FIA Connect is a series of virtual events taking place during the week of what would have been the Farnborough International Airshow, from 20-24 July.

The organisers’ aim is to bring the industry together and provide a platform for debate, business updates, and networking in the absence of this year’s cancelled summer gathering.

FlightGlobal is supporting the initiative as official media partner with three webinars of our own, on 21, 22, and 23 July, as well as coverage of major announcements and developments leading up to FIA Connect and throughout the week itself.

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Jackson Schneider c Embraer

Why Embraer Defense is investing in two cybersecurity companies

For an undisclosed amount, the airframer took a majority stake in Tempest Security Intelligence, a cybersecurity services firm for civilian businesses. Embraer also invested R$20 million ($3.86 million) in Kryptus, a cybersecurity and cryptology firm, through Brazil’s Aerospace Investment Fund.

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Eliminating the aviation industry’s CO2 emissions: evolution or revolution?

Can CO2 emissions from aircraft be reduced or eliminated to stop the industry’s contribution to greenhouse gases? A FIA Connect discussion panel, hosted by FlightGlobal and Raytheon Technologies, thinks so - but it will be a long-haul journey.

Boeing Porsche 1

Safety first in drive to unlock urban air mobility

To economically add a third dimension to local transport requires new technology - and a focus on creating “aviation grade” hardware.

Typhoon

Eurofighter ready to deliver long-term enhancement ‘menu’ to operators

The Eurofighter industry consortium remains on course to deliver a broad-ranging “menu” of capability options to its core partner nations before year-end to inform their decisions on the type’s long-term evolution (LTE) path.

Azul E195-E2

New commercial aircraft programmes paused until recovery: executives

Aircraft manufacturers like Airbus, Boeing and Embraer are unlikely to launch major new aircraft programmes until the industry recovers from the coronavirus downturn.

Counter UAV electromagnetic pulse weapon Leonidas made by Epirus c Epirus

Northrop Grumman to offer electromagnetic pulse counter-UAV weapon

Northrop Grumman has signed a distribution agreement with Epirus to sell the start-up’s electromagnetic pulse counter unmanned air vehicle weapon.

Tempest Warton

Trilateral industry pact propels UK-led FCAS effort

The UK’s Tempest future combat air system (FCAS) project has gained fresh momentum, with the nation’s industry having entered into formal discussions with Italian and Swedish counterparts to launch development activities.

Wizz Air A321neo

Wizz Air chief predicts 100-aircraft Abu Dhabi operation

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi can mimic the fleet growth seen at the carrier’s European operation and reach 100 aircraft in 15 years’ time, according chief executive Jozsef Varadi.

Jozsef Varadi

Airline ‘paper profits’ useless in a crisis: Wizz Air chief

An important lesson from the coronavirus crisis is that too many airlines focus on “paper profits” at the expense of genuine liquidity, according to Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi.

Bell V-280 Valor

Rolls-Royce and Bell firm up engine option agreement for V-280

Rolls-Royce has confirmed an agreement with Bell to develop a propulsion option for the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor, a competitor in the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft programme.