All posts by Ross Piscoran

AIR, an Israel-based eVTOL manufacturer targeting the consumer market, has unveiled its commercial prototype, the AIR ONE. AIR is differentiating itself from major OEM’s by targeting owners who plan to use their eVTOL for personal use, rather than creating a shared air taxi. According to a company press release, AIR puts the freedom to fly directly in the hands of...

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Aerial mobility made another big splash as NBAA-BACE returned to in-person events in Las Vegas. This year, aerial mobility had an increased presence with over 9 eVTOL firms attending. “NBAA-BACE serves an important place to not only showcase innovation across our industry but to also discuss how these emerging technologies will be implemented,” said NBAA Senior VP of government affairs...

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eFlyer 800 Earns its First Airline Customer

10 October 2021 || 4 min read

Bye Aerospace has picked up an order deposit from European carrier, Air2E. The airline announced this week it has executed a purchase deposit agreement for the all-electric eFlyer 800 for its air taxi operations and regional airline operations in Europe. “The eFlyer 800 is the first all-electric propulsion technology that achieves twin-turboprop performance and safety with no CO2 and extremely low...

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Honda Enters Into eVTOL Space

01 October 2021 || 3 min read

Honda has announced plans to enter the eVTOL industry with its own prototype, but with a twist. The famed automotive company plans to build a hybrid gas-electric vehicle, noting most of its competition is making bets on all-electric viability and the limited range that comes with it. Honda sees aerial mobility as one of the key markets it can enter...

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Airbus Unveils Latest eVTOL Prototype

25 September 2021 || 3 min read

Earlier this week, Airbus announced its latest iteration of its CityAirbus eVTOL aircraft, CityAirbus NextGen. The next generation prototype is the product of several years of development and incorporates lessons learned from the company’s earlier prototypes, including Vahana and CityAirbus. “We are on a quest to co-create an entirely new market that sustainably integrates urban air mobility into cities while...

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Another giant in aerial mobility has gone public this week; Lilium has announced that it has completed its business combination with Qell Acquisition Corp, a publicly listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The transaction was approved by Qell’s shareholders on September 10, 2021, during a Special Meeting in which more than 98% of the votes cast were in favor of...

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Blade, one of the leading aerial mobility operators, has announced it will acquire Trinity Air Medical next week for a price of $23 million USD. The acquisition unlocks a niche vertical for revenue for Blade as they feel out various use cases for aerial mobility. Trinity, a nationwide, multi-modal organ logistics and transportation company, has extensive experience with its clients...

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The US Air Force will soon be showcasing over 35 designs submitted for its High-Speed VTOL (HSVTOL) challenge. The program is nested under AFWERX, a government funded initiative to bolster the United States’ national security through the commercial technology sector and provide some level of funding for development of VTOL platforms. The challenge was launched earlier this summer and aims...

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UAV Navigation has inked a partnership with Iris Automation to integrate its Detect & Avoid ‘Casia’ software into Iris’s advanced autopilot solution ‘VECTOR’. With this combined set of capabilities, UAVs will have the opportunity to detect and avoid potential airborne targets autonomously.  UAV Navigation specializes in the design of guidance, navigation and control solutions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) also known as Remotely...

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SkyDrive has accelerated research on aerodynamic characteristics with the cooperation of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the company announced this week. SkyDrive hopes this partnership will expedite Japan’s entry into producing vehicles for the aerial mobility space and will lead to improved noise characteristics and safety. Aerodynamic modeling for eVTOL crafts presents novel challenges to researchers and engineers alike....

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DHL Express has placed an order for 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation, the Seattle-area based global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft. With this engagement DHL aims to set up an unparalleled electric Express network and make a pioneering step into a sustainable aviation future. Eviation’s Alice is a leading fully electric aircraft, which enables airlines – both cargo and passenger...

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While many were attracted to Volocopter’s first public flight demonstration of its 2X prototype in the United States, on the same day, California-based Opener’s BlackFly completed a flight for the public as well. The firm has been relatively quiet the past two years throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. A tweet from March 2020 stated, “We’ve been busy—improving manufacturing processes, enhancing efficiency...

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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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