Month: February 2022

GPMS, a firm that develops technology that optimizes information flow in the aircraft maintenance and analytics business, announced today that Transport Canada Civil Aviation has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate for GPMS’s Foresight MX, the company’s enhanced Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) solution, on the Airbus H125 helicopter. The certificate was based on a prior Federal Aviation Administration STC...

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The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has formally issued the special conditions necessary for EHang to to obtain EH-216-S type certification. The Chinese aerial mobility company will need to follow these conditions for its two-seater eVTOL aircraft, the EH-216, in order to begin mass production and commercial operations. The conditions include criteria regarding flight performance, structures, design and constructions,...

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Ascendance, the company behind the hybrid-propulsion eVTOL ‘Atea’, has now signed a deal with Singapore-based private air charter company Yugo Global Industries for a pre-order of 18 of its new aircraft. Ascendance, founded in 2018 by aerospace experts who were involved with Airbus’s E-FAN project, is developing a hybrid-electric eVTOL called the Atea that will be able to carry up...

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Silent Arrow Awarded $2.2M Contract from DoD

25 February 2022 || 3 min read

The Department of Defense has awarded Silent Arrow, the maker of an autonomous cargo delivery drone, with a $2.2 million dollar contract to test the vehicle over the next year. The contract was announced last week and will include testing in tandem with a Special Operations Command exercise later this year. “We’d like to thank the Joint Chiefs and J7...

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Wisk Aero, a Bay-Area Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company backed by Boeing, has partnered with the City of Long Beach, California through its Long Beach Economic Partnership (LBEP) to create an AAM working group focused on evaluating, planning, and implementing AAM services, with an emphasis on autonomy. Through the partnership, Wisk and the LBEP will conduct an Economic Impact study to measure...

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Embraer’s Eve eVTOL development division announced on February 18th at the Singapore Airshow the completion of a deal that would allow for up to 50 eVTOL orders from operators Aviair and Helispirit. The collaboration would feature flights commencing from 2026 by Aviair or HeliSpirit. Aviair and HeliSpirit are multi-award winning operators that serve some of Western Australia’s most iconic tourist...

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Lilium, the well-known German developer of a seven-passenger eVTOL jet, has selected ABB as its partner to provide charging infrastructure for its all-electric aircraft. Lilium and ABB, a large industrial robotics and technology firm, have formed a partnership in which ABB will begin building the fast-charging infrastructure for Lilium’s planned air taxi network, set to launch in 2024. The ‘MegaWatt’...

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Joby have announced they are forming a partnership that will see Japan’s largest airline join with Joby to bring aerial ridesharing services to Japan. Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) also joined the partnership, with the intention of exploring opportunities such as connections with ground-based transportation. ANA and Joby are set to collaborate on all aspects of...

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Rolls-Royce and the Luxaviation Group, a leading luxury jet and helicopter service provider, announced plans to collaborate on leading the development and deployment of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). Rolls-Royce will provide electrification solutions, maintenance support services, and digital solutions for Luxaviation Group’s planned network of vertiports. Luxaviation already has a presence at over 120 VIP terminals across the world. Both...

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Volocopter announced today that it expects to deliver SGD 4.18 billion in cumulative economic benefits to Singapore by 2030. This is just one of the many benefits that Volocopter’s UAM services will bring to the city-state, according to the company’s “Singapore Roadmap” plan which was also released today. The document shares details on the potential routes, use cases, and operational...

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Odys Aviation, a California-based aerial mobility startup, has raised $12.4 million USD in its seed funding round to help develop its hybrid-propulsion eVTOL aircraft. Founded in 2019 as Craft Aerospace, Odys Aviation is creating an eVTOL that would hold 9 passengers and 2 pilots, reach speeds of 345 mph, reach altitudes of 30,000 feet, and have a total range of...

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The accomplished short distance, by-the-seat charter air mobility company BLADE recently reported major upticks in revenues during the year of 2021, signaling significant growth for the air mobility sector as eVTOLs become prevalent. Image: BLADE Urban Air Mobility, which currently manages operations of helicopters, also mentioned future plans to work with BETA Technologies and their Alia eVTOL, which could include...

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Joby Aviation Begins Certification Testing

11 February 2022 || 4 min read

Joby has announced today it has begun conformity testing with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the first step of many towards achieving a type certificate, and a significant milestone for the program. Joby’s first series of conformity tests, observed and documented by an on-site FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER), were completed this week at Toray Advanced Composites USA’s facility in...

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Bristol, England-based Vertical Aerospace has agreed to a joint development program with Italy-based Leonardo for the design, testing, manufacturing, and supply of the carbon composite fuselage for Vertical’s VX4 electric aircraft. Vertical’s VX4 is expected to have a range of over 100 miles and to reach top speeds of up to 200mph. Vertical Aerospace Image Vertical and Leonardo will work...

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On February 6th, SK Telecom, a prominent South Korean telecommunications company, and Joby Aviation announced they will work together to introduce emissions-free aerial ridesharing services to cities and communities across South Korea. SKT’s CEO Ryu Young-sang and Joby’s founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt signed a strategic collaboration agreement at Joby’s manufacturing facility in Marina, California. The agreement will see the...

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