Paragon VTOL to Implement Fleet of 50 Air Taxis in Brownsville, TX

Paragon VTOL Aerospace, lead innovators in vertical takeoff and landing technology (VTOL), continue to make forward strides for intra-city transport, committing to 50 VTOLs for urban air taxi movement in Brownsville, Texas to begin in 2025. This commitment, momentous for the City of Brownsville, would enable the city to continue innovative and forward strides, reaching the next level …

EHang Commences Operations in Yunfu Production Facility

EHang recently cancelled its Yunfu Investor Day due to the latest tightening COVID-19-related travel and group gathering restrictions by the local governmental authorities following the recent Delta variant outbreak in China. The event was originally scheduled to take place in person at the Company’s new Yunfu production facility on August 18th. As an alternative, the …

A First Look at Aero3, Dufour Aerospace’s Flagship eVTOL Aircraft

Dufour Aerospace has just published specification details on the Aero3, its flagship VTOL tilt-wing aircraft that aims to combine exceptional space, load and range for various transportation missions including most of today’s helicopter applications. This piloted, multi-purpose hybrid aircraft is a successor to the unmanned demonstrator aircraft test flown by Dufour Aerospace since 2020. Aero3 …

NeXt UAS iFly: The Personal Self-Navigating eVTOL Aircraft

Advanced air mobility startup Next UAS is re-opening the conversation on eVTOL private ownership with its single-seat iFly aircraft concept. The company is currently seeking an investment partner for funding the NeXt Personal Air Taxi, which has undergone extensive successful proof-of-concept flight testing and was recently awarded United States Patent 10,427,790. The coaxial octocopter has eight batteries running …

Joby Aviation Opens Washington DC Office

Joby Aero Inc., a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced it is opening a new office in Washington, DC to support the collaborative work it is doing with the aviation community and policymakers to bring quiet, zero-emissions aviation to life. Equipped with a state-of-the-art flight simulator, visitors to the new office …

Volocopter Completes First Ever Public Crewed eVTOL Test Flight at EAA AirVenture

Today, July 27th, Volocopter flew its 2X eVTOL aircraft at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The flight was the first ever public crewed test flight of a fully electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi in the US. The crewed Volocopter 2X took off at 2:45 PM CST for a 4-minute flight …

Joby Aviation, JetBlue and Signature Plan to Achieve Net-Zero Aviation Emissions

Joby Aviation, JetBlue Airways and Signature Flight Support have announced a plan to utilize electric and hydrogen credits in an effort to achieve net zero aviation emissions. The three companies are working together to ensure the carbon markets for aviation include the generation of credits for flights powered by green electric and hydrogen propulsion technologies, effectively connecting today’s …

Volocopter and DB Schenker Conduct First Proof of Concept for VoloDrone Operations

Volocopter and international logistics leader, DB Schenker, announced that they have successfully conducted a joint static proof of concept (PoC) at Messe Stuttgart for VoloDrone ground operations in logistic centers. Together, the partners are creating the first blueprint for electric cargo drone ground operations in logistics with the support of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow …

Hyundai is Committed to Transporting Passengers via Flying Car

Hyundai Motor Company and General Motors recently announced that they are pushing ahead with developing flying cars, with the South Korean company expressing optimism it could have an air-taxi service in operation as soon as 2025. A GM executive said it could take until 2030 for air-taxi services to overcome technical and regulatory hurdles and …

uAvionix Completes Milestone VTOL Flight Demo using Custom Autopilot Platform

uAvionix has conducted a milestone technology demonstration flight at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NP UAS TS) in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  The 40-mile demonstration flight, witnessed by the NP UAS TS leadership team, combined the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) flight control capabilities of the new uAvionix George autopilot with the latest iteration …

Honeywell To Provide Cockpit Technologies For 7-Seater Lilium Jet

Lilium has engaged with Honeywell, a world-leading manufacturer of electronics, engines, and mechanical systems for aircraft, to develop the 7-Seater Lilium eVTOL Jet’s avionics and flight control systems. Honeywell’s Compact Fly-by-Wire System will act as the flight control system on the all-electric 7-Seater Lilium Jet, responsible for controlling its moveable parts, including the 36 control …

Joby Aviation Announces Infrastructure Partnership With Largest Mobility Hub Operator in North America

Joby Aviation (“Joby”), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced it has partnered with REEF Technology (“REEF”) and Neighborhood Property Group (“NPG”) to develop takeoff and landing sites for its aerial ridesharing service, launching in 2024. REEF is the country’s largest parking garage operator focused on transforming these underutilized assets into …

Honeywell, DENSO to Develop Urban Air Mobility Electric Propulsion Technology

DENSO, a leading mobility supplier, has signed a long-term agreement with aerospace leader Honeywell, establishing an alliance focused on electric propulsion units to meet new aerospace needs. Drawing from their automotive and aerospace backgrounds, the companies will develop and manufacture electric propulsion systems for aircraft, initially prioritizing the urban air mobility (UAM) segment with a …

Beta Raises $368 Million in Funding Round Led by Amazon, Fidelity

Electric VTOL aircraft startup Beta Technologies is now valued at $1.4 billion after closing a $368 million funding round led by Fidelity and Amazon’s Climate Fund. The Vermont-based company has said that proceeds will be used to refine its electric propulsion systems and controls as well as the construction of manufacturing facilities, while continuing to …

Air Force Grants Bell $950,000 for High Speed VTOL Research

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has granted Bell a $950,000 contract to conduct applied research into a high-speed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Few details have been disclosed regarding “Bell’s High Speed VTOL (HSVTOL),” as it is referred to in the contract notice. However, the research contract comes several months after the …