Ae­rion SSBJ will fly in 2023

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At Oc­to­ber’s Na­tional Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion Con­ven­tion in Or­lando, Ae­rion Cor­po­ra­tion pre­dicted that its AS2 su­per­sonic busi­ness jet will fly in 2023 and make its first transat­lantic flight on 24 Oc­to­ber that year on the twen­ti­eth an­niver­sary of the last com­mer­cial flight by Con­corde. Con­cur­rently, GE Avi­a­tion an­nounced that it has com­pleted ini­tial de­sign of its 16,000-20,000 pounds static thrust Affin­ity tur­bo­fan, the first su­per­sonic en­gine pur­pose-built for busi­ness jets, which will power the eleven-seat, Mach 1.4, 60,000ft ser­vice ceil­ing AS2. The Affin­ity, de­scribed by GE’S Brad Mot­tier as “a re­mark­able en­gine for a re­mark­able air­craft”, has been de­signed to pro­vide ef­fi­cient su­per­sonic flight over wa­ter and sub­sonic flight over land without re­quir­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions to ex­ist­ing com­pli­ance reg­u­la­tions, meets strin­gent Stage 5 sub­sonic noise re­quire­ments, and bet­ters cur­rent emis­sions stan­dards.

Ae­rion Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Tom Vice says that the com­pany plans to build a max­i­mum of 500 of the $120 mil­lion SSBJS air­craft and will rein­vest the pro­ceeds in fol­lowon de­signs that are larger and faster, in­clud­ing a su­per­sonic air­liner that is “al­ready on the draw­ing board but won’t be like ex­ist­ing air­lin­ers”.

ABOVE: CG im­pres­sion of the Affin­ity tur­bo­fan­pow­ered Ae­rion SSBJ, due to fly in 2023

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