Airborne 06.17.22: Airbus A321XLR 1st Flt, Record Hiring, Celera Update

Also: Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight, Moon Issues, Norway To Return NH90s, CareFlite Adds Bell 407GXi

Airbus’s newest and largest narrow-body airliner, the A321XLR, has made its maiden flight—and in so doing moved the European air-framer closer to its goal of capitalizing on the demand for long-range, single-aisle commercial aircraft. The aircraft, MSN 11000, departed Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport at 09:05 UTC, and remained aloft for approximately four hours and 35 minutes. 2022 is shaping up to be the best year on record for pilot hiring since 2000–so states a report from Future and Active Pilot Advisors (FAPA). The first five months of 2022 saw airlines hire 5,526 pilots—one-hundred more than were hired during the same time-period last year. “If you are a pilot, you are finding a job,” said Sam Scanlon, managing partner for, an online, aviation-industry job-search forum. ZeroAvia and Otto Aviation, the aerospace company founded by Los Alamos engineer Bill Otto, have entered into an agreement by which the former will integrate its ZA600 zero-emission engines into the latter’s unconventional Celera aircraft. The Celera is a prototype aircraft that seeks to improve the efficiency of flight, thereby reducing the operational costs of both commercial and general aviation. The design of the Celera’s fuselage, empennage, and wings takes advantage of laminar flow, a black-magic deriving of Bernoullian and Coandaian principals which state a fluid stream follows the contours of an adjacent surface. All this — and MORE in today’s episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 06.17.22 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Friday, June 17th, 2022… Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Holland Lee. Holland is supported by ANN Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, as well as ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell. This episode covers:

Airbus A321XLR 1st Flight
Report: 2022 Sees Record Pilot Hiring
ZeroAvia Hydrogen/Electric Technology to Power Otto Aviation’s Celera Aircraft
Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight Returns to Oshkosh
NASA Report Posits Moon Remains Distant
Norway To Return NH90 Helicopters to Manufacturer
CareFlite Adds Bell 407GXi to Air Ambulance Operation

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