Month: February 2019

The Airbus Altiscope Blueprint

14 February 2019 || 3 min read

Airbus has created the blueprint for Airbus Altiscope, and airspace management system that envisions the future of urban airspace. Airbus Altiscope envisions that future airspace will include vehicles of all kinds ranging from delivery drones to air taxis. Primarily, it understands that much of airspace management will be automated, with humans only acting as oversight managers. In Airbus’s view, this change will...

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Hoversurf’s New Video Blog

13 February 2019 || 2 min read

Hoversurf, the maker of the acclaimed Hoversurf Hoverbike, has begun a new video blog discussing urban air mobility. This week, Alex Atamanov explains the Venturi engine, which uses an electric ducted fan. Electric ducted fans are part of many popular VTOL designs: Follow Hoversurf on Youtube Hoversurf began delivering its Hoverbike to customers in September of 2018, starting with the Dubai police...

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Frankfurt Airport is partnering with Volocopter in building the ground infrastructure and operations for electric air taxi services. Frankfurt Airport and Volocopter envision passengers using Volocopter air taxis to transition from other transportation hubs to the Frankfurt Airport, and vice Versa. The current focus is planning for smooth passenger handling on the ground and efficient integration into the existing transport...

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Volocopter and Frankfurt Airport

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn, authored by Mehmet Emre YAZICI. * The word “shape” is freely used to describe the external configuration of the aircraft. Why Airframe Shape is Important? For the first time in known history, humankind is this close to make the “flying-car” a reality. Today, 70+ manufacturers worldwide, (including; Airbus, Bell, Boeing, Embraer, Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Volvo, etc.) are seriously involved...

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The Right Shape UAM

Airbus has recently signed on as a partner to Air Race E, which will host the world’s first electric air race series in 2020. Air Race E was created under Air Race Events, the same company that created the Air Race 1 series that many know as formula one air racing. In this sport, eight participant airplanes race around a 5km...

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Will Airbnb Enter the Flying Car Industry?

08 February 2019 || 4 min read

This article appeared first in Fast Company, written by Ruth Reader. In 2017, Brian Chesky, CEO of home-sharing company Airbnb, pondered what the perfect flight experience would look like. Now he may finally get it. Airbnb has hired Fred Reid, an executive with deep airline and aviation experience, to head up the company’s global transportation efforts. Reid, former CEO of...

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AirBnB HQ

Content in part from WIRED Carbon fiber is one of the strongest and most lightweight materials in existence. Its prevalence has steadily grown in the past 10 years – it’s been used in everything from stunt planes to racing drones to SpaceX rockets. Many of the 100+ VTOL companies in development companies utilize carbon fiber in their designs. Carbon fiber mainly...

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The Skyworks Global VertiJet™

05 February 2019 || 3 min read

Skyworks Global- A company that’s specialized in ‘gyroplanes’ for over twenty years-is producing a powerful VTOL business aircraft. With the Skyworks Global Heliplane ready to manufacture, and the HAWK-5 already in the air, the company is well set as a powerful player in the VTOL aircraft space. The Skyworks Global Verti-Jet is a business conversion of existing technology used in the...

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Skyworks Verti-Jet

EASA’s Approach to Urban Aircraft Certification

04 February 2019 || 3 min read

The European Aviation Safety Agency has released proposed certification guidelines for Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that intends to accommodate the ever-growing number of new aircraft that are being designed and developed worldwide. In a memo sent out last October, EASA announced their proposed “Special Condition” VTOL certification guidelines. This document contains a framework for the certification of light...

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Volocopter for ADAC study

Carter Copter Acquired by Jaunt Mobility

01 February 2019 || 3 min read

Jaunt Air Mobility, a UAM company that was recently unveiled at the Vertical Flight Society symposium this month, has acquired the rights to the Carter slowed-rotor compound (SR/C) technology used in the Carter Copter eVTOL concept. The Carter Copter, which Carter Aviation has named as it’s ‘Electric Air Taxi’ is designed to fit Uber Elevate’s specifications for Air Taxis. Unlike many other designs,...

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