Airspeeder Unveils eVTOL Racing Pilots

Aerial Formula One Racing style company Airspeeder announced their first eVTOL racing pilots which will participate in the EXA racing series, supported by Telstra & AWS on Tuesday. The announcement came after a historic drag race. The competitors were drawn from backgrounds as broad as elite motor racing and drone racing:  Emily Duggan joins as …

Eve and Falko to develop Global Operator Network with a potential order for 200 eVTOLs

Eve UAM, an Embraer subsidiary, and Falko Regional Aircraft Limited, a global leader in commercial regional aircraft leasing, have announced a Letter of Intent which contemplates a potential order for 200 of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) and a commercial partnership to develop a global network of eVTOL operators in support of …

Savback Helicopters to distribute Dufour Aerospace eVTOL aircraft in Scandinavia

Dufour Aerospace announced today that Savback Helicopters will promote and distribute Dufour’s innovative tilt-wing aircraft – Aero2 and Aero3 – in Scandinavia. Dufour expressed confidence that Savback “will bring significant knowledge of use-cases and market prospects, especially in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.” Savback Helicopter’s tagline is “a breath of fresh air” and Dufour Aerospace “couldn’t agree more”. The Swedish …

French Startup Unveils Flying Racecar Concept at CES 2022

French startup MACA unveiled its revolutionary Hybrid Carcopter S Eleven flying vehicle at CES this week. The company’s public display employed augmented reality to demonstrate the capabilities of the autonomous aircraft, almost exactly one year after the following “teaser” video was released: https://youtu.be/Vv1PxhHdAzA The S Eleven is a racing purpose-built vehicle designed to reach a top speed …

EHang Launches 5G Aerial Mobility Experience Center

EHang announced last week that it has partnered with Guangzhou Development District Communications Investment Group Co., LTD, GDDCI, to jointly launch the 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center at the Innovation Park in Huangpu District, Guangzhou, China. The Experience Center is designed and developed as a location with all the necessary infrastructures for EHang AAVs …

Kawasaki Completes Proof-of-Concept Testing for Unmanned Cargo Transport

Throughout the last month, Kawasaki Heavy Industries has conducted, and now successfully completed, proof-of-concept (PoC) testing for unmanned cargo transport via its K-RACER-X1 unmanned vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and delivery robot. PoC testing was purposefully conducted to solve societal issues such as labor shortages in the logistics industry. In the demonstration that can be …

Climb Aboard SkyDrive at CES Unveiled and CES 2022

At CES® Unveiled (Jan. 3) and CES 2022 (Jan. 5-8), SkyDrive, a Tokyo-based aero tech startup, will demonstrate its ultra-light and compact flying vehicle. Designed to vertically take off and land with superb stability, this emission-free electric vehicle enables fast and safe door-to-door transportation anywhere, including uses for emergency rescue. SkyDrive recently tested and approved …

Archer Aviation’s ‘Maker’ eVTOL aircraft completes first hover flight

Archer Aviation’s ‘Maker’ eVTOL demonstrator aircraft has completed its first successful hover flight. The flight marks the completion of the company’s first full and complete systems test and validation of every hardware and software component working as intended to move the aircraft into the air. The flight test was completed at 10.30am PT on 16 …

Wingcopter Secures Investment from LATAM Based SYNERJET Corporation

German drone delivery company Wingcopter has secured its next investment from SYNERJET Corp, a leading business aviation specialist in Latin America, with operations in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Panama, and Guatemala. The new funding follows recently announced investments from Japan-based DRONE FUND as well as UBER co-founder Garrett Camp’s Expa. SYNERJET has made the investment shortly after joining …

Vertical Aerospace reveals full-scale eVTOL aircraft ahead of SPAC merger

Vertical Aerospace is slated to join Joby, Archer, and Lilium as the fourth eVTOL company to go public this year via SPAC merger. Subject to shareholder approval and the satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions, Broadstone Acquisition Corp. expects to complete its previously announced business combination with Vertical Aerospace, raising at least $300 million in gross proceeds. Ahead …

Aerial Mobility Political Support Continues to Grow, Globally

Aerial mobility has permeated global political spheres over the last 5 years, and is continuing to make inroads in various political theatres that are all interested in gaining access to the benefits, both personal and communal, of on-demand electric transportation for personal, EMS, logistics, and defense purposes. The upcoming Paris Olympics are a perfect example: …

eHang’s autonomous eVTOL aircraft may be certified “in the next few months”

China’s eHang claims that “in the next few months” it may achieve full type certification for its autonomous EH216 eVTOL aircraft. This would enable the company to begin commercial operations, potentially years ahead of what many of its air taxi competitors currently forecast. EHang’s rapid progress can largely be attributed to a consensus with the …

Skyports Partners with MassDOT; grows BVLOS On-Demand Mobility Framework in USA

Skyports, an established drone services provider, has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Aeronautics Division to demonstrate how its drone services could link communities across the Cape Cod region in Massachusetts. MassDOT is investigating the uses of drones as a solution to connecting its remote communities to everyday services such as healthcare and …

Nautilus and Embraer’s UAM subsidiary Eve partner to develop eVTOL ecosystem in Australia

Eve, the Urban Air Mobility Solutions subsidiary of Embraer, has partnered with Nautilus Aviation, a division of Morris Group and Northern Australia’s largest helicopter operator, to accelerate development of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem in Australia. The partnership will introduce Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) into serving some of Queensland’s most iconic tourism locations including the …

Skyports to develop Europe’s first vertiport in Paris

Skyports, a designer, developer, and operator of vertiports (landing sites for eVTOL aircraft) is developing Europe’s first test vertiport in France, which represents a significant step towards launching commercial Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) services in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The program is part of the Re.Invent Air Mobility initiative led by French airport operator Groupe …