Month: December 2021

Throughout the last month, Kawasaki Heavy Industries has conducted, and now successfully completed, proof-of-concept (PoC) testing for unmanned cargo transport via its K-RACER-X1 unmanned vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and delivery robot. PoC testing was purposefully conducted to solve societal issues such as labor shortages in the logistics industry. In the demonstration that can be viewed below, a delivery robot...

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At CES® Unveiled (Jan. 3) and CES 2022 (Jan. 5-8), SkyDrive, a Tokyo-based aero tech startup, will demonstrate its ultra-light and compact flying vehicle. Designed to vertically take off and land with superb stability, this emission-free electric vehicle enables fast and safe door-to-door transportation anywhere, including uses for emergency rescue. SkyDrive recently tested and approved its design for flight, and...

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Eve has entered into a business combination agreement with Zanite Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company focused on the aviation sector. Upon closing of the transaction, Zanite will change its name to Eve Holding, Inc. and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol, “EVEX” and “EVEXW.” Embraer S.A. will remain a majority...

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With this latest agreement, Sydney Seaplanes has ordered 50 Eve aircraft from Embraer, and has furthered Sydney’s progress towards 100% electric flight in tourism and commuter flights. Sydney Seaplanes, the largest seaplane operator in Australia, has made a massive commitment to the future of Sydney’s aviation by placing a pre-order for 50 of EmbraerX’s ‘Eve’ eVTOLs, and by partnering with...

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Archer Aviation’s ‘Maker’ eVTOL demonstrator aircraft has completed its first successful hover flight. The flight marks the completion of the company’s first full and complete systems test and validation of every hardware and software component working as intended to move the aircraft into the air. The flight test was completed at 10.30am PT on 16 December and also resulted in...

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German drone delivery company Wingcopter has secured its next investment from SYNERJET Corp, a leading business aviation specialist in Latin America, with operations in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Panama, and Guatemala. The new funding follows recently announced investments from Japan-based DRONE FUND as well as UBER co-founder Garrett Camp’s Expa. SYNERJET has made the investment shortly after joining Wingcopter’s Authorized Partner Program (WAPP),...

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Alauda Aeronautics, creator of the high speed single-seater racing eVTOL that will be used in Airspeeder’s upcoming Grand Prix ‘flying car racing’ series, has officially established a manufacturing site for its racing aircraft. In Adelaide, South Australia, a production facility for Alauda’s racing eVTOL aircraft will soon be built. For the location, Alauda has chosen the Australian Space Park, a new...

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Overair has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bristow Group Inc. The two companies plan to collaborate on the development of the Overair Butterfly‘s commercialization plans. Bristow has pre-ordered 20 to 50 Butterfly aircraft and both companies will work together to develop an operations development framework focusing on vehicle design considerations, key performance parameters, FAA...

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Vertical Aerospace is slated to join Joby, Archer, and Lilium as the fourth eVTOL company to go public this year via SPAC merger. Subject to shareholder approval and the satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions, Broadstone Acquisition Corp. expects to complete its previously announced business combination with Vertical Aerospace, raising at least $300 million in gross proceeds. Ahead of the December 16 shareholder...

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Aerial mobility has permeated global political spheres over the last 5 years, and is continuing to make inroads in various political theatres that are all interested in gaining access to the benefits, both personal and communal, of on-demand electric transportation for personal, EMS, logistics, and defense purposes. The upcoming Paris Olympics are a perfect example: France is home to electric...

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The UAV Leasing Company, an organization that turns a profit by leasing and selling unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), has recently struck a deal with helicopter manufacturer MD Helicopters to begin selling and leasing MD’s top products. The UAV Leasing company, founded in 2019, features a unique business model. Instead of creating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company purchases them from...

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Heart Aerospace, the Swedish based electric aircraft manufacturer, has selected Garmin’s G3000 avionics package for its ES-19 regional airliner. This marks the second installation of a G3000 on an electric aircraft following Joby earlier this year. Heart Aerospace gained public attention earlier this year when US-based United Airlines announced a conditional order for 100 of its electric aircraft with options...

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China’s eHang claims that “in the next few months” it may achieve full type certification for its autonomous EH216 eVTOL aircraft. This would enable the company to begin commercial operations, potentially years ahead of what many of its air taxi competitors currently forecast. EHang’s rapid progress can largely be attributed to a consensus with the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of...

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Skyports, an established drone services provider, has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Aeronautics Division to demonstrate how its drone services could link communities across the Cape Cod region in Massachusetts. MassDOT is investigating the uses of drones as a solution to connecting its remote communities to everyday services such as healthcare and logistics, and in particular is...

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Eve, the Urban Air Mobility Solutions subsidiary of Embraer, has partnered with Nautilus Aviation, a division of Morris Group and Northern Australia’s largest helicopter operator, to accelerate development of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem in Australia. The partnership will introduce Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) into serving some of Queensland’s most iconic tourism locations including the Great Barrier Reef. As part...

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