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Artificial Intelligence in the Cockpit Could Monitor Pilot Fatigue and Health

Blueskeye AI, a U.K.-based software company specializing in facial analysis using artificial intelligence, recently received a £20,000 award to investigate how facial sensing technology could glean information about human behavior in aircraft cockpits.
Blueskeye AI, a U.K.-based software development company that specializes in facial analysis using artificial intelligence (AI), recently received a £20,000 award to investigate how facial sensing technology could glean information about human behavior in aircraft cockpits. The technology could be use to identify fatigue, pain, and mental health issues that could affect a pilot's performance.
Blueskeye AI is using facial sensing software to monitor for signs of pilot fatigue or other possible safety concerns.

Nordic Countries Take the Lead with Green Aviation Infrastructure Projects in Finland and Sweden

ZeroAvia's latest efforts to ensure hydrogen-powered airliners can operate are focused on Skellefteå Airport in northeast Sweden, while electric aircraft developer Heart has a new partnership in the Baltic Sea Åland islands.
With governments in Nordic countries insisting that early progress is being made in switching air transport to net zero carbon emissions, partnerships to put the right infrastructure in place are proliferating in Sweden and Finland. ZeroAvia knows its plans to convert regional airliners to hydrogen propulsion depend on having the right infrastructure, as does Heart Aerospace, which is working on a hybrid-electric aircraft called the ES-30.
Heart Aerospace's 30-seat ES-30 hybrid-electric regional airliner.

Jekta Signs Deal With Gayo Aviation for 10 PHA-ZE 100 Amphibious Aircraft

The signing of a letter of intent with Sweden- and Dubai-based charter group Gayo Aviation marks the first provisional sales commitment for the Swiss electric airframe manufacturer.
Swiss electric flying boat developer Jekta has signed a letter of intent to sell 10 of its PHA-ZE 100 electrically powered amphibious aircraft to charter group Gayo Aviation. The deal includes the provision of ground support equipment for charging and replacing the PHA-ZE 100’s batteries; tools and component support for the first year of operation; training for two pilots and two technicians; and a three-year airframe warranty.
Jetka PHA-ZE 100

Blade Set To Expand Indian Charter Flight Network with Jaunt's Journey eVTOL Aircraft

The companies have launched a partnership to develop advanced air mobility services in the Indian subcontinent, building on current helicopter operations.
Blade India has agreed to acquire 150 of Jaunt's four-passenger eVTOL aircraft, with options for 100 more from 2027. The company—a joint venture between U.S.-based charter flight platform Blade Air Mobility and New Dehli-based investment group Hunch Ventures—currently operates leased helicopters in crowded cities such as Mumbai, Shirdi, Pune, and Bengaluru.
Jaunt's Journey eVTOL aircraft could operate in Indian cities such as Mumbai.

Altaport and Partners Prepare for Vertiport Automation

Altaport says it has already applied elements of its comprehensive vertiport automation system to operations at heliports in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Aerodrome automation system developer Altaport has signed new partnership agreements with six companies to create a comprehensive vertiport management system, combining multiple systems into a single modular platform to facilitate the handling of high-volume ground operations for eVTOL aircraft and cargo drones.
Altaport is adapting its existing operations management app to support new vertiports.

Beta Installs First Electric Aircraft Recharging Station in Southeast U.S.

Working with Georgia Power, the eVTOL aircraft developer has installed three charging units at Augusta Regional Airport.
Beta Technologies has added a 10th location to its network of electric recharging stations with an installation at Augusta Regional Airport in Georgia. The eVTOL aircraft developer is working on plans for similar installations, which will support multiple types of electric aircraft and ground vehicles, at more than 50 other U.S. locations.
Beta Technologies opened a new recharging station for electric aircraft and ground vehicles at Augusta Regional Airport.

Helicopter Industry Is Gravitating Towards Advanced Air Mobility

Rotorcraft business leaders told the Helicopter Investor conference that new vertical lift and short-takeoff and landing vehicles could have a positive impact.
Some helicopter operators and finance groups see significant potential for new eVTOL and eSTOL aircraft and are hedging their bets on what they see as the most promising advanced air mobility start-ups. Executives from Lobo Leasing, Bristow, and Blade explained to somewhat skeptical peers at the Helicopter Investor conference in London why they want skin in the advanced air mobility game, with early provisional commitments for the vehicles that could, in some cases, replace existing rotorcraft or open up new applications.
Pipistrel's Nuuva autonomous eVTOL cargo vehicle.

Spain Backs Hydrogen Propulsion Plans of Hypersonic Aircraft Developer Destinus

The European start-up is building a facility in Madrid to design air-breathing hydrogen engines and develop liquid hydrogen technology.
Destinus this week received two grants from the Spanish government to support its efforts to develop hydrogen propulsion for planned long-range hypersonic and supersonic aircraft. Eventually, it wants to bring a 100-passenger airliner into commercial service than can fly at globe-shrinking speeds of Mach 5.
Destinus is developing hydrogen-powered, air-breathing engines for aircraft.