Aerospace

News and issues relating to the aerospace industry that are related to the science, engineering and business of flight in space involving civil, industrial and military applications, and similar topics related to flight in the atmosphere of the Earth that are not covered more directly by other AINonline subject channels. In other words, both astronautical and aeronautical subjects, except for those aeronautical topics that are specifically covered elsewhere on this website.

Engines

GE Aerospace Expands Scope of Artificial Intelligence Support

AI enhances engine inspection processes and predictive maintenance
GE Aerospace robot inspection
Aircraft

Embraer Consigns Failed Boeing Merger to a Distant Memory

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer meets competitive challenges with diverse list of programs
Embraer CEO Francisco Gomes Neto addresses reporters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
Environment

Chasing Net Zero Carbon, Aerospace Manufacturing Gets Greener

Energy, water, and waste reduction processes have become part of the industry’s operations
Safran employees working on engine integration for LEAP-1A turbofan powerplants
Regulations and Government

Legal Expert: Chevron Rule Brings 'Enormous Implications' for Industry

Jetlaw's Mentzer sees more legal challenges, slower regulation with Supreme Court decision
Court Gavel (Photo: Pixabay)
Aircraft

Farnborough Airshow is Steeped in Aviation History

With its roots dating back to 1920, the UK show has highlighed a century of aviation advances
Bristol Brabazon landing in 1949 at Farnborough Airshow
Training and Workforce

Aerospace and Defense Firms Face Stiff Competition For Talent

Companies must try harder to retain and recruit the talent they need
A Thales site in France. Employees are discussing eco-friendly ATM trajectories
Environment

Major SAF Plant Goes to Full Capacity, Others Ponder

Phillips 66 Rodeo Facility now produces 50,000 barrels a day of renewable fuel
Technician at Phillips 66's Rodeo biofuel facility
Environment

EASA Establishes SAF Clearinghouse

Move follows a similar effort in the UK in April
a jug of experimental sustainable aviation fuel
Training and Workforce

People in Aviation

Jennifer Homendy confirmed for three more years as chair of the NTSB
People in Aviation - July 2024 headshots
Environment

SAF Coalition Adds 10 New Members

Founded in April, the group now lists more than 50 participants
SAF Tankers loading
Aircraft

Leonardo To Assemble AW609 at Grottaglie Facility

The company is suspending production of airliner fuselages for Boeing for four months
Leonardo's Grottaglie production line for Boeing 787 airline fuselages
Environment

DAWN Rises on World's First Solar-powered Fuel Refinery

The initial pilot plant will demonstrate the technology on an industrial scale
Synhelion's DAWN solar fuel plant
Environment

Alder Renewables Opens SAF Lab in Colorado

Facility will work out any hurdles in the process ahead of full-scale production
Alder Renewables new lab in Boulder, Colo.
Environment

Former Alder Fuels CEO Gets Prison Sentence

Bryan Sherbacow embezzled nearly $6 million from the company he founded
Alder Renewables founder and former CEO Bryan Sherbacow
Environment

IATA: Industry on Track To Triple SAF Output in 2024

The global SAF Output in 2024 will equal less than one percent of jet fuel usage
Phillips 66 San Francisco area renewable fuels refinery
Training and Workforce

People in Aviation

People in Aviation - April
People in Aviation - June 2024 headshots
Aircraft

NASA Completes Initial Review Toward X-59 Supersonic Flight

Flight Readiness Review board analysis is a key step toward the X-59 flight
NASA X-59 supersonic demonstrator on ramp at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
Engines

Hermeus Begins Engine Testing for Quarterhorse Mk 2

Quarterhorse Mk 2 will fly at Mach 2.5 ahead of the Mach 4 Mk 3 Prototype
Hermeus preecooler testing with Pratt & Whitney F100 engine
Engines

Pittsburgh International Plans On-field Alternative Jet Fuel Plant

The $1.5 billion project could produce up to 70 million gallons of SAF a year
Pittsburgh International Airport
ATC

Collins Debuts Surface Air Traffic Management System

The new product tracks the movements of aircraft and ground equipment in real time
Screenshot of Collins Airport Surface Awareness System
Aircraft

Bombardier Inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

The U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame recognized Bombardier's contributions to transportation technology
Joseph Armand Bombardier
Maintenance and Modifications

Safran Signs Helicopter Engine Support Contracts with GDAT

Contracts cover in-service support and MRO for 140 Arrano 1A and Makila 2A1 engines
Safran techs inspect a Makila engine set to power its fleet of Airbus H225
Aircraft

Aviation Pioneer Dick Rutan Flies West

Rutan flew 325 combat missions during the Vietnam War
Dick Rutan, Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Air Force 'Misty Four-Zero' fighter pilot
Training and Workforce

People in Aviation

Downey becomes CEO of EBCO and Dina Green is promoted to NBAA chief of staff
People in Aviation - May 2024 headshots
Maintenance and Modifications

Aviation Maintenance Business Embraces Tech Advances

Efforts toward digitalization vital to creating efficiencies and ensuring safety
Pratt & Whitey Cobot photographing a GTF engine
Environment

New SAF Tax Incentive Guidelines Add Strings to Ethanol Feedstock Use

Under the new GREET model, corn and soy crops will require smart farming practices
Corn field
ATC

Canada ADS-B Expansion Prompts Update Notice

On May 24, ADS-B is scheduled to include Canada’s Class B domestic airspace
Canadian flag and sky
Maintenance and Modifications

Safran Inks Support Contract with DRF Luftrettung

Nonprofit operates 32 bases at 30 locations in Germany
Safran Arriel 2 turboshaft engine
Environment

Honeywell Improves SAF Production Technology

Changes could result in improved output and reduced costs
Environment

UK Launches Clearing House To Assist in SAF Certification

The program will work with its U.S. and EU counterparts to provide advice and funding
SAF researcher