Innovations
A new world of mixed reality is emerging and SITA Lab, the research arm of air transport IT provider SITA, is exploring its potential for airlines and airports. Today it released early results of research carried out with Helsinki Airport using Microsoft HoloLens to analyze and manage airport operations in a mixed reality environment.
Clear Flight Solutions (CFS) and AERIUM Analytics have announced that the two companies will be focusing on safely integrating unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology at Edmonton International Airport (EIA), making it the first ever airport in the world to integrate a full suite of UAS services into their daily operations.
Embraer announced today an agreement with Uber to explore the concept of an ecosystem – dubbed Uber Elevate Network – that will allow the potential development and deployment of small electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) for short urban commutes. The announcement was made in Dallas, Tex., in the opening session of the Uber Elevate Summit.
Aeryon Labs Inc. has announced that Bill McHale has been appointed as chief executive officer. McHale assumes responsibility as CEO from Dave Kroetsch, who is taking on the critical role as the company’s first chief technology officer.  The change in leadership comes as Aeryon develops its next generation solutions, building on the continued success of the SkyRanger small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) and AeryonLive fleet, video, telemetry and data management platform.
Satcom Direct has formally launched aeroCNCT, the industry’s first Crewmember Network and Connectivity Training certificate program. The aeroCNCT, or “aero connect," course has been created to support industry professionals that work with, or are responsible for, connectivity during flight.
Recently, there has been a sharp increase in development activity with electric aircraft, as examined in the new report from IDTechEx Research, Manned Electric Aircraft 2017-2027. This development activity falls into three types – incremental improvement of existing airframes, “born electric” radically different approaches carefully aimed at identified markets and the heroic pushing of limits with no clear path to commercial viability. 
Aireon has announced that they have formally received control from Iridium Communications Inc. of the first Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payload hosted on an Iridium NEXT satellite. This is a major milestone on the path towards 100 percent global air traffic surveillance. Aireon now begins a rigorous, in-depth testing and validation process, verifying the capability of the ADS-B payloads.
Stemme AG and S-PLANE Automation (Pty) Ltd have announced an agreement to integrate S-PLANE subsystems into the ECARYS ES15 aircraft to create an Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV). A comprehensive solution will be created, including the Ground Control Station, suitable for a variety of mission profiles.
Aireon has announced the successful launch and deployment of the first 10 satellites hosting its space-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system.
Campaigning pilot Jeremy Rowsell has made history by flying a light aircraft more than 500 miles from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia, using conventional fuel blended with 10% fuel manufactured by the U.K.’s Plastic Energy, from plastic waste.
Textron Aviation has announced it has introduced the next generation Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck to its piston product line, including the Cessna Skyhawk 172, Cessna Skylane 182, Cessna Turbo Stationair HD T206, Beechcraft Bonanza G36 and the Beechcraft Baron G58. The state-of-the-art avionics system has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for Textron Aviation piston aircraft and deliveries are expected to commence soon.
Satcom Direct has announced that SD and Lufthansa Technik are partnering to provide business jet operators with a wide selection of movies and TV shows. Initially available on aircraft equipped with nice HD cabin systems, nicemedia content is delivered via an easy-to-use portable memory device that connects directly to the CMS. No internet connection is required onboard to view the content, and new movies and shows will be added on a monthly basis.
Boom Technology has unveiled the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a subscale prototype of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner. On display for the first time ever at Boom’s Hangar 14 at Centennial Airport, the XB-1, nicknamed “Baby Boom,” will be unveiled this evening at an exclusive VIP event for airline and aerospace executives and media. The XB-1 is the world’s fastest civil aircraft ever made, and it will demonstrate in flight the key technologies for affordable supersonic travel.
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