Press releases

Aerion press releases are available to view and download below.

21 Oct 2013 Program Update - NBAA
21 May 2013 Program Update - Phase Two 2013 NASA Supersonic Flight Tests
13 Feb 2013 Phase Two NASA Supersonic Flight Tests
7 Jan 2013 Nichols CEO Announcement
3 Jun 2012 NASA Glen SUPIN Collaboration
17 Apr 2012 NASA Supersonic Flight Tests
14 Mar 2012 Indigo Lyon Added for Intl Sales
6 Mar 2012 Nichols COO Announcement
15 May 2011 Aerion Technologies Launch
18 Oct 2010 Supersonic Flight Tests
12 Oct 2010 Specifications
22 Sep 2010 Aerion Logo Standards
15 Mar 2010 New Marketing Company
15 Nov 2009 Program Update - Dubai Air Show
19 Oct 2009 Program Update - NBAA
11 Jun 2009 Program Update - Paris Air Show
12 May 2009 OEM Discussions Proceeding
12 May 2009 Technical Update
12 May 2009 Aerion in Govt Forums
2 May 2009 Richard Tracy
2 May 2009 Supersonic Business Jet
2 May 2009 James Stewart
2 May 2009 Robert Morse
2 May 2009 Robert Bass
2 May 2009 Doug Nichols
2 May 2009 Natural Laminar Flow Technology
2 May 2009 Michael Henderson
2 May 2009 John Holding
2 May 2009 Brian Barents
2 Oct 2008 New CFO
2 Oct 2008 Engine
2 Oct 2008 Program Update - Design Phase
29 Jul 2008 Board of Directors Update
10 Jun 2008 Program Update - Order Book
21 May 2008 Execujet
21 May 2008 Aero Toy Store
16 May 2008 Program Update - Sales Increase
16 Oct 2006 Program Update - Partners
8 Nov 2005 Fly-by-Wire
8 Nov 2005 Market Research

Aerion news

Below you will find links to publications featuring recent Aerion advancements as well as internal coverage provided by Aerion team members.

Recent Happenings

Aerion at NBAA 2013 in Las Vegas

Aerion Corporation exhibited at the annual National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 22-24 The company highlighted preliminary results from its phase-two flight tests with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The goal was to measure the real-world robustness of supersonic natural laminar flow, a vital element in the company's SBJ design, especially as applied to surface quality and manufacturing tolerances.

Aerion at EBACE 2013 in Geneva

Aerion Corporation attended the 13th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition held in Geneva, Switzerland May 21 - 23. With a booth in the main hall this year, the supersonic business jet company featured its second phase of flight testing with Aerion airfoil attached to the belly of a NASA F-15 at Dryden Flight Research Center. Aerion is also revisiting engine options, planning to partner with an OEM within the next year and holding firm to a 2020 certification date.

Aerion at NBAA 2012 in Orlando

Aerion Corporation attended the National Business Aviation Association's 65th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Florida, October 30 - November 1, 2012. During the show, Aerion provided an update on the upcoming NASA Dryden Flight Research Center phase two testing taking place in December. Additionally, Aerion had discussions with OEMs regarding natural laminar flow applications for supersonic and transonic civil aircraft platforms.

Archived news

Aerion at EBACE 2012 in Geneva

Aerion attended the 12th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) held in Geneva, Switzerland May 14-16, jointly hosted by EBAA and NBAA. During the show, the company highlighted the addition of Indigo Lyon to its expanded Supersonic Business Jet sales network, as well as preparations for the next phase of flight tests in conjunction with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, scheduled for this summer.

Aerion at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas

Aerion Corporation participated at the annual National Business Aviation Association Convention, held October 10-12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Details on the SBJ's continued engineering developments and upcoming testing at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center were showcased for customers, vendors and the media. Additionally, Aerion's newly created Aerion Technologies subsidiary, a direct result of increased demand for natural laminar flow expertise for subsonic and transonic applications, generated significant interest.

Aerion at EBACE show in Geneva

Aerion Corporation attended the annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition held in Geneva, Switzerland May 17-19. The company showcased the supersonic business jet (SBJ) and discussed its next phase development of engineering activities taking place at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. Additionally, increased market demand from a variety of aircraft manufacturers for Aerion's natural laminar flow (NLF) expertise has driven the company to launch Aerion Technologies.

Aerion Technologies created by market demand

Company launches Aerion Technologies subsidiary at EBACE 2011

Reno, Nevada, May 16, 2011 – Aerion Corporation announced at this week's European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition (booth 839) that increased market demand for natural laminar flow (NLF) expertise has driven the company to launch Aerion Technologies a service than enables aircraft manufacturers to integrate Aerion NLF design technologies into faster and more efficient subsonic products. This activity will serve as a highly specialized aerodynamics consultancy for airframers, while Aerion also continues engineering activities for its planned 8-12 passenger supersonic business jet (SBJ).

"Discussions with multiple aircraft manufacturers, especially in recent months, have clearly demonstrated to us that there is demand to expand our services to include our natural laminar flow engineering for subsonic applications," said Robert M. Bass, chairman of Aerion and president of Keystone Group, LP. "The aviation industry is prepared to embrace and fund disruptive technology for significant, quantifiable gains."

Aerion has found that the same proprietary technologies and design tools that will enable a practical SBJ also can be a game-changer in subsonic and transonic applications. During the past 10 years, Aerion has developed one of the industry's most extensive portfolios of NLF test data and methods for optimizing its application to aircraft design, as well as assuring practical manufacturing and operational aspects. Aerion Technologies' NLF technology and design tools will help airframers push speed and efficiency limits for next-generation aircraft.

"Civil and military aircraft manufacturers are under increasing pressure to develop next-generation aircraft that can deliver enhanced range, efficiency and other performance parameters," said Aerion Vice Chairman Brian Barents. "And while I can't divulge which airframers are interested in our technology, I can say that the discussions are extremely promising and cover a wide range of emerging aircraft types and missions."

Laminar flow has been perhaps the most neglected variable available to aircraft manufacturers and yet it may be the single most beneficial way to squeeze further substantial improvements in efficiency, range and speed. Under laminar boundary layer flow conditions, the skin friction is reduced by about 90% compared to the default turbulent layer. Achieving the contours necessary to achieve extensive laminar flow conditions requires the coalescing of new technologies, including the ability to rapidly assess and optimize NLF configurations using computational fluid dynamics programs created specifically for the purpose. These have been developed by Aerion and verified in flight and wind tunnel tests, as have manufacturing and operational criteria to assure practical achievement of intended NLF advantages.

"While all airframers are becoming increasingly aware of this potential, the technology has not generally been available in usable form to business aircraft manufacturers," noted Dr. Richard Tracy, chief technology officer. "Thus, manufacturers who wanted to exploit this disruptive technology to remain competitive had no choice until now except to begin the long process of developing in-house expertise in integrating NLF into their design processes, requiring development of advanced viscous analysis and design optimization codes incorporating boundary layer transition analysis. Aerion Technologies offers ready-for-use, proven tools and expertise developed during more than a decade of analysis and tests."

Aerion at NBAA Show in Atlanta

Aerion attended the annual National Business Aviation Association Convention, held October 19-21 in Atlanta, Georgia. The company had a large booth featuring an 8 percent scale wind-tunnel model, a full-size cabin cross-section, a cabin layout map on the floor, and a video showcasing recent flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base. The company booth attracted a large number of visitors and meetings were held with representatives from numerous other companies. Media interviews were given to a large number of outlets, including: Aviation Week and Space Technology, BCA/AvWeek Show News, AIN Convention News, Aerospace International, Air & Cosmos, Aero International, Flight International and Professional Pilot. The photos below show the booth just before show opening.

Aerion-NASA F-15 Tests

A new round of flight tests were conducted in July and August 2010 in collaboration with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and achieved a top speed of Mach 2.0. Data gained from the initial series of five data flights aboard a NASA F-15B aircraft are being analyzed by comparing the static pressures recorded at 60 points on the flat plate at varying speeds and altitudes with those predicted by aircraft computer models, including the test pylon and flat plate test article. Engine inlet parameters are included in the model and are adjustable to achieve the best fit with the measured pressures during the F-15B tests.

This process has been completed and the design of a test article to be used in the next series of tests is well along. The design goals include achieving maximum extent of supersonic laminar flow, comfirmation of its robustness under realistic conditions and crossflow pressure gradients. When the aerodynamic optimization of the new test article has been completed, mechanical design and fabrication to NASA flight test criteria will be carried out by Aerion. Then, after ground and flight qualification tests by NASA, the second phase of the tests will be performed.

Market Activity

Aerion has collected over 50 orders for the $80 million jet. Each is secured by a $250,000 deposit. Total backlog now exceeds $4 billion.

Low-Speed Wind-Tunnel Tests

This past March, Aerion completed a series of low-speed wind tunnel tests at the University of Washington. These tests are the fifth and sixth low-speed tests of Aerion low-speed configurations. The purpose was to continue the refinement of Aerion's flaps, strakes and tail surfaces.

These tests showed the ability of the Aerion configuration to meet the challenging goals of operating from 6,000-foot runways and achieving a 120-knot approach speed with a modified strake and flap system that is simpler and smaller than in previous designs. The tests also collected data for sizing the vertical and horizontal tail configurations. In addition to the configuration development, data from this test has shown that Aerion's analytical methods are accurate in predicting the performance of Aerion's low-speed configurations.

Nozzle Tests

Scale versions of engine exhaust nozzle configurations have been tested at the University of California Irvine. Results indicate that Aerion will achieve sufficient noise reduction to meet Stage 4/Chapter 4 requirements with margin. Subsequent large-scale tests are planned at the United Technologies Research Center anechoic nozzle test wind tunnel in Connecticut. All of the nozzle configurations tested offer high efficiency from takeoff through Mach 1.6. Wind tunnel tests for the jet's supersonic engine inlets are planned for 2009.

High-Speed Performance Verified

Aerion conducted wind tunnel tests in August 2008 at the unique European Transonic Wind Tunnel (ETWT) near Cologne, Germany, simulating supersonic laminar flow wing performance at cruising altitude.

The test confirmed supersonic natural laminar flow at full-scale Reynolds numbers, equivalent to flying the actual aircraft at greater than 45,000 feet. The supersonic natural laminar flow (SNLF) wing is the enabling technology behind the aircraft's efficiency at both subsonic and supersonic speeds. Where supersonic natural laminar flow exists, drag is reduced by up to 90 percent. The Aerion wing achieves about a 50 percent drag reduction over conventional delta wing supersonic designs and a total airframe drag reduction of about 20 percent.

ETWT test runs at Mach 0.95, 1.2 and 1.35 (the tunnel limit) showed stable natural laminar flow, confirming the extent of laminar flow used in range predictions of more than 4,000 nautical miles subsonically and supersonically. Natural laminar flow becomes more stable as Mach number increases, so these speeds were considered the most challenging test conditions.

The ETWT is a cryogenic, pressurized wind tunnel cycling nitorogen gas in a closed loop at temperatures as low as 110 kelvin (minus 163 degrees celsius), and pressurizes up to 4.5 atmospheres. It is therefore able to provide full-scale flight Reynolds numbers on subscale models by virtue of increased density and decreased viscosity.

ETWT is the only facility with the demonstrated low noise level and low free-stream turbulence level needed to assess supersonic natural laminar flow at such high Reynolds numbers. In most supersonic wind tunnels, flow turbulence and acoustic noise radiating from tunnel walls destabilizes the laminar boundary layer on the model, but the characteristics of the ETWT facility eliminated these concerns.

New Chief Financial Officer

Doug Nichols is Aerion's new Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the financial operations of the company and playing a key role in structuring partner and supplier relationships for the production of the Aerion supersonic business jet.

Nichols joined the company in 2008 following a distinguished 28-year career in a range of senior financial positions at Boeing. Among his roles there, Nichols served as Chief Financial Officer at the company's Commercial Airplane Group 747/767 unit and also for Boeing Business Jets. Over the course of his Boeing career he gained extensive experience in all aspects of the operational and financial management of airplane programs, as well as in new aircraft market evaluation and product development, aircraft preliminary and detailed design processes, advanced final assembly processes, supply base management, support logistics, marketing and sales.

Since leaving Boeing in 2002, Nichols worked as senior advisor to Bombardier on its CSeries program. He has an MBA in corporate finance from the University of Puget Sound, Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Washington.

John Holding Joins Aerion Team

Aerion will add staff in various engineering disciplines to carry out this new phase of development. To lead the development program, the company has engaged John Holding as special advisor. He will work closely with Aerion Chief Operating Officer Mike Henderson, Chief Technology Officer Dr. Richard Tracy, and the growing Aerion engineering organization.

No one in civil aviation today has led more successful jet aircraft introductions than John Holding. Previously, he served as Bombardier Aerospace's Executive Vice President, Integrated Product Definition and Planning Engineering. Over a 16-year period, Holding led the introduction of at least one new aircraft product every year - an unprecedented performance in the aerospace industry. These programs included new certifications for Learjet, Challenger, Global Express and CRJ product lines. Holding was also involved in the preliminary engineering work for the recently launched CSeries airliner.

At Bombardier, he was instrumental in creating innovative supplier partnerships and processes for the development and engineering of new aircraft. His industry influence has exctended well beyond Bombardier. Among his many efforts to advance the field of aerospace engineering, Holding was a founding member of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ), and is currently its chairman.

Business Update

The company has held talks with major aerospace firms as well as government agencies on three continents. Discussions are ongoing, and much will hinge on the refined business case presented by Aerion, and on the available financial resources and strategic objectives of potential partners.

Potential partners have expressed great interest in the concept of supersonic laminar flow and the patented technology developed by Aerion in this area, viewing it as a key enabling technology for the development of an efficient supersonic aircraft.

Aerion Enters Advanced Design Phase

Aerion has embarked on a "Proof-of-Concept" design phase as it continues to progress to a planned 2015 certification for its supersonic business jet design. Simultaneously, it is engaged in discussions with well-known aviation companies, with the intention of reaching agreement with one to serve as the lead manufacturer for the program.

During the Proof-of-Concept phase, Aerion will define systems, confirm weight build-up and further validate performance. The design program will focus on all key certification criteria to ensure the ability to certify the aircraft in a timely fashion. Previously, the engineering effort was focused mainly on the optimization and validation of the aerodynamics of an efficient supersonic business jet design.

Aerion in the news

Publication

Title

Date

Executive & VIP Aviation International

Supersonic flight by 2020?

June 2013

AIN EBACE Convention News

Aerion bides its time, keeps SSBJ on track

May 22, 2013

Aviation Week

Aerion Reports Progress on Aerodynamic Quest

May 21, 2013

Flight International

Quest for Speed

May 20, 2013

Altitudes

Aerion Corporation & NASA

May 2013

The Wichita Eagle

Aerion makes progress on supersonic business jet

Nov. 21, 2012

AvWeb

Aerion Keeps Working

October 31, 2012

AIN Online NBAA Convention News

Aerion Tests Further Efforts to Develop Supersonic Bizjet

October 30, 2012

Flight Global.com NBAA Show News

Aerion talks up transonic options as F-15 tests resume

October 29, 2012

CNN.com

Beyond Concorde: The next generation of supersonic flight

August 23, 2012

Forbes.com

Is There An SST In Your Future? NASA And Aerion To Continue Testing Supersonic (SST) Business Jet Technology.

May 30, 2012

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

Second Set of SBLT Tests Planned on NASA's F-15B

May 29, 2012

AIN Online EBACE Convention News

Aerion Steps Up Testing for Supersonic Business Jet

May 12, 2012

Professional Pilot

A prognosis for supersonic civil aircraft

May 7, 2012

Aviation Week & Space Technology

Looking for a Home

April 9, 2012

BART

Aerion Sees Supersonic Potential

March 14, 2012

BART

Indigo Lyon Selected as Sales Representative for for Aerion SBJ

March 14, 2012

Wichita Eagle

Aerion at NBAA

Oct. 14, 2011

Flight Global.com NBAA Show News

All flowing: Aerion makes NLF progress

Oct. 11, 2011

AIN Online NBAA Convention News

Aerion's tech subsidiary brings laminar flow to subsonics

Oct. 10, 2011

Aviation Week.com NBAA Show News

Aerion: Laminar Flow a 'Disruptive Technology'

Oct. 10, 2011

Professional Pilot

Aerion. An overview of large-cabin aircraft and their future.

Oct. 2011

Economist

Changes in the air

Sept. 3, 2011

Jets RU Online

Aerion to help subsonic aircraft fly more efficiently

June 7, 2011

Altitudes Europe

Aerion SSBJ The World is not Enough

June/July 2011

AIN Online

Aerion to subsonic set: Go with the (natural laminar) flow

May 22, 2011

Executive & VIP International Online

Aerion diversifies to meet airframer demand

May 17, 2011

Aviation Week & Space Technology Online

Want Laminar Flow? Talk to Aerion

May 16, 2011

Flight Daily News

EBACE: Aerion seeks fresh revenue stream

May 16, 2011

Airframer

Aerion diversifies to meet airframer demad for subsonic natural laminar flow solutions

May 16, 2011

BART

Advantage Aerion

May/July 2011

AeroTV

Brian Barents Interview

Jan. 18, 2011

Aero International (German)

Interview - Weitere Tests

Jan. 2011

Air & Cosmos

La Nasa teste I'aile de I'Aerion

Nov. 5, 2010

LOOP TV

Dr. Richard Tracy Interview

Nov. 2010

BART

Cautious Optimism

Oct./Nov. 2010

FLYING Magazine

Aerion SBJ

Oct. 27, 2010

Airframer

Aerion Announces Details of Recent Supersonic Flight Tests

Oct. 24, 2010

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Supersonic Business Jet Technology from Aerion Tested at Speeds of Mach 2.0

Oct. 22, 2010

Australian Flying

Week in Brief

Oct. 22, 2010

The Wichita Eagle

Study: Better Businesses Use Jets

Oct. 22, 2010

Aviation Week Show News

FAA Recognizes Aviation Legends

Oct. 21, 2010

NBAA Convention News

NASA Busy Verifying Aerion SBJ's Mach 1.6

Oct. 20, 2010

Aero-News.net

Aerion Announces Details of Recent Supersonic Flight Tests

Oct. 20, 2010

Arabian Aerospace Online News

NBAA: Aerion Success with Supersonic Flight Tests

Oct. 20, 2010

Royal Aeronautical Society - Aerospace Insight

NBAA 2010 - Day 2 Highlights

Oct. 20, 2010

Aviation Week Show News

Development of Aerion's SSBJ Continues Apace - NLF is Key

Oct. 20, 2010

Flight International

Aerion Reveals Preliminary Results from Supersonic Flight Tests

Oct. 19-25, 2010

AIN TV

Interview with Dr. Richard Tracy

Oct. 19, 2010

FlyCorporate On-Line

Aerion Issues Details of Recent Supersonic Flight Tests

Oct. 19, 2010

AvWeb

Aerion Completes Supersonic Flight Test Series

Oct. 18, 2010

Flight Evening News

Aerion is Put to the Test with NASA's F-15

Oct. 18, 2010

Aviation Week & Space Technology

Aerion Ambitions

Oct. 18, 2010

Executive & VIP Aviation International

Unfazed at Aerion

Oct. 2010

Jet Gala

Sonic Sizzle

Sept./Oct. 2010

Videos

Phase Two SBLT Testing – NASA DFRC

Phase One NLF Testing – NASA DFRC

Aerion Corporation – A Faster Future.