Supersonic Flight That Is Kind to Our Planet

The latest Asset Insight podcast features Gene Holloway from Aerion Corporation, discussing all there is to know about supersonic aircraft. Find out how Aerion’s approach differs from others within the supersonic industry, and the effect supersonic flight will have on the aerospace industry in the future...

Tony Kioussis  |  23rd March 2021
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Tony Kioussis
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Aerion Corporation envisages a future where humanity can travel point to point on this planet within three hours.  Gene Holloway, Aerion Corporation’s Chief Sustainability Officer, discusses the company’s plan to develop a supersonic aircraft that will be carbon neutral through the use of engines that are 100% biofuel driven, Aerion’s plan for a Zero Carbon Footprint, and an aircraft offering silent, boomless operations.

Topics covered include:

  • The regulatory hurdles that must be addressed to enable useful supersonic flight.
  • How Aerion’s approach differs from others within the supersonic space.
  • Synthetic fuel changes that now makes them a real possibility for aviation.
  • How Aerion’s partnership with Carbon Engineering will advance synthetic fuels.
  • Supersonic flight without leaving a carbon footprint.
  • Preventing an aircraft’s supersonic boom from reaching the ground.
  • Aerion’s timeline to bring the AS2 to the business aviation market.
  • How the AS2’s Operating Costs are likely to compare with current business aircraft.
  • How might supersonic flight affect the aerospace industry of the future.

About Gene Holloway

Gene Holloway joined Aerion in November 2018. He leads Aerion’s commitment to explore and integrate into its aircraft, as well as its engineering and manufacturing facilities, advanced technologies enabling greater fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, and a minimized carbon footprint corporate-wide.

He has led numerous advanced technology programs over a 45-year career with experience covering advanced concepts development to air vehicle production and testing. His diverse background includes technology commercialization and licensing, joint venture development, industrial participation (offsets), market analysis, and strategic planning.

In addition to his responsibilities as EVP Environment & Sustainability, Gene heads development and certification of the world’s first Boomless Cruise™ system which will enable the Aerion AS2 to cruise at speeds up to Mach 1.2 without a sonic boom reaching the ground.

Prior to Aerion, Gene was a Program Manager/Project Lead at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works®), and an Engineering Specialist at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He received an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University, and is a Certified Professional Manager.

Aerion Corporation

Aerion is founded on a core belief of bringing humanity closer. The company’s vision is a future where humanity can travel between any two points on our planet within three hours using new transportation networks – powered by clean energy solutions and enabling a world where distance is no longer a barrier. The starting point is sustainable supersonic flight, led by the world’s first supersonic business jet – the AS2.

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Tony Kioussis

Tony Kioussis

Editor, Aircraft Value & Maintenance Analysis

As president & CEO, Asset Insight, LLC, Tony provides valuations, audits, analytics and consulting services, and a uniform methodology for grading an aircraft’s maintenance condition.

Previously he was VP, strategic marketing, GE Capital’s Corporate Aircraft Finance group; VP, aircraft sales, Jet Aviation Business Jets; and sales director, airframe programs, JSSI, developing the “Tip-to-Tail” airframe hourly cost maintenance program.



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