All posts by Benji

Wing, the UAV aerial delivery company originally founded as a Google X Moonshot project, has recently unveiled a new roll-out model that will allow it to bring delivery services to densely-populated U.S metropolitan areas. Its first customer will be Walgreens. The new model for providing drone delivery services in the U.S is creating small, easy assembly, drone delivery hubs that...

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Airflow, the developer of a new eSTOL (electric short take-off and landing) aircraft, has received a new investor and partner in Plug Power, a leading provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions enabling hydrogen-powered vehicles. Airflow is a steadily rising player in the world of eSTOL, which will serve regional mobility purposes such as middle mile transport of both goods and...

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CycloTech Takes its First Flight

10 October 2021 || 3 min read

CycloTech, the developer a highly unique eVTOL propulsion technology based on marine concepts, has officially announced the first public flight of an aircraft using its systems. The unique technology behind CycloTech’s concept has not yet been seen in any other aircraft concept. To both propel itself and control its position in the air, CycloTech propulsors would provide omni-directional thrust from...

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Moog’s SureFly Joins Agility Prime

02 October 2021 || 3 min read

Moog, the American buyer of the SureFly eVTOL, which was originally in development by electric car maker Workhorse, has now resurfaced the SureFly aircraft by entering it into the U.S Air Force’s Agility Prime initiative. The Moog SureFly has been long in development, although not much news has been released about it in recent years. In December of 2019, Workhorse...

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Bristow Group is one of the world’s leading operators of helicopters provided for government and civil organizations worldwide, oil and gas customers needing offshore transportation, and search and rescue aircraft support. Its current fleet includes approximately 240 of the helicopter industry’s most modern aircraft, providing services in areas like Africa, the Americas, Australia, and several countries in Europe. Both Vertical...

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Sonin Hybrid’s First Responder Drone

25 September 2021 || 3 min read

With a different kind of air response multicopter, Atlanta-based drone manufacturer Sonin Hybrid has unveiled a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) designed to be used by medical first responders. While many eVTOL companies have been announcing manned aircraft that can act as medical emergency response vehicles, Sonin-Hybrids UAV represents one of the first non-manned solutions, which has its own set of...

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After beginning to develop their urban vertiport concept in collaboration with Volocopter in 2018, the UK-based architecture firm Small has grown its initiative into Urban Airport Ltd, which has now partnered with Hyundai to bring 65 of their urban vertiport-hubs to 65 locations worldwide. Over the past year, Urban-Air Port has steadily increasing its involvement with Hyundai, the auto-maker whose...

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Skycharge, an organization founded by Green Motion and electric aircraft maker Pipistrel, has just become the world’s first OEM-independent electric airplane charger to be approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Pipistrel and Green Motion officially began their partnership last year, when they announced that they would collaborate to create a charging system infrastructure for electric aircraft. At the...

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Joby’s electric air taxi, which has recently swept the market through multiple large fundraising rounds, a successful IPO, and an acquisition of Uber Elevate amongst others, has now announced that they have become the first company to fly an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft as part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign. The NASA Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National...

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XPeng, the electric car maker that recently expanded its vision to electric air vehicles, has announced that its new aircraft, the Voyager X2, has begun to conduct flight tests in both high altitude and extreme environments. The current version of the Voyager X2 is its fifth generation, growing more and more advanced and it approaches the market. According to a report from CnEVPost,...

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Bell, Others Unveil High Speed VTOL Designs

21 August 2021 || 4 min read

Bell / Textron have been in the vertical lift industry for decades, designing high tech helicopters for both military and civilian applications. Now, after setting its sights on urban civilian air taxis, the company has added a focus on high-speed, longer distance VTOLs as well. In May of 2021, TransportUP reported that the United States Air Force had granted Bell...

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Transcend Air, maker of the Vy400 tilt-wing VTOL aircraft, has selected GE Aviation for its turboshaft engine and Kaman Aerospace for its manufacturing partner. Transcend Air’s V400 is a powerful trans-city VTOL aircraft that’s been in development by the Boston-based company for several years. Unlike many other VTOL concepts in development, the Vy400 will be a hybrid-electric aircraft rather than...

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The agreement between Lilium and Azul, a major Brazilian airline, includes pre-orders for 220 of Lilium’s eVTOL jets. Together, the two companies will build an exclusive eVTOL network in Brazil, with a service launch planned for 2025. More than just a purchase of aircraft, this agreement represents a strategic alliance between Azul and Lilium to fully build out an eVTOL...

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Joby Aviation, an upcoming leader in the world of electric aerial mobility, has successfully completed a 150-mile continuous flight on a single charge. The 154-mile flight, which took place over 11 laps of a predefined circuit, took 1 hour and 17 minutes to complete, setting a record for the world’s longest eVTOL test flight. Even more notably, the flight was...

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The X2, developed by a department of electric car company XPeng motors, has officially taken to the skies. The aircraft is designed for private ownership and personal use (similar to a traditional car) rather than only as a shared air taxi. XPeng motors has a vision of the future where auto manufacturers slowly transition from making internal combustion cars to...

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