BlackFly Completes Public Demonstration at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2021

While many were attracted to Volocopter’s first public flight demonstration of its 2X prototype in the United States, on the same day, California-based Opener’s BlackFly completed a flight for the public as well. The firm has been relatively quiet the past two years throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. A tweet from March 2020 stated, “We’ve been …

Joby Completes 150-mile Flight, Begins Part 135 Certification Process

Joby Aviation, an upcoming leader in the world of electric aerial mobility, has successfully completed a 150-mile continuous flight on a single charge. The 154-mile flight, which took place over 11 laps of a predefined circuit, took 1 hour and 17 minutes to complete, setting a record for the world’s longest eVTOL test flight. Even …

Volocopter Completes First Ever Public Crewed eVTOL Test Flight at EAA AirVenture

Today, July 27th, Volocopter flew its 2X eVTOL aircraft at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The flight was the first ever public crewed test flight of a fully electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi in the US. The crewed Volocopter 2X took off at 2:45 PM CST for a 4-minute flight …

Joby’s New Board of Directors and SPAC Offering Details

Joby Aero announced on July 23rd the composition of its Board of Directors in anticipation of the company’s merger with Reinvent Technology Partners, a special purpose acquisition company that is reported to take a “venture capital at scale” approach to partnering with bold leaders and companies. Upon the closing of the transaction, the combined company …

Jetpack Aviation’s Speeder Successfully Completes First Flight Test

Jetpack Aviation’s prototype model of the Speeder, a jet turbine powered flying motorcycle, has successfully completed its first flight test. The flight test consisted of a hover test over tarmac while attached to a tether. Following the success of this flight test, which confirmed the Speeder’s base capabilities, Jetpack Aviation expects to follow up with …

XPeng Releases Footage of its Electric Flying Car in Action

The X2, developed by a department of electric car company XPeng motors, has officially taken to the skies. The aircraft is designed for private ownership and personal use (similar to a traditional car) rather than only as a shared air taxi. XPeng motors has a vision of the future where auto manufacturers slowly transition from …

Electric Aircraft Orders Continue with eFlyer 800 Deal

Bye Aerospace announced that Rheinland Air Service GmbH (RAS), a European MRO outfit, has completed purchase deposit agreements for five all-electric eFlyer 800 aircraft. RAS will act as an MRO support to eFlyer800 aircraft in Central Europe with its service and support facilities in Germany. Furthermore, RAS will be a designated reseller of eFlyer800 aircraft …

Surf Air Mobility to Order 150 Grand Caravan EX Aircraft for Hybrid-Electric Product Offering

Surf Air Mobility has ordered up to 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprop aircraft from Textron Aviation, the manufacturer announced this week. The order represents an exclusive relationship for the two companies as Surf Air Mobility works to certify a hybrid electric aircraft based on the Grand Caravan EX. Textron Aviation’s initial deliveries of the …

Whisper Aero Comes Out of Stealth Mode

A new startup in the aerial mobility space has come out of stealth mode and intends to address noise concerns generated by eVTOL activity as commercialization becomes a reality; Whisper Aero believes it has found a solution to the barrier. Founded last year by Mark More, former NASA engineer and executive within the early days …

India’s ePlane Unveils Compact eVTOL Aircraft

Intended for use as an in-city electric air taxi, ePlane’s ‘e200’ will have a 200km range with two passenger capacity. The aircraft is already being prototyped, and is expected to hit the skies by early 2023. According to co-founder Pranjal Mehta, the design differs from many existing eVTOL concepts in that it prioritizes compact vehicle size …

Joby Aviation, JetBlue and Signature Plan to Achieve Net-Zero Aviation Emissions

Joby Aviation, JetBlue Airways and Signature Flight Support have announced a plan to utilize electric and hydrogen credits in an effort to achieve net zero aviation emissions. The three companies are working together to ensure the carbon markets for aviation include the generation of credits for flights powered by green electric and hydrogen propulsion technologies, effectively connecting today’s …

Research led by Callen-Lenz into flight control systems for next-generation novel aircraft awarded £1m Government support

Initial approach being applied to sub-scale model of Pegasus eVTOL business jet  A consortium led by Callen-Lenz that is researching a new approach to flight control systems  for next-generation novel aircraft has been awarded a grant of £1m from the UK Government through the ATI Programme.  Project NOMAD (Novel Control Approaches to Complex Aircraft Dynamics) …

USAF Issues Airworthiness Approval for KittyHawk Heaviside

KittyHawk, famously funded in part by Google co-founder Larry Page, has officially received airworthiness approval for its ‘Heaviside’ eVTOL from the U.S Air Force. This means that the KittyHawk Heaviside prototype is no longer only experimental, and can be used for revenue-generating flight tests for the U.S military. The Heaviside is an expertly engineered eVTOL …

Volocopter Receives Production Approval from EASA

Volocopter has moved one step closer to commercialization of its eVTOL prototype. The company announced this week it has received its Production Organization Approval (POA) from EASA, the aviation regulatory authority presiding over the EU. The approval allows the company to begin production of its eVTOL aircraft for public deliveries. Volocopter also received design organization …

Beta’s Alia eVTOL Completes 200+ Mile Flight Test

Beta Technologies successfully accomplished a 205 mile test flight with their Alia eVTOL aircraft, marking its longest flight so far. The Alia was operating in CTOL, aka conventional takeoff and landing mode, using only three out of five battery packs. During the 2 hour flight, the Alia reached a maximum speed of 122 mph, about 70% …