Airbus A380 takes off on 100% aviation sustainable fuel

The aviation industry promotes the development of economy, trade and tourism, but the total greenhouse gas emissions of the air transport industry already account for 2% of the total emissions. Now, in order to reduce its carbon footprint, the French aerospace industry giant Airbus has used 100% biomass fuel for the first time in the Airbus jumbo A380 and flew smoothly.

This is the third time in a year that Airbus has tested sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), following the A350 and the single-aisle A319neo, this time with the A380 demonstrator ZEROe, and further tests of the hydrogen fuel system will follow.

Currently powered by a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine with 27 tonnes of aviation sustainable fuel made from cooking oil and waste fat, the demonstration machine was unveiled on March 28 A 3-hour test flight at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France on the 29th, and a second flight on the 29th, all the way to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.

Airbus hopes to launch the world’s first zero-emissions plane in 2035. However, it also has other competitors. In 2012, another aerospace giant, Boeing of the United States, also used mixed biomass fuel in 787 passenger aircraft, and also established the first Pacific route powered by biomass fuel, which was launched in China in 2014. quality fuel production plants to ensure a stable supply.

Currently every Airbus aircraft is certified to mix up to 50% aviation sustainable fuel in the fuel, but Airbus aims to achieve 100% aviation sustainable fuel certification by the end of the decade. According to the Waypoint 2050 report co-authored by aviation experts, sustainable aviation fuels may reduce carbon emissions by 53% to 71% in the future.

After more than a month of fishing, the wreckage of the F-35C that fell into the South China Sea was found

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson of the US Navy, during a fighter take-off and landing training in the South China Sea on January 24 this year, an F-35C crashed into the sea by mistake, and the US military immediately dispatched a search team to find the wreckage of the aircraft. The wreckage of the crashed plane has been recovered.

The salvage task is mainly carried out by the Seventh Fleet’s 75th Task Force (Task Force 75), the Submersible Salvage Advisory Group (SUPSALY) under the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and other civilian salvage units.

According to the U.S. Naval Institute News (USNI News), the wreckage of the fighter plane was detected by the Japanese Coast Guard fleet about 273 kilometers west of Luzon Island in the Philippines, and the U.S. Marine Corps was notified.

The U.S. military uses cable-controlled underwater rescue boats for salvage work. The camera and sonar system equipped on the boat can more efficiently locate the location of the wreckage, and use the robotic arm to assist the wire rope that lowers the rescue boat underwater. Fixed on aircraft wreckage.

However, Colonel Gareth Healy, commander of the 75th Task Force, also pointed out that due to the shallow depth of the South China Sea, the tides and busy routes made the search more difficult. Will be sent to the nearest U.S. military base for follow-up investigation.

The successful recovery of the F-35C has also relieved the U.S. military and other F-35-using countries, because previous countries were worried that China or Russia might be the first to find the wreckage and obtain important technology.

The F-35C that fell into the sea lost control during landing, the tail hit the deck, and four arresting cables were torn off and fell into the sea. Although 7 people were injured and the deck was damaged, the Carl Vinson incident 45 minutes after the launch, the take-off and landing mission of the fighter aircraft was resumed without much impact.

Although there was an accident on the first deployment, the U.S. Navy is still satisfied with the performance of the F-35C’s first deployment, but the exact cause of the plane crash has yet to be determined after the investigation is published.

You again! American teen who tracked Musk’s flight begins tracking Russian billionaire

Not long ago, an American teenager became popular for tracking Musk’s private jet. After the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, he had a new goal-tracking the Russian billionaire.

After successfully tracking the whereabouts of Tesla founder Elon Musk and causing the other party to feel wrong, Jack Sweeney, a 19-year-old American, created the “Russian Oligarch Jets” account on Twitter last week, using The robot automatically publishes the flight information of the Russian oligarch, including the time and location of the plane’s take-off and landing. As of the afternoon of the 1st, 90,000 people had followed.

“It’s really crazy,” Sweeney said. “I thought only a few people would be interested in this, but I didn’t expect it to attract so many people’s attention.”

So why did Sweeney want to track down rich Russian businessmen?

Sweeney: “A lot of people have asked me about Putin these days, and they want to know if I can track him down.”

Sweeney, who started the investigation at the request of netizens, found that although Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to fly, the flight information of Putin’s cronies is very easy to track. So he decided that if he wanted to track Putin, he would start by tracking these Russian elites.

He also has a separate Twitter account Russian VIP & Putin Jets that tracks Russian VIP planes and Putin Jets, but he also cautioned that due to the large number of VIP planes and the limited availability of aviation information from Russia, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Expect too much.

Who is the Russian oligarch?
An oligarch refers to a wealthy business tycoon who can even further influence politics by controlling the country’s resources. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, these Russian oligarchs used their connections to take over state-owned enterprises and made a fortune.

Sweeney admitted that before he created the account, he actually didn’t know Russia’s power structure, and he didn’t even know there were people like oligarchs. “As far as I know, they probably really have a lot of power.”

Targeting Individual Economic Sanctions
The Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 aroused international condemnation, and many countries have imposed economic sanctions on Russia. The White House even stated that it would take a rare measure to directly sanction the property of Putin and related persons.

A Treasury Department press release noted “sanctioned oligarchs and powerful Russian elites using their families to move assets and hide vast wealth” and listed several oligarchs as targets.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen said the sanctions were designed to cut Russia’s links to the international economy in order to reduce Russia’s threat to peace and stability in Europe.

Russian oligarchs are still flying around
Despite the economic sanctions imposed by the United States on the Russian oligarchs and the European Union’s ban on Russian aircraft, Russian billionaires still travel around in yachts and private jets, fleeing Russia one after another. The CNBC report pointed out that some Russian oligarchs began to transfer luxury yachts to Montenegro, Maldives and other places, which should be to avoid assets being frozen.

This information needs to be made public
Howard Stoffer, a Russia expert at the University of New Haven in the United States, pointed out that these oligarchs are Russian celebrities, and the information should be made public and paid for.

“Let the numbers of these planes be exposed. Tell the government where these people are and let the government take action as it sees fit.”

Extra Story: Sweeney and Musk’s grievances
Sweeney created the Twitter account Elon Musk’s Jet in June 2020 to track Musk’s private jet, which aroused Musk’s dissatisfaction, so Musk subpoenaed Sweeney and asked Sweeney to close his Twitter account and proposed to pay him $5,000.

Sweeney came up with another idea: how about adding an extra 0 and giving me $50,000 ?

But this proposal was rejected by Musk, and the two agreed to no avail, so the account is still tracking the trajectory of Musk’s private jet.

Airbus posts record profit in 2021, looks to climb deliveries in 2022

European Airbus Group (Airbus) released its financial report on the 17th, showing that after two consecutive years of losses caused by the tourism crisis caused by the epidemic, the profit in 2021 will rewrite the record.

Airbus Group’s financial report stated that its net profit in 2021 will climb to 4.2 billion euros (about NT$117 billion), and the number of deliveries will increase by 8% to 611. Airbus’ 2021 revenue climbed 4% to 52.1 billion euros, benefiting from a rise in commercial airliner deliveries.

Airbus posted an adjusted operating profit of 477 million euros last year. Airbus is targeting 720 commercial aircraft deliveries in 2022, indicating optimism about the future.

Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said in the earnings report: “2021 is a transitional year, and our focus has shifted from dealing with the epidemic to recovery and growth.”

“Thanks to the resilience and hard work of our team, customers and suppliers, we delivered an excellent annual financial report.” Foxi pointed out that the excellent financial report performance was due to the high number of deliveries, coupled with its helicopter, defense and aerospace businesses good performance and efforts to save costs.

Deliveries are an important profitability metric for the airline industry, as customers pay most of the fees when they receive an order. Production of Airbus’ narrow-body A320 jets, which once fell to 40 per month in 2020, is ramping up again, increasing to 45 per month at the end of last year. Airbus plans to produce 65 A320s per month in 2023.

The global air travel industry collapsed in 2020 as countries closed their borders due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In 2020, the global epidemic is raging, and Airbus has been forced to significantly reduce production and lay off 10,000 employees. Now, as the epidemic gradually cools down, Airbus plans to recruit 6,000 people this year. Airbus currently employs more than 126,000 people.

“The company assumes that the world economy, air transport, the ability to operate and deliver products and services will not be significantly affected,” Airbus said in its 2022 financial forecast.