Month: July 2019

TECNALIA Unveils a New Prototype Air Taxi

27 July 2019 || 4 min read

TECNALIA, a multi-faceted technology firm based in Spain, has developed a 16-rotor prototype air taxi capable of flying up to 15 kilometers. The company predicts this technology could be in commercial use within five years. TECNALIA’S mission is to “transform technology into GDP.” It has currently made six of its new eVTOL air taxi prototype, which is designed to autonomously...

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In the rapidly-growing industry of urban air mobility, creativity can – and is encouraged to – manifest itself in various forms and functions of new transportation vehicles. While purely recreational for most, some regard the hoverboard as a viable mode of transportation for short-haul trips. Franky Zapata, a skilled hoverboard inventor and pilot, aims to prove that to the public....

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Zapata Hoverboard

This week at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Continental Aerospace Technologies announced its intention to partner with VerdeGo Aero to provide Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) systems for eVTOLs. The hybrid electric technology by VerdeGo will most likely draw from Continental’s current diesel piston aircraft engines, which would be tied to electric motors and batteries in a “plug-and-play” format...

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Ampaire To Electrify Caravan, Twin Otter

24 July 2019 || 3 min read

Ampaire is currently the developer of the highest capacity hybrid-electric aircraft ever flown. Last month, after the company’s successful flight of its hybridized Cessna 337 Skymaster, it announced a partnership with Personal Airline Exchange (PAX) which included an order for 50 Ampaire EEL Electric Aircraft. Mokulele Airlines on Maui has also taken interest in the EEL, and both airlines plan on...

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TransportUP Hosts Urban Air Mobility Showcase at EAA AirVenture 2019 Oshkosh, WI, July 22-28 The UAM Showcase will highlight autonomous air vehicles, hover bikes, personal air vehicles and eVTOLs. The upcoming urban air mobility showcase at AirVenture Oshkosh brings to life the nearing future of aviation, showcasing vehicles of all kinds from some of the top new UAM aircraft developers in...

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Detroit City Airport, home of Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX), is a dilapidated plot of land; however, Jon Rimanelli swears he sees the future of mobility taking off from its cracked and overgrown tarmack in a few years’ time. “Look, there’s 760 million passengers that enplane at the nation’s top 50 airports every year, and there’s like 13,000 airports that are...

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Pegasus Universal Aerospace, the company behind the Pegasus Vertical Business Jet (VBJ), has appointed Robbie Irons as its new CEO. The Pegasus Vertical business Jet may appear to be a traditional private jet, but features two vertical lift fans integrated into each wing for vertical landing and take off. The company is based in South Africa, and is currently working...

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Karem Aircraft has raised $25 million in its Series A to develop the Butterfly Air Taxi. Selected by Uber last year for the UberAIR Initiative, Karem’s new venture is entirely focused on bringing its air taxi to market as soon as possible.  The latest funding round was led by Korean defense technology company Hanwha Systems, which recently placed a $25...

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karem butterfly

On Bastille Day, a national holiday and pride celebration in France, inventor Franky Zapata flew over crowds on the jet-powered ‘Flyboard Air’. Franky Zapata, a flying enthusiast, has recently found success by starting a new business selling customizable hydro-powered flying kits for jet skis. Now, he has turned to making boards that are completely standalone, using a combination of turbines...

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Flyboard Air

Drone Racing and Urban Air Mobility

16 July 2019 || 5 min read

As many now know, quadcopter technology has come a long way in the recent years. Drones are now used in photography and videography, in research, and for pure recreation, to name a few areas. They are also on the verge of becoming useful in deliveries, with Amazon Prime and Wing Aviation, among others, getting FAA approval for drone delivery services....

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After recently signing an MoU, Honeywell and Vertical Aerospace have officially signed a partnership in which Honeywell will provide the fly by wire control systems for Vertical Aerospace aircraft. Honeywell has had over 100 years in building and engineering technology products, and has had an Aerospace division as early as 1936. Recently, Honeywell has proved its ability to stay on...

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Vertical Aerospace

Hanwha Systems, a South Korean defense technologies company, is making a $25 million equity investment in a U.S. based startup in order to further develop UAM. The idea of urban air mobility is especially attractive for the residents and industries of Seoul, South Korea, a city that has roughly 2 million more residents than NYC but is 75 sq. miles...

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Paragon VTOL Aerospace, a multi-national VTOL maker, has recently adopted solutions from Siemens Digital Industries in order to expedite and improve their product development process.  As part of Siemens’ new Aerospace Startup Program, the company is providing an integrated set of software solutions for Paragon VTOL Aerospace to design, test, produce, and monitor both current and future drone designs. With...

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Paragon VTOL's T21 Raptor

Singapore plans to improve its already world-class transportation system by welcoming U.S. firm Bell Helicopter and Germany’s Volocopter to introduce their products and services to the island city-state. Bell Helicopter air taxis are expected to take flight in Singapore in 2025, while Volocopter is looking to launch air taxi demonstration flights there as soon as the second half of this...

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EHang, a leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced the appointment of Mr. Huaxiang (Edward) Xu as Chief Strategy Officer of the Company (“CSO”), effective as of July 1, 2019. Before joining EHang, Mr. Xu served as Head of Asia (ex-Japan) Transportation Research at Morgan Stanley. During his 15-year career as an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley, he covered China’s aerospace and transportation industries extensively,...

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