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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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Flyter

Famous for creating a civilian version of the Osprey V-22, Leonardo S.p.A recently unveiled a new kind of heliport designed for urban aerial mobility. At the Dubai Air Show earlier this week, Leonardo, in collaboration with Falcon Aviation Services, released its concept for a ‘rotorcraft dedicated’ terminal. According to Leonardo, the new terminal initiative is meant “meet the growing demands...

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BLADE Announces new Miami Beach Service

21 November 2019 || 4 min read

In partnership with Vanquish motor yachts and ILand Miami water landing vessels, BLADE Urban Air Mobility will enable passengers to fly directly to Miami Beach Hotels. In an exciting new service release, BLADE Urban Air Mobility will allow customers to skip over major traffic jams to major Miami Beach hotels through its newest on-water helistop, available through March. The newest...

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Blade Urban Air Mobility

Through a partnership with MagniX, Habour Air is about to become the world’s first all-electric airline.  In March of 2019, the world’s largest seaplane operator, Habour Air, announced its intention to become world’s first completely electric airline. Together with MagniX, an aviation electric motor developer, Harbour plans to convert its entire fleet of 53 airplanes into electric aircraft by 2022. Late...

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New Electric Air Racer Unveiled at Dubai Air Show

17 November 2019 || 4 min read

At the Dubai Airshow on November 17th, UK aviation innovator Condor Aviation introduced the world to ‘White Lightning’, billed as the world’s first fully electric sports aircraft. The White Lightning plane was designed specifically for Air Race E, an upcoming electric air race series sponsored by Airbus. According to Air Race E, races will take place at just 33 feet...

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Uber Eats Unveils New Delivery Drone Design

03 November 2019 || 4 min read

Uber Elevate has officially unveiled a new VTOL drone designed for Uber Eats deliveries.   The new Uber Eats drone was designed by Uber Elevate with speed in mind. To “increase speed and efficiency”, Elevate chose to use a rotating wing design. This means that the rotors will initially point upwards on take-off, lifting the drone into the air and then...

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On October 22nd, urban air taxi developer Volocopter successfully completed its first urban manned flight over Singapore’s Marina Bay.  Not only was the latest demonstration flight the first manned test for Volocopter, it was the second ever test held in an urban flight setting following an autonomous urban flight test in Stuttgart, Germany. Volocopter has been planning this Singapore demonstration since...

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Lilium Releases New Flight Test Footage

24 October 2019 || 4 min read

Just six months after unveiling the latest version of its prototype, Munich based air taxi company Lilium has released footage of its five-passenger jet making the transition from vertical to horizontal flight: The Lilium jet can seat 5 passengers, fly at 186mph, is all-electric, and  has a range of nearly 200 miles. Lilium plans to build not just the aircraft...

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On October 28th through 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada, industry experts and stakeholders throughout the UAV industry will meet and gather to push the industry forward.  The 5th Annual Commercial UAV Expo, October 28-30 in Las Vegas, has become the industry’s biggest gathering where attendees can see the latest innovations and applications of commercial drone technology and a glimpse into the...

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The CoMotion conference on future mobility,  featuring 85 speakers and hundreds of participating industry experts, is coming to Los Angeles. *New: Save 20% on registration with code T20: http://ComotionLA.com  CoMotion LA is an exciting yearly conference designed to bring together the most important stakeholders in urban mobility, including government representatives, transportation startups, key industry players, and more. Notable speakers include Joshua...

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New Zeva Zero Prototype Images Revealed

01 October 2019 || 3 min read

New Images and information about  the Zeva Zero, a flying-saucer shaped  eVTOL, have been released.  The Zeva Zero has been in development since the company’s founding in 2018. Unlike many eVTOLs, it features a disc-like structure, and is designed for a single passenger. When it transitions to horizontal flight, the entire body of the Zeva Zero tilts with its rotors,...

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The Sustainable Aviation Symposium 2019 (SAS) will focus deeply on urban aerial mobility, covering issues of technology, platforms, and other emerging topics. “The SA Symposium is a unique opportunity for visionaries, innovators, enthusiasts and authorities to connect, share ideas backed by experience, and discover new technological frontiers of flight.” -Tine Tomazic, Aircraft Designer at Pipistrel UC Berkeley’s annual sustainable aviation symposium...

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aerial mobility at the UC Berkeley Sustainable Aviation Symposium

eVTOLs have benefits that helicopters won’t be able to compete with. Helicopters are the world’s current solution to aerial mobility: a time proven system that effectively transports people and goods short to medium distances, with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities to boot. Air taxi services utilizing helicopters have operated since the 1950’s, New York Airways being one of the famed...

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Helicopter at Sunrise

Revolution.Aero 2019 Event Preview

13 September 2019 || 3 min read

The conference will be held Sep 23-24 in San Francisco. Since its first conference in San Francisco last year, Revolution Aero has become known as an established conference focusing on innovation and technology in new forms of personal and business aviation. The conference brings together a number of startups currently seeking to disrupt the aviation industry, ranging from eVTOL developers to...

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In another step forward for VTOL development, Sikorsky/Lockeed Martin has gifted $3 million to the James A. Clark School of Engineering to fund its rotorcraft lab.   “Lockheed Martin has partnered with the University of Maryland for more than seven decades, and we are proud to continue that successful relationship with this contribution supporting aerospace innovation”      –Lockheed Martin Chief Technology...

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Sikorsky ALIAS autonomous VTOL tech