All posts by Ross Piscoran

Swedish electric aircraft manufacturer, Heart Aerospace, has joined the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), a trade association for European regional airlines and associated businesses. Founded in 1980, ERA is a non-profit trade association representing over 55 airlines plus around another 150 companies involved in European air transport. ERA is the only association that brings together the entire spectrum of companies...

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The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Advanced Air Mobility Center of Excellence, or NAAMCE, Aug. 23, 2022, in Springfield, Ohio.  The facility came from $9.35 million in investments from the Department of Defense, JobsOhio and the city of Springfield. NAAMCE will facilitate collaborations between Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA, the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center,...

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Embraer’s Eve will conduct its first North American UAM simulation using helicopters in partnership with Blade Urban Air Mobility. With these simulations, the company aims to study operations, ground services, passenger journeys and eVTOL operator needs, creating more accessible and faster connections to Downtown Chicago. Eve will conduct its Chicago, Ill. UAM simulation over three weeks, starting with ground tests...

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EHang, the Chinese eVTOL firm which trades on the Nasdaq, has posted 2Q earnings with total revenue up 152% from 2Q 2021 and increasing pre-orders in its Asia market. The firm also logged firm orders for 8 of its EH216 prototype eVTOL, bringing its 2022 sale/delivery total to 11. The EH216-S Type Certification process has progressed into new phases following...

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Joby Aviation has announced an expansion of its existing contract with the U.S. Air Force’s Agility Prime program that increases the contract’s potential value by more than $45 million. Building on more than five years of engagement with defense agencies, the expanded contract leverages Joby’s years of research and technology development and will include new testing to evaluate Joby’s advanced...

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The White House on Wednesday held a summit on advanced air mobility, including drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The summit, hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), included NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Billy Nolen and Joby Aviation (JOBY.N) CEO JoeBen Bevirt. The summit addressed how advanced air mobility...

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Vertical Aerospace has announced a partnership with Babcock International an aerospace, defense and security company to explore new applications of for its VX4 eVTOL aircraft. The VX4 has proven demand in the passenger transportation markets from established airline customersincluding Virgin Atlantic, aircraft lessors such as Avolon, and helicopter and tourism operators such asBristow and Iberojet. With today’s announcement, Vertical and...

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On day 4 of the Farnborough Airshow this year, EmbraerX’s Eve, which has recently made major strides in developing its eVTOL aircraft, unveiled a mockup of the aircraft’s cabin configuration. “This mock-up brilliantly materialises the cabin concept we have been co-creating with potential users for years. We recently received feedback from our advisory board, and now we will be able...

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Vertical Aerospace has announced that it has confirmed delivery slots and the commitment of associated pre-delivery payments with American Airlines in a company press release this week. Above: Vertical Aerospace’s VX4 eVTOL featured with American Airlines’ branding. American Airlines has reserved delivery slots for the first 50 VX4 aircraft of its initial conditional pre-order of up to 250 aircraft, with...

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Overair, Inc. and Toray Composite Materials America have announced a strategic collaboration for utilization of Toray’s advanced prepreg system in Overair’s Butterfly eVTOL prototype program. Above: Rendering of Overair’s Butterfly eVTOL prototype with Toray T1100/3960 carbon fiber/epoxy prepreg. The prepreg provides high stiffness and strength for the prototype’s airframe and propulsion units. The airframe of Overair’s Butterfly eVTOL prototype utilizes...

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Since 2020, Diehl Aerospace and Volocopter have partnered on the development of avionics for Volocopter’s VoloCity eVTOL aircraft. The two companies will now expand the scope of their partnership to include the development of optical and energy management components of these avionics. Diehl Aerospace is a joint venture of the German Diehl Group and the French Thales Group. It currently...

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In the latest announcement of airline eVTOL orders, Kenya Airways subsidiary, Fahari Aviation, has signed a letter of intent for 40 Embraer EVE eVTOL aircraft. It is expected orders will begin in 2026. The two companies will also partner on the market development of aerial mobility in Kenya and conduct studies on the use of cargo drones. Allan Kilavuka, Group...

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EASA has been working over the past two years to build the certification framework necessary for commercialized eVTOL operations. These efforts have included proposed rule-making for eVTOL design specifications, vertiport operations, and organizational streamlines to combine general aviation and eVTOL aerial mobility certification. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the United Kingdom has this week announced that it will follow...

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AutoFlight, the German/Chinese eVTOL maker, has released the second, and latest, proof-of-concept (POC) video for its air taxi Prosperity I. The new video debuts less than four months after the original POC video and includes a modified, more efficient design of Prosperity I. In the latest design, new optimized lifting propellers allow for a higher hover efficiency, while the two pushing propellers that were...

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Prosperity I

Lilium’s Phoenix 2 technology demonstrator has achieved transition from hover modes to fully winge-borne flight, the company said this week in a press release. The first of it kind in the eVTOL space, Lilium has now successfully demonstrated a transition from hover to winged cruise with its eVTOL jet. Before this announcement, the Lilium jet had moved forward through the...

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