All-Electric Alice Airplane Expected To Fly this Summer

Eviation’s Alice all-electric airplane is designed to carry nine passengers. [Courtesy: Eviation]

Eviation’s sleek, all-electric airplane demonstrator–dubbed Alice–reportedly completed a low speed taxi testing program this month at Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO), in Washington, north of Seattle, and is “gearing up” for its first flight “this summer.”

The FlightGlobal report, from the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE 2022) in Geneva, quotes interim CEO Gregory Davis, who said low-speed ground testing finished on May 2, with Alice achieving a maximum speed of 86 kts. High-speed taxi testing won’t be attempted until Alice has received an experimental permit to fly, Davis told FlightGlobal Tuesday.

In April, Eviation told FLYING it was conducting a parallel process of ground testing and safety board reviews. Based on the ground test results—Davis told FlightGlobal that Eviation has slowed down its timeline.

“When we completed the ground-test program, we found some things that we needed to tweak and that’s what we are working on as we prepare the aircraft for first flight,” Davis told FlightGlobal. 

Source: flyingmag.com

Daher’s Aircraft Division

© Jean-Marie Urlacher

Last year’s deliveries were led by 51 TBM very fast turboprop family airplanes in the TBM 940 and TBM 910 versions. In addition to the traditional customer base of TBM pilot-owners, 2021 also saw Daher fulfill the fleet order of four TBM 940s for France’s DGA-EV government-run Flight Test organization.

As in previous years, the majority of TBMs delivered during 2021 were in North America (39 airplanes).  Increased demand from European pilot-owners resulted in eight deliveries: two for France, two in the U.K., one for Germany, and one in the Netherlands, along with one each in two new countries for TBM customers: Cyprus, and Denmark.

The Kodiak 100 Series III’s introduction – the first new version developed since the Kodiak sport and utility aircraft product line was acquired by the Daher Group three years ago – energized 2021 sales with 17 aircraft provided to a mix of corporate/business operators, private owners and special mission customers. North America was the leading market overall for these deliveries.

“We’re proud of these impressive results for Daher’s Aircraft Division in producing and delivering Kodiak and TBM aircraft – which are even more noteworthy considering the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the supply chain, its effects on the economy, and the downturn in international travel,” commented Didier Kayat, the Daher CEO. “The perspectives for 2022 are extremely positive, and it could be the best year ever for our aircraft manufacturing activity.”

Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division, thanked the Kodiak and TBM customers for their confidence during an exceptionally challenging environment.

“These solid business results underscore the attributes of our aircraft as they continue to evolve in meeting customers’ needs – especially in today’s market conditions, where quality, value, efficiency and performance are, more than ever, key deciding points,” Chabbert explained. “This is underscored by our introduction of the numerous enhancements on the Kodiak 100 Series III for improved flight safety, greater cabin comfort and augmented operational capabilities; as well as the HomeSafe™ emergency autoland system’s integration on the TBM 940, which is a general aviation safety game-changer for owners and operators.”

More info: daher.com

Envisat 20-year anniversary

Twenty years ago, on the first of March 2002, ESA launched a new satellite to monitor our planet from space: Envisat. This research mission, which carried 10 instruments, would become a beacon for the development of future Earth observation satellites. In orbit for 10 years, double its projected lifespan, this flagship mission provided science with a wealth of data on the health of our planet and climate change – a treasure trove of data that is still used today. Thanks to the Heritage Space Programme, ESA ensures these precious data are preserved and made accessible for future generations.

This report includes interviews of :

– Simonetta Cheli, Director of Earth Observation, ESA–ESRIN, Frascati, Italy in English, French & Italian

– Henri Laur, Former Envisat Mission Manager, ESA–ESRIN, Frascati, Italy in English & French

Access the related broadcast quality video material.

Source: esa.int

Laser Strikes on Aircraft Pilots

The FAA recently reported that laser strikes reached an all-time high in 2021, with 9,723 reports of such strikes from pilots. This is a 41 percent increase from 2020, when pilots reported 6,852 laser strikes. Indeed, the dangerous trend only keeps climbing year after year, even though the FAA has tried to educate the public on the dangerous effects of shining a laser at an aircraft.

More info: flyingmag.com

Pyramids on the Moon (6)

Source: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Link to the satellite image: https://bit.ly/3tInfEe

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Satellite Clementine: https://bit.ly/3AbqJjI

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Satellite Chandrayan-1: https://bit.ly/3AdPJXW

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Satellite Kaguya: https://bit.ly/3nC9PpC

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Pyramids on the Moon (1)

Pyramids on the Moon (2)

Pyramids on the Moon (3)

Pyramids on the Moon (4)

Pyramids on the Moon (5)

Cheops reveals a rugby ball-shaped exoplanet

Artist impression of planet WASP-103b and its host star

ESA’s exoplanet mission Cheops has revealed that an exoplanet orbiting its host star within a day has a deformed shape more like that of a rugby ball than a sphere. This is the first time that the deformation of an exoplanet has been detected, offering new insights into the internal structure of these star-hugging planets.

Source: European Space Agency

Consortium Flies Hybrid-Electric Airplane Prototypes

The program displayed the Pipistrel Panthera flown in October to demonstrate the prototype hybrid-electric powerplant in a light single-engine airplane.Joze Kovacic-JUICE

Under the guidance of Pipistrel’s Vertical Solutions, a consortium of eight partners in the European Union have concluded a project designed to advance alternative propulsion and regional air transport.

Its name speaks literally to what the project has achieved: MAHEPA (Modular Approach to Hybrid-Electric Propulsion Architecture) brought together DLR-German Aerospace Center, H2Fly GmbH, Compact Dynamics GmbH, Politecnico di Milano, TU Delft, and researchers from University of Ulm and University of Maribor under the umbrella Horizon Europe.

The goal? To address the drive towards zero emissions in transportation sectors, including regional and general aviation.

Together, the team flew two four-seat aircraft carrying the prototype power systems:

  • A Pipistrel Panthera with a single fuselage, traditionally mounted propeller, and retractable gear
  • A H2Fly Hy4 with a dual fuselage and center-mounted propeller and system

The MAHEPA group delivered the report at a meeting at the Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport in Slovenia, where the consortium also had its Pipistrel Panthera demonstrator on display.

More info: flyingmag.com

Floating through the Space Station in 360

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a brief tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, he floats from Node-3 to Europe’s Columbus laboratory.

Immerse yourself in this brief but unique fly through humankind’s orbital outpost.

Follow Thomas: https://blogs.esa.int/exploration/it/category/astronauts/thomas-pesquet/

Access the other Space Station 360 videos

Source: European Space Agency

Joby Aviation Goes Public

By Meg Scarbrough – August 11, 2021

Joby plans to launch its all-electric aircraft in 2024. .Joby Aviation

Air taxi startup Joby Aviation has officially become the first U.S.-based eVTOL company to be publicly traded.

Founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt was at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday to ring the bell, signaling a start of the day’s trading and the company’s launch into the stock market.

“Aviation connects the world in critically important ways but today it does that at the expense of our planet,” Bevirt said Wednesday morning. “By taking Joby public, we have the opportunity to drive a renaissance in aviation, making emissions-free flight a part of everyday life. This is our generation’s moonshot moment, and at Joby we’re proud to be leaning in.”

Joby is now listed as “JOBY” and “JOBY WS.”

This Santa Cruz, California-based company, which launched in 2009, joins the ranks of China-based competitor EHang in the quest to find solutions toward zero-emission aviation. Competitors Lilium and Archer have also announced their own plans to go public in the future.

Wednesday’s listing was made possible through a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Reinvent Technology Partners (RTP). The deal is valued at $6.6 billion.

Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder and co-lead director of RTP, said Wednesday, “We believe Joby is ‘Tesla meets Uber in the air’ and the clear leader in the eVTOL and aerial ridesharing space. We believe Joby is well-positioned with capital to be the first company to certification and commercialization. Closing this business combination accelerates Joby’s roadmap, and we look forward to supporting JoeBen and Joby’s world-class team in executing on their vision.”

Source: flyingmag.com