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First Airbus helicopter flight with 100% sustainable aviation fuel

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Marignane, 9 November 2021– An Airbus H225 has performed the first ever helicopter flight with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) powering one of the Safran Makila 2 engines. The flight, which took place at the company’s headquarters in Marignane, marks the start of a flight campaign aiming to assess the impact of unblended SAF on the helicopter systems in view of certifying the use of SAF blends that exceed today’s 50% limit.

“While all Airbus helicopters are certified to fly with up to a 50% blend of SAF mixed with kerosene, it is our Company’s ambition to have its helicopters certified to fly with 100% SAF within the decade. Today’s flight is an important first step towards this goal”, said Stefan Thome, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technical Officer, Airbus Helicopters.

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The flight campaign, which follows earlier unblended SAF bench tests performed by Safran Helicopter Engines at its Bordes plant, will provide further understanding of the technical challenges associated with the use of 100% SAF. The H225 test helicopter flew with an unblended SAF derived from used cooking oil, provided by TotalEnergies, which offers a net 90% CO2 reduction compared to regular jet fuel.

“SAF is an important pillar of Airbus Helicopters’ decarbonisation strategy because it provides immediate CO2 reduction with no negative impact on the performance of the helicopter,” Thome added. “I thank our partners Safran Helicopter Engines and TotalEnergies for their important collaboration in making today’s flight a reality. Further cooperation among all industry stakeholders is essential to overcome the challenges associated with implementing SAF widely and to make real progress in reducing the aviation industry’s CO2 emissions”.

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In order to drive the deployment of biofuels, Airbus Helicopters has launched a SAF User Group dedicated to the rotary-wing community. The company has also started using SAF for training and test flights at its French and German sites.

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Japan to Construct Second Passenger Jet Following First’s Setback

Japan to build the 2nd passngers jet after its first one has got failure

The Japanese government is set to collaborate with a private firm to construct a new passenger jet, a project expected to require approximately USD 33 billion. The anticipated outcome of this endeavor could materialize by 2035, aiming to significantly reduce carbon emissions and establish a new standard in eco-friendly aviation.

Japan is strategically focused on developing its passenger aircraft to compete globally, following a previous unsuccessful attempt with the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which failed to gain approval from the FAA and other aviation authorities. After years of research, the decision was made to innovate by revamping the aircraft and introducing a unique hydrogen-powered engine concept.

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While concrete plans are yet to be finalized, discussions revolve around various propulsion technologies, including hybrid electric systems and hydrogen combustion or fuel cell technologies. Notably, hydrogen emerges as a prominent contender, with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) emphasizing the importance of leveraging Japan’s competitive advantage in technological innovation to drive the decarbonization of air transport.

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Numerous aerospace companies are already pioneering hydrogen-powered electric aircraft as a promising solution to combat carbon emissions. Companies such as ZeroAvia and Universal Hydrogen are at the forefront, with projects ranging from small regional planes to larger passenger aircraft, reflecting a concerted effort towards sustainable aviation.

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In parallel, collaborations between budget airlines like EasyJet, engine manufacturers like Rolls-Royce, and industry giants like Airbus underscore the collective commitment towards developing hydrogen-powered aircraft. Airbus, for instance, aims to introduce hydrogen-powered planes into commercial service by 2035.

Despite setbacks like the failed SpaceJet aircraft program, which incurred substantial costs without achieving liftoff, Japan remains undeterred. The country’s new aircraft venture indirectly challenges competitors like China’s COMAC C919, signaling Japan’s determination to carve out a significant presence in the aerospace industry.

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Additionally, Japan’s collaboration with Britain and Italy in developing a sixth-generation fighter jet highlights its pursuit of cutting-edge aviation technology. This advanced fighter jet, featuring Rolls-Royce engines, laser targeting systems, and three-dimensional thrust vectoring engine nozzles, represents a leap forward in military aviation capabilities.

Under an MOU agreement, Japan retains the option to export these fighter jets to allied nations, potentially reshaping the global landscape of military aircraft manufacturing and distribution. With these ambitious projects, Japan aims to assert itself as a leader in both commercial and military aviation, pushing the boundaries of innovation and sustainability in the aerospace sector.

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A New Era in Aviation: German Researchers Build a Plane, Controlled by the Brain

A New Era in Aviation: German Researchers Build a Plane Controlled by the Brain

Unlocking the potential of the human mind, German researchers have achieved an astonishing feat: a plane controlled solely by the power of your thoughts. Imagine taking to the skies without ever touching a control stick, relying instead on the incredible capabilities of your brain. This groundbreaking technology heralds a new era where the boundaries of possibility are redefined, offering the exhilarating opportunity to navigate the skies

In a groundbreaking advancement, a team of researchers from Technische Universität München and TU Berlin in Germany has developed technology enabling planes to be flown using only the power of thoughts. Led by Professor Florian Holzapfel, the scientists have not only achieved this feat but have also demonstrated its remarkable precision.

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Using a flight simulator, seven subjects, including one with no cockpit experience, successfully navigated virtual skies with enough accuracy to pass a flying license test. This achievement marks a significant milestone in aviation technology.

The key to this brain-to-plane communication lies in a cap outfitted with EEG electrodes, which capture signals from the subjects’ brains. These signals are then translated into commands through an algorithm developed by the TU Berlin scientists.

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Tim Fricke, head of the EU-funded project Brainflight, emphasizes the long-term goal of making flying more accessible to a broader range of people. While the prospect of the Average Joe donning an EEG cap and flying a plane may still be distant, the technology holds promise for enhancing flight safety and efficiency.

During tests, pilots managed landing approaches under poor visibility conditions, demonstrating the system’s reliability. Moreover, the technology has the potential to ease the workload of pilots, allowing them more freedom to manage other tasks in the cockpit. Following successful tests, researchers are now exploring how to adapt control systems and flight dynamics to accommodate this innovative control method. With brain control, flying could become more intuitive and less physically demanding, ushering in a new era of aviation safety and accessibility.

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Maeve Aerospace Unveils 80-Seat Hybrid Regional Airliner

Maeve Aerospace Unveils 80-Seat Hybrid Regional Airliner

Maeve Aerospace, a European aircraft developer, has announced the expansion of its operations to Oberpfaffenhofen Airport (Munich) and the introduction of a new hybrid-electric 80-seater aircraft.

This move is intended to accelerate work on the programme. With its regional jet performance and turbo-prop economics, the aircraft is built to support the growth of the regional aviation market in the future by providing a low-carbon, low-energy solution.

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The M80, a hybrid-electric aircraft with 800 nautical miles (1482 km) of range, 40% increased energy efficiency, and no impact on infrastructure, is being developed by Maeve. Maeve has refined the aircraft concept to meet best-in-class requirements in terms of lead time, energy consumption, passenger capacity, and range.

The Maeve M80 is a revolutionary aircraft that combines the efficiency of a turboprop with the performance of a jet. With its newly integrated hybrid propulsion system and clean sheet design, the M80 significantly reduces mission energy and fuel consumption. Because of this, the M80 is the ideal substitute for turboprops and regional jets.

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Maeve has a comprehensive integrated product development plan based on the knowledge and insights gained from multiple aircraft programmes and their industrial ramp-up, with an eye towards Entry-In-Service in 2031. Since a clean-sheet aircraft design like this calls for the greatest team in the business and a quick organisational ramp-up, a number of aviation professionals have joined Maeve for this next development phase. These specialists will work out of Maeve’s new location, which is close to Munich at the Oberpfaffenhofen Airport.

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