Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire, Part 3

August 9, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In our series about classical flight controls (“fly by steel wire”) and Fly-By-Wire (FBW or “fly by electrical wire”), we this week turn to the actual Flight control system after covering the… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire, Part 2

July 25, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In our series about classical flight controls (“fly by steel wire”) and Fly-By-Wire (FBW or “fly by electrical wire”) this week we cover the difference in system infrastructure the two controls methods… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire?

July 25, 2019, ©. Leeham News: Last week’s Corner which dealt with Airbus’ issue with an updated A321neo Fly By Wire (FBW) and how it was unrelated to the issue of the Boeing 737 MAX, gives a good… Read More

magniX adds third customer for its electric engines

June 19, 2019, © Leeham News: AeroTEC and the electric motor airplane company magniX said today they have teams to retrofit the Cessna Grand Caravan with a 750 hp  powerplant, converting the single-engine PT-6-powered turbofan from “gas guzzling,… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Why Electric Cars work and Airliners don’t

June 7, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In last week’s Corner I wrote: “The reason electric cars work and airliners don’t is the Sky lacks Stoplights“. The discussion was part of my previous series on Electric aircraft, but it… Read More

Green aircraft builder may need infusion of greenbacks

Subscription Required By Bryan Corliss April 4, 2019, © Leeham News: While one Western Washington electric aircraft company is charging forward with battery-powered flight, another may be encountering headwinds. Zunum, which has announced plans to put a hybrid-electric-powered… Read More

Canada’s Harbour Air to fit electric engines on its plane

Subscription Required Introduction By Bryan Corliss March 26, 2019, © Leeham News: A Seattle-area engine manufacturer today will announce a significant step toward actually getting an electric-powered passenger aircraft off the ground. The company, MagniX, is set to… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Aircraft drag reduction, Part 21

March 16, 2018, ©. Leeham News: In the last Corner, we looked at the drag of an airliner during cruise. We could see the thrust required to counter the drag in the thin air of 37,000 feet was low,… Read More

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens develops Hybrid-Electric demonstrator

By Bjorn Fehrm November 29, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens yesterday announced they will fly a hybrid-electric demonstrator by 2020, E-Fan X (Figure 1). The aircraft, a BAe 146 four engine regional jet, will have… Read More

New Airbus-Japan venture aims for new aircraft

March 14, 2017, © Leeham Co.: A new partnership, still in the Memorandum of Cooperation stage, between France and Japan aims to expand a relationship that could lead to joint development of advanced aircraft for Airbus. The MOC… Read More