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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Hundred up

Fast and high, Gulfstream's G700 expands its envelope

More wings

Avcorp F-35 outboard wing deal extended to 2022

Free at last

Airbus UAS makes first autonomous free flight

Beyond visual

Oklahoma tests confirmed Bell performance is out of sight

Facing realities

Boeing cuts commercial jet production rates

Boeing says it must assess staff levels, and consider closing one Dreamliner production line, so severe is the impact of COVID-19 on world travel demand. Considerably fewer aircraft will leave the factory in coming years.

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FAA approval

Epic Aircraft has finally received FAA Production Certification for its E1000.

Epic gains production certificate for the E1000 turboprop

A long certification process, interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, has now been concluded, and Epic now has plans to further accelerate its production schedules.

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IHS ESDU

Hundred up

There are three aircraft in the flight test program.

Fast and high, Gulfstream's G700 expands its envelope

Gulfstream's new flagship G700 has flown in excess of its maximum operating speed and altitude as flight testing passes the hundred mission mark. Flutter testing has been completed.

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Beijing Dong Shengyuan Adhesive Products Co., Ltd

More wings

Avcorp F-35 outboard wing deal extended to 2022

The Carrier Variant of the F-35 needs foldable wings in order to fit into the ship's hangars. Avcorp assembles the outboard section, and reckons these are some of the more complex aircraft assemblies made in Canada.

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Druck

Free at last

Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 unmanned aerial system (UAS) prototype has performed its first free flight. (Photo: Airbus Helicopters)

Airbus UAS makes first autonomous free flight

Destined to be a drone system for the French Navy, the Airbus VSR700 will begin sea trials by the end of next year. It has taken an important step by flying autonomously within a geofenced virtual perimeter.

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ESPEC North America Inc. | Qualmark

Beyond visual

Oklahoma tests confirmed Bell performance is out of sight

Work continues on Bell's autonomous APT 70 system, which the company believes will eventually support medical supply drops, basic supply chain operations and even kiosk deliveries.

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Fastems Group