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China Could Soon See eVTOL Air-Taxi Flights After Successful Passenger Test

Every week, there’s something new in the world of eVTOLs. But it’s not often the headlines are as exciting as the most recent one from eHang. The company has announced the first successful passenger flight of its eHang 216 around Yantai, China. This marks the first successful test of its kind and scope — a huge leap forward in the development of eVTOLs as air-taxis. And, with a global parade lined up to showcase similar tests in multiple countries, eHang may have just become the frontrunner in the future of autonomous air-taxis.


A bold new direction

While big-name tech companies like Tesla and Google continue to struggle with self-piloted cars, Chinese company eHang is bypassing the roads entirely in favor of taking to the skies. The company’s flagship eVTOL aircraft, the 216, has been racking up service miles for the last two years. Along the way, it has accumulated a sterling reputation for private transportation.

With a range of roughly 20 miles, the 216 is perfect for transportation around most major cities. The autonomously piloted aircraft has tested the market in more than 21 cities and 6 countries, successfully completing more than 2,000 flights in all weather conditions without issue.

Now, the company has reached a new milestone: the world’s first commercial trip with passengers, flown completely autonomously.

The North American market

For the moment, the 216’s limited range makes it ideal for quick jaunts around the city, plus a bevy of sightseeing opportunities. Of course, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) strict rules regarding air space make it difficult for eHang’s 216 to breach the United States market. Though the FAA has issued flight approval for the eHang 216, its ability to function in the commercial space is limited. Fortunately for the company, the provincial government of Quebec is more open to experimentation.

Transport Canada (the FAA of the Great White North) issued a Special Flight Operations Certificate to allow eHang to begin preliminary flights throughout the city, and, eventually, the country. As eHang builds an increasing number of friendly markets throughout the world, it’s only a matter of time before the United States government takes notice.

The cutting edge

The 216 isn’t the world’s first eVTOL, not by a stretch. The idea for a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft can be traced all the way back to Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks. Countless inventors have tried their hands at eVTOLs, but few have met with the same success. Even contemporaries of eHang don’t have quite the same panache. For example, a test air-taxi program conducted by German company Volocopter is currently ongoing. The Volocopter, however, still requires the use of a pilot.

Other aerospace companies experimenting with autonomous flight are steps behind eHang, as well. There is no other company that allows travelers to take off and land wherever they need without having to control the aircraft. Truly, if there was a frontrunner in the world of eVTOLs, eHang is the odds-on favorite — a fact that becomes clearer with future successful unpiloted tests.

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Is All-Inclusive Vacationing Soon to Include Private Flights?

In the wake of COVID-19, private charter companies have begun exploring a broad realm of possibilities for getting planes back into the sky. Among these options is partnerships with other organizations — namely travel and hospitality companies. It might not be long until the concept of an “all-inclusive” vacation comes to include a private flight to your resort! This type of partnership could be a big win for charter companies and vacation destinations alike — provided the new concept of “all-inclusive” gets traction now, in the post-pandemic climate.

Partnerships boost the vacation industry

In this time of social distancing, a discounted private charter is much preferred to roughing the commercial airlines. The world is attempting to leave COVID-19 in the past, yet many vacationers still get anxious at the mere thought of sitting in close proximity to strangers on their flight. Families are more likely to enact their vacation plans knowing a private jet allows them to socially distance themselves.

As a result, private charters and resorts are teaming up in an effort to kick the vacation industry back into gear. In particular, ANI Private Resorts and Private Jet Services (PJS) have created a partnership to boost business and offer passengers special perks. Passengers flying with PJS for the first time to one of the ANI resorts will receive $5,000 in credit. It’s twice that amount for a current PJS member!

Expanding the definition of all-inclusive

There’s a bright side to social distancing, too. Thanks to limited capacities at resorts, all-inclusive vacations just got a whole lot better. You can lounge by the pool, enjoy private cooking sessions with world-class chefs, or embark on tours without having to run into other guests. At ANI Private Resorts, guests have full access to sprawling grounds with just ten suites per villa. Guests even have the option to rent an entire villa for ultimate privacy.

Private jets serve to expand that all-inclusive experience. They allow guests to arrive in style, trading the claustrophobic cabin of a commercial plane for the luxury of their own personal jet. Partnerships allow private charters to get vacationers excited about travel when they previously may have dreaded it. And, of course, a luxury flight enhances the ambiance of a luxury destination.

Private jets are here to stay

All-inclusive vacations with private jets come in the midst of travel destinations planning a soft reopen. Resorts, nightclubs, and amusement parks alike are figuring out how to comply with social distance rules while allowing revenue to flow. Private charters are doing the same. That’s why partnerships like those between ANI Private Resorts and PJS are a smart business move right now. Travel and lodging companies are working together to keep customers safe in the aftermath of a global pandemic.

ANI and PJS represent the first of what’s likely to be many all-inclusive partnerships to include a private charter to the vacation destination. Not only do charters bring vacationers peace of mind through privacy and social distance, they exude a new level of ambiance at a time when the concept of a vacation may seem unappealing. As both private aviation and hospitality strive to recover in a post-pandemic world, a natural partnership is the best step forward.

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FAA Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) Program is Live, Bringing New Security to BizAv

Privacy is a major part of business aviation, and one of the pillar benefits of owning or choosing a private charter. For many, this goes beyond the seclusion of a luxury cabin — it also includes the privacy of not having your movements tracked publicly. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acknowledges the need for privacy and has subsequently launched its Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) program, affording jet owners the ADS-B privacy they desire.

Looking at the Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) program

The FAA’s Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) program is the next iteration in privacy for BizAv, building atop the frameworks of the Limiting Aircraft Data Displayed (LADD) program, formerly the Block Aircraft Registration Request. However, this new program takes things a step further, shielding private aircraft from the traceability that comes with mode-S transponders.

Part of the ADS-B system, mode-S transponders emit the aircraft’s ICAO code, which can be publicly tracked by means of flight aggregation software. The PIA program provides aircraft an alternate ICAO number — one that’s disassociated with the aircraft’s registration number. As a result, the craft can be tracked through public channels, but not identified. Aircraft also must register for a new domestic call sign.

How to request a PIA assignment

For jet owners looking to take advantage of enhanced privacy via the PIA program, the first step is to obtain a PIA assignment. The process is straightforward. Applicants must be U.S. registered and authorized to use a third-party call sign. Additionally, the craft must be equipped with 1090 MHz ADS-B.

Aviators must apply for and obtain a copy of their Initial Public ADS-B Performance Report (PAPR), which should include the permanently assigned ICAO address from a flight in ADS-B airspace within the past 180 days. This information should be submitted to the PIA request site, where, if approved, aircraft owners will receive their PIA assignment in as little as 10 days.

New PIA assignment in hand, aviators must program the new PIA into the mode-S transponder. Once installed, the final step is to obtain another PAPR from a flight in ADS-B airspace — this time with the PIA — and submit it to the PIA verification page for validation.

The strong case for PIAs

The PIA has strong support across the BizAv industry, largely backed by corporate jet owners. Protecting the movements of CEOs and investors has tremendous merit not only for their safety, but in protecting clandestine business operations. Likewise, politicians and high-net-worth individuals who may become targets can travel incognito when flying to and from commercial airfields.

Currently, the PIA program only extends to private charters in domestic airspace. International charters must revert to their original ICAO address, triggering a maintenance action. As this program continues to gain traction, avionics companies will likely come together for more seamless solutions. In the meantime, privacy reigns supreme in U.S. airspace!

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Bombardier Divests its Commercial Aviation Segment, Ending a 33-Year Run

An industry force for more than 30 years and a trusted name in aviation, Bombardier is saying goodbye to the commercial sector. Announced in June 2019, the company has officially divested the last of its regional jet business to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It’s the final chapter in a story of dismantling that’s been happening since 2015. While sad, it gives Bombardier time to focus more on what it does best ― including private aviation.

A look back at its roots

Bombardier’s rise and fall in the commercial aviation sector is an intriguing story. The company actually got its start in specialty vehicles, producing sleds and plows for winter rescue operations. It wasn’t until 1986 when the company took to the skies. A condensed history shows a two-decade sprint to the forefront of the market, as a leading name in regional jet production:

  • In 1986, Bombardier acquired Canadair for $120 million (Canadian dollars)
  • Shortly after, in 1989, they acquired Short Brothers ― an aircraft manufacturer
  • In 1992, the company acquired the newly bankrupt, highly popular Learjet brand
  • In 2008, Bombardier forayed into in-house manufacturing with the Dash 8 Series

The late 2000s were the apex of Bombardier’s leadership in commercial aviation. The Dash 8 Series boomed in popularity; alongside legacy models inherited from Learjet. The company even weathered the economic downturn of 2008 with relative ease. It wasn’t until 2015 when the company’s problems reared.

The downward spiral

In 2015, the company reported a net debt of more than $9 billion and freefalling revenues. Investors, upon seeing the financial filings, obliterated Bombardier’s stock, sending it tumbling. The small glimmer of hope ― the company’s newly introduced CS100 series models ― was quickly extinguished, as well.

After debuting the CS100 series and taking orders from major airliners such as Delta, Bombardier was hit with a formal complaint by rival Boeing. Boeing claimed the company was using Canadian subsidies to undercut market pricing. Facing tariffs of nearly 250%, sales of the CS100 series tanked, along with Bombardier’s commercial outlook.

Divestitures began shortly thereafter. Airbus acquired a majority stake in the CS100 series and quickly changed the name to the Airbus A220. Then, in 2018, Bombardier sold its flagship Dash 8 program. Now, with the sale of its remaining assets to Mitsubishi for $550 million, Bombardier the commercial aviation company exists no more.

What’s the focus now?

Bombardier’s exit from commercial aviation turns an oligopoly into a duopoly, between Airbus and Boeing. But if it’s not going to make regional jets anymore, what is Bombardier going to do?

Turn to private aviation, of course! The company’s Learjet, Challenger, and Global Series aircraft are major sellers in the private market, and the company continues to see tremendous success in this sector. With more than 4,700 jets in operation over 112 countries, Bombardier is the third-largest business jet manufacturer in the world.

With its hugely popular Global 7500 and anticipated Global 8000 jets, Bombardier is showing that it’s ready to succeed in private aviation. Closing the door on commercial aviation ensures a singular focus.

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The 2020 Deadline for ADS-B Out Compliance is Looming Nearer

We’re less than three months out from the mandatory compliance date for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS–B) retrofits in private aircraft. On January 1, 2020, aircraft operating in U.S. airspace must have ADS–B surveillance technology, allowing aircraft to determine position through the use of satellite navigation. Aircraft operating in European airspace face a similar deadline of June 7, 2020.

The problem is that a major chunk of the private fleet is on pace to miss this deadline. The retrofit program started in 2016, yet AINonline reports, “Of the 17,759 currently registered aircraft, 5,088 or 29% have not yet been upgraded, down from 51% a year ago.”

Jet owners are running out of time. If their craft isn’t updated to include ADS–B on or before the deadline, they face grounding until compliant.

The adoption rate of ADS–B is up from the abysmal numbers reported in 2018, but there are still red flags among private jet owners. Current projections anticipate as much as 15% of the U.S. fleet will not be compliant in time. Roughly 11% of Europe’s private jet fleet faces grounding, as well.

Why haven’t jet owners upgraded?

The lackluster adoption rate of ADS–B upgrades is surprising. Not only have owners had nearly a four-year window, a voucher program was also made available to mitigate the cost of upgrading.

Early adoption issues stem from component availability. Early adopters found themselves waiting months for components to become available. Unfortunately, this same bottleneck could be what dooms late adopters. As the deadline looms, there’s sure to be a surge in retrofit demand, which could push back installation times. Manufacturers have ramped up their transponder production rate in anticipation.

Lack of overall adoption appears to be a matter of pricing. Based on upgrade data, adoption is lowest among legacy fixed-wing aircraft owners. These owners face costs as high as $200,000 to implement ADS–B. Many are still weighing the cost against voluntarily grounding or even purchasing a brand-new aircraft that’s already compliant.

It appears many jet owners are also banking on a deadline extension that may not come. Slow initial adoption led many to believe the date would get pushed into the future, potentially with better financing available. Neither have materialized and are unlikely to, leaving current owners in a predicament.

Who will make the deadline, and who’s getting grounded?

Adoption rates will surpass 80% in the coming months, but will the trend continue to full adoption? It remains unlikely, as cost prohibitions loom largely over legacy owners. Craft such as the Gulfstream III and the Citation III have less than 50% ADS–B adoption. For those choosing to forgo the upgrade, that tarmac is where they’ll stay.

The silver lining in the slow pace to total adoption? Those not intending to make the upgrade may instead invest in a new aircraft. It wouldn’t be surprising to see an uptick in new jet deliveries in 2020.

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The Cirrus SF50 Returns to the Skies


Cirrus jets have been a staple of dominance in the light personal jet market since the late 2000s. Recently, however, as many as 105 Cirrus’ SF50 Vision ultra-light craft were recalled by the Minnesota manufacturer. Following an emergency airworthiness directive by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the entire fleet of SF50 jets was grounded in April 2019. Now, the fan-favorite craft is back in the air.

Looking closer at the problem

The reason for the grounding has been traced back to three separate incidents of malfunction with the SF50’s stall warning and protection system. A statement issued by Cirrus frames the problem and the subsequent decision to ground the fleet:

“In early April of this year, one of our company pilots experienced the engagement of the stall warning and protection system when not appropriate during a flight at altitude. The pilot followed the published airplane flight manual (AFM) procedures and landed the aircraft safely. Out of an abundance of caution, we immediately began working with the FAA and our internal teams to determine the root cause and began our operator communication process.” — Cirrus company statement

Following major air travel catastrophes like the Boeing 737 MAX scandal, the decision to ground the fleet was largely proactive. The company noted in a more detailed statement that pilots have “full ability to manually override the stall warning and protection system.” No injuries, deaths, or reports of damage resulted from the system malfunction.

The fix and return to safety

The solution to the SF50 Vision’s improper triggering of the stall warning and protection system was a replacement of the angle-of-attack sensor. Designed as a safety feature, the sensor would malfunction abruptly during specific periods of takeoff or landing, making it more difficult for pilots to control their craft. In each of the three reported incidents, pilots swiftly overrode the feature to regain control of their craft. No accidents or mishaps have resulted from this condition and each pilot landed their aircraft without incident, according to the company.

Cirrus reports that as of May 2019, all SF50 aircraft in service have had their angle-of-attack sensors replaced and are once again safe in the skies. And, unlike Boeing — which faces a similar scandal on a much larger and more gruesome scale — Cirrus doesn’t appear to have garnered ill will from either the FAA or customers. Reinstatement of the aircraft’s airworthiness took less than 30 days, and the company reports as many as 500 orders on the books.

A growing concern in aviation

While the SF50 Vision is back in the skies and functioning properly, there’s growing discontent among those in the aviation industry linking safety incidents together. The 737 MAX, which faced a similar sensor malfunction, is still grounded in the U.S. Issues with angle-of-attack and other equipment forcing abnormal pitch and roll behavior are piquing the attention of regulators, manufacturers, and pilots.

Cirrus and Boeing are just two companies that have faced incidents with safety features behaving erratically. The fear is that more will follow. For now, however, it seems as though Cirrus’ response has set the standard for handling these issues. Boeing, on the other hand, remains in hot water with the FAA.

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Iran Is Currently a No-Fly Zone — How Is BizAv Adapting?

Escalating hostility between the United States and Iran is complicating travel between Europe, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula, and North America. Even as tensions simmer, however, business aviation (BizAv) professionals are identifying new route potentials and establishing new ways to navigate airspace to continue serving their clients.

The tension so far

On June 20, Iran shot down a U.S. unmanned military aircraft. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a no-fly order covering all Iranian airspace for all civil aircraft. The FAA has concerns of potential military strikes on civilian flights, either from American or Iranian forces.

The Tehran Flight Information Region (OIIX) doesn’t cover only airspace over Iran’s landmass, however. Iranian airspace includes the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, as well as the Strait of Hormuz. This makes it challenging for many business travelers and other civilians to reach global business hubs throughout the region, including Doha, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. In fact, United Airlines flights from New York to Mumbai are canceled indefinitely due to the flight ban.

Following precedent of past conflicts

The FAA’s emergency order applies only to U.S.-based aircraft; however, international aircraft operators are paying attention and following suit. Industry analysts suggest that the potential danger of a civilian aircraft shoot-down over Iran is real and imminent.

In fact, tensions between the U.S. and Iran have led to civilian aircraft deaths in the past. In 1988, a missile fired by American forces struck Iran Air Flight 555, killing 290 people.

More recently, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was struck by a missile while flying over a separatist-controlled section of Eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people. This prompted airlines and regulators across the globe to reexamine the way the civilian aviation industry handles airspace over areas of violent conflict.

Middle Eastern airspace is already heavily congested and severely restricted. Flights between Europe, Eastern North America, and Asia pass over the Middle East. Ongoing conflicts and political rivalries have restricted the use of airspace over countries such as Syria and Yemen for the past several years.

Responding and preparing for detours

Both commercial airlines and BizAv industries are adapting to rising tensions in the region and preparing for the possibility of future conflict.

Many internationally based aircraft are avoiding airspace in the strategically important area of Southern Iran surrounding the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, while continuing to fly into Tehran and fly over Northern Iran.

Meanwhile, other aircraft are avoiding airspace within the Tehran OIIX altogether. These flights are using alternative, longer routes over Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia — or over the Caspian Sea and Turkmenistan.

Regardless of the origin and destination of your BizAv flight, the safety of your crew and passengers are of the utmost importance. Following FAA guidance, as well as staying on top of global affairs, will help prepare you to make safe business travel decisions.

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Bombardier’s Global 7500 Takes LA to NYC Speed Crown

On March 24, 2019, a Bombardier Global 7500 broke the speed record from Los Angeles to New York City, completing the flight in 3 hours and 54 minutes. The Global 7500 left Van Nuys Airport on Sunday at 7:01 a.m. local time and landed at Teterboro Airport at 1:55 p.m. local time, trimming 90 minutes off the average time.

Bombardier pilots Kerry Swanson and Andrew Sibenaler accomplished the feat. The Global 7500 reached a top speed of Mach 0.925, the 7500’s Maximum Mach Number (MMO), which it maintained for more than two hours in level flight. The record is pending certification from the National Aeronautic Association.


Meet the Global 7500: Speed, safety, luxury

Available from Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier Inc., the Global 7500 has a roughly $73 million price tag and began deliveries in December 2018. The aircraft won the 2019 Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award.

The aircraft that set the record — registered as C-FXAI — is production-level and serves as a demonstration aircraft.

“The Global 7500 aircraft is simply the best business jet on the market today,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft President David Coleal. “This latest speed record demonstrates once again that the Global 7500 jet is the undisputed leader in business aviation.”

The Global 7500 is the largest and longest-range private aircraft. It features four living spaces and a dedicated crew suite and kitchen. The interior is customizable with countless floor plan and furnishing options. Possible spaces include a club suite, conference suite (with a six-person table), entertainment suite, private suite, and en suite bath. The aircraft holds a maximum of 19 passengers.


The aircraft also boasts Bombardier’s signature Nuage seat, featuring deep recline, a floating base, and a tilting headrest. A new feature is the nice Touch cabin management system, which controls lighting, media, communications, and more.

Crew members also enjoy luxury aboard the Global 7500. The aircraft features the largest cockpit in the industry and a permanent side-facing jump seat. It’s equipped with Bombardier’s proven fly-by-wire system. The dedicated crew suite offers maximum comfort on long-range flights.

Mounting records for Bombardier

The Global 7500’s recent flight record comes on the heels of another honor for Bombardier, when a Global 7500 flew 8,152 nautical miles on a recent trip and set the record for the longest flight for a private jet. The Global 7500 flew from Singapore to Tucson, Arizona, and landed in 90 minutes with 4,300 pounds of fuel in reserve, meeting NBAA requirements.

The Global 7500 unseats the record set by General Dynamic Corp.’s Gulfstream G650 in November 2014. Until the Global 7500’s debut, the Gulfstream G650 was the uncontested standard in ultra-long-range business aircraft since its launch in December 2012.

The typical cruise speed for the Global 7500 is 0.85 mach. Its maximum range is listed as 7,700 nautical miles. A commercial flight from Los Angeles to New York City takes an average five and a half hours to complete.

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2018 BizAv Industry Recap: Trends by the Numbers

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released its end-of-year report on the state of aircraft shipments for 2018. And while a glance at the first quarter of last year might set the bar low for expectations, the remainder of the year and especially the fourth quarter yielded numbers that paint a healthy picture of private aviation headed into 2019.

Breaking down the GAMA report

While the GAMA report focuses exclusively on aircraft deliveries, there’s a tremendous amount of data to glean from the raw numbers. It’s also a great status indicator for the industry as a whole, since the report focuses on the point of delivery instead of the point of order.

For example, 703 new business jets were delivered to customers in 2018. More impressive was the growth over the year — only about 19% of deliveries took place in the first quarter, as opposed to nearly 37% in the fourth quarter. Total deliveries were also up about 3.8% in 2018 over 2017. The total value of the private aircraft market in 2018 was about $20.6 billion.

Most impressive in this report, however, is data showing a rise in private aviation across all categories: business jets, turboprops, pistons, and helicopters. It’s the first such instance of growth in five years and the strongest surge in deliveries in more than a decade!

Looking closer at the trends

Thanks to the individual categories broken out by the GAMA report, a few trends also make themselves evident:

  • Textron is the top manufacturer of 2018, according to the report. This is no surprise, as its Citation family of jets has been gaining momentum over the past several years. With 188 total aircraft delivered in 2018, the industry leader is likely to see a strong 2019 as well thanks to its Latitude model, which accounted for 57 of the company’s deliveries last year.
  • Despite having the most total models delivered, Textron actually comes second to Bombardier in terms of the most popular model of 2018. The Challenger 350 remains the best-selling private jet for the second year in a row (2017, 2018), with 60 deliveries in 2018 — narrowly beating out Textron’s Latitude (57).
  • Despite growing customer interest in long-range jets — as evidenced by new models such as the Bombardier Global 7500 — there’s actually evidence in the rise of turboprop aircraft. While the low cost of turboprops has always been appealing, 601 new total turboprop deliveries in 2018 signal something more. Turboprops and piston aircraft deliveries both rose 5% last year.

There’s no doubt 2018 was a strong year for all sectors of the private aviation market. The only question now is, Will this momentum continue through 2019 or stall out?

Predictions for 2019

Analysts have high hopes about private jet deliveries in 2019, expecting them to increase as much as 10%. But what will drive such a strong surge on the tail end of an already-great 2018?

Some believe it could be the growing accessibility of private charters and flight-sharing services.

Others predict a lag in the used jet market, which will push prospective buyers into the realm of new jets.

There’s also the newest wave of jets to consider, which includes the already best-selling Bombardier Global 7500 and the Cessna Citation Longitude. Each of these jets is the pinnacle of modern technology and appealing to owners who want the newest and best option.

The general consensus is that the private aviation market will continue to bolster itself in 2019. It could very well be a record-setting year, with so many favorable tailwinds blowing.

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Successful UltraFan Test Heralds a New Generation of Jet Engines


A jet engine is one of the most complex mechanical marvels in the world. With the recent successful test of Rolls-Royce’s developmental UltraFan engine, the future of jet engines just got even more sophisticated. UltraFan technology is staunchly positioned as the future for aviation propulsion. After this test, that future has become a little clearer.

A lineage of proven excellence

Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan is the third iteration of its Trent family of turbofan engines. The Trent 700 debuted in 1990, followed by numerous variations through to the premier of the Advance in 2018 (target launch 2021). The UltraFan is slated for a 2025 launch date.

Along the way Rolls-Royce has also put out variations on the original Trent design, including the most recent Trent 7000 in 2015.


The first successful test

The UltraFan promises to be leaps and bounds ahead of the original Trent design. In February 2019, engineers got a sneak peek at just how much better.

At its facility in Derby, U.K., Rolls-Royce engineers assembled all composite elements of the UltraFan’s Advanced Low-Pressure System (ALPS) for the very first time. This included the fan blades, fan case, and annulus fillers. The entire setup was tested on a donor engine, and the entire process benefitted from IntelligentEngine vision — the company’s digital software that measures the exact parameters of each fan blade during testing.

This is the first time all core elements of the UltraFan have been assembled and tested as a whole.

What’s so special about the UltraFan?

More than just the next iteration in a long line of groundbreaking propulsion systems, the UltraFan promises to herald eye-popping improvements over the standard engines of today.

  • Lower CO2 emissions by 75% (per-passenger/km)
  • As much as a 30% reduction in fuel consumption
  • An environmentally friendly reduction in NOx emissions (as much as 90%)
  • Noise reduction by up to 65%, resulting in a 15dB drop in noise pollution

Through its innovative new technologies, lightweight design, and unparalleled build quality, the UltraFan is poised to tackle everything from operating costs and environmental concerns to noise pollution and aircraft availability concerns.

Roadmap to the skies

All the excitement around the UltraFan engine needs tempering. According to Rolls-Royce’s roadmap, we’re at least five to six years away from seeing it on a jet, much less in the air. That said, there is a clear and present roadmap to the skies for the UltraFan.

That roadmap started with this first successful test and is most likely to culminate with the launch of a re-tooled Airbus A350 in 2025. In between these two points, the UltraFan will likely see ground testing in 2021 and production shortly thereafter. Even beyond the 2025 intended launch date, Rolls-Royce is already looking as far ahead as 2050 to account for EU flight path goals.

The UltraFan is already a modern engineering marvel, and it hasn’t even left the factory floor. With one test in the books and more not far behind, the future of aviation engines is closer than most realize.

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