Is Your Jet Fuel Vegetarian? Researchers Are Developing a Biofuel Made From Animal Fat

Is Your Jet Fuel Vegetarian? Researchers Are Developing a Biofuel Made From Animal Fat

As aviation continues a historic boom, jet fuel prices continue to rise, and the threats of irreversible climate change loom ever nearer, aviation researchers are looking for sustainable fuel alternatives to increase efficiency and lower the carbon footprint of individual aircraft and the industry as a whole. And sometimes, they find promising solutions in really unexpected places. We’ve heard about a lot of odd materials being used to create biofuels — from algaes and used…

Lockheed Martin Begins Manufacturing, Commits to 3-Year Timeline for X-59 QueSST Low-Boom Demonstrator

Lockheed Martin Begins Manufacturing, Commits to 3-Year Timeline for X-59 QueSST Low-Boom Demonstrator

We’re one step closer to supersonic flight over land, as Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works announced recently that they have begun manufacturing parts for the next NASA X-Plane, the X-59 QueSST (“Quiet Supersonic Transport”) low-boom demonstrator. Lockheed also revealed an updated timeline, committing to delivering the aircraft in late 2021, to begin flight tests in 2022. Even in an industry like aerospace, where innovation is rampant and part of our DNA, it never comes all at once….

The latest on the Boeing NMA

The latest on the Boeing NMA

What is the Boeing NMA? For the uninitiated, Boeing’s NMA – shorthand for New Midsize Aircraft – is their entry into aviation’s growing middle market, designed to fill the gap between the 737 MAX and the 787 Dreamliner, and to compete with the Airbus A320neo and A330. The Boeing NMA was proposed in 2015, after determining that the market was robust enough to support an aircraft program between their narrow-body and wide-body entries. The new…

CORSIA: How Will It Change the Aviation Industry?

CORSIA: How Will It Change the Aviation Industry?

In late June 2018, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a set of standards and recommended practices (SARPs) for implementing the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, more commonly known as CORSIA. (A draft of the SARPs is available here, with finalized language still to come.)   What Is CORSIA? CORSIA is a historic agreement by the ICAO’s 191 member states that sets out a global system for capping net carbon emissions…

The State of Green Aviation – Part 2

The State of Green Aviation – Part 2

This is the second of two posts on green aviation, covering the latest trends and innovations that are making aerospace more sustainable. Read Part 1 here.   What Is Green Aviation? NASA, one of the biggest champions of green aviation, defines it as the pursuit of reductions in noise, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel usage in the field of aviation. While you may not have heard of the term, the aerospace industry spends $15 billion…

The State of Green Aviation – Part 1

The State of Green Aviation – Part 1

This is the first of two posts on green aviation, covering the latest trends and innovations that are making aerospace more sustainable. Read Part 2 here.   What Is Green Aviation? NASA, one of the biggest champions of green aviation, defines it as the pursuit of reductions in noise, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel usage in the field of aviation. While you may not have heard of the term, the aerospace industry spends $15 billion every…

The Technologies Disrupting the Aerospace Industry in 2018

The Technologies Disrupting the Aerospace Industry in 2018

The aerospace industry can be a bit of a contradiction. It is an industry built on (and, indeed, requiring) innovation, yet it can be surprisingly resistant to change. Some of that resistance is well founded, as the standards in aerospace are some of the most stringent and exacting in any industry; and the safety, security and feasibility of any new technology needs to be thoroughly vetted before it can be implemented on a wide scale….

The GDPR and How Your Company Can Comply

The GDPR and How Your Company Can Comply

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a sweeping European Union regulation that was approved in April 2016 and becomes enforceable on May 25, 2018. While it is a European Union regulation, it protects the data privacy of all European citizens, which means that any company throughout the world that is holding or interacting with data from a European citizen is subject to its strictures. These include fines of up to $23.5 million, or 4%…

Checking In on the 2018 Aerospace Industry Outlook

Checking In on the 2018 Aerospace Industry Outlook

With record growth in 2017, the 2018 aerospace industry outlook is strong. But learning what factors are affecting the industry moving forward will help you to target your priorities to align with the most important drivers of growth in 2018 and beyond. This post provides an update on the 2018 aerospace industry outlook, after the four major aircraft manufacturers – Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier – posted their 2018 Q1 earnings reports.   What Made 2017 Such a Great…

How U.S.-China Tariffs Could Affect the Aviation Industry

How U.S.-China Tariffs Could Affect the Aviation Industry

China has responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat of trade tariffs with a list of 106 items of commercial U.S. goods that China will impose a 25 percent tax on if the U.S. tariffs move forward. Included in this list are U.S.-built aircraft, namely Boeing. Fears of how these tariffs may affect the global aviation industry have already driven down stock prices. So, how high are the stakes in this potential trade war? According…

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