ACT News 2017


Zunum e-Plane: Boeing and JetBlue

July 17, 2017 in Aviation, Electric Drive, investments by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Airline and Airplane Builder Make Investments
In Start-Up That Would Wean Planes from Fuel,
Changing the Very Nature of Regional Air Travel

Boeing and JetBlue have invested in Zunum Aero, a Kirkland, Wash.-based startup that’s developing ten- to 50-passenger series hybrid electric airplanes with an eye to eventual all-electric operation for routes up to 1,000 miles.

Workhorse Unveils e-Helicopter in Paris

June 26, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Aviation, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Debuts the SureFly Two-Seater for 2019
With Honda Motor Backing Electric Drive

Workhorse unveiled an eVTOL – hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing – aircraft at last week’s Paris Air Show. Flight tests of the two-seat SureFly are planned to begin this year, according to an Aviation Week report at the show, and the company is aiming for U.S. FAA certification of an initial piloted model in 2019. updated with Paris Air Show photos June 28

Bizjets Fly Green to the EBACE Static

May 27, 2017 in Aviation, Biofuels, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Bombardier Talks Up Its ‘Commitment to Sustainability’

Bombardier Business Aircraft flew Learjet 75, Challenger 350 and 650, and Global 6000 jets powered by a biofuel blend to last week’s EBACE 2017 event in Geneva. The used cooking oil-based fuel was supplied by Netherlands-based SkyNRG biofuels via EBACE exhibitor AEG Fuels.

ChargePoint & Uber: Flying High, Higher

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Aviation, EVs, EVSE, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Deal With Uber Could, As They Say, Change Everything

ChargePoint, the leading supplier of networked chargers for electric vehicles, has teamed with Uber in support of a global vertical takeoff and landing transportation network.

Workhorse Horsefly Drone Flies for UPS

February 22, 2017 in Aviation, delivery vehicles, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone Trial of a Horsefly Residential Delivery Drone
Launched from the Top of a Workhorse UPS Hybrid Truck:
‘Incorporates Drone Delivery into Day-to-Day Delivery Operations’

UPS has successfully tested a UAV/unmanned aerial vehicle by Workhorse for rural residential package delivery service, launching the “Horsefly” drone from a battery electric truck, also supplied by Workhorse.

Redmark CNG for Colorado NGVs

November 8, 2016 in Aviation, CNG, Companies, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contracts for Refuse Trucks and Airport Baggage Trucks

Redmark CNG has publicized contracts with Western Disposal and Southwest Airlines for the support of compressed natural gas vehicles operated by the two organizations in Colorado.

Alaska Airlines Flies with Gevo Biofuel

June 8, 2016 in Aviation, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene Fuels Two Flights

Alaska Airlines made two flights yesterday using inedible corn-based alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene from Colorado’s Gevo. The demonstration flights using the 20% ATJ-SPK blend were from Seattle to San Francisco and to Washington, D.C. updated June 9

United Commences Regular Bio Flights

March 14, 2016 in Aviation, Biofuels, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Carrier Says It ‘Makes History’ with Friday’s LAX-SFO Flight
Signifying the Start of Its Regular Use of Renewable Jet Fuel:
Three-Year Deal for Honeywell-UOP Process Fuel from AltAir

United Airlines commenced regular use of renewable jet fuel with an inaugural flight from the Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco International this past Friday. “The launch marks a significant milestone in the commercial aviation industry by moving beyond demonstration flights and test programs to the use of advanced biofuels for United’s ongoing operations,” the airline said.

UQM HD220 for Kalmar Airport Tugs

January 26, 2016 in Aviation, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Best Power Density, Performance and Efficiency We Have Seen’

UQM Technologies said today that its PowerPhase HD220 heavy duty motor-and-controller combination has successfully passed vehicle trials with major airlines, and that Sweden’s Kalmar Motor will use the drive in its TBL-50 airplane tugs.

Oslo Airport Now Offers Biofuel to All

January 24, 2016 in Aviation, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Air BP Is Handling the Camelina-Based Product from Neste
Which Is ‘Delivered Through the Normal Supply Mechanism’

As of this past Friday, all airlines operating out of Norway’s Oslo Airport Gardermoenm have the option to purchase biofuel from Air BP. The camelina-based fuel is produced by Neste in Finland, and shipped as a 50-50 blend with conventional petroleum-based product.

Boeing Taps Canada for Aviation Biofuels

December 8, 2015 in Aviation, Biofuels, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

British Columbia Partnership to Evaluate Forest Waste as Feed

Boeing, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and SkyNRG are collaborating to turn leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste into sustainable aviation biofuel, Boeing said last week.

Workhorse Drone Gets FAA Test Nod

October 14, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Aviation, certifications, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Package Delivery Drone May Be Test-Flown with University

Workhorse reports a Certificate of Authorization from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration allowing test flights of the battery electric “HorseFly” package delivery drone. The COA, Workhorse said today, was granted to the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex, allowing Workhorse and UC, the University of Cincinnati, to further develop the drone (also known as an Unmanned Aerial System).

Red Rock Biofuels for FedEx Express Jets

July 24, 2015 in Aviation, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm Applies ‘Small-Footprint’ Fischer-Tropsch Process to Woody Biomass Feeds,
FedEx Pact Through 2024 Complements Earlier Agreement with Southwest Airlines

Fort Collins, Colo.-based Red Rock Biofuels has announced an agreement with FedEx Express to provide some three million gallons of low-carbon, drop-in renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express aircraft. The agreement runs through 2024, with first deliveries expected in 2017, Red Rock says, noting that “FedEx joins Southwest Airlines in purchasing Red Rock’s total available volume of jet fuel.”

Solar Impulse Delayed in Hawaii

July 15, 2015 in Aviation, Electric Drive, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Will Stay in Oahu Until April as Long Flight Saw Battery Damage

The historic ’round-the-world journey of the 100% sun-powered battery electric Solar Impulse 2 airplane has been delayed at least until April –  the aircraft’s lithium polymer batteries suffered “irreversible damage” from overheating during this month’s five-day flight from Japan to Hawaii (F&F, July 7), the Solar Impulse team said this morning.

United Airlines Buys into Biofuels

July 7, 2015 in Aviation, Biofuels, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Carrier Invests $30 Million in California’s Fulcrum BioEnergy,
And Wants to Buy 90 Million Cost-Competitive Gallons Per Year

United Airlines is talking up “an historic $30 million equity investment” in Pleasanton, Calif.-based Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. which has developed a process for converting municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation biofuel.

Solar Impulse Wraps Japan-Hawaii Flight

July 7, 2015 in Aviation, Electric Drive, solar, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Longest Leg of Around-the-World Journey Using No Fuel Is Completed:
The Next Stop Is Phoenix for Aircraft Demonstrating Clean Technologies

The fully electric Solar Impulse – Si2, the Swiss organization’s second 100% battery-powered aircraft – has completed its 7,200-kilometer/4,475-mile flight from Nagoya, Japan to Honolulu. Organization co-founder and CEO André Borschberg made the five-day solo journey, the longest in aviation history.

Solar Impulse Tries Nagoya-Hawaii Flight

June 30, 2015 in Aviation, Electric Drive, solar, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Longest Leg of Around-the-World Journey Using No Fuel – Right Now:
‘Clean Technologies & Renewable Energies Can Achieve Incredible Feats’

The fully electric Solar Impulse airplane – Si2, the Swiss organization’s second – is in the midst of the longest and riskiest leg of its historic Round-The-World mission, flying as of F&F presstime from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii. It is a second attempt at the 7,200-kilometer/4,475-mile crossing after weather forced diversion of the aircraft to Nagoya following a takeoff from Nanjing, China.

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