All posts by Ross Piscoran

Surf Air Mobility has ordered up to 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprop aircraft from Textron Aviation, the manufacturer announced this week. The order represents an exclusive relationship for the two companies as Surf Air Mobility works to certify a hybrid electric aircraft based on the Grand Caravan EX. Textron Aviation’s initial deliveries of the Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft...

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Whisper Aero Comes Out of Stealth Mode

18 July 2021 || 4 min read

A new startup in the aerial mobility space has come out of stealth mode and intends to address noise concerns generated by eVTOL activity as commercialization becomes a reality; Whisper Aero believes it has found a solution to the barrier. Founded last year by Mark More, former NASA engineer and executive within the early days of Uber Technologies, Moore has...

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Whisper Aero has 11 employees working on a novel propulsion configuration at its Crossville TN headquarters.

Volocopter has moved one step closer to commercialization of its eVTOL prototype. The company announced this week it has received its Production Organization Approval (POA) from EASA, the aviation regulatory authority presiding over the EU. The approval allows the company to begin production of its eVTOL aircraft for public deliveries. Volocopter also received design organization approval (DOA) for its aircraft...

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Eviation Aircraft, a global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, has unveiled the design for its Alice all-electric aircraft, which is on track for first flight later this year. The production configuration, optimized based on real-world lessons learned and customer feedback, defines Alice’s path to certification and entry into service expected in 2024. Alice, a nine-passenger, two-crew member aircraft, produces no carbon...

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The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has signed a contract with Electra.aero to strengthen advanced air mobility markets through the development of hybrid-electric propulsion systems for electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft. Leveraging distributed hybrid-electric propulsion and blown lift, Electra’s unique eSTOL aircraft takes off in less than 150 feet. It offers nearly triple the payload capacity, orders of magnitude longer ranges,...

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Alauda Aeronautics has completed its first flight of its EXA purpose-built racing eVTOL vehicle. In the summer of 2019 entrepreneur Matthew Pearson stated his ambition to create the world’s first racing series for electric flying cars. His mission was informed by the role racing historically played in accelerating the development of both ground and air mobility. Today, Pearson and his...

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Electra Unveils First Product Configuration

11 June 2021 || 3 min read

Electra.aero this week unveiled its first commercial product to serve regional air mobility markets. The fixed-wing airplane is designed to carry up to seven passengers and a pilot as far as 500 miles while operating out of areas shorter than a soccer field, including rooftops and parking lots. Electra’s “blown lift” technology – where the electric motor-driven propellers blow air...

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TransportUP has partnered with CoMotion again for its Miami LIVE conference coming June 16-17 both in person and streaming worldwide. The conference combines minds from the urban air mobility, autonomous/electric vehicles, and smart infrastructure/rideshare segments to share in a vision for the future of transportation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s events were completely virtual, but with increased vaccinations...

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Oxis Energy, the battery supplier for Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 800, has filed for bankruptcy as of May 19th according the the company’s website. The company held over 40 patents for battery technology pertaining to UAM platforms which promised to fuel the industry and future platforms like the eFlyer, most notably Li-S cell construction architectures. Authorized insolvency practitioners Simon Girling and...

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VoltAero, famous for its fixed wing hybrid-electric aircraft concept, has now partnered with KinectAir to operate its eCTOL aircraft starting in 2023.  The company VoltAero was founded by ex-Airbus CTO Jean Botti, and is currently developing a hybrid-electric conventional take-off and landing vehicle (eCTOL) with deliveries expected in 2023. With its innovative hybrid powertrain, Cassio can seat 4 to 10...

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Textron has announced plans to delay its entry into service (EIS) target date for its eVTOL projects under the company’s eAircraft division. The announcement came during an April 29th call to investors and stated that battery technology has not yet reached the critical level required to enable the company’s UAM visions. Scott Donnelly, CEO of Textron (parent company of Beechcraft,...

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Wisk and BLADE Partner for Key UAM Routes

07 May 2021 || 3 min read

Aerial mobility developer Wisk has officially announced a partnership with BLADE Urban Air Mobility to provide and operate up to 30 eVTOL aircraft on key routes. Wisk, originally founded from Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk, is developer of the all-electric, autonomous Cora aircraft, which has already conducted hundreds of flight tests, and has partnered with the likes of Boeing and Air New...

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Luminar, a publicly traded ($LAZR) LIDAR firm, has entered into a partnership with Airbus to bring the technology to the aerospace and aerial mobility industries. The firm has built a reputation for itself developing sensors and other components for autonomous vehicles, but now looks to explore potential markets in the aerospace industry. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a remote...

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Bye Aerospace has announced an eight-seat all-electric twin turbo-prop class airplane, the eFlyer 800, in response to growing demands for regional all-electric airplanes with significantly reduced operating costs, plus increased capacity and utility. Performance estimates for the eFlyer 800 include up to 320 knot cruise speed, 35,000 feet ceiling and 500 nm range with 45-minute IFR reserves at normal cruise...

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Bye Aerospace eFlyer 800

NFT Aska eVTOL Now Available for Pre-Order

18 April 2021 || 4 min read

Silicon Valley-based NFT has announced Aska, its eVTOL prototype and the first of its kind suited for owner-operators. The prototype is also one of the first aerial mobility vehicles which plans to be street legal in addition to its flight capabilities. The Aska will have four seats, with a range of 250 miles at speeds up to 150 mph. It...

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