All posts by Ross Piscoran

As eVTOL creators across the country continue flight tests, certification remains a question at large for stakeholders in the industry. This week, the FAA released new guidance on eVTOL certification within existing regulatory framework. Under Part 23 certification (the standard for most general and business aviation air transport vehicles under 9 passengers), eVTOL will be categorized as powered-lift aircraft. In...

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Embraer has concluded a series of experimental flights in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil per a company news release, focused on evaluating new autonomous system technologies in real flight conditions. The goal is to enable safe autonomous operation in complex urban environments. The aerial data collection and real-time evaluation of autonomous flight technologies in urban scenarios used traditional piloted helicopters as...

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Joby has announced that it will host the 2022 Elevate Summit on October 12th and 13th in Brooklyn, NY. The summit will provide an opportunity for the entire aerial ridesharing ecosystem to come together to discuss progress in the sector; with attendees ranging from city officials and land developers to supply chain partners, the investment community, and other aircraft manufacturers....

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Volcopter, the German-based eVTOL manufacturer, has completed its first flight of Volocity. The VoloCity will be the fourth-generation electrical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) by the company since its founding. Volocity is propelled by 18 rotors, with redundancy in all critical systems, a low noise signature and a rigid commitment to the inner-city mission. According to Volocopter, “the VoloCity will...

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Lilium has grown from Germany to Spain ahead of the next phase of flight testing of its Phoenix 2 technology demonstrator in the country. The testing will be based out of Spain’s ATLAS Flight Test Center. According to a company press release, Lilium plans to expand the flight envelope of the aircraft through full transition and high-speed flight. These developments...

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German logistics and aviation holding Zeitfracht Group and its subsidiary German Airways will be among the first companies worldwide to commercially deploy drones in logistics. In a joint letter of intent with the German manufacturer Wingcopter, the companies have agreed to purchase 17 Wingcopter 198 delivery drones and acquire options to order an additional 115 drones in two further tranches...

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EASA, the regulating aviation authority for the European Union, has released guidance for the development of vertiports supporting aerial mobility. The specifications are built to give private developers and government officials information to make informed decisions and design choices about the operation of eVTOL aircraft at vertiports. With safety and environmental impact at the top of the priority list for...

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Textron to Acquire Pipistrel Aircraft

20 March 2022 || 4 min read

Textron, home to the Cessna, Beechcraft, and Bell aviation brands, has announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Pipistrel, an award-winning pioneer and global leader in electrically powered aircraft, based in Slovenia and Italy. With Textron, Pipistrel will have access to greater resources, technical and regulatory expertise, and a global aircraft sales and support network, enabling it to...

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CAE, a global leader in aviation training devices, announced today that it has partnered with Joby to develop and qualify flight simulation training devices that will be used to train pilots of Joby’s revolutionary all-electric aircraft. Leveraging the core simulation technology Joby has been developing for the past five years, CAE will work with Joby to develop pilot training devices...

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NetJets to Buy 150 Lilium eVTOL Aircraft

06 March 2022 || 3 min read

NetJets this week announced its plans to purchase 150 of Lilium’s eVTOL aircraft per a recently released memorandum of understanding (MOU). The news came in a February 28th statement to investors and stated that NetJets would also operate the eVTOL aircraft as part of its existing Part 135 charter network. NetJets is currently one of the world’s largest private jet...

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Silent Arrow Awarded $2.2M Contract from DoD

25 February 2022 || 3 min read

The Department of Defense has awarded Silent Arrow, the maker of an autonomous cargo delivery drone, with a $2.2 million dollar contract to test the vehicle over the next year. The contract was announced last week and will include testing in tandem with a Special Operations Command exercise later this year. “We’d like to thank the Joint Chiefs and J7...

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Joby have announced they are forming a partnership that will see Japan’s largest airline join with Joby to bring aerial ridesharing services to Japan. Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) also joined the partnership, with the intention of exploring opportunities such as connections with ground-based transportation. ANA and Joby are set to collaborate on all aspects of...

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Joby Aviation Begins Certification Testing

11 February 2022 || 4 min read

Joby has announced today it has begun conformity testing with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the first step of many towards achieving a type certificate, and a significant milestone for the program. Joby’s first series of conformity tests, observed and documented by an on-site FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER), were completed this week at Toray Advanced Composites USA’s facility in...

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Beta Technologies has landed a massive contract from the US Army to support the company’s flight test development and certification efforts. Beta Technologies, the Vermont-based eVTOL firm, has been developing its Alia prototype in hopes to use a partnership with the Army to evaluate mission capability and requirements. Engineers from both organizations will now study range, altitude, endurance, and payload...

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Boeing this week announced it is investing an additional $495 million USD into eVTOL company Wisk Aero. The news is an important signal of Boeing’s confidence in the future of aerial mobility, and provides Wisk with extra capital needed to complete its lengthy and costly flight test and certification campaign. The California-based firm is a joint venture between aircraft developer...

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