Airspeeder Unveils eVTOL Racing Pilots

Aerial Formula One Racing style company Airspeeder announced their first eVTOL racing pilots which will participate in the EXA racing series, supported by Telstra & AWS on Tuesday. The announcement came after a historic drag race. The competitors were drawn from backgrounds as broad as elite motor racing and drone racing:  Emily Duggan joins as …

Bellwether Releases First Flight Test Footage of Volar eVTOL

London-based aerospace startup Bellwether Industries has released footage of the first untethered flight of their Volar eVTOL. Previously having conducted several prototype flight tests, this is the first publicly available footage of the stylized eVTOL aircraft in motion. Development of the Volar is still in the prototype stage, with the prototype being named “Antelope”. Bellwether …

Eviation’s ‘Alice’ Prepares for its First Test Flight

Eviation, one of the foremost developers of upcoming regional electric aircraft, has released videos and photos of the nearly-finalized, full-scale prototype of its ‘Alice’ aircraft on the runway in a practice taxi. The all-electric aircraft will be able to seat 9-passengers and travel up to 440 nautical miles on a single  charge. Eviation first showcased …

uAvionix Begins Flight Testing of its BVLOS C-band Radio

Last month, uAvionix announced the successful completion of the first series of flights with its newly developed SkyLink Control & Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) C-band radio, intended to meet the needs of safety-critical & BVLOS (Beyond Line-of-Sight Operations) missions as well as of operators and manufacturers with airframe certification in mind. The flight tests were conducted …

Eve and Falko to develop Global Operator Network with a potential order for 200 eVTOLs

Eve UAM, an Embraer subsidiary, and Falko Regional Aircraft Limited, a global leader in commercial regional aircraft leasing, have announced a Letter of Intent which contemplates a potential order for 200 of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) and a commercial partnership to develop a global network of eVTOL operators in support of …

Savback Helicopters to distribute Dufour Aerospace eVTOL aircraft in Scandinavia

Dufour Aerospace announced today that Savback Helicopters will promote and distribute Dufour’s innovative tilt-wing aircraft – Aero2 and Aero3 – in Scandinavia. Dufour expressed confidence that Savback “will bring significant knowledge of use-cases and market prospects, especially in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.” Savback Helicopter’s tagline is “a breath of fresh air” and Dufour Aerospace “couldn’t agree more”. The Swedish …

A Unique Ship-to-Shore eVTOL Concept

While the eVTOL industry is mainly focused on providing shared air taxi networks for public transportation, Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion, otherwise known as ‘IDEP’, has many other possible applications beyond in-city, traffic-shortening flights. Of the many possibilities that distributed electric propulsion has to offer, the foremost that have been mentioned outside of air taxis are …

Joby’s Second Pre-Production Aircraft Receives Airworthiness Certificate

Joby Aviation, the Santa-Cruz based leader in aerial mobility, has announced that it has received airworthiness certification for its second pre-production prototype, having achieved this on its first aircraft in late 2020. This second aircraft was pushed through the certification pipeline in order to accelerate Joby’s pre-production flight testing timeline during 2022. The new aircraft …

French Startup Unveils Flying Racecar Concept at CES 2022

French startup MACA unveiled its revolutionary Hybrid Carcopter S Eleven flying vehicle at CES this week. The company’s public display employed augmented reality to demonstrate the capabilities of the autonomous aircraft, almost exactly one year after the following “teaser” video was released: https://youtu.be/Vv1PxhHdAzA The S Eleven is a racing purpose-built vehicle designed to reach a top speed …

EHang Launches 5G Aerial Mobility Experience Center

EHang announced last week that it has partnered with Guangzhou Development District Communications Investment Group Co., LTD, GDDCI, to jointly launch the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center at the Innovation Park in Huangpu District, Guangzhou, China. The Experience Center is designed and developed as a location with all the necessary infrastructures for EHang AAVs …

2021 Highlights in Aerial Mobility

This year presented a strong showing for aerial mobility with numerous acquisitions, first flights, infrastructure/legislative deals, and massive orders. Heading into the New Year, expect to see market leaders continue pushing towards commercialization of their eVTOL ambitions and increasing public support for safe and sustainable urban aerial mobility. Here were some of this year’s top …

Bellwether’s Volar eVTOL Half-Scale Prototype Begins Flight Testing

UK-based aerial mobility company Bellwether Industries has begun flight testing of a half-scale prototype of their Volar eVTOL, and will soon release footage. For now, the aircraft is intended for private ownership, and is meant to serve infracity urban travel needs. Bellwether in particular emphasizes the importance of performance, a compact profile, city adaptability, an …

Ascendance Reveals its ‘ATEA’ eVTOL Aircraft Concept

Designed to seat 5, the ATEA features in-wing lift rotors and a flight range of over 250 miles (400+ kilometers). Ascendance’s aircraft uses a custom hybrid propulsion system to achieve a range of over 250 miles (400+ Kilometers).Ascendance was co-founded in 2018 by Jean-Christophe LAMBERT, Benoit FERRAN, Clément DINEL and Thibault BALDIVIA, who together have …