Clay Lacy FBOs To Add AAM Charging Stations

By Carole Rickard Hedden Sep 29, 2021
Clay Lacy Aviation will provide electric charging stations as part of its fixed-base operator services through a partnership with Eviation.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Commitments Show Wide Spread Of Interest In eVTOL

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2021
The lineup of commitments for almost 4,000 aircraft so far assembled by the nascent electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing industry paints an interesting picture of the potential customer base.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

FAA Issues Special Conditions For Electric Engine Certification

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2021
The FAA has published the final special conditions for type certification of MagniX’s magni350 and magni650 electric engines.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Textron Reveals New eVTOL Air Taxi Concept
Textron has unveiled one of the electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing configurations being studied by its new eAviation division.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 09/28/2021 - 18:49
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South Korea Publishes Initial Operating Concept For UAM
South Korea has published its initial concept of operations for urban air mobility with the goal of beginning commercial operation in Seoul in 2025.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 09/28/2021 - 18:17
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Vertical Details Partnership Path To eVTOL Market Entry

By Graham Warwick Sep 28, 2021
Where several of its rival electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) developers have chosen to be vertically integrated, Vertical Aerospace is relying on Tier 1 suppliers funding their own technology development work in return for gaining access to a new aviation market.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Paragon Underpins VTOL Ambition With Ecosystem Push
Founded in 2018 in Jamaica, Paragon VTOL Aerospace announced in June that it will move its operations to Brownsville, Texas.
andy.savoie@av… Fri, 09/24/2021 - 19:59
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Rolls-Royce Electric Aircraft Exceeds 200 mph During First Flight
Rolls-Royce’s Spirit of Innovation electric aircraft came close to exceeding the speed record for electric aircraft on its first flight, company officials say.
andy.savoie@av… Fri, 09/24/2021 - 19:25
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China’s XPeng Details X2 Autonomous eVTOL
Backed by China’s electric carmaker XPeng, HT Aero has unveiled details of its X2 autonomous two-seat electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicle.
guy.ferneyhoug… Fri, 09/24/2021 - 16:05
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KLM Flight Academy Signs Order For 14 Bye eFlyers

By Molly McMillin Sep 24, 2021
KLM Flight Academy, based at Groningen Airport Elde in the Netherlands, has placed an order with Bye Aerospace for 14 all-electric eFlyer aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

EmbraerX Partners With Pyka On Autonomous Ag Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Sep 24, 2021
The companies say they will work together to accelerate the entry of Pyka’s autonomous aircraft into the precision agriculture sector and “pursue opportunities to scale commercial services as autonomous aircraft operations in Brazil evolve in the coming years.”
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

UK VTOL Startup Seeks Faster Route To Market

By Graham Warwick Sep 23, 2021
Looking to gain experience and revenue from an earlier market entry, UK startup Samad Aerospace plans to develop manned and unmanned versions of a half-scale model built to flight test the configuration of the company’s planned e-Starling hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff business aircraft.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Alaka’i Preparing To Fly New Skai Fuel-cell eVTOL Prototype
Alaka’i Technologies is awaiting FAA approval to begin free-flight tests on a new prototype of its Skai zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell-powered electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft.
andy.savoie@av… Thu, 09/23/2021 - 22:26
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Angry Bird Clips Wing’s Drone, Spurs Deliveries Pause

By Bill Carey Sep 23, 2021
Alphabet subsidiary Wing has paused some of its drone package deliveries in the suburbs of Canberra, Australia, after one of its drones was attacked by a raven.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Bristow Adds Eve eVTOL To Electric Aviation Bets

By Graham Warwick Sep 23, 2021
Embraer subsidiary Eve Urban Air Mobility continues to build its orderbook of conditional commitments as it looks toward completing a deal to go public through a merger with a blank-check company.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Autoflight Secures Funding For Manned eVTOL

By Graham Warwick Sep 23, 2021
China’s Autoflight has announced completion of a $100 million Series A funding round, which it believes may be the largest yet in the country’s fledging electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicle industry.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Xeriant To Merge With Hybrid-Electric VTOL Developer XTI
After announcing a joint venture in June, startup Xeriant has agreed to merge with XTI Aircraft in a bid to secure the funding needed to develop the TriFan 600 hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing business aircraft.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 19:02
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Volocopter-Geely Joint Venture Orders 150 eVTOL Aircraft

By Chen Chuanren Sep 22, 2021
Under the name Volocopter (Chengdu) Technology, the new venture aims to offer UAM solutions to China.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Airbus Commits To UAM With Evolved EVTOL

By Tony Osborne Sep 22, 2021
Airbus has committed to the advanced air mobility market targeting the certification of a winged multi-copter by 2025.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Kitty Hawk Returns To Autonomous Single-Seat eVTOL Strategy

By Graham Warwick Sep 22, 2021
The startup has decided it wants to start flying people as soon as possible and so will certify the autonomous single-seat Heaviside H2 now in flight testing as its entry into the market.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Regional Startups Heart, Deutsche Aircraft Name Suppliers
Heart Aerospace has selected a supplier to complete preliminary design of the doors for its ES-19 all-electric 19-seat regional airliner while Deutsche Aircraft has chosen a company to produce the wing box and engine supports for its D328eco 40-seat regional turboprop.
guy.ferneyhoug… Wed, 09/22/2021 - 10:16
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Spanish Partners To Convert Caravan To Fuel-Cell Propulsion

By Graham Warwick Sep 21, 2021
The goal is to be able to fly missions longer than 200 km (125 mi.) with nine passengers and zero emissions.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Vertical Signs eVTOL Tie-Up With Bristow; Avolon Strikes Brazil Deal

By Graham Warwick Sep 21, 2021
Helicopter operator Bristow Group has announced a partnership with Vertical Aerospace to explore electric vertical-takeoff aircraft while Avolon is partnering with Brazilian airline GOL and transportation provider Grupo Comporte to commercialize an eVTOL ride-sharing platform in Brazil.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Volocopter Explores UAM Launch In LA

By Graham Warwick Sep 21, 2021
Los Angeles has already been identified as early launch market by urban air taxi developers Archer and Joby Aviation, and now Volocopter.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Inside CECI: The FAA’s Front Door For Innovation

By Graham Warwick Sep 21, 2021
FAA’s Center for Emerging Concepts and Innovation addresses novel technologies in eVTOL, safety enhancements, electric propulsion, advanced flight controls and flight deck displays as well as advanced automation.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation