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Airspeeder Mk3 is The World’s First Electric Flying Racing Car

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Airspeeder Mk3 is the world’s first fully functioning electric flying racing car and will compete in an upcoming remotely-piloted racing series this year.
Airspeeder MK3 7 Electric Flying Race Car
The Alauda Aeronautics built Airspeeder Mk3 will be ready to race. Credit: Alauda/Airspeeder

Australian and UK based Alauda’s new Airspeeder is the real-world equivalent of something you would expect from a futuristic Star Wars Pod Race, and it will be looking to replicate the same racing achievements as Anakin Skywalker, albeit it unmanned, as plans move forward for remotely-piloted competitions in 2021.

Considered the world’s first electric flying race car, the Airspeeder Mk3 is a fully functioning carbon-fiber eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle) capable of racing at speeds over 75mph.

Believing innovation and technological advancement comes from competition, Airspeeder and Alauda have created the remotely-piloted Airspeeder Mk3 Racing Series and are aiming to produce ten identical Airspeeder Mk3 electric flying race cars to be supplied to racing teams in 2021.

Built at Alauda Aeronautic’s headquarters in Adelaide, Australia, the Airspeeder has been designed in collaboration with other aerospace, automotive, and motor racing experts with input from McLaren, Babcock Aviation, Boeing, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, and Brabham Automotive.

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Built in Australia with input from McLaren, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and others. Credit: Alauda/Airspeeder

Featuring an “octocopter X formation,” the Airspeeder Mk3’s design allows for the same sharp hairpin style turns seen on the Formula One race-track but with the added functionality of being able to move vertically also.

With the Airspeeder being piloted from the ground by a remote operator, advanced safety systems never been seen before on an eVTOL craft are being tested and validated to ensure safe flying conditions in the air. These include LiDAR and Radar collision avoidance systems that work to create a “virtual forcefield” around the Airspeeder to avoid mid-air crashes while racing.

An innovative “slide and lock” system has also been developed for the rapid removal and replacement of the electric batteries during race pit stops.

Airspeeder MK3 7 Racing EVOL
Manned races are planned for 2022 in the Airspeeder Mk4. Credit: Alauda/Airspeeder

The initial race plan is to gather vital information on vehicle dynamics, performance, safety, and powertrain technology in preparation for the manned Mk4 Airspeeder and a manned racing series in 2022.

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Bombardier To End Production of the Iconic Learjet

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Bombardier Jets has announced production of the iconic Learjet will end after nearly 60 years of production and 3000 new builds.
The latest Learjet 75 Liberty will be one of the last models to be made in 2021. Credit: Bombardier
The latest Learjet 75 Liberty will be one of the last models to be made when production ends in 2021. Credit: Bombardier

Inspired by Swiss fighter aircraft and first made famous in the 60’s by celebrities like Frank Sinatra, the Learjet’s days will be coming to a close as Bombardier axes the smaller jet to allow the company to focus on the more larger and profitable Challenger and Global aircraft families.

From its first flight on 7th October 1963, the Learjet had been a favorite choice for private and business aviation, with members of the original Rat Pack frequently using the Learjet as a mode of transport to jet between glamorous locations.

Bombardier will end production of Learjets by Q4 of 2021. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier will end production of Learjets by Q4 of 2021. Credit: Bombardier

Unfortunately for Learjet, as newer technologies developed and competition from brands like Embraer and Cessna increased, Learjet could not keep pace with the demand for faster flights and more cabin space.

Learjet remained popular for many years with ultra-wealthy clients. Credit: Bombardier
Learjet remained popular for many years with ultra-wealthy clients. Credit: Bombardier

Bombardier spokesman Mark Masluch noted, “Less equipped aircraft at smaller price points drove demand,” while a recent statement from Bombardier referenced a lack of profitability and the need for a cost-cutting plan as reason for ending of production and the subsequent reduction of its workforce by 1,600 positions.

Modern cabin of the Learjet 75 Liberty. Credit: Bombardier
Modern cabin of the Learjet 75 Liberty. Credit: Bombardier

“With more than 3,000 aircraft delivered since its entry-into-service in 1963, the iconic Learjet aircraft has had a remarkable and lasting impact on business aviation”, shared Eric Martel, Bombardier Jets President and CEO. “However, given the increasingly challenging market dynamics, we have made this difficult decision to end Learjet production.”

Bombardier will still support existing Learjet models for maintenance and upgrades. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier will still support existing Learjet models for maintenance and upgrades. Credit: Bombardier

Now, after nearly 60 years, Bombardier will be calling it a day on the Learjet in Q4 later this year, but the company has revealed the Learjet headquarters in Wichita, Kansas will remain operational and be transformed into a support center for maintenance and upgrades of existing Learjet models.

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Cirrus Aircraft Celebrates 8000th Delivery with 8 Limited Editions

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Cirrus is celebrating the 8000th delivery of their SR Series with a special 8000 Limited Edition SR Series of just 8 models.
The 1-of-8 Cirrus Aircraft 8000 Limited Edition SR Series. Credit: Cirrus Aircraft
The 1-of-8 Cirrus Aircraft 8000 Limited Edition SR Series. Credit: Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft is celebrating the 8000th delivery of their best-selling SR series aircraft and is creating eight “8000 Limited Edition SR Series” models to commemorate the occasion.

Known as the “company that makes the planes with the parachutes,” aka the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System®, Cirrus Aircraft has been building personal aircraft for customers since 1984 and delivered the first SR series aircraft to a customer in 1999.

Now wearing a bright fluoro yellow “Volt 8K” livery designed by Xi Design Studio (Cirrus Aircraft’s in-house personalization team), the 8000th Cirrus aircraft has been delivered to private customer Brad Pierce and was the first of eight 8000 Limited Edition SR Series to be built.

Cirrus SR22T "8000 Limited Edition SR Series". Credit: Brad Pierce
Cirrus SR22T “8000 Limited Edition SR Series”. Credit: Brad Pierce

“The SR Series has an incredible history of innovation, evolution and invention,” said Zean Nielsen, CEO at Cirrus Aircraft. “Our team took that as inspiration to create a Limited Edition that breaks out of the boundaries of traditional aircraft design to reflect the energy and excitement of where we are going next.”

Volt 8K livery with hash line designs from Xi Design Studio. Credit: Brad Pierce
Volt 8K livery with hash line designs from Xi Design Studio. Credit: Brad Pierce

Taking inspiration from the bold markings on the runway, the new Cirrus 8000 Limited Edition SR Series also features vertical hash lines across the rear stabilizer and multiple other locations on the aircraft’s exterior and interior.

The bright “Volt” yellow theme also appears in the interior cabin, matching two-tone stitching and embroidery on the seats and upholstery.

The remaining Cirrus 8000 Limited Edition SR Series aircraft will be delivered to their new owners in a series of events over the coming months.

Cirrus Aircraft SR22T 8000 Limited Edition Brad in Motion Rear View
Hash lines on the rear stabilizer. Credit: Brad Pierce
Cirrus Aircraft SR22T 8000 Limited Edition Brad in Motion Side View
The 8000th Cirrus SR Series aircraft to be delivered since 1999. Credit: Brad Pierce

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Pilatus Configures First 10 Seater PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

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Pilatus has configured and delivered their first 10 seater PC-24 “Super Versatile Jet”” to a US-based customer for corporate use.
Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet Front Seats

Swiss-based aviation company Pilatus has delivered the first-ever 10 seater PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to a western United States customer.

First introduced to the market in 2018, the Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet lives up to its name with its ability to land on grass, gravel, snow, or asphalt and can be configured for public, private, or business use like the most recent ten-seater configured for corporate use.

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet 10 Seater

For passengers comfort, each seat features a side storage compartment and cup holder along with a USB charging port to ensure passengers can remain connected throughout their trip.

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet 10 Seater Commuter

“All of us at Pilatus are pleased to hand over this new PC-24 in the 10-seat commuter configuration. The PC-24 is the only aircraft in its category to offer this level of high-capacity interior for ten passengers. All seats are forward-facing, and internal cargo space of more than 50 cubic feet (1.4 cubic meters) remains accessible in flight,” shared Ignaz Gretener, VP General Aviation of Pilatus. “We expect this configuration will prove very popular with both public and private operators requiring a cost-effective solution for frequent transportation of passengers as an alternative to sending them on the airlines.”

As a “mid-size” jets, the cabin size of the PC-24 is considered spacious for a jet of its size and includes features like individually adjustable seats, a full washroom with a toilet, and a baggage area that is accessible in flight.

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

Inflight catering setups are also available as an option and can be configured with a forward galley at the front of the cabin with stowage for tea & coffee, ice, and catering equipment.

Pilatus’s order book for the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet is already fully booked for 2021, with current orders expected to be delivered in early 2022.

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