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martes, 29 de diciembre de 2020


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Jaunt Air Mobility and VerdeGo Aero Collaborate on Hybrid Electric Aircraft



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Dallas, TX, December 16, 2020, Jaunt Air Mobility signs a memorandum of understanding with VerdeGo Aero of Daytona Beach, FL, to explore the development of a hybrid-electric aircraft. The combined technologies of Jaunt Air Mobility and VerdeGo’s hybrid powertrain offer customers the opportunity to fulfill a variety of market segments and missions. Jaunt and VerdeGo plan to develop a hybrid-electric version of the Jaunt aircraft utilizing VerdeGo’s hybrid-electric diesel (Jet-A) generator system combined with same battery systems being used for the Jaunt Journey. The added energy from the hybrid system will enable significant enhancements to mission capability for passenger, cargo, and military variants.

Jaunt’s patented technology offers a proven aerodynamic design of a fixed-wing aircraft with efficient vertical take-off and landing capabilities. VerdeGo’s hybrid power system allows for longer missions, faster turnaround operations, and current infrastructure utilization. VerdeGo’s hybrid power systems run on globally-available Jet-A fuel, which will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 40% when compared to competing turbine products, while providing 4X+ more energy than battery-electric powertrains.

“While confident in the battery-electric Jaunt Journey, for the urban air mobility market, our customers also have different operational mission requirements,” says Martin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt Air Mobility. “VerdeGo’s system offers a unique bridge to meeting those demands.”

According to NASA, Hybrid-electric architectures have shown the potential for significant improvements when applied to fixed-wing aircraft; such improvements include energy consumption, noise, weight, propulsive efficiency, and aero-propulsive interactions, among others. The U.S. Air Force’s chief acquisition officer, Will Roper has stated that with the military’s goals of flying two to four military personnel 100 miles at speeds above 115 mph, it is likely that these aircraft will be hybrid-electric.

“The additional range enabled with VerdeGo’s hybrid system applied in the Jaunt aircraft will enable either longer missions or multiple short back-to-back missions without the requirement for energy infrastructure at every landing site. Rapid turnaround, high utilization, and enhanced mission capability make the hybrid aircraft extremely competitive,” says Eric Bartsch, VerdeGo Aero’s CEO.

Jaunt Air Mobility LLC is a transformative aerospace company founded in 2019. We design and build piloted and autonomous eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft for urban and regional mobility; addressing multiple markets. The ROSATM technology combines the performance of an airplane with the vertical take-off and landing efficiency of a helicopter. Jaunt offers the safest, quietest, most, comfortable and operationally efficient aircraft.

VerdeGo Aero, founded in 2017, is a leader in propulsion technologies for the next generation of electric aircraft. VerdeGo Aero’s diesel (Jet-A) hybrid systems offer the lowest operating cost and largest mission flexibility for next-generation electric aircraft. Efficiently utilizing globally available Jet-A fuel means no new infrastructure is necessary, and aircraft utilizing VerdeGo’s hybrid systems are ready for the biofuel Jet-A substitutes now under development.


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Emirates takes A380 experience to new heights, unveils Premium Economy plus enhancements across all cabins


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Dubai, UAE, 29 December 2020 – Emirates is taking its signature A380 experience to the next level with the unveil of a brand new Premium Economy cabin product, together with enhancements and a refreshed look across all cabins onboard its newest A380 aircraft.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “The Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better. While others cut back, Emirates is working hard to restore the products and services that we’ve had to suspend or adjust due to pandemic precautions, and introduce new offerings and enhancements. True to our fly better promise, Emirates continues to invest to offer our customers the best possible experience.”

The airline received its newest A380 aircraft from Airbus’ Hamburg facility last week, and its remaining order of 5 A380s will also be delivered with premium economy cabins over 2021 and 2022. Emirates’ premium economy seats will also be installed on some of its Boeing 777X aircraft which are only due to join the fleet in 2023. Emirates is considering plans to retrofit its existing A380 fleet.

Commenting on Emirates’ premium economy cabins, Sir Tim said: “Our Premium Economy product was carefully developed in keeping with Emirates’ brand positioning as a full-service airline of the highest quality. Our First, Business and Economy experiences reset industry standards when they were introduced, and we are confident that our Premium Economy will also make its mark as a distinct premium offering. Until we have a viable number of seats in our inventory to bring to market, we plan to offer the Emirates Premium Economy experience as a complimentary upgrade to valued customers. We’ll also deploy our newest A380 aircraft on various routes so that our customers can experience our latest offering in all classes.”

Emirates will announce details of where its A380 aircraft with Premium Economy will be deployed in the coming weeks.

Premium Economy: comfort and space

Emirates today unveiled details of its highly-anticipated premium economy cabin, which offers 56 seats in a 2-4-2 cabin layout.

With a generous pitch of up to 40-inches, Emirates’ premium economy seat is 19.5 inches wide, and reclines 8 inches into a comfortable cradle position with ample room to stretch out. Covered in cream-coloured anti-stain leather with stitching details and a wood panel finishing similar to Business Class, each seat is designed to provide optimal comfort and support with 6-way adjustable headrests, calf rests and footrests.

Each seat has a 13.3” screen, one of the largest in its class, to enjoy the unmatched array of music, movies, TV, news and other content on Emirates’ award-winning ice.

Customers will also find thoughtful touches including easily accessible in-seat charging points, a wide dining table and side cocktail table.

Emirates Premium Economy is located at the front of the main deck, with 2 lavatories dedicated to customers.

Watch video to see more of Emirates’ Premium Economy seat.

First Class: even more privacy and luxury

On this latest Emirates A380, the airline’s 14 First Class private suites have been enhanced from the original suites, being slightly wider with taller doors, for even more privacy and comfort.

Cabin detail and finishes have also been refreshed with new motifs and colours, from the sweeping stairs that lead from the main deck to the upper deck, to refreshed design trims and modern fittings in the Shower Spa.

Business Class: new luxury finishes

Emirates has retained its popular A380 Business Class seats which offer direct aisle access for every passenger, reclines to a fully-flat position, and offers personal mini bars, ample personal storage and a high degree of privacy.

All 76 seats have been refreshed to feature champagne-coloured leather covers and wood finishing, inspired by executive jets, similar to the Business Class on Emirates’ Boeing 777 Gamechanger aircraft.

The same classic colour scheme has also been applied to the Onboard Lounge at the back of the upper deck, for the exclusive use of First and Business Class passengers.

Economy: gamechanger seats

Emirates has replaced all 338 Economy seats onboard its newest A380 with ergonomically designed seats that come with full leather headrests and flexible side panels which can be adjusted vertically for optimum support.

This latest seat model is a step up from the version currently installed on Emirates’ Boeing 777 Gamechanger aircraft. It is lighter, without compromising on comfort or function. Each seat features a classy wood grain finish on tray tables, as well as a 13.3” personal screen to enjoy Emirates’ award-winning ice.

Refreshed cabin interiors

Throughout the Emirates A380 interior, customers will see new finishes and design touches featuring the Ghaf (prosopis cineraria) tree motif, as well as the clean and airy champagne colour scheme with wood panelling and bronze accents from Emirates’ latest Boeing 777 Gamechanger interiors.

An indigenous evergreen plant, the Ghaf is a considered the national tree of the United Arab Emirates, and has deep cultural and ecological significance.

All cabin classes are equipped with the latest generation of Emirates’ award-winning ice inflight entertainment system offering improved and superior image quality. Each in-seat screen will feature ultra-wide viewing angles, a capacitive touch screen, LED backlight and full HD display.


[España] UNVEX 2021 se celebrará del 7 al 9 de julio en Santiago de Compostela

 Nota de prensa

·        La Ciudade da Cultura de Santiago de Compostela será el centro de las actividades, pero se harán demostraciones en Lugo y Pontevedra.


Madrid, 21 de diciembre – La sexta edición de UNVEX se celebrará del 7 al 9 de julio de 2021 en la Cidade da Cultura, en Santiago de Compostela, con el propósito de celebrar un UNVEX completo, con exposición, conferencias y demostraciones, y sumarse al impulso que la Xunta de Galicia, a través de GAIN, está dando al sector de sistemas remotamente tripulados y a su integración en el espacio aéreo.

Tras las lecciones aprendidas durante los meses de 2020, la nueva regulación europea y la aparición de multitud de proyectos para la integración de los UAS en el espacio aéreo, la organización del evento, cree que este año próximo será clave para el desarrollo del sector y que UNVEX sea el lugar de reencuentro para exponer y conocer las oportunidades que genera esta tecnología.

El esquema del Programa de Conferencias se mantiene en 2021 y se está trabajando en una mejora de los contenidos con una visión transversal y con la misión de impulsar el sector en todas sus facetas y aplicaciones y en asegurar la presencia de ponentes internacionales.

Apoyo de los patrocinadores

Las empresas patrocinadoras y expositoras de UNVEX han mostrado su apoyo a la organización en esta decisión y mantienen su presencia en el evento, tanto en la exposición como las conferencias. De esta manera, la exposición de UNVEX 2021 está prácticamente completa con las principales compañías del sector, fabricantes, prestadores de servicios y centros de investigación, así como un gran número de pequeñas y medianas empresas esenciales para el funcionamiento del mercado.

El mes de julio también ofrece una mejor climatología para asegurar uno de los puntos fuertes de este evento, las demostraciones. Este año, las demostraciones en vivo no solo incluyen sistemas aéreos no tripulados, que se verán en el Polo Aeronáutico de Galicia, situado en el aeródromo de Rozas, Lugo, sino que se podrán ver en acción embarcaciones no tripuladas (USV, por sus siglas en inglés) en la ría de Pontevedra.



UNVEX es un evento integral, nacido en 2010, que ha demostrado su capacidad de generar negocio en las cinco ediciones celebradas en Europa más las cuatro realizadas en América Latina. Diseñado y desarrollado por IDS, que también cuenta con uno de los medios de mayor difusión en el sector, el contenido del ciclo de conferencias lo selecciona un Comité Técnico integrado por representantes cualificados. La exposición es la mayor que se realiza en España y sus demostraciones, pioneras en su momento, incluyen todo tipo de sistemas remotamente tripulados.



[España] Iberia trae a España las primeras vacunas en vuelos regulares

 nota de prensa

Un nuevo cargamento de vacunas está ya en España. Iberia ha sido la primera aerolínea en transportarlas, puesto que hasta ahora habían sido llevadas en dispositivos especiales por carretera, helicóptero o en aviones militares.

Los dos pallets de 66 y 69 kg. respectivamente, llegaron anoche a las 22:00 horas a Madrid, en el vuelo IB3205 procedente de Bruselas, en un avión regular dotado con bodegas refrigeradas que permiten el transporte de las vacunas de una forma óptima.

Una vez llegaron a Madrid, y escoltados por la Policía Nacional, fueron rápidamente llevadas a la terminal de carga, que está preparada para el tratamiento y conservación de productos farmacéuticos en condiciones tan exigentes como las que requiere esta vacuna. Ya de madrugada, Iberia volvió a embarcarlas en el vuelo carguero IB9011, que despegó esta madrugada, a las 4 de la mañana, rumbo a Canarias.

A las 6 de la mañana, hora insular, ha aterrizado el vuelo IB9011 en Gran Canaria y ha proseguido su viaje hacia Tenerife, donde ha aterrizado a las 7:50 horas. Si esta pasada primavera Iberia realizó cerca de 100 vuelos con material sanitario de protección desde China, ahora se ha preparado para distribuir la vacuna donde sea necesario. Iberia, junto con IAG Cargo, dispone de un producto específico para el transporte y tratamiento de material farmacéutico, “Constant Climate”, camiones frigoríficos para el traslado del avión a la terminal y viceversa, instalaciones para el almacenaje y tratamiento en la propia terminal y aviones cuyas bodegas pueden transportar esta mercancía con toda seguridad.


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 Indonesia’s 19-seat N219 regional turboprop, developed by PTDI and the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), has secured a type certificate from the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, LAPAN said Monday. The model’s first prototype, which flew for the first time in 2017, completed 275 flight hours during 250 cycles, while the second prototype, clocked 176 hours during 143 flights since its first flight in March 2019, the agency reported in a statement. Continue reading



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BAE System and UAVTEK collaborating to develope rugged tactical nano quadcopter

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In collaboration with UAVTEK, we have developed a nano “Bug” drone and delivered the first 30 units to the British Army, which has put it through its paces as part of a trial.
The Bug is a nano-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) weighing 196g – similar to the weight of a smartphone – with 40 minute battery life and a 2km range. It boasts a stealthy low visual profile and the ability to fly even in strong winds of more than 50mph. It was the only nano-UAV able to cope with the uncompromising weather during a recent Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) event hosted by the Ministry of Defence’s Future Capability Group.

James Gerard, Principal Technologist at BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence business said: “We delivered the Bug in partnership with UAVTEK, an SME that designs and builds UAVs from its workshop in the Cotswolds. Our experience in developing large volumes of secure hardware means we were able to help the team turn the excellent design into a real product which our Armed Forces can use. This kind of collaboration is happening right across BAE Systems and is a great way to quickly get the best thinking from small companies into the hands of military users.”

Innovations at the annual AWE event are designed to explore emerging technologies and identify specific capabilities, this year focusing on Agile Command, Control and Communication (C3) space suitable for rapid exploitation. Emphasis is placed on innovations which push the boundaries of technology and military capability, testing a range of prototype systems by putting them in the hands of the user whilst giving invaluable military feedback to suppliers.

The teams are now working on the next developments on the nano-UAV, exploring sensing equipment and capabilities which could be added, as well as how the Bug could be integrated with other military equipment. 




In even the toughest weather, the Bug can deliver vital tactical intelligence on what’s around the corner or over the next hill, working autonomously to give troops a visual update. Combined with our other information advantage products, this video feed could be shared multi-domain, enabling commanders on land, sea and air to increase their situational awareness and inform their decisions. James Gerard, Principal Technologist, BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence 
BAE Systems has been extremely supportive of us as an SME and the team has shared procedural knowledge to improve our engineering processes and practices. BAE Systems has effectively offered us a mentoring partnership and supported us in a variety of activities, whilst still enabling us to remain an agile SME and keep our core offerings and DNA. Jenna Copley, Director at UAVTEK