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AUG-SEP 2018

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18 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING INNOVATIONS demonstrate the opportunities in electrification, and then to push a strategy that accelerates across the business. Aston Martin Volante The elite car maker drives toward aviation with its Volante project trying to create a new line in luxury urban mobility. Aston Martin is a newcomer in the world of aviation and in the VTOL world but appears serious about its intentions. What I could see in Farnborough gave to me as a pilot and aeronautical engineer much faith in this project as it was in my opinion one of the ripest newcomer projects I have seen in years. The adapted aerodynamic solutions, the chosen propulsion system, and the overall design of a high-end, three-seat hybrid-electric VTOL is more than a bold try just to create a PR gag. The Volante Vision, is a cooperation project started some 18 months ago with Aston Martin and its UK partners Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, and Rolls-Royce. The Volante is a hybrid-electric aircraft that relies on a M250 gas-turbine/generator to drive its three propellers. It is projected to have a top speed of 175kt (320km/h), and a 216nm (400km) range — able to connect Paris and London. UK E-Flight Funding At the FIA 2018 it was announced that UK’s aerospace sector will be granted funding of £343 million with the aim of creating a new era of cleaner, greener flight. From the total investment, £255 million — supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) — will go toward 18 new research and technology projects, including the development of cleaner and greener hybrid aircraft. To support small and medium-sized companies, £68 million of the funding will be made available to increase research and development opportunities, with £20 million to drive improvements in long-term productivity across the sector. A major beneficiary of the latest funding is the E-Fan X project where Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens want to develop a flying electrical demonstrator which will form the foundation for future electrical aircraft and help the aerospace sector to manufacture cleaner, quieter aircraft and grow the industry sustainably. Rolls-Royce’s ACCEL project will also lead a UK program to accelerate the electrification of flight which will contribute to the UK’s aim to cut emissions through its Clean Growth Strategy. ASTON MARTIN Volante Vision. ASTON MARTIN THE VERSATILE HARLAN APV Harlan Trans-Con Model HTSBAPV As a manufacturer of our own parts and components, we have the ability to customize parts as well as support parts beyond standard expected part life in the industry. Many options available: • Beacons • Hitches • Suspension-style seats +1-800-255-4262

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