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June 7, 2021: Fleet Orders Pile Up for Embraer Eve eVTOL
This week, AIN senior editor Charles Alcock discusses the two large fleet orders announced in the past week from Directional Aviation’s One Sky Flight/Halo Aviation and Helisul for Eve Urban Air Mobility eVTOLs. He also addresses whether these commitments legitimize the advanced air mobility market and what effect this might have on other startup OEMs hoping to break into this emerging segment.
May 28, 2021: Why Did Aerion Supersonic Implode?
This week, AIN senior editors Kerry Lynch and Charles Alcock help to dissect why Aerion Supersonic fizzled out last Friday. Kerry delves into what happened, if demand still exists for a supersonic business jet, and what’s next for Aerion—or more accurately, it’s intellectual property. Meanwhile, Charlie gives a look at the current aerospace funding environment and whether investment in eVTOLs is sucking air from longer-term projects such as Aerion.
May 7, 2021: Dassault Unveils 7,500-nm Falcon 10X
This week, AIN editor-in-chief Matt Thurber gives the lowdown on the new Falcon 10X, Dassault’s entry into the ultra-long-range business jet segment. Notably, the $75 million twinjet will be powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engines and have the widest cabin of any purpose-built business jet. With service planned for 2025, the 7,500-nm 10X will compete head-to-head with the Bombardier Global 7500 and Gulfstream G650 and G700.
April 30, 2021: All-electric Bye Aerospace eFlyer 800 Twin Prop
This week, AIN senior editor and FutureFlight editor Charles Alcock give his take on the nine-seat, all-electric eFlyer 800 announced by Bye Aerospace as a more economical and environmentally-friendly alternative to the venerable Beechcraft King Air. He also discusses Bye’s probability of certifying the eFlyer 800 by its 2026 target, as well as the higher-density lithium-sulfur batteries from Oxis that are slated to be employed as the sole power source on the cabin-class twin-prop airplane.
April 27: What It Was Like Attending Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in Pandemic Times
This week, AIN news editor Chad Trautvetter explains what it was like to attend the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, which was the first large-scale, in-person general aviation event to be held since the pandemic took hold 13 months ago. Many people from other show organizers were watching closely to see how things went so that they can prepare to hopefully hold their own events this year.
March 19, 2021: Investment Pours in for eVTOLs, Airfcraft Electrification Making Progress
This week, Charles Alcock, editor of AIN’s FutureFlight, discusses the recent influx of funding into several of the companies developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for advanced air mobility purposes. He also talks about overall progress in these eVTOLs and other electric aircraft under what is now being called Aviation 3.0.