version of the popular light jet that entered the market last year.Honda Aircraft Co.

The HondaJet Elite has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as deliveries in the country are set to begin later this year through HondaJet dealer Honsan General Aviation Co., Ltd.


More info:  flyingmag.com/hondajet-elite-certified-in-china

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The FAA and EASA have given the green light for affected Citations to resume service after the adoption of a service bulletin.


After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June in the wake of an emergency airworthiness directive issued by the FAA and EASA this past spring, Tamarack Aerospace Group says it is again installing its Atlas active winglets on Cessna Citations.

The move follows a decision by safety regulators in the U.S. and Europe to again allow jets with Tamarack active winglets to resume flying after a number of incidents prompted the grounding of those jets.


Tamarack’s active winglets came under scrutiny following a number of inflight upset incidents in which Citation pilots struggled to maintain control of the aircraft. The issue has since been resolved through a service bulletin, and the FAA and EASA have given the go-ahead for Atlas-equipped airplanes to resume flying.


The winglets promise to improve range, speed and fuel efficiency for the Citation-series jets at a low installed weight, the Sandpoint, Idaho, company says. To make the improvements without adding weight, Tamarack used active load-alleviation tabs (Tamarack Active Camber Surfaces or TACS) located on the wing outboard of the ailerons.



Source: flyingmag.com

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JustPlanes returns to San Francisco International Airport for its 6th film and probably the best one yet with some amazing runway action as you will see from this short video. SFO never disappoints and the new airlines and aircraft are a lovely bonus as well. Here some of the best and coolest moments from our new 4 hour 2019 film.

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Texas Aircraft Manufacturing already at work on an eAircraft.Rob Mark


Texas Aircraft Manufacturing showed off its certified Colt S-LSA for the first time at this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh. As if that weren’t enough of a success, the Hondo-Texas company also announced it’s working closely with Siemens eAircraft to create an electric version of the new light-sport aircraft. Siemens was recently acquired by Rolls-Royce, so the new alliance could mean great things down the road for both companies.


Siemens SP55D electric motor installed into the Colt S-LSA.Rob Mark


Colt’s founding partner Matheus Grande said, “The availability to offer a version of our new Colt LSA powered by a new-generation Siemens eAircraft electric motor will give both private owners and flight schools the option of having an airplane that’s not only fun to fly but will also be extremely environmentally friendly.” Present plans call for Colt to install a Siemens SP55D electric motor that Grande says will give the eAircraft performance that’s essentially the same as the Rotax-powered aircraft.


In addition to the SP55D, Siemens eAircraft will provide the system’s inverter and auxiliary control components. The SP55D direct-drive motor produces a maximum takeoff power with a two-minute limit of 72kW at 3,000 rpm. An engineering prototype of the Siemens eAircraft SP55D motor mounted on a Colt airframe is on display at the Texas Aircraft exhibit booths 355, 356, 361 and 362.


Web: flyingmag.com

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Robots can land on the Moon and drive on Mars, but what about the places they can’t reach? Designed by engineers as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, a four-limbed robot named LEMUR (Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot) can scale rock walls, gripping with hundreds of tiny fishhooks in each of its 16 fingers and using artificial intelligence to find its way around obstacles. In its last field test in Death Valley, California, in early 2019, LEMUR chose a route up a cliff, scanning the rock for ancient fossils from the sea that once filled the area.

The LEMUR project has since concluded, but it helped lead to a new generation of walking, climbing and crawling robots. In future missions to Mars or icy moons, robots with AI and climbing technology derived from LEMUR could discover similar signs of life. Those robots are being developed now, honing technology that may one day be part of future missions to distant worlds.

Read more: https://go.nasa.gov/2SaMjyT

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