Electra Eyes AAM Showcase Flight With eSTOL Demonstrator

By Graham Warwick Oct 03, 2022
As calls grow within the advanced air mobility community for demonstrations that will show the public and policymakers the potential benefits of this new form of transportation, startup Electra.aero is making plans to fly its technology demonstrator between Washington and Richmond, the Virginia state capital.
Advanced Air Mobility

Sensors, Comms Among UAM Challenge Winners

By Graham Warwick Oct 03, 2022
Five startups emerged as winners from the pitch-style final of an urban air mobility innovation challenge sponsored by the Vertical Lift Consortium, a collaboration that supports the Defense Department.
Advanced Air Mobility

Vertical Aerospace Soars Despite Faltering Market

By Carole Rickard Hedden Oct 03, 2022
 Amid cautions from the United Nations (U.N.) concerning higher interest rates and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index experiencing its worst monthly drop since March 2020 in September, the month of October opened as better in general in terms of stock performance.
Advanced Air Mobility

AAM Briefs

AW Staff Sep 30, 2022
Overair’s XP-1 uncrewed full-scale demonstrator for the Butterfly tiltrotor eVTOL air taxi is expected to fly by the end of 2023 or in early 2024.
Advanced Air Mobility

EHang Cites Progress Toward Autonomous eVTOL Certification

By Graham Warwick Sep 30, 2022
With the world’s advanced air mobility (AAM) industry watching EHang’s progress toward the first type certification of an autonomous air taxi, the Chinese startup has reported that the project specific certification plan for its two-seat EH216-S has been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Advanced Air Mobility

Swiss Students Fly Electric Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Sep 30, 2022
An electric four-seat aircraft developed by students at Switzerland’s ETH Zurich research university made its first flight on Sept. 30 in Dubendorf.
Advanced Air Mobility

Eve Begins Assessing Learnings From Demonstrations

By Carole Rickard Hedden Sep 30, 2022
When Eve Holding launched its electric vertical takeoff and landing commuter flight demonstrations in Chicago, the goal was to gather as much data and information as possible to formulate what a future commuter operation would look like.
Advanced Air Mobility

Industry Reps Call For Timely Certification Of AAM Aircraft

By Bill Carey Sep 30, 2022
The FAA should clarify its certification requirements for advanced air mobility vehicles and work with the federal energy department to validate battery technology and develop a charging infrastructure for electric aircraft, aviation industry representatives say.
Advanced Air Mobility

LuftCar Pitches To Develop eVTOL Fuel-Cell Propulsion

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2022
Already planning to develop an autonomous hydrogen-fueled air and road vehicle and associated landing and refueling infrastructure, U.S. startup LuftCar has announced plans to develop a fuel-cell/battery hybrid propulsion system for the advanced air mobility market.
Advanced Air Mobility

Textron Works With ZeroAvia To Convert Caravan To Hydrogen

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2022
Textron Aviation is to help startup ZeroAvia develop and certify a hydrogen-electric propulsion conversion for the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan single-turboprop utility aircraft.
Advanced Air Mobility

Umiles Flies eVTOL Urban Air Taxi Concept In U-space Trial

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2022
One of the more unusual designs for an urban air taxi—Spanish company Umiles Next’s “drone-of-drones” Concept Integrity—has conducted flight tests at the Onera Test Field in Toulouse.
Advanced Air Mobility

Bizav Operators See Huge Demand, Significant Challenges For AAM

By Angus Batey Sep 29, 2022
Business aviation operators are eager to get their hands on advanced air mobility platforms, but infrastructure uncertainties may slow their introduction, panel discussion participants at the Air Charter Expo say.
Advanced Air Mobility

Lilium Looks To Private eVTOL Sales To Boost Finances

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2022
The German electric air-taxi startup is working to bolster its balance sheet and control costs.
Advanced Air Mobility

Sabrewing Finally Flies Rhaegal Turbo-Electric VTOL Cargo UAV

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2022
The first tethered hover of the VTOL comes more than two years after the initial prototype was rolled out.
Advanced Air Mobility

SkyDrive, Volatus Partner On Vertiport Infrastructure

By Garrett Reim Sep 29, 2022
The news comes days after SkyDrive unveiled renderings of its two-seater SD-05 eVTOL aircraft.
Advanced Air Mobility

Electra Flies Solar-Powered Climate Research UAV

By Graham Warwick Sep 28, 2022
Electra.aero conducted the first flight of its Dawn One solar-battery hybrid-electric research aircraft at its new development facility at Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia on Sept. 9.
Emerging Technologies

The Uncertain Future Of The U.S. Regional Fleet

By Ben Goldstein Sep 28, 2022
Industry veterans agree the regional sector will serve as a proving ground for new aircraft concepts—but they do not agree on the specifics.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Korean AAM Startup MintAir To Buy Electra eSTOLs

By Graham Warwick Sep 27, 2022
MintAir, a startup that plans to become an advanced air mobility operator in South Korea, has signed a letter of intent with Electra.aero to acquire 50 electric short takeoff and landing aircraft for passenger and cargo regional air mobility services.
Advanced Air Mobility

Eviation Conducts Successful First Flight Of All-Electric Alice

By Guy Norris Sep 27, 2022
First flight of the all-electric commuter and cargo aircraft prototype is a major milestone on the road toward the fielding of a new generation of sustainable air vehicles.
Emerging Technologies

Blade India Signs Deal For Eve eVTOL Air Taxis

By Graham Warwick Sep 27, 2022
Embraer spinoff Eve Holding has signed an agreement with on-demand helicopter service provider Blade India that covers electric air taxis and urban air traffic management software.
Advanced Air Mobility

AAM Composite Average Falls 2%

By Carole Rickard Hedden Sep 26, 2022
The Federal Reserve’s meeting on Sept. 22 lived up to expectations, with the Fed increasing interest rates by three-quarters of a point, the third consecutive increase and fifth hike in 2022.
Advanced Air Mobility

FAA Releases Interim Vertiport Design Guidance

By Bill Carey Sep 26, 2022
The FAA has released vertiport design standards to support the introduction of new advanced air mobility aircraft into the U.S. airspace system.
Airports & Routes

Vertical Flies VX4 eVTOL Demonstrator

By Graham Warwick Sep 26, 2022
Vertical Aerospace has conducted the first tethered hover flight of the full-scale demonstrator for its VX4 electric air taxi, the startup staking the claim to be the first British company in 20 years to begin flight tests of a new aircraft.
Advanced Air Mobility

Volocopter, Pipistrel, M3 Demo Deconfliction In Shared Airspace

By Angus Batey Sep 26, 2022
Flights under the CORUS-XUAM project demonstrated collaborative interaction between aircraft in potential emergency situations.
Advanced Air Mobility

Emissions Reduction Efforts Spur UK’s Airspace Modernization Effort

By Angus Batey Sep 24, 2022
Most of the attention being paid to aviation’s attempts at reducing its carbon footprint focuses on airplanes, engines and fuels.
Advanced Air Mobility