Innovations
Lufthansa Group, Honeywell Aerospace and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work jointly on the development of a runway safety solution combining Airbus’ Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) and Honeywell’s SmartLanding technologies for Lufthansa Group’s fleet. This cooperation aims to set the highest standard in runway safety by combining the strengths of these two innovative and leading technologies and by making them available for a maximum number of aircraft types. Lufthansa will place its expertise at the service of Honeywell and Airbus respectively by contributing to the solution design and evaluation with the involvement of flight crews from the early stage of development. 
A test pilot successfully flew a solar-powered prototype aircraft on Friday for a company that envisions manufacturing a fleet of drones to provide aerial internet service for an estimated 4 billion people worldwide.
NASA's leadership and top aeronautics innovators will discuss the agency's 10-year plan to transform aviation at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) annual Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, or Aviation 2016. The five-day conference, which will include a keynote address by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, will be held June 13-17 at the Washington Hilton at 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW in Washington.
The Embassy of Switzerland in the United States and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York welcomed the Solar Impulse 2 to New York City on Sat. June, 11 on the last leg of the Swiss solar airplane's flight across the United States.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing drones that it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and which it said Thursday could be rolled out in the next six to nine months across its distribution centres.
Rice University scientists have advanced their graphene-based de-icer to serve a dual purpose. The new material still melts ice from wings and wires when conditions get too cold. But if the air is above seven degrees Fahrenheit, ice won't form at all.
Air Canada has announced Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) will be held at Montréal-Trudeau Airport. It is a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 litres of sustainable aviation biofuel (biojet) into a shared fuel system.
Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has announced the construction completion and grand opening of the company's new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) training and maintenance facility, the Unmanned Systems Service and Support Centre, in Blackstone, Va. To celebrate the opening of the expanded Unmanned Systems Service & Support Centre, Textron Systems hosted tours and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility. Attendees also watched as the company demonstrated the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System, as well as the Shadow M2 — which both operate under Federal Aviation Administration Certificates of Authorization (COA) at the facility.
ARGUS International, Inc. has announced the acquisition of the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) of Orlando, Florida, a privately held business that has carved out a recognized and respected position in the safety training, certification and management of unmanned aerial vehicles. The acquisition augments ARGUS’ global aviation safety presence in the airline, business aviation and rotary wing industry segments.
Honeywell Aerospace is working with NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center to study the most effective way to visually inform pilots flying supersonic jets about sonic booms, a loud noise caused by current aircraft traveling faster than the speed of sound. Honeywell recently flight-tested new cockpit displays that help pilots see sonic booms before they happen so they can reroute and reduce the effects of aircraft noise over populated areas. By predicting sonic boom footprints, Honeywell will remove a key roadblock to speed up the introduction of supersonic travel and support one of NASA’s goals to modernize flight.
Avmax has announced its engineering division has created ADS-B Out solutions for Dash 8 and CRJ aircraft. The solutions are Part 25 Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for Dash 8-100/200/300 and CRJ 100/200/700/900; both aircraft types are approved by Transport Canada Civil Aviation Administration (TCCA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval pending.
WestJet has announced it has teamed up with Alberta-based, Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada.
Battelle scientists and engineers have demonstrated a process that turns coal into jet fuel. The next step is to commercialize the process.
Queen’s University researchers are part of a project looking to develop alternative fuels for the airline industry.
Air Canada has announced it will participate in Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 litres of sustainable aviation biofuel (biojet) into a shared fuel system at a yet to be determined Canadian airport.

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