Supersonic Stories: GE’s Newest Engine

Any business professional knows that, in order to stay relevant and successful, one must keep his or her thumb on the pulse of their respective industry. I thoroughly enjoy learning as much as I can about new practices, methods and technologies that affect my industry, directly or indirectly. That is precisely why I wanted to highlight GE’s brand new supersonic engine.

The supersonic jet has been retired for quite some time, but as I’d discussed in previous blogs, it is making something of a comeback. Travelers want to get from point A to point B in record time; in order to do that, we must revive the notion of supersonic travel. Well, luckily, GE and a handful of aviation companies are looking to do just that.

GE, in association with Lockheed Martin and Honeywell, is working on a supersonic jet engine that could power the aviation industry into the future. Dubbed the Affinity, the new engine is set to power the Aerion AS2 supersonic jet. According to reports, GE is keeping a tight lid on the new engine, but the company boasts that the Affinity can function at a max of 60,000 feet and, most importantly, will keep the noise down and adhere to the multiple sound requirements enforced by various countries and territories.

As is the case with most of today’s new technology, the Affinity will be monitored and controlled by a computer known as a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). These FADECs are quite popular in the aviation industry. As of now, the Aerion is scheduled to make its maiden voyage sometime in 2023, so there is still quite some time for GE and company to perfect the engine.

I am incredibly excited about the ability to travel by plane at supersonic levels. As a professional in the industry who’s constantly traveling, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to cut down the commute time by a few hours. I truly hope that GE can deliver on their promises and make the Affinity one of the greatest supersonic engines the aviation industry has ever seen. I will keep you updated on this story as it develops.

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2018: Year of the Business Jet

2018 will be a memorable year for many, for a myriad of reasons.For aviators and those in the aviation industry, it will be remembered for the sheer amount of business jets that were released. That’s right, 2018 is seemingly the year for the business jet. This year has seen 6 brand-new jets release, and the world’s elite have taken notice. As an aviator and professional in the aviation industry, I absolutely love seeing what features and abilities aircraft manufacturers can come up with, and this year has been a doozie.

With that being said, I figured I would highlight some of the standout jets and point out some of their most enticing features.

Bombardier Global 6500

The Bombardier features one of the year’s most striking designs, with a double-winged tail that’s sure to catch anyone’s eye almost immediately. It can also travel quite the distance, with a maximum range of 7,595 miles; that’s 690 miles further than its predecessor, all thanks to the brand-new Rolls-Royce-manufactured engine. It also features some of the swankiest amenities you could ask for, including a Nuage chaise that can be converted into a luxurious bed, and a high-definition entertainment system, complete with a high-speed Internet connection.

Bombardier Global 7500

The Bombardier Global 7500 (the step up from the 6500) is one of the best private jets any business person can buy. While its eccentric amenities are certainly welcome (i.e. the club suite, master suite, entertainment lounge and kitchen) the 7500 truly stands out with its power and efficiency. The 7500 can travel a maximum range of 8,861 miles (that’s 1,266 miles more than the 6500). The jet’s only downside is its steep price tag of $72.8 million, however, if you’re in the market for private jets, the extra range and comfort are certainly well worth the price bump.

Cessna Citation Longitude

While the Cessna Citation Longitude can’t compete with either of the previous entries’ range or amenities, it can offer certain comforts that the Bombardier series of jets simply can’t. More specifically, the Citation’s cabin is one of the quietest cabins in its class. If you’re looking for a reliable, quiet and affordable (relatively speaking) jet, then look no further than the Citation Longitude.

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Ravn Air Announces 2018 Permanent Fund Dividend Sale

 

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Ravn Air
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US Air Force veteran and former B52 pilot David “Dave” Pflieger possesses more than three decades of experience in the aviation sector. As a CEO and senior executive at six different airlines, David Pflieger now serves as President and CEO of Ravn Air Group, Alaska’s largest regional local air carrier, based in Anchorage, Alaska.

On September 22, 2018, Ravn Air launched its 2018 permanent fund dividend sale. For the second year in a row, the annual promotion offered discounts for Alaska residents flying to local destinations served by Ravn Air from mid-October to mid-May.

This year, the sale presented Alaskans with an opportunity to save on flights for business — as well as family-related travel occurring from October 10, 2018; during the end-of-year holidays; and until May 14, 2019. Alaska residents also saved even more as Ravn FlyAway Rewards members. Rewards members received a unique, one-time 25 percent off code for travel between destinations served by Ravn Alaska.

The Return of Supersonic Travel

Travelers looking for a way to travel quickly from one continent to another may soon find themselves boarding a supersonic jet. Not since the Concorde fleet of airplanes retired in 2003 has any airline made plans to reintroduce supersonic jet travel. Now, however, a new company call Boom Supersonic is doing just that.

The supersonic jet revival is one that many business people have been looking forward to. With the ability to fly at speeds of 1451 mph, the new supersonic jet can cut overseas travel time significantly. So significantly, in fact, that a flight from New York City to London, England, can be made in under four hours.

In the past, flying on the Concorde was a privilege accorded only to the most wealthy people in the world. A round-trip ticket from London to New York was roughly $12,000, a price impossible for most people to pay. Now, costs of flying on a Boom Supersonic are projected to be around $5,000 for a round-trip flight. While this is still a significant amount of money, the price of a round-trip Business or First-Class flight is comparable.

Boom Supersonic is not the only company working toward supersonic air travel in the new future. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are both in the process of building and testing supersonic jets, and big-name companies and government agencies are backing them. In fact, NASA awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin to work on a supersonic plane with a quieter sonic boom.

The old Concorde jets were prohibitively expensive to both fly on and maintain, and there was considerable concern about the impact they had on the environment. Fuel usage alone was a problem, burning many times the amount of fuel as traditional commercial airlines. This excessive fuel usage, in turn, created greater emissions, and over time the flights were not cost effective to continue to run. Add to this the fact that few people could afford to fly on the Concorde, and it was almost destined to fail.

With the advent of technological advances, the new supersonic jet can hold up to 55 passengers, use less fuel and emit lower pollution levels, all at a price that anyone who is already flying business or first class can comfortably afford. Additionally, fewer hours in the air overseas or continentally directly translates to increased productivity and fewer out of office days of businesspeople all over the world.

While the supersonic jet revival has just begun, it appears that the test flights of some companies will start as early as 2022. As transportation needs increase for the business sector and when more people realize that supersonic jet travel is much more affordable now than it ever has been, it seems likely that this time around, supersonic jets will be here to stay.

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