All posts by Ross Piscoran

Wisk Adds Dr. Pete Kunz to its Board

27 June 2020 || 3 min read

Wisk this week has announced the addition of Dr. Pete Kunz to its board. Dr. Kunz is the Chief Technologist for Boeing NeXt, as well as Boeing’s Senior Chief Engineer for Unpiloted Systems. Previously, Dr. Kunz held several leadership roles, including chief technology officer at Insitu, Inc., an unmanned aerial systems and services (UAS) company where he led both commercial...

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Vertical Aerospace tweeted it will use Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform to accelerate product development for its Seraph eVTOL prototype. 3DEXPERIENCE is a cloud-based platform which allows aerospace manufacturers to improve collaboration across design, manufacturing, and testing teams while reducing developmental costs across the value stream. This platform has already been implemented with other eVTOL manufacturers among the likes of Joby Aviation....

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After years of intensive research and several successful award-winning electric aircraft models developed since 2007, Pipistrel has achieved a breakthrough feat in aviation history, having type certified the battery powered Velis Electro. Working in tight collaboration with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, whose engagement was essential to reaching this unprecedented milestone, Pipistrel demonstrated that its new Velis Electro achieves...

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Pipistrel has received an EASA type certificate for its Velis Electro aircraft.

Kitty Hawk Moves On From its Flyer Program

05 June 2020 || 3 min read

Kitty Hawk has announced this week it is ending its Flyer program to focus on its heavier prototype, Heaviside launched last year. This update is to no surprise as the bulk of the eVTOL/aerial mobility market has shifted from the inception of the Flyer to larger vehicles with the ability to carry multiple passengers. Heaviside fits the bill with a...

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Lilium Looks to Resume Flight Testing

28 May 2020 || 3 min read

Lilium looks to resume flight tests in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as restrictions on business operations are eased around the world. The German-based company has been working from home for the past two months and has been looking for ways to resume operations while maintaining social distancing among other preventative measures. Lilium currently expects flight testing to begin...

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Lilium looks to resume flight testing as stay at home restrictions around the world are eased.

Archer has announced today plans to bring an eVTOL aircraft to market, the first major project announcement since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Founded by Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein, the California-based company draws on technical prowess from the likes of Wisk, Airbus, Joby Aviation, and NASA currently sporting a team in excess of 40 engineers. The duo noticed a business...

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Diehl Aerospace has signed a contract with Volocopter for the development and production of its flight-control computers (FCC). The primary and secondary flight-control computers will be used on Volocopter’s highly anticipated VoloCity prototype, one of the first fully electric air taxi eVTOL vehicles. Diehl is no stranger to the commercial aerospace sector. For years, it has been an industry leader...

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Volocopter's first flight model, VoloCity which will feature flight-control computers from Diehl Aerospace

As the world starts to return to a new-normal living in the wake of COVID-19, VoltAero has announced its final production configuration for its eVTOL prototype dubbed Cassio. The company has already begun flight testing on its Cassio 1 testbed and plans to begin deliveries by the end of 2022. In March, the company began testing its power-plant technologies on...

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VoltAero's Cassio prototype production configuration featuring one aft-facing hybrid electric power-plant

Netherlands-based flying car manufacturer, PAL-V has announced plans to set up a manufacturing plant in Gujarat, India, building off of its announcement to test the prototype in the area last week at the Economic Times Summit in Delhi. The company is in its final stages of certification in Europe as of February 2020. The announcement also comes with new Memorandums...

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EHang recently announced that the company obtained operational permit for its two-seater passenger-grade AAV, the EHang 216, from the Civil Aviation Authority of Norway (CAA Norway). This is the first operational permit for long term testing flight of EHang 216 in Europe, laying a solid foundation for future urban air mobility (UAM) operations in other EU countries. After the assessment...

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PAL-V Enters Final Stages of Certification

29 February 2020 || 3 min read

For the past decade, PAL-V has been developing a flying car for the masses and it appears to be entering the final stages of certification with deliveries expected to begin in 2021. Currently, the company is demonstrating compliance to regulatory agencies across the world, has realized its first production facility, and established the European Road Admission. Robert Dingemanse, CEO of...

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World’s First Commercial Flying Car, the PAL-V Liberty, started its road admission tests and has reached the final stage of air certification. Are we finally going to take our cars to the sky? According to Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V, the PAL-V Liberty will be delivered in 2021 to its already pre-registered customers.

uAvionix recently unveiled a new ADS-B transponder to its product offerings, tailBeaconX. The transponder is marketed for the general aviation community, it replaces the rear position-light and incorporates a 1090MHz Mode S ADS-B Out signal. This design offers an easy solution for aircraft owners trying to adhere to current and future ADS-B mandates. According to the uAvionix’s website, tailBeaconX is the...

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tailBeaconX, the first ADS-B transponder with aerial mobility in mind.

Bell, subsidiary of Textron Inc, has partnered with two Japanese companies in the development of eVTOL prototypes for the future. This week the company announced partnerships with both Sumitomo Corp. and Japan Airlines as part of its mobility-as-a-service offerings, or MaaS. Bell is no stranger to the aerial mobility space with its extensive industry partnerships with Uber and its most...

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Bell Nexus 4EX prototype unveiled at CES

Jameel Investment Management Company (JIMCO), the investment arm of Abdul Latif Jameel, has announced its participation in a Series C round of funding for California-based startup Joby Aviation, which recently raised an additional $590 million in capital. Joby has attracted several big names in the automotive, aerospace, and financial sectors in its recent round of funding including Toyota Motor Corporation,...

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Joby Aviation's aircraft prototype

AutoFlightX Added to TDK Venture’s CVC Fund

02 February 2020 || 4 min read

TDK Corporation’s subsidiary, TDK Ventures Inc. has added AutoFlightX to its venture capital portfolio. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and automotive, industrial and consumer electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2019, TDK posted...

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AutoFlightX V600 prototype