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Fraunhofer Aeronautics debuts newly developed Tensor 600X" at European Rotors

Fraundorfer Aeronautics has unveiled its new Tensor 600X gyrocopter at European Rotors in Cologne. With a maximum cruising speed of 200 kph, the aircraft also has a range of 600 kilometres and is destined as a solution for personal mobility.

Compared to a traditional helicopter, the TENSOR 600X is roughly twice as efficient owing to its "Fraundorfer R01 High Performance" rotor system – a new generation of autorotation rotors. In addition, the new design has helped to achieve outstanding performance, stability and safety values, while enabling the aircraft operate in locations and conditions unsuited to other aircraft types. Capable of taking off almost vertically it is very economical to operate.

Where improved safety is concerned, the Tensor 600X does not experience stalls or spins. Even in critical weather conditions, the Tensor can fly safely. Where a single-engine aircraft would normally require 5,000 metres of visibility and a minimum safe altitude of 600 metres; the Tensor requires only 800 metres of visibility and 150 metres of minimum safe altitude. This results in its ability to fly in 85% of all weather conditions.

In addition, Fraundorfer Aeronautics offers compact pilot training. Using modern training methods, simulator training and courses in blocks, the pilot's license can be obtained after a total of four weeks of training. Furthermore, the company's "Pilot-to-Pilot Guidance" offers its customers comprehensive support in all flying-related matters.

"When we founded Fraundorfer Aeronautics, we wanted not only to bring the beauty and efficiency of flight into everyone's daily lives, but also, and more importantly, to enable environmental and disaster relief missions that were previously infeasible," says Christoph Fraundorfer, founder and CEO of Fraundorfer Aeronautics. "We have been performing unsolved, highly complex aerodynamic calculations for decades. After seven years of risks and challenges, we've made a breakthrough."

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Atlas Air completes operating certificate merger with Southern Air

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has reported that the transition to bring operations of Southern Air under a Single Operating Certificate (SOC) with Atlas Air, is now complete.

With the addition of Southern Air, Atlas Air was able to add Boeing 777 and Boeing 737 aircraft operating platforms, resulting in a more diversified company offering customers access to a wider range of aircraft, a broader array of services, greater scale and an expanded global footprint.

SAMAD Aerospace signs MOU with Aerosud Aviation

SAMAD Aerospace has signed an MOU agreement with Aerosud Aviation for the development and manufacturing of its fully electric VTOL Starling Cargo aircraft.

Aerosud Aviation is a South African aerospace engineering company specialising in commercial aerostructure part design and manufacturing for international Tier 1 suppliers.

The Starling Cargo aircraft will be remotely piloted with auto pilot capability. It will have a cruising speed of 83 knots, flight ceiling of 10,000 ft and a range of up to 117 nm. The electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft will enable flexible point to point air cargo of up to 60 kg payload.

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Eve and Senna Brand create Eve-Senna eVTOL

Eve Air Mobility and Senna brand have announced a collaboration to develop the eVTOL Eve-Senna. The project symbolises a vision of a sustainable future and innovation in the urban mobility market. The partnership also aims to contribute to the evolution of the future of mobility in Brazil and worldwide. The agreement comes as Eve, an organisation created by Embraer to boost the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem, celebrates its first year of operation.

The Eve-Senna eVTOL design is inspired by SENNA brand’ vision of challenging boundaries and creating products with passion and purpose in an authentic and futuristic manner. The aircraft's design, colors and interior promise to deliver a unique experience for its crew members and passengers.

Ayrton Senna himself created Senna Brand in 1992. It arose from the racing driver's will to connect with people who shared his values through quality products and innovation. Today it is a global brand whose positioning inspires people to challenge their limits in pursuit of being their best, just as Ayrton Senna did in his life.

Joramco extends maintenance agreement with Ryanair

Amman-based MRO provider Joramco, the engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), has announced the continuation of its maintenance agreement with Irish budget airline Ryanair.

Under the agreement signed in 2019, Joramco is to perform heavy checks on more aircraft from the airline’s Boeing 737-800 fleet. The aircraft arrived on November 1, 2021 to perform nose-to-tail, 11- and 14-years checks.

Commenting on the agreement, Andrew Holder, Deputy Director Heavy Maintenance at Ryanair said, “Ryanair are pleased to be continuing their long-term relationship with Joramco, we have a busy season ahead with nose-to-tail heavy checks and knowing Joramco will deliver the high standards of maintenance demanded by us is true testament to the relationship we have built”.

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Diehl and Thales join Airbus to develop flight control computers for CityAirbus NextGen

Airbus has signed a trilateral agreement with Thales and Diehl Aerospace for the joint development of the flight control computers of CityAirbus NextGen. The central flight control system of CityAirbus NextGen, the electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) being developed by Airbus, will combine extraordinary computing power with lightweight design and highest safety standards.

Diehl and Thales are joining Airbus in investing into the emerging eVTOL market. Both partners are developing their own system that will be integrated into a dissimilar architecture to comply with the new EASA regulation for eVTOL. This architecture is essential to ensuring the redundancy of the computers and the vehicle’s safety. The developments will be supported with public funding from the German and French governments, respectively.

Thales is responsible for the primary computing system, while Diehl is developing the secondary flight control computer. The system ensures that the second, independent flight control computer monitors the data of the primary computer system permanently, and it can also take over the flight control itself.

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ARRIS raises US$88.5 million in Series C funding

ARRIS, the advanced manufacturer enabling the use of high-performance composites with new design latitudes for mass-market consumer products, transportation, and industrial applications, has raised US$88.5 million in Series C funding. Led by XN, the round saw participation from new and returning investors, including Modern Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Taiwania Capital, Bosch, Valo Ventures, and Alumni Ventures Group.

The latest funding will be used to further scale the company’s global operations to fulfill an increasing demand for medium- to high-volume production of products requiring ARRIS’ unique design and manufacturing capabilities. ARRIS has now raised US$147 million to date, which includes support from strategic investors across the global manufacturing space, such as Standard Industries, Chuo Malleable Iron and an undisclosed portable electronics company, in addition to Bosch.

Founded in 2017, ARRIS pioneered the development of a patented end-to-end automated manufacturing technology that combines the best of advanced composites, additive and high-volume manufacturing methods to enable design latitudes not previously possible in mass-produced products.

Magnetic MRO hits 700th C-Check

Magnetic MRO, a brand of Magnetic Group, has achieved a new milestone – the successful completion of the 700th C-Check.

The 700th C-Check has been performed on an Airbus A320neo aircraft, operated by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). The aircraft was delivered to Magnetic MRO hangars in Tallinn, Estonia, on October 23 and has been completed within a few days from the delivery.

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New management at IDAIR

IDAIR’s Advisory Board has nominated Luigi Celmi to be the new Chief Executive Officer starting January 1, 2022. In addition, Christiane Grude, Senior Director Original Equipment Innovation at Lufthansa Technik AG, has joined the IDAIR Advisory Board as of July 1, 2021.

After six years of successful restructuring of IDAIR’s business and leading it to a new era to become the market-leader in the IFEC segment for VVIP aircraft Dr Wassef Ayadi has been appointed as Senior Director Customer Relations and Sales Support Services for the business segment Original Equipment & Special Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik AG and will remain in an advisory role for IDAIR.

IDAIR, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, develops, manufactures and supplies CMS and IFEC systems for VIP aircraft as well as custom software services for aircraft applications.
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