June 2013

Issue date 1 June 2013
issue number 23

With the last touchdown of Concorde, at 16:05 on Friday 24 October2003, commercial aviation bowed out of the supersonic era, so it is particularly heartening that in this issue we are able to showcase just how innovative business aviation can be.
Aerion’s bid to move executive jets into the supersonic league appears to need only a few more tests and an airframe manufacturer to come on board as a partner. However, where Aerion is working with largely ‘off-the-shelf’ components, at least as far as the engines of its supersonic jet are concerned, Richard Lugg’s HyperMach is a completely disruptive technology.