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New Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 Engine Test Runs 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Critics of private aviation often cite the high emissions of business jets as a catalyst for climate effects. And although there have been innovations in the form of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), most legacy jets are capped at certain low levels of SAF. Until now. Famed aviation engine maker Rolls Royce has reported a highly successful test run of its new Pearl 700 engine, using 100% SAF. It’s a critical milestone to a more sustainable future for private aviation.

On February 1, 2021, Rolls Royce reported promising results from the first tests of 100% SAF in a business jet engine. This test represents the trend in the industry toward reducing carbon emissions, with a goal to reach net zero carbon by 2050. Researchers tested the Rolls Royce Pearl 700 engine and saw very promising results that could lead to eventual fuel certification and greener air travel.

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What’s the fuss about sustainable aviation fuels?

The main driver of the current level of interest in these fuels is their ability to significantly reduce carbon emissions of jet engines. SAF has a much higher energy density than regular fuel, dramatically increasing engine efficiency. The result is higher payload conditions or extended range, which is critically important for business jets traversing the globe.

SAF can reduce CO2 lifecycle emissions by more than 75 percent compared to the conventional jet fuel it replaces. It’s clear that SAF plays an important role when it comes to reducing the aviation industry’s overall impact on the environment.

Barriers stand between SAF and legacy engines

Even when taking the major environmental benefits of SAF into account, there are reasons private jet owners aren’t ditching conventional fuel for a greener option. Unfortunately, legacy engines can’t handle 100% SAF fuels — yet.

Many legacy jets can’t support SAF blends above 50%. They’re only able to recognize the SAF as “fuel” if it’s nearly identical in chemical composition to regular petroleum-based options. That’s just not possible yet with 100% SAF. While using any amount of SAF fuels is great for the environment, the aviation industry needs to get to a point where 100% SAF becomes the norm.

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Enter: The Rolls Royce Pearl 700 engine

The Rolls Royce Pearl 700 engine represents the next great hope for sustainable air travel. It’s a highly efficient engine that combines the Advance2 engine core with a new low-pressure system. Extensive testing shows that this engine is able to perform extremely well while using 100% SAF. Researchers saw a marked increase in take-off thrust, as well as an improved thrust-to-weight ratio.

With such promising performance, the Rolls Royce Pearl 700 demonstrates the possibilities of using 100% SAF as a full “drop-in” option. In other words, a complete replacement of petroleum-based fuels.

Although more testing is required, aviation insiders are seeing the possibilities of environmentally friendly jet travel once this fuel is fully certified.

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It’s Official: Private Aviation Boomed in 2020, In Spite of Pandemic

By now, we all know the story of private aviation’s explosive growth at the outset of the pandemic. People around the world chartered jets to escape lockdowns, travel safely, and avoid commercial flight debacles. But as the numbers roll in and paint a picture of private aviation across 2020 as a whole, it becomes evident that its success goes far beyond a bump in traffic and charters. Private aviation dominated the pandemic year for a diverse array of reasons, and there’s no reason to think it won’t continue to in 2021.

2020 was a year of highs and lows

The pandemic year was nothing short of a rollercoaster for private aviation. In the first quarter, private charters shot up as people sought to get back home amongst border closures and significant travel delays. Then, at the height of the pandemic, data from FlightAware shows that charter activity fell sharply as broad travel restrictions notched into place. Over the latter half of the year, charters rose steadily as people acclimated to the pandemic and pursued safer, non-commercial means of travel.

According to Business Insider, leisure travel was the surprising driver behind the late-year push in private charters — and the reason for the industry’s relatively great year. According to the report, “firms began shifting their efforts towards leisure flying even more after a McKinsey and Company study found that 90% of ultra-high-net-worth individuals don’t fly private, revealing an untapped market.”

All told, private aviation is weathering the pandemic far better than commercial aviation, which is still hemorrhaging losses.

Pandemic flights by the numbers

As data about 2020 finally congeals, it’s painting a picture that favors private jets — particularly business aviation (BizAv) flights. For example, while commercial airlines optimistically saw 50% flight volume in the latter half of the year, business charters during this same time period rebounded to between 85% and 90% of their 2019 volume.

Private jet memberships were an unexpected metric to trend upward during the pandemic. Bucking the idea that economic turmoil promotes conservative spending practices, NetJets reported three times as many new customers in the first three quarters of 2020 as it did for the same time period in 2019. Meanwhile, in July 2020 alone, private charter broker VistaJet saw a 320% increase in new memberships!

These figures are a window to an important trend that’s certain to manifest fully in 2021: people want convenience and they’re willing to pay for it. Already there’s been a shift to packaging private travel with resort deals or including jet cards with high-end luxury purchases. The pandemic may have stunted air travel as a whole, but it’s only made people more aware of the importance of convenience.

Private aviation continues to persevere

Charter data and memberships only tell one half of the triumphant year private aviation had amidst the pandemic. The delivery of Bombardier Global 5500 and Learjet 75 Liberty to customers shows the resolve of the industry to power forward. The agreement to open the Kansas Supersonic Transportation Corridor shows a commitment to the future.

Even more telling, the many mergers, acquisitions, and expansions in private aviation in 2020 show the workings of an industry that’s pivoting and positioning itself for success in spite of anything — global pandemics included.

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The Age of “Boomless” Supersonic Jets is Nearing

Although their time in the sky was short-lived, supersonic jets have left a lasting legacy in the world of air travel. The one thing that stands out most, however, is exactly the thing aerospace manufacturers are trying to get rid of in the next wave of supersonic jets: the sonic boom. The boom was a major point of contention in supersonic travel that eventually forced these jets from the sky — and it’s been their biggest challenge in a return to the airways.

Now, thanks to new technology and unwavering innovation, we’re inching closer to a new era of supersonic air travel. The “boomless” age of supersonic jets is coming.

A new testing corridor

Before supersonic jets can return to the skies, manufacturers need to prove they can do it responsibly. The path to a boomless future is fruitless without the ability to test jets over meaningful distances in a practical setting. It’s why the Kansas Supersonic Transportation Corridor (SSTC) is so important.

The SSTC is the first real stretch of land jet owners can test supersonic technology over — until now, manufacturers like Aerion, Boom, and Spike were limited to testing over water. Aerion in particular stands to gain a tremendous foothold in the new supersonic future thanks to the SSTC, since its jet is the furthest into development. For others, land-based testing opportunities are right around the corner as the corridor becomes a reality.

Bye-bye, sonic boom

The question of how to eliminate the trademark sonic boom in supersonic aircraft has been the subject of much research and development in the two decades since they left the skies. Producers have explored everything from new fuels to jet engine technology. Today, different producers are busy testing proprietary technologies with promising results.

Aerion is alleviating the boom by channeling it skyward, instead of back toward the earth. Its AS2 test jet purportedly uses temperature inversion to reflect sonic booms into the atmosphere. Boom’s XB-1 will pave the way for its Overture jet, which is expected to use biofuels to achieve Mach 2.2 speeds at a boomless cruise altitude.

Interest in supersonic jets is booming

The prospect of boomless supersonic jets has never been closer and that’s a good thing, since demand for these craft is reaching a fever pitch. The ability for jet and engine manufacturers to turn the iconic boom into a whisper means a fast track to a supersonic future.

With multiple prototypes already set for testing and some of the largest manufacturers attuned to the needs of future supersonic jets, it won’t be long until subsonic private jets are yesterday’s news. Why spend seven hours flying from Chicago to London when you could do it in less than half the time? The only thing standing in the way of a supersonic future is the boom — and that’s quickly going the way of the dinosaur.

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Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary: What it Means for BizAV

As the Biden administration cements itself on Capitol Hill, the incoming president has begun nominating officials to various high positions within the cabinet. Among them is Pete Buttigieg, President Biden’s pick for Transportation Secretary. The choice has been lauded by both sides of the aisle and is a welcome one for the private aviation industry as a whole. Buttigieg’s logical, progressive stances bode well for a private aviation industry on the cusp of new innovation and opportunities.

Mayor Pete is a welcome addition

Buttigieg, the former Mayor of South Bend, IN, is a logical pick for Transportation Secretary. His claim to a transportation position rests in his work in Indiana, where he pioneered two-way traffic patterns that improved safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike. His experience with infrastructure is a boon to the position, and he called infrastructure investment “part and parcel of economic recovery.”

For private aviation, there’s even more to love about Mayor Pete. His approach, when asked about regulation, will likely be technocratic, putting standards and practices in the hands of the engineers and aviation officials who understand their industry best. For example, in regard to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reforms, Buttigieg said he remained committed and that “we need to make sure the engineers at the FAA are in the driver’s seat.”

Open-minded transportation in a pivotal time

Buttigieg’s position over the next four years coincides with what could be a time of fruition for a number of important aviation projects — namely those in the realm of private aviation.

The biggest is the ever-burgeoning rollout of urban unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — air taxis in major metropolitan areas. Several companies are on the verge of bringing their craft to cities in a limited capacity, and support in the highest levels of government would allow them to do that more efficiently. Buttigieg’s emphasis on infrastructure restoration could be key in UAV deployment, as he seeks to modernize decades-old infrastructure.

The supersonic corridor is an important coming-to-fruition project as well. Although it’s already received approval, continued support from the Transportation Secretary could expedite the development and deployment of supersonic jets. Buttigieg’s support also would lend credence to the project, which still faces skepticism from environmentalists.

Buttigieg’s history with private aviation

Outside of his new role as Transportation Secretary, Buttigieg is no stranger to the benefits and convenience of private aviation. As reported by the Associated Press, Buttigieg far outstripped other democrats in spend on private air travel during his short tenure as a candidate in 2019. His familiarity and comfort with charters is a gateway to understanding and supporting them in his new position.

A bright future for private aviation ahead

Pete Buttigieg’s progressive approach, technocratic mindset, and firsthand familiarity with private aviation all ties together in a Transportation Secretary pick that comes at the right time. With major advances coming to private air travel, government is gaining someone who understands them and whose policies support them. As the next few years unfold, we can expect positive traction for the big issues in private aviation.

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What Brexit Means for Private Aviation in 2021 and Beyond

Brexit may have been the big headline in January 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed much of its effects thus far as the U.K. has begun detangling itself from the European Union (EU). Now, a year later, with a hard Brexit avoided, the separation is picking up speed. New regulations are going into effect and new practices are rolling out — including several that have already disrupted transportation to and from Britain. The aviation industry is looking on intently, including private aviation. What does Brexit have in store for new air travel regulations?

How Brexit has disrupted air travel

Back when the prospect of a hard Brexit was a near-certainty, private aviation companies were planning for the worst. With that struggle avoided, many of the biggest uncertainties of private air travel went with it. But not all of them. Several issues persist that could make navigating the skies troublesome for private charters.

  • Air routing changes have already brought up questions of cabotage. Now, there are questions as to whether U.K. pilots will be allowed to operate internal charters in EU countries. Consequently, British pilots will be Third Country Operators in EU airspace, requiring them to obtain European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Third Country Operator Approval.
  • Aircraft importation could become tricky for an isolated Britain. According to early-draft regulations, “any aircraft imported via the U.K. for free circulation within the EU will potentially lose access to that free circulation.”
  • U.K. charter permits are going to be crucial and more difficult to get on short notice. Without a block charter agreement in place, charters will need to apply on a trip-by-trip basis. This could change with an addendum to the Open Skies Agreement in the EU, but it’s not a guarantee.

There are additional changes to consider, as well — including simple, yet important restrictions like the need for both U.K. and EU pet passports for pets inbound to Europe. Overlooking minor considerations like this could end in fines or even a charter turned away, forced to return to its point of origin.

Britain needs to figure it out fast

Unfortunately, the solution to most question marks regarding British charters rests with Blighty. EU air traffic will continue on as it always has with few disruptions (if any) between member countries. Britain is forced to reestablish its own control over the airways — which means reevaluating some aviation guidelines that haven’t been re-tooled since WWII.

The good news is that much of the foundational infrastructure the EASA stands on today was developed in large part with British help in the mid-2000s. Britain’s island status also means there’s a conglomeration of aviation knowledge within its borders. Pundits expect aviation and air regulation to be one of the earliest solutions to come to fruition in a post-Brexit economy.

Air travel troubles won’t last

Individuals flying privately from London to Paris or Berlin to London may have to deal with some regulatory turbulence in the early days of Brexit. That said, experts believe the setbacks and patchwork solutions will quickly lead to permanent fixes. While the jarring adjustment period of Brexit will likely linger for years to come, private charters should expect to fly smooth soon enough.

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Could 5G Pose Trouble for Private Aviation in the Future?

Most people are excited for the rollout of 5G and the lightning-fast internet speeds that come along with it. But not everyone is jumping for joy. 5G means new bandwidth parameters for radio transmission and, unfortunately, there’s a potential for interference with this new bandwidth — specifically for avionics. The C-band frequencies up for auction to 5G providers could interfere with aircraft transmissions if left unchecked. It’s a problem that regulators are scrambling to address before it becomes a reality.

Aviation watchdog groups are speaking out

A whitepaper released by the RTCA goes into specific detail about how C-band mobile telecommunications used for 5G could easily cause significant interference for low range radar altimeter operations. The seriousness of this issue becomes quickly apparent as the whitepaper outlines potential disruptions not only to civil aircraft, but military craft as well.

The problem comes from the C-band’s proximity to frequencies used for avionics. Right now, potential 5G frequencies in the 3.7–3.98 GHz range are up for auction, likely to be purchased by telecom providers for the express purpose of expanding their 5G networks. This is extremely close to the 4.2-4.4 GHz frequency ranges used in aviation navigation. There’s concern that the buffer between these ranges isn’t enough to prevent 5G activity from skewing avionics readings.

The whitepaper goes on to detail exactly how severe this interference problem could become. Namely, wavelength disruption could be a catalyst for severe crashes during takeoff and landing, due to the inability of altimeters to function effectively. In a report by Business Insider, Terry McVenes, president of RTCA, says, “If left to go the way it is, our data shows very serious problems.”

The 5G conundrum

The simplest answer to protecting avionics from interference would seem to be restricting the auction of C-band spectrum to telecommunication companies. But therein lies the impasse. This segment of the spectrum is the only one suited to 5G communications. Moreover, it’s paramount for United States infrastructure to continue its rollout of 5G — not only to support increasing demand for telecom domestically, but to maintain leadership on the world stage. 5G is considered essential technology, making compromise hard to come by.

Not an unknown problem

The potential interference caused by 5G isn’t a new problem. In fact, aviation lobbyists approached congress with concerns about infringing bandwidth as far back as 2017. Avionics technologists in France have even gone so far as to slow the deployment of 5G around Nice and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airports until the matter can be studied further.

There’s been pushback against these concerns, however. Both the FCC and CTIA have been quick to dismiss interference fears, stating, “The test criteria that aviation created is more exacting than existing altimeter standards, and some tested altimeters, operating to manufacturer specifications, would not pass even without any external C-Band operations present,”

While this situation untangles itself, one thing remains certain: 5G isn’t going to be stopped. If there is indeed an issue of avionics interference, the burden of fixing it will likely fall to avionics manufacturers. We could be in for more tension as both sides push for control of the limited radio spectrum.

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And Then There Were Two … Single-Pilot, Single-Engine Planes, That Is

If you’re thinking about purchasing an ultra-light jet of the single-pilot, single-engine variety your options are exactly one: the Cirrus Vision Jet. Or, at least that was your only option until Oregon-based aviation firm Stratos launched its 716X jet. While the jet is still in its flight-testing phase, the company has already begun taking orders. It seems that while the Cirrus Vision Jet is a more-than-adequate craft, people appreciate having options. For the first time ever, they’re getting it in the ultra-light, single-engine class.

Lack of competition in the single-pilot, single engine class is largely due to the virtual monopoly of the Cirrus Vision Jet. Most jets of this size are easier to produce as turboprops and, for so long, Cirrus’ technologies made it a market-beater with a substantial moat. Now, Stratos’ focus on this ultra-light category means it’s throwing a full array of resources behind the production of a suitable competitor.

“We combine the range and speed of a high-performance, twin-engine jet with the short-field takeoff capabilities of a single-engine turboprop aircraft,” says Carsten Sundin, Stratos president and cofounder.

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Meet the Stratos 716X jet

Part of the appeal of the 716X jet is the mystique surrounding it. Stratos hasn’t been shy about touting the design and viability of its craft in this niche segment of the market, but it has been tight-lipped about the jet’s performance as it undergoes continued testing. Flight testing, which kicked off in July, has been hinted by the company to be successful so far — including the jet’s maiden flight in Redmond, OR, which lasted 22 minutes and saw a climb to 13,500ft.

The 716X is something of a second-generation jet designed specifically to compete with the Cirrus Vision Jet. Stratos’ first jet, the 714, lacked the funding to complete type certification and remains perpetually in development. That hasn’t stopped the company from iteration, however. The 716X improves upon the 714’s design with a longer cabin designed to accommodate six passengers in multiple configurations.

Something truly unique about this craft is the fact that it’ll be manufactured as both production and kit models. The kit model (716X) is expected to hit the market at $2.5 million, with a build time of 2,500 hours. Production models (716) will feature a more powerful Pratt & Whitney 535E turbofan engine, retailing for $3.5 million.

  • Cabin size of 4.9ft wide by 4.8ft tall
  • 30” of legroom, with six seat configurations
  • Lightweight carbon fiber composite construction
  • Cruise speed of 400 KTAS
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Comparing a market of two

How does the Stratos 716X stack up against the previously unchallenged Cirrus Vision Jet? Assuming current standards, the Stratos offers buyers several advantages that might finally split the market.

For starters, the craft offers a cruising speed that’s about 100 knots faster than the Cirrus Vision jet. That said, it does so at a fuel burn that’s about 30% more than its competitor, so there’s relatively equal tradeoff in speed vs. efficiency. With more than 1,100lbs of thrust over the Vision Jet, the Stratos 716X should give pilots less takeoff roll, better climb rate, and faster cruise.

Perhaps the most notable design difference — and the one that could catapult Stratos into a duopoly with Cirrus — is the decision to place the engine inside the fuselage, rather than hanging it in the slipstream. As a result, the Stratos jet looks to be a sleeker, more powerful player in the ultra-light jet class and a worthy competitor to the yet unchallenged Cirrus Vision Jet.

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5 Private Jets Built to Go the Distance

Looking to get from NYC to London? London to Moscow? Moscow to Beijing? No matter your departure or arrival city, you need a jet that’s going to take you the distance without a refueling hub or an unwanted stop. A nonstop flight is the pinnacle of convenience, affordability, and efficiency. You need a jet that’s built to go the distance. And while there’s no shortage of long-range jets out there, only a few have the range on them to cover large swaths of the globe in a single flight. Here’s a look at five long-range jets built to make the world a little bit smaller.

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Boeing Business Jet 777X (11,645nm)

Boeing occupies the top two spots on this list, but almost by default. Its 777X business jet is more of a commercial craft than a private business jet, seating 75 passengers. Its range is nonetheless impressive, and it has the unique distinction of being able to fly between any two cities in the world without stopping to refuel. The Boeing Business Jet 777X is also massive. Its cabin measures an impressive 2,356-sq-ft, with a width of 19ft 7in.

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Boeing Business Jet 787 (9,945nm)

The Boeing Business Jet 787 was designed as a commercial jet before moving into the private space. The jet offers close to 10,000nm in range and can fly for 17 hours straight before it needs to land and refuel. Nicknamed the “Dreamliner,” this jet makes comfort a priority in addition to range. Its cabin pressurizes at a lower altitude to improve flying comfort and reduce jet lag, and passengers are known for disembarking feeling rejuvenated at their destination.

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Bombardier Global 8000 (9,000nm)

While significantly smaller than the Boeing jets on this list, the Bombardier Global 8000 is nonetheless a big-time aircraft with globetrotting range. At over 9,000nm, this jet can get you from Los Angeles to Dubai without the need for a stopover. More important, it’ll get you there at Mach .925! Bombardier’s Global 8000 is the preferred craft for international CEOs and ultra-high net worth individuals who want to cover the globe in a single bound. It’s quickly followed by the Bombardier Global 7000, which comes up short by just 500nm.

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Gulfstream G650ER (7,500nm)

While the Bombardier Global 7000 is technically next on the list, we’re leapfrogging it in favor of the Gulfstream G650ER to bring some manufacturer diversity to this long-range jet profile. At 7,500nm, it’s perhaps the most efficient craft on this list, as well as one of the most comfortable. The craft’s range-to-speed ratio is one of the best on the market, allowing you to get from New York to Beijing in a single bound.

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Dassault Falcon 8X (6,450nm)

Perhaps the most beautiful jet on this list, the Dassault Falcon 8X is a unique addition to this list because of its size. While most of the other jets listed are ultrawide-body or bizliners, the Falcon 8X has a long, yet sleek cabin that allows it to maximize fuel efficiency and perform at airports with steep approaches or shorter runways. This jet could soon be eclipsed by the newly announced Falcon 6X, however.

Every aircraft on this list makes it easy to jet around the globe without stopping. That said, it’s only a matter of time before there are new leaders in distance. The impending rise of supersonic craft will make the world smaller yet again, and engine technology is getting more efficient every day. It won’t be long until any destination around the globe is just a quick flight away.

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Dassault Introduces Its New Falcon 6X Business Jet

In a world where the standard for luxury business jets is already high, Dassault is raising the bar. In December, the company rolled out the newest iteration of its popular Falcon class of jets, the 16-seat, long-range, ultrawide-body Falcon 6X. The jet borrows fighter jet technology to bring customers double-digit improvements in efficiency and performance, and improves on the Falcon’s already-impressive cabin to deliver sophistication that rachets up the luxury factor of the 6X.

A livestream announcement from Dassault

Due to pandemic concerns, the introduction of the Falcon 6X took place via YouTube on December 8, 2020. While not an in-person event, the unveiling was nonetheless accompanied by substantial fanfare and plenty of exceptional visuals. Audiences were treated to a thorough overview of the ultrawide-body craft’s design — including a history lesson from Dassault Chairman and CEO, Eric Trappier.

The event also profiled the pillars of development behind the Falcon 6X: efficiency, comfort, and safety. Midway through the event, the Falcon 6X itself is introduced, wheeled onto the floor by test pilots in all its glory. Conversation shifts to the jet’s best-in-class cabin, explained in detail by Senior Executive Vice President of Civil Aircraft at Dassault, Carlos Brana.

In addition to the largest cabin by height and width, Brana explains that, upon completion, it’ll also be “the classiest cabin in the world.” The livestream then commences a tour of the fuselage, showing the extravagant sophistication and luxury of the Falcon 6X.

The livestream continues with a virtual interview with the President of Pratt & Whitney Canada, Maria Della Posta, who discusses the tremendous innovations that have gone into making the Falcon 6X one of the most efficient craft to-date. Finally, Dassault’s presentation ends with a cockpit explanation of the state-of-the-art navigation system of the craft, inspired by its fighter jet counterparts. It’s a truly special craft, done justice by a truly inspiring virtual event.

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Meet Dassault’s Falcon 6X

The Falcon 6X may be the newest iteration of the Dassault’s Falcon line of jets, but it’s in a class all its own. It features the widest cross sections of any aircraft designed specifically as a business jet, and feels as spacious as it looks. This enhanced design is made even bigger by 30 large windows, covering 5,000 square inches of visibility. The “ergonomic cocoon” of the craft’s cabin is already award-winning and is certain to embody the luxury and sophistication expected from Dassault.

The operational specs for the Falcon 6X are equally as impressive, positioning the craft as the jet to beat in business aviation.

  • 5,500-mile nautical range (London to Hong Kong)
  • Mach .90 capabilities, with max operating speed of 370 KIAS
  • Maximum certified altitude of 51,000 ft.
  • Takeoff/landing capabilities on runways of less than 3,000 ft.

There are several unseen improvements that make the Falcon 6X one of the most breathtaking jets ever designed. Continually-refreshed cabin air is exceptionally clean, while the auto-trim feature of its flight control system eliminates the need for in-flight efficiency adjustments by the pilot. Even the newly certified Pratt & Whitney Canada PW812D engines sported by the craft require less maintenance and offer improved efficiency.

An instant market-leader

In many cases, when a new jet enters the market, it quickly becomes the de facto benchmark to beat. While this is the case for the Falcon 6X, it’s also true that this craft has all the makings of an untouchable leader in the ultrawide-body business jet class. It’s simply hard to imagine a craft that’s better positioned to set the standard and maintain market leadership for the foreseeable future.

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Uber is Selling Uber Elevate. Here’s What it Means for the Future of VTOLs

We’ve been hearing for years about VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) craft and the future of air taxis. Unfortunately, nothing has come to fruition, and the closest we’ve gotten is a few flashy presentations. Now, it seems Uber is calling it quits and exiting from the industry. One company’s early exit could be another company’s game-changing benefit, however.

The company purchasing Uber Elevate is Joby Aviation — a company that’s been in pursuit of VTOL operation for more than a decade. With a recent infusion of venture capital and the assets of Uber’s now unencumbered Elevate division, Joby Aviation may have exactly what it needs to take the final step forward into a future of VTOL travel.

Downsizing offers big potential

Few companies made it through 2020 economically unscathed. Rideshare company Uber is no exception. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi responded to cash flow problems by attempting to unload unprofitable arms of the company. Uber Elevate represented one of the most glaring examples of unprofitability. Though ambitious, the division represented a long-term economic play — one that Uber simply couldn’t afford to maintain in the current economic climate.

As marketed in the original 2016 white paper, Uber Elevate would supplant traditional cab rides with an army of VTOLs that would take off and land at designated launch pads. In other words, before Uber saw a return, they would need to establish an expansive network of launchpads and finalize their aircraft: an electric vehicle still in the testing phases of development.

In short, for Uber to see positive results on their next earnings sheet, Uber Elevate would have to go. Of course, that worked perfectly for Northern California aviation firm, Joby Aviation.

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Meet Joby

If you’re unfamiliar with Joby Aviation, you’re not alone. Though in operation since 2009, the aircraft manufacturer preferred to steer clear of the limelight, keeping its experimental craft a secret. Although few people gained access to Joby’s designs, most seem delighted by the results.

In 2018, the company’s founder, inventor JoeBen Bivert, announced that it raised $100 million from big-name investors like Toyota and Intel. Then, in January 2020, Joby Aviation announced an additional $590 million in venture capital funding. The influx of cash and the announcement of a new electric-powered VTOL craft transformed Joby Aviation from a promising upstart into a power player overnight.

Uber also has invested $75 million in Joby as part of the acquisition deal. It’s a strong signal that, while divesting an unprofitable arm of the company, Uber still believes in its technology.

An ambitious combination

The team at Joby Aviation is optimistic about their acquisition. With Uber Elevate, Joby Aviation gains access to Uber’s unmatched communications technology. Paired with Joby Aviation’s impressive VTOLs and investment largess, that communication network could prove invaluable. As Bivert explained, “These tools and new team members will be invaluable to us as we accelerate our plans for commercial launch.”

There are still years of development ahead before passengers can book their own air taxi, but Uber Elevate’s transition to Joby Aviation brings that future one step closer. Uber’s technologies and Joby’s capital could prove the winning combination the VTOL industry needs to finally take flight.

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