All posts by Naish Gaubatz

Joby Aero announced on July 23rd the composition of its Board of Directors in anticipation of the company’s merger with Reinvent Technology Partners, a special purpose acquisition company that is reported to take a “venture capital at scale” approach to partnering with bold leaders and companies. Upon the closing of the transaction, the combined company will trade as JOBY on...

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Joby Prototype

Bye Aerospace announced that Rheinland Air Service GmbH (RAS), a European MRO outfit, has completed purchase deposit agreements for five all-electric eFlyer 800 aircraft. RAS will act as an MRO support to eFlyer800 aircraft in Central Europe with its service and support facilities in Germany. Furthermore, RAS will be a designated reseller of eFlyer800 aircraft in Germany, Austria and Switzerland....

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eFlyer 800

Initial approach being applied to sub-scale model of Pegasus eVTOL business jet  A consortium led by Callen-Lenz that is researching a new approach to flight control systems  for next-generation novel aircraft has been awarded a grant of £1m from the UK Government through the ATI Programme.  Project NOMAD (Novel Control Approaches to Complex Aircraft Dynamics) is an 18-month  research programme...

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Pegasus eVTOL

VoltAero’s Cassio 1 demonstrator aircraft is beginning a “Tour de France” today which intends to reaffirm the company’s commitment to developing a family of hybrid-electric airplanes for sustainable regional air transportation. Departing from France’s Atlantic seaport city of Lorient on July 5, Cassio 1 will make 10 stopovers in a flight plan that covers destinations in the country’s north, east...

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Cassio 1

VoltAero and Airways Aviation signed an agreement on June 25th for operations of the family of Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft, which will be be deployed for regional mobility and in pilot training. VoltAero will collaborate with Airways Aviation on defining the utilization of Cassio aircraft in their four-, six- and 10-seat versions (the Cassio 330, Cassio 480 and Cassio 600, respectively)...

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VoltAero MoU

Volocopter flew the Volocopter 2X electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft earlier this week at Le Bourget Airfield, during the Paris Air Forum. With the flight demonstration of the Volocopter 2X and the VoloCity model on static display onsite, the German UAM developer demonstrated the progress they are making to introduce eVTOL aircraft as an addition to existing transportation in...

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Since the beginning of the recent coronavirus resurgence in China’s Guangdong Province, EHang has leveraged its autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology by dispatching a flight operations team and multiple AAVs for COVID-19 relief and control efforts in Guangzhou City. Beginning June 4th, EHang has successively deployed the passenger-grade AAV EHang 216, EHang 216L (logistics model), EHang Falcon B series and...

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EHang COVID 2.0 Relief

EHang announced today its flagship passenger-grade AAV EHang 216 successfully performed its maiden Japan unmanned and autonomous trial flight to showcase safe, autonomous, eco-friendly aerial mobility aircraft operations. Ahead of the trial flight, the EHang 216 obtained a trial flight permit from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (“MLIT”) with a local partner. EHang 216 was...

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EHang AAV 216 Japan

Near Earth Autonomy and Volocopter’s VoloDrone team announced last week that they will partner to test Near Earth Autonomy’s autonomous flight technology on Volocopter’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) VoloDrone aircraft. The technology demonstration will culminate in a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) display in Munich scheduled for some time in the year 2022. Near Earth Autonomy has...

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Volo Drone

While 2021 has been a path to recovery for many commercial airlines, private jet and travel booking platforms have fared very well – and in some cases – to record levels. Demand for on-demand charter services skyrocketed in late 2020, and data from 2021 indicates continuing increases in requirements for point to point travel booked on short notice. Companies such...

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Wheels UP

Volocopter unveiled its newest aircraft, VoloConnect, at EBACE Connect on May 17th. The VoloConnect is the company’s first winged aircraft, and is designed to link suburbs to cities, complementing the company’s existing family of aircraft that cover shorter range intra-city missions. Volocopter claims that VoloConnect’s hybrid lift and push design will achieve certification within the next five years due to the commonality of design...

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VoloConnect

uAvionix Corporation announced on April 28th a new member to its suite of certifiable avionics for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Weighing in at 80 grams, ‘George‘ is the first autopilot product from uAvionix. With a low SWaP, certifiability, and U.S-based manufacturing, George is a solution for enterprise operations and those wishing to type certify their Unmanned Aerial Systems. Built around...

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George Autopilot

While international air travel still suffers major load factor reductions due to COVID, domestic travel in the United States and other countries globally continues to grow towards pre-pandemic levels. Data from the Transportation Security Administration indicates that the rolling average load factor for air travel in the US has exceeded 60% of 2019 levels, up from only 15% of original...

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BLADE UAM

EHang announced on April 28th hat it established a strategic partnership with the city of Zaragoza in Spain. Zaragoza was announced to be the fourth pilot city for EHang’s pilot aerial mobility program in Spain, and follows Seville and Llíria, as well as Linz in Austria. According to the agreement, EHang and Zaragoza City will jointly promote the implementation of...

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Wingcopter announced on April 27th the development of their new drone generation, the Wingcopter 198. The Wingcopter 198 is an all-electric, vertical-take-off-and-landing (eVTOL), fixed-wing drone that has been designed from the ground up to meet aviation safety and reliability requirements. Importantly, the 198 features a triple-drop delivery system that allows for up to three packages to be delivered in a single flight, foreshadowing...

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Wingcopter Remote Delivery