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From Pipistrel’s Press Release: Pipistrel and Honeywell combine aerospace expertise to address the technical, regulatory and business challenges of the emerging on-demand mobility market Pipistrel and Honeywell have signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding) to collaborate on developing urban aviation technology. This effort will leverage Honeywell’s avionics, navigation, flight control systems connectivity, and other beneficial products and services onto a...

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The Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau has decided to incorporate helicopters into its city’s public transport system, making it the first city in China to do so. Partnering with Airbus, the city plans to open helicopter services up for their residents by the end of 2019. Airbus, having earlier partnered with BLADE to provide the helicopters for BLADE’s helicopter service in...

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In China, eHang has partnered with DHL to develop an autonomous drone delivery route. In Finland, Wing deliveries are soon to begin in Helsinki. Learn more below: Chinese comany eHang is most well known for the eHang 184 passenger drone. However, eHang also is the maker of a wide range of commercial drones. DHL will now work with eHang to...

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DHL and chang's Drone Deliveries In China

At the Tech for Good Summit in Paris, Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, and Catherine Guillouard, CEO of RATP Group, signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a joint study on the viability of incorporating Urban Air Mobility into our daily lives. The study will examine the feasibility of UAM through the lens of Mobility-as-a-Service, or MaaS, which is the...

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President Trump recently released his proposal for the 2020 federal budget, and it bodes well for the future of the urban air mobility industry. The 2020 federal budget proposal included funding and resources to aid in the development of both unmanned air systems (UAS) and urban air mobility (UAM). These allocations are intended to support initiatives such as UAS Traffic...

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Lilium hires former head of communication at Rolls-Royce Aerospace

Munich-based air taxi startup Lilium has now flown a five-seat version of their electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. With the help of top engineers and business professionals from the automotive and aerospace industries, Lilium has been flying a two-seater prototype for over two years now. However, it was just earlier this month that the full-scale version, which is...

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The Los Angeles County Public Works department has added a Pipistrel SkyCharge station to the Compton/Woodley Airport: The new Pipistrel SkyCharge stations will be able to charge a Pipistrel ALPHA Electro Light Sport from empty to full battery in about 45 minutes. These charging stations are built by Pipistrel specifically for the Pipistrel Alpha Electro Light Sport, which is two seater all-electric...

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Japan’s Kyushu University has officially begun research and development towards electric aircraft and VTOLs. Kyushu’s Center for Electric Propelled Flight was inaugurated in April of 2019, on the university’s Ito Campus. The initial goal for the team is reportedly to send a working prototype craft into the skies within 10 years. The main reason behind Kyushu’s entry into the field...

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In 1967, the Dornier Do 31 made its first successful flight, lifting into the air while attempting a rolling vertical take-off. To this day, the aircraft is still the largest VTOL jet to hit the skies. The Dornier Do 31 was an accidental success. In the first test flight, the German-made Do 31 didn’t even get off the ground, spewing...

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Ascent Urban Air Mobility, a new company focused on delivering helicopter taxi services to cities around the world, has launched in the Philippines. Although the helicopter taxi industry is already highly a highly competitive landscape including BLADE Urban Air Mobility, Ascent Urban Air Mobility has made a bold move by designating the Philippines as its initial launch site. The company...

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For the last five years, Faradair has been designing an 18-seat hybrid-electric aircraft at its headquarters in the UK. Just earlier this year at the Revolution.Aero Europe show, Faradair revealed its prototype and plans for the Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA). The company announced its intention to fly by 2022 and be to certified and ready for commercial operations by 2025. The...

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Earlier this week, eVTOL developer Airspace Experience Technologies announced its fundraising campaign on SeedInvest. So far, ASX has raised over $200,000 with the number steadily rising. SeedInvest is an online fundraising platform where anyone, not just SEC accredited investors, can invest in companies they believe believe in. The company works similarly to the well-known Kickstarter.com, except that rather than pre-ordering...

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The initial hype about the size of the future Urban Air Mobility market, that reached its peak with the Morgan Stanley’s prediction of a $1.5 trillion potential by 2040, is now fading. Caution. Delays Ahead! Current forecasts about Urban Air Mobility (UAM) tend to indicate a market volume which can only be possible if flying-cars fill-up the city-skies, landing or...

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BLADE’S NEW HELICOPTER SERVICE NOW INCLUDES ALL NYC AREA AIRPORTS On May 8th, BLADE Urban Air Mobility announced that it has expanded its service to include LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. This service expansion is furthering the company’s mission of enhancing the reach and affordability of urban aviation. “Since expanding our continuous flight service between Manhattan and JFK, we...

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