Aerion supersonic business jet will get help from Airbus.


New York (AirGuideBusiness - Business & Industry Features) Mon, Sep 22, 2014 - Airbus is to help start-up Aerion with design, manufacture and certification of a supersonic business jet, aiming for availability of the $100 million-plus aircraft in 2021. Reno, Nevada-based Aerion says the engineering collaboration with Airbus Defense & Space Group amarks a huge leap forward to being a program that will result in an aircraft that will be on the market in the not too distant future.a aBoth companies have made a substantial commitment of resources,a says Aerion CEO Doug Nichols, while declining to provide details of the commercial agreement. aWe have an agreement to share resources,a says Airbus. Airbus will locate senior engineering staff with the Aerion design team in Reno to provide expertise in aerodynamics, structures, fly-by-wire flight controls and certification planning. aThey will cover the full spectrum of technical and industrial disciplines needed,a says Nichols. The size of the Airbus team has yet to be defined, but most will come from the military aircraft division, says the European manufacturer. Nichols says Aerionas engineering workload will ramp up beginning in 2016. aAerionas technology is of interest to Airbus, and this agreement provides Aerion with access to Airbus Group skills in disciplines that will move the program solidly towards commercialization,a he says. A market survey early this year showed a market for more than 600 aircraft over 20 years. Aerion was formed in 2002 to develop aircraft using supersonic natural laminar flow technology, pioneered by Dr Richard Tracy, and able to cruise more efficiently at supersonic and subsonic speeds. The aircraft has two cruise design points...

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