Airbus Sees U.S. Market for Four-Place Electric Airplane

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With a production site for its E-Fan 2.0 electric trainer selected in France, Airbus is bullish enough on e-flight to project a four-place electric hybrid before 2020. At the Electric Aircraft Symposium in Santa Rosa, California on Friday, the company’s head of development and strategy, Ken McKenzie, said Airbus isn’t exactly going after Cirrus and Cessna for the personal aircraft market, but a four-place hybrid aircraft called the E-fan 4.0 will surely appeal to buyers who want aircraft for personal transportation. More

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Abe Karem Named 2015 Cabot Award Winner

The Aero Club of New England will present the 2015 Godfrey L. Cabot Award to Abe Karem, Founder, President & Chief Designer Karem Aircraft, at a luncheon in Boston on June 5. Mr. Karem has developed over 30 aircraft designs. He is best known for? his achievements that have lead to the development of the Predator family of UAVs.

NAHI Adds Trophy And Category To Invitational

The National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) is proud to be able to create the Best Contemporary trophy in honor of Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, who revolutionized commercial aircraft financing, was the founder of ILFC, and the driving force behind the Steven F. Udvar Hazy annex of the Air and Space Museum at Washington Dulles Airport.

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When the 39th Annual Air Race Classic (ARC) takes off in Fredericksburg, VA on June 22, two Huntsville pilots, Ramona Banks and Caroline Hodges, will be taking off with a higher purpose in mind: to raise awareness and funds to benefit FlyQuest.