Volume 28, Number 23c, June 4, 2021
Garmin Autoland Wins 2020 Collier Trophy
Garmin Autoland has been named the recipient of the 2020 Robert J. Collier Trophy for being “the world’s first certified autonomous system that activates during an emergency to safely control and land an aircraft without human intervention.” Garmin introduced its Emergency Autoland system in October 2019 and the first Autoland-equipped[…]   Read this article
Aerion: All Spreadsheets, No Sizzle
While my long suffering wife has called me many versions of the same thing, often in colorful language, I would not characterize myself as a wild-eyed romantic. Yet my life, and by extension hers, is littered with the unfinished, sometimes half-baked and, I hasten to add, modestly successful flights of[…]   Read this article
United Orders Boom Supersonic Airliners
United Airlines has signed an agreement with Boom Supersonic to purchase 15 Overture supersonic airliners once the model meets United’s “safety, operating and sustainability requirements.” Announced on Thursday, the deal also includes options for 35 additional aircraft. Boom is partnering with Rolls-Royce on a propulsion system for the Overture, which[…] Read this article

U.S. Air Force To Buy Global 6000s
Bombardier confirmed on Wednesday that it has signed a deal to supply the U.S. Air Force with up to six modified Global 6000 aircraft. The jets will go to support the Air Force’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program, which currently operates three Bombardier Global Express E-11As and four Global[…] Read this article

Keep Up The Good Fight
The clock read a few minutes past noon when I pulled through my control tower’s entry gate. As always on my way into work, I took in the weather conditions, mentally prepping for the day ahead. A scattered cloud deck mottled the blue above. What drew my eye most, though,[…] Read this article

Rolls-Royce Opens World’s Largest Aerospace Testbed
Rolls-Royce officially opened the doors to its new 7,500-square-meter (80,729-square-foot) testbed facility in Derby, U.K., last week. Called Testbed 80, the testbed can collect data for more than 10,000 different engine parameters and detect vibrations at a rate of up to 200,000 samples per second. Along with being able to[…] Read this article

Boeing, Alaska Airlines Partner On ecoDemonstrator Program
Boeing has formed a partnership with Alaska Airlines to test around 20 aviation-oriented technologies as part of the latest iteration of its ecoDemonstrator program. Using a new 737-9 as a flying lab, the program will focus on technologies designed to “enhance the safety and sustainability of air travel.” Once testing[…] Read this article