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Airborne 02.14.20: Airbus Blended Wing, GoFly FlyOff, Boeing Woes

Also: Starliner Problems, NATA Update, NBAA v Congress, Iran Fails, Jerks on Planes

Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator.

At 6.5 feet long and 10.5 feet wide, with a surface area of about 24 square feet, MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design that Airbus says has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up-to 20 percent compared to current single-aisle aircraft. Launched in 2017, MAVERIC first took to the skies in June 2019. Since then the flight-test campaign has been on-going and will continue until the end of Q2 2020. The culmination of the GoFly global competition ... the GoFly Final Fly Off ... is slated for February 27-29, 2020 at Moffett Federal Airfield at NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California. The GoFly Prize, a $2 million global competition comprised of 850 teams from 103 countries all vying to create personal flying machines in a multiphase challenge. Competitors were charged with creating a personal flyer that is smaller, lighter and quieter than anything that has ever existed before. Some 31 Phase II Teams across 16 countries submitted entries and were reviewed by a panel of experts across 2 rounds of judging. January is, in most instances, a slow month for airplane orders and deliveries. But Boeing may have set a new standard in the first month of 2020. The planemaker recorded no new orders and delivered only 13 airplanes in the first month of the year. A year ago in January, Boeing took orders for 45 commercial jets. The company has never had a zero-order January since its merger with McDonnell Douglas. It delivered 46 commercial jets in January, 2019. The slow pace of deliveries is attributable entirely to the grounding of the 737 MAX. Until the aircraft is recertified, it cannot deliver those airplanes to customers. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 02.14.20 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Friday, February 14th, 2020... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Sophie Hurlock. Sophie is supported by ANN Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, as well as ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell. This episode covers:

  • Airbus Reveals Its Blended Wing Aircraft Demonstrator
  • GoFly Final Fly Off Is February 27-29
  • January Was A Bad Month For Boeing 
  • NASA Identifies Three Concerns With Boeing Starliner Spacecraft
  • NATA Announces Leadership Changes
  • NBAA Urges Congress To Address Shortage Of Pilots And Technicians
  • Iran Fails At Fourth Attempt To Orbit A Satellite 
  • Why GA Rocks... Jerks on Planes

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