All posts by Ian Shin

Watfly’s Atlas Looks to Launch in 2021

17 May 2020 || 3 min read

The Atlas is a recreational one-seater electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that could be one of the first air mobility vehicles on commercial market, possibly as soon as 2021. The personal air vehicle, in development by Watfly, was conceptually modeled after the “oversized backyard quadcopters” built by aviation enthusiasts, according to Watfly co-founder Gonzalo Espinoza Graham. “We very...

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Wisk Looks to Resume Flight Tests for Cora

09 May 2020 || 4 min read

Wisk is looking to resume flight tests for the Cora eVTOL aircraft by the end of the month, following the COVID-19 lockdown protocol in New Zealand, where the bulk of the project design is conducted. Wisk gained hope when New Zealand lowered their lockdown protocol from Level 4 to Level 3, allowing company technicians to resume prep work on the...

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e.Sat represents the newest German aviation startup to enter the aerial mobility market. A new project company, e.Sat is working on the “Silent Air Taxi” project, an electric hybrid platform, stemming from the German Council of Science and Humanities (RWTH) Aachen University. The project currently employs 50 people for development and engineering of the electric fixed-wing aircraft. It was first...

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Simon Briceno Joins Jaunt Air Mobility

01 March 2020 || 3 min read

Dr. Simon Briceno joins the aerial mobility startup, Jaunt Air Mobility, as their lead in UAM development, and will head Jaunt’s operational initiatives with Uber Elevate and their network of aerospace and infrastructure partners, according to a Jaunt press release. “The addition of Dr. Briceno to the Jaunt Air Mobility team is further validation of Jaunt’s leadership position in Urban...

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Volocopter and DB Schenker announced an investment by the global logistics service provider into the aerial mobility startup as Volocopter extends its Series C funding to now a total of €87 million. Volocopter’s Series C funding now includes DB Schenker, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group, MS&AD Ventures, and TransLink Capital (Japan Airlines and Sompo Japan Insurance), Lukasz Gadowski and btov also...

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Auterion and Quantum-Systems Partner on VTOL sUAS

16 February 2020 || 4 min read

Auterion Government Solutions Inc (AGS Inc) and Quantum-Systems GmbH announced that they have partnered to bring The Vector and Scorpion small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) to the U.S. Government Defense and Security markets. Combining Auterion OS, a secure, scalable, open-source, operating system, with Quantum-Systems hardware, the partners plan to provide a useful “ a 2-in-1 system kit” for the US...

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Wisk’s Newest Details on the Cora Air Taxi

09 February 2020 || 3 min read

After recently announcing plans to conduct flight trials in New Zealand, the aspiring air taxi company Wisk has released details regarding the Cora, its autonomous electric air taxi vehicle. The Cora is a two-seat autonomous aircraft powered by twelve boom-mounted independent lifting propellers enabling vertical flight. Designed to be autonomous from the start, Wisk CEO Gary Gysin emphasized the focus...

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Cora Air Taxi

Due to the increased regulatory requirements involving autonomous flight, Mark Moore, Uber’s engineering director for aircraft systems, says he expects piloted eVTOL aircraft before autonomous drone package deliveries. “[Aerial mobility] with pilots will happen way before you will get anything delivered in your backyard,” Moore explained at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California on 29 January. “Autonomous flight is really hard. Having...

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The European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will launch a new collaborative conference for VTOL technology in Cologne, Germany this November. The European Rotors conference, announced at a press event in Cologne earlier this January, will unite a public helicopter industry conference with the preexisting EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium to draw audiences from both....

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US Automated Vehicle Policy Updated at CES 2020

19 January 2020 || 3 min read

Out of the numerous reveals at CES 2020 came an important update regarding the future of automated air transportation in the United States.  US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the fourth iteration of the federal automated vehicle policy at CES 2020. The “Automated Vehicles 4.0: Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies” lays down the guidelines set by the...

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EmbraerX and Elroy Air have signed a collaboration agreement for the purpose of developing autonomous eVTOL delivery services worldwide.  EmbraerX and Elroy Air officially signed an agreement at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 8th, 2020. Although neither company disclosed specifics such about time frame, range, or cost, they announced that they are now exchanging information and...

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The all-electric multicopter VTOL from Airbus, the CityAirbus, has made its first untethered flight in Donauwörth, Germany at Airbus’ own competence center for military air systems. The CityAirbus project, part of Airbus’ designs to develop a workable and mass-producible commercial electric air taxi service, explores many aspects for Airbus’ future program. The demonstrator features a four-seat, multicopter design, with eight propellers...

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Airbus Concludes Testing of Vahana at Pendleton

04 January 2020 || 4 min read

Airbus, one of Pendleton Unmanned Aerial System Range’s largest customers, is moving out Airbus had been utilizing the space at the Pendleton Range to work on Project Vahana; their unmanned air taxi concept. Steve Chrisman, the airport manager and economic development director of the Pendleton Range, confirmed on December 17th that A^3, the Silicon Valley subsidiary of French aviation company...

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The U.S. Air Force looks to launch a new initiative to help with the certification process for commercial air taxi services The USAF’s initiative will be based around an unmanned aerial vehicle to be used for military missions in a 100-mile radius. The military looks to lend its experience and technical knowledge on aerial flight to any number of companies...

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Soon after establishing their own flying car division, Hyundai will unveil their first concept design at CES 2020 Hyundai has not yet released any specifics on the design for their flying taxi, or the “personal air vehicle” (PAV). However, Hyundai intends to release both the concept PAV design as well as another autonomous concept car design — a “purpose built...

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