All posts by Benji

AutoFlightX Releases Large-Scale V400 Cargo Drone

17 September 2020 || 3 min read

AutoFlightX, the developer of eVTOL aircraft and large-scale drones since 2018, is continuing to create ever bigger autonomous aircraft with the release of its V400 eVTOL aircraft this week. The company prides itself on being one of the aerial mobility industry’s top developers of high-capacity, fixed-wing eVTOL cargo drones, with plans to create and deploy a passenger-ready model by 2025. On...

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Airspeeder, an Australian startup that makes a single-seater racing quadcopter, has officially partnered with leading cyber protection firm Acronis for both technical and commercial support in upcoming air races. Airspeeder, founded by entrepreneur Matt Pearson, has the vision of creating the world’s first electric flying car racing series using its MK4 racers. The company has been working towards this goal for multiple...

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Amazon Receives FAA Approval for Drone Deliveries

01 September 2020 || 3 min read

In Summer of last year, Amazon received approval from the FAA to begin testing its drones in major cities like San Diego. Today, Amazon now has received official Part 135 approval to begin operating commercial deliveries on a trial basis. According to the FAA itself, this ruling will allow Amazon to “safely and efficiently deliver packages to customers”. Most notably,...

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SkyDrive, an aerial mobility aircraft developer backed by Toyota, has officially released footage of its SD-03 aircraft in flight with a passenger/pilot on board. The company also simultaneously announced a massive Series B fundraising round from the Bank of Japan and other investors. SkyDrive’s SD-03 aircraft is a single-person small aircraft, meant as a personal commuter vehicle for the ‘skyways’...

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Urban Aeronautics, an Israeli eVTOL developer, has signed an agreement with emergency response organization Hatzolah Air to collaborate on its CityHawk eVTOL. Hatzolah is currently the world’s largest volunteer emergency response organization. The Urban Aeronautics CityHawk is a powerful, hydrogen-powered eVTOL capable of a 93-mile range (fully loaded) and a 170mph top speed. It has been under development for several...

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Bye Aerospace, developer of ground-breaking electric aircraft, has today announced that it has added Rod Zastrow, an Air Force pilot with over 25 years of experience, to its board of directors. Since its founding, the mission of Bye Aerospace has been to develop the next generation of electric aircraft, starting with the eFlyer trainer aircraft. The two-seater eFlyer is built...

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VerdeGo Aero was originally founded to create its own air taxi, but pivoted in 2018 to providing hybrid powertrain solutions for eVTOL air taxi aircraft and more, making its business proposition almost completely unique. Founder Erik Lindbergh (grandson of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh) made this decision in order to create a company that could provide propulsion solutions for other budding...

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WISK, the company behind the WISK Cora autonomous electric air taxi, has announced that Eric Johnson has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Engineering and will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team. WISK, a project resulting from collaboration between air taxi developer KittyHawk, aviation giant Boeing, and the New Zealand government, is now one of the world’s...

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According to local news sources, board members of Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority met virtually last week to discuss the future of transportation for the area, after being pitched by German air taxi developer Lilium. According to Lilium, flights could carry passengers from Tampa to St. Petersberg in 8 minutes. This journey that could help ease traffic over the two...

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BAE Systems, an industry leader in electronic aircraft controls, has set its sights on the future by beginning to develop lighter and smarter than ever fly-by-wire systems for hybrid and all-electric aircraft. Partnerships have already been made between BAE Systems and multiple electric aviation and eVTOL air taxi companies such as Uber Elevate partner Jaunt Air Mobility and electric jet...

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CycloTech’s Air Taxi Concept

22 July 2020 || 3 min read

Austrian company CycloTech is using a specialized ‘Cyclogyro’ rotor to build a new kind of aerial mobility vehicle. The company believes this unique propulsion system will give them a competitive edge in the growing world of aerial mobility. Currently, the company’s main focus is building 80kg de-scaled flight demonstrator prototype, which it plans to have complete by the end of...

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Honeywell, a leader in the aerospace industry for avionics, has now created a dedicated business unit within its company specifically for drones and aerial mobility technology. As well as providing flight electronics, Honeywell is also developing important offerings relating to unmanned aerial systems as a whole. The ‘aerial mobility and unmanned aerial systems’ business unit will have its own set...

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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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