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Featured VoloCity: Volocopter’s Newest Air Taxi Concept

Month: August 2019

On August 21st, Volocopter presented the design for its newest air taxi model: VoloCity. This will be the fourth-generation electrical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) by the German Urban Air Mobility developer. The VoloCity has been designed to meet the safety standards specified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (SC-VTOL category enhanced) and incorporates user feedback as well as test data...

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XTI Aircraft has received a utility patent from the Japanese Patent Office for the technology and configuration of the company’s TriFan 600 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle. The XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 is an eVTOL that has been in development just outside of Denver, CO, USA since 2012. The aircraft uses three ducted fans to take off vertically...

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(Guangzhou, China, August 20, 2019) – EHang, an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, announced that it has become the world’s first company to achieve certificate of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) safety level II for AAVs through tests of the UAS fence. The certificate was issued by the China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology (CAST) and was...

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EHang AAV completed multiple flight demos in China, Austria, Qatar, Netherland, etc

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in partnership with DZYNE Technologies has successfully flown a 2 hour unmanned mission under its Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program, ROBOpilot. The program aims to provide reversible conversions to existing aircraft platforms. For this test at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, a 1968 Cessna 206 completed a simple 2 hour flight with...

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Just this week, Northern California-based startup ZeroAvia joined the likes of Ampaire by operating one of the world’s largest zero-emission aircraft flying without any fossil fuel support. ZeroAvia has exited stealth mode and revealed its design of the hydrogen-fueled electric powertrain inside the plane, which the company has been testing over the past year. While the test flight was actually flown on...

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The Kitty Hawk Flyer, a one-man, manually piloted eVTOL designed for recreational use, has recorded over 25,000 flights with no issues.  Including both the Flyer’s prototype stage as well as its more finalized design, Kitty Hawk recently announced that their aircraft had successfully been flown with reliability over 25,000 times, indicating that the company believes that their eVTOL is ready...

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted approval for Israeli drone manufacturer Flytrex and drone services firm Causey Aviation Unmanned to provide a drone-based food delivery service.  A Flytrex drone makes a delivery overhead. As part of the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program, Flytrex and Causey will implement their food delivery service in Holly Springs, North Carolina. The program was...

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NEC Unveils Flying Car Demo at Abiko, Japan

16 August 2019 || 3 min read

Japan’s plans for flying cars by 2030 continues at Abiko, Japan, where the electronics firm NEC conducted two brief demonstrations for their developmental flying car. The demonstrations featured the flying car, unnamed as of now, steadily hovering over the ground for about a minute using its four propellers. Conducted inside of a giant cage, the flying car did not seem...

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This week, new details emerged about Uber’s plan to potentially bring 3,000 jobs to the Dallas area by 2025 (2,500 by 2023). Dallas city council members approved an economic incentive package which includes $746,000 from a tax abatement over a five year period and up to $8.6M in economic grants. Uber’s $110M investment would make Dallas the company’s largest employment...

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Selçuk Bayraktar, the technical director of Baykar Makina and son-in-law of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, just announced the development of Turkey’s first flying car. Baykar Makina is renowned in Turkey as a leading defense and technology company with expertise developing and manufacturing various unmanned aerial vehicles. Bayraktar posted a series of photos on Twitter showing the early stages of a research...

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Richard Browning and Gravity Industries’ Jet Suit just got a big upgrade. In a sneak peek promotional video posted to Instagram on August 10th, Richard is seen flying his newest jet pack, complete with a wing suit and airfoil attachment to augment the already impressive setup. The post was a teaser for his segment in a BBC TV Show Inside...

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Summary The reasons electric aircraft make a lot of sense. The electric aircraft sector – the number of electric aircraft in development increased by roughly 50% over the past year to 170. Roland Berger: “All indications suggest that we may be on the cusp of a revolution in the aerospace and aviation industries.” Companies that are leading the electric plane...

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Guangzhou is the first city in China Selected for the Program (Guangzhou, China, August 6, 2019) – EHang announced today that it has selected Guangzhou as its first urban air mobility (UAM) pilot city globally for the establishment of a low-altitude aviation transportation network that shuttles passengers and goods in a safe, fast, environmentally friendly, cost-efficient and intelligent way. As part...

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JetSuiteX Air is planning to rebrand itself as JSX Air, as revealed by a filing with the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Delux Public Charter, LLC, which does business under the name of JetSuiteX Air, applied to the DOT to register its new trade name “JSX Air” for use in certain of its air transportation operations. JetSuiteX Air offers regular public charter flights...

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Founder and CEO of EHang Huazhi Hu was recognized for his achievements in the aviation industry at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards Europe. Mr Hu is the first Chinese honoree to receive this award. The Living Legends of Aviation, composed of both US and European members, are a committee that meets annually to recognize individuals in the aviation industry...

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