All posts by Benji

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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Drone Champions AG, the organizer of multiple drone racing series taking place throughout Europe and Asia, has created a massive pilot-ready racing drone. Although the first flight was controlled remotely, DCL (Drone Champions League) foresees a future in which daring racers face off against each other with stunning feats of aerobatics as demonstrated in the first flight of the new...

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Until Connected Kerb, EV charging infrastructure has never been so sustainable. With a mind set on the future of mass adoption of EV vehicles, Kerb has developed charging points that are made from recyclable materials, have extended product lifespans over other chargers, and are built to be flexible for future innovations. As eVTOLs continue to edge closer to reality, companies...

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The Cora eVTOL has been under development for almost ten years, and this week, aspiring air taxi operator Wisk signed an MoU with the New Zealand government in to conduct flight trials in Canterbury. The flight will represent the world’s first full airspace integration trial of an autonomous eVTOL. Cora was developed by aerospace company Kittyhawk, which gave form to Wisk...

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Wisk Air Taxi

Tactical Robotics, a developer of enclosed rotor VTOL technology in Israel, has signed an agreement with Boeing to explore both the production options and commercial applications of Tactical Robotic’s autonomous aerial vehicles. So far, Tactical has designed and prototyped a heavy-duty unmanned VTOL called the Comorant (seen above). The single-engine aircraft is autonomous or can be remotely controlled, and is...

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EHang’s newest White Paper explores urban air Mobility vehicle and infrastructure design, applications of technology, the current regulatory landscape, and the path towards commercialization.  EHang (Nasdaq: EH), one of the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology companies, has published its first white paper on the future of transportation and Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The white paper explores UAM’s potential...

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In a partnership with automotive manufacturer Hyundai, Uber Elevate has released an updated version of its air taxi concept, and has begun plans for large-scale manufacturing.  In a major move for both companies, Uber Elevate has partnered with Hyundai with the intention of mass-producing air taxis for its eVTOL network. Other Uber partners so far include Boeing, Bell, EmbraerX, Karem...

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Transcend Air, based in Boston MA, has partnered with  design studio Huslig Collective to create custom Reserved Editions of its Vy400 aircraft. Transcend Air’s Vy400 tilt-wing aircraft has been in development since 2009, with an official company formed in 2017. Well on its way to market release, the Vy400 can fly up to 450 miles at 400mph, with 2,190 lbs...

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Transcend Air Vy400

Lazareth’s Flying Motorcycle

29 December 2019 || 3 min read

With a great deal of ambition, imaginative on-road vehicle designer Ludovic Lazareth and his team have created a flying motorcycle. The four wheels of the Moto Volante each have a JetCat turbine (developed by NASA) at their center, and fold out from the vehicle’s body to become the four lift points of the aircraft. Riders pull a switch and turn a...

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Skyportz is adding properties to begin building landing sites for aerial taxis in Australia. Skyportz, based in Melbourne, Australia is a company dedicated to helping buildings and properties ready themselves for eVTOL air taxis operations. The company’s mission is develop the necessary infrastructure to make aerial mobility a reality. Most recently, Skyportz was joined by Parking Australia, which represents the...

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Russian startup Flyter has taken the next important step in testing the design of its 2-seater PAC 720-200.  Flyter has been around since February 2018. Since then, it unveiled its concept for the PAC 720-200, a two-seater VTOL aircraft that flies like a small plane but can take off like a helicopter. Flyter’s goal is to make an aircraft that...

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