Several EU Airports Partner On Vertiport Development

Airports across Italy and France including the likes of Rome, Venice, Bologna, and Nice have announced the creation of Urban Blue. The joint venture is between airport operators and administrators in these regions and will oversee the construction and management of eVTOL vertiports. Urban Blue envisions their vertiports will transport airline customers on the final …

XPeng raises $500 million to fund 2024 delivery of its flying car

On October 19, Xiaopeng Huitian announced that it has raised over US$500 million in Series A financing, with a pre-investment valuation of more than US$1 billion. This round of financing was led by IDG Capital, Wuyuan Capital and Xiaopeng Auto, followed by well-known institutions such as Sequoia China, Zhongding Capital, GGV Jiyuan Capital, Hillhouse Ventures, and …

Skyports to Bring BVLOS Drone Deliveries to Latin America

Skyports, a drone delivery operator, announced on October 21st that it has created a joint venture with Irelandia to bring drone deliveries to Colombia and wider Latin America (LATAM). The joint venture will bring an innovative, fast, frequent and reliable logistics service to Colombia, providing a cost-effective solution to connecting Colombia’s rural communities. The joint …

Wing’s New Model for Metropolitan Drone Delivery

Wing, the UAV aerial delivery company originally founded as a Google X Moonshot project, has recently unveiled a new roll-out model that will allow it to bring delivery services to densely-populated U.S metropolitan areas. Its first customer will be Walgreens. The new model for providing drone delivery services in the U.S is creating small, easy …

Israel-based AIR Unveils its First eVTOL Prototype

AIR, an Israel-based eVTOL manufacturer targeting the consumer market, has unveiled its commercial prototype, the AIR ONE. AIR is differentiating itself from major OEM’s by targeting owners who plan to use their eVTOL for personal use, rather than creating a shared air taxi. According to a company press release, AIR puts the freedom to fly …

Amazon Prime Air Co-Founder Gur Kimchi Joins Near Earth Autonomy

Gur Kimchi, Co-Founder of Amazon’s drone delivery service Amazon Prime Air, has joined the Board of Directors at Near Earth Autonomy. An industry leader who has helped shape modern autonomous aviation, Kimchi co-founded and led the development of Amazon’s autonomous drone delivery service program, where he served as Vice President from 2012 to 2020. Additionally, …

Jetson One PAV Unveil Event – October 21st

Jetson, a Swedish based personal aerial vehicle (PAV) start-up, is unveiling their Jetson ONE eVTOL aircraft this week on Thursday, October 21st. Jetson was founded by Peter Ternstrom and Tomasz Patan in 2017, and the first PAV prototype/proof of concept was built in the spring of 2018.  It took a further three years to create …

ABB to Provide Charging Infrastructure for Lilium

ABB E-mobility has been confirmed to be the provider for the charging infrastructure for Lilium’s eVTOL aerial mobility network. With this agreement, ABB will provide development, testing, and supply services for the MegaWatt fast charging systems that will be used in Lilium’s network. In addition, the ABB charging points will be designed to be capable …

Aerial Mobility Takes Center Stage at NBAA-BACE 2021

Aerial mobility made another big splash as NBAA-BACE returned to in-person events in Las Vegas. This year, aerial mobility had an increased presence with over 9 eVTOL firms attending. “NBAA-BACE serves an important place to not only showcase innovation across our industry but to also discuss how these emerging technologies will be implemented,” said NBAA …

Plug Power Invests in Airflow’s eSTOL for Hydrogen Propulsion

Airflow, the developer of a new eSTOL (electric short take-off and landing) aircraft, has received a new investor and partner in Plug Power, a leading provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions enabling hydrogen-powered vehicles. Airflow is a steadily rising player in the world of eSTOL, which will serve regional mobility purposes such as middle mile …

Jaunt Air Mobility to join AIRO Group prior to IPO in 2022

Jaunt Air Mobility has entered into an agreement to merge with the AIRO Group (US). Jaunt joins a group of six aerospace businesses all engaged in the next generation of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) technologies and services. The group offers commercial, military, robotics, manned/unmanned aerial systems and multi-modal aircraft and avionics systems. The companies will …

EHang and Spanish Police to Collaborate on AAV EMS and Security Applications

EHang announced via press release last week that they’re now coordinating with the Spanish National Police to explore potential use cases for AAVs in emergency and security missions. EHang also conducted an exhibition of the EHang 216 passenger-grade AAV in Spain at the Cuatro Vientos Aerodrome in Madrid, as part of Press Day of Expodronica …

eFlyer 800 Earns its First Airline Customer

Bye Aerospace has picked up an order deposit from European carrier, Air2E. The airline announced this week it has executed a purchase deposit agreement for the all-electric eFlyer 800 for its air taxi operations and regional airline operations in Europe. “The eFlyer 800 is the first all-electric propulsion technology that achieves twin-turboprop performance and safety …

CycloTech Takes its First Flight

CycloTech, the developer a highly unique eVTOL propulsion technology based on marine concepts, has officially announced the first public flight of an aircraft using its systems. The unique technology behind CycloTech’s concept has not yet been seen in any other aircraft concept. To both propel itself and control its position in the air, CycloTech propulsors …

Avantto orders 100 eVTOL aircraft from Embraer subsidiary Eve

Eve Urban Air Mobility, a subsidiary of Embraer, and Aviation Management Services – Serviços Aeronáuticos Ltda (“Avantto”) have signed a Letter of Intention and announced a partnership aimed at developing the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem in Latin America. This partnership includes an order for 100 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, as well …