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QSS’s Study on eVTOL Ride Quality

05 July 2020 || 3 min read

In 2018, NASA selected Crown Consulting to aid in understanding the potential barriers to creating the aerial mobility industry. After creating that study, Crown is now extending its analysis by partnering with QSS (Quantitative Scientific Solutions) to understand how eVTOL ride quality might affect community acceptance. While Crown Consulting will facilitate the analysis, QSS will assist in collecting the and...

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Ascent Urban Air Mobility, a new aerial mobility company, has announced that it will commence services in Thailand by the end of this year. Although Ascent currently uses traditional helicopters, its aerial mobility business model follows those that will soon come with advanced electric VTOLS. Ascent first launched in the Philippines around May of 2019. Although charter helicopters have existed in Thailand...

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Bye Aerospace has begun the next phase of its flight test program for its two-seat all-electric eFlyer 2. The latest aircraft built is a technology demonstrator aircraft that will pave the way for the future of electric flight, and the final version eFlyer 2. Bye Aerospace’s mission is to develop innovative and effective zero CO2 electric propulsion systems, along with...

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Wisk Resumes Flight Tests

16 June 2020 || 4 min read

After a brief pause in flight testing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, air taxi company Wisk has resumed flight tests of the Cora aircraft in both the U.S and New Zealand.  Wisk was established in 2019 as a joint venture between The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation, in collaboration with Air New Zealand. The Cora aircraft itself was originally...

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Airflow Launches an Electric STOL

11 June 2020 || 4 min read

Airflow, a company founded in 2019 by five former members of the Airbus Vahana Project, just announced its upcoming eSTOL – an electric aircraft capable of taking off and landing within remarkably short runways. STOLs (Short Take-Off and Landing) aircraft have been around for many years; typically being used to access remote areas such as clearings in forests or other...

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Since February of 2014, Bye Aerospace has been developing an all-electric trainer aircraft, designed to reduce the fuel costs of training new pilots. Having already certified its aircraft through the FAA’s FAR 23 rules, Bye Aerospace will be releasing two models; the 2-seater eFlyer 2 and the 4-seater eFlyer 4. Combined, orders for these aircraft now total over 330. As...

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About a year ago, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced its plans to publish certification standards for electric and hybrid VTOL aircraft, aimed at those designed for urban environments such as Lilium, Volocopter, and Vertical Aerospace‘s eVTOLs. These standards have been under review by public and private stakeholders, as well as EASA itself. Yesterday, on May 25th, EASA moved one major...

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EHang, the Chinese company behind the EHang 216 AAV (autonomous aerial vehicle) recently announced that it will build an autonomously-operating aerial vehicle port in the city of Hezhou, China. The 2,500-square-meter “E-port” terminal building will feature a first-floor reception hall, second-floor passenger waiting area and third-floor departure/arrival zone with four landing pads located on the roof. The port, along with a...

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EHang E-Port

Chinese passenger drone manufacturer EHang has officially entered into a partnership with Shenzhen tourism company LN Holdings to create the world’s first ‘UAM themed’ hotel. The idea behind the new partnership is for EHang to further commercialize its AAV’s (autonomous aerial vehicles) through integrating them with existing and future LN Hotels. The LN Garden Hotel in Guangzhou will be the first...

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EHang LN Holdings UAM Hotel

German drone delivery company Wingcopter has been growing more and more in the past few months, and most recently has won a $80k USD prize in the Emergency Delivery category of the Lake Kivu Challenge in Rwanda, sponsored by World Bank. A large part of Wingcopter’s mission to use its patented UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology to assist the world...

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Wingcopter Drone Delivery

Chinese aerial mobility developer EHang has signed an agreement with the government of Seville, Spain, to initiate an Urban Air Mobility program that will build systems for passenger transport and autonomous airspace management in the city. This marks one of Europe’s first cities to begin planning for an aerial mobility future. EHang has built itself into one of the world’s...

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With the newest smart electric motors from Safran, the electric Voltaero Cassio has taken flight.  The Voltaero Cassio, developed by former Airbus CTO Jean Botti, is a hybrid-electric, high-range airplane, built to bring cleaner energy to regional commercial flights, private aircraft ownership, and more. The hybrid system utilized by Voltaero gives the Cassio the utmost safety, the lowest noise emissions, and...

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Pal-V May Test in India

08 March 2020 || 3 min read

PAL-V is a Dutch company that’s been developing a personal drivable aircraft for over ten years since its founding in 2008. Since then, PAL-V has been working hard to advance its technology and move forward toward both land and air certification. The PAL-V Liberty can take off within 330m, fly at speeds over 180kph, and can land vertically. The company expects...

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The Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge, initiated by the FAA and NASA, is designed to provide a ‘proving ground’ for new types of urban aircraft, allowing both government regulators and the new aircraft developers to begin setting the standards for commercial certification. This week, NASA announced seventeen of the companies it will be working with in the Grand Challenge. The...

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Joby Aviation Prepares for Manufacturing

01 March 2020 || 3 min read

Joby Aviation, a budding eVTOL air taxi designer and manufacturer partially backed by Toyota, has begun work on its manufacturing facilities in Marina, California. In the latest news, Joby has begun leasing and renovating several hangars at the Marina Municipal Airport. According to Joby spokesperson Mojgan Khalili, the new facilities will be used to “support the development and manufacturing of...

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