Category: Events

Hanwha Systems, a South Korean defense technologies company, is making a $25 million equity investment in a U.S. based startup in order to further develop UAM. The idea of urban air mobility is especially attractive for the residents and industries of Seoul, South Korea, a city that has roughly 2 million more residents than NYC but is 75 sq. miles...

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Paragon VTOL Aerospace, a multi-national VTOL maker, has recently adopted solutions from Siemens Digital Industries in order to expedite and improve their product development process.  As part of Siemens’ new Aerospace Startup Program, the company is providing an integrated set of software solutions for Paragon VTOL Aerospace to design, test, produce, and monitor both current and future drone designs. With...

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EHang, a leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced the appointment of Mr. Huaxiang (Edward) Xu as Chief Strategy Officer of the Company (“CSO”), effective as of July 1, 2019. Before joining EHang, Mr. Xu served as Head of Asia (ex-Japan) Transportation Research at Morgan Stanley. During his 15-year career as an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley, he covered China’s aerospace and transportation industries extensively,...

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Kuwait Airways Signs MoU With PAL-V

07 July 2019 || 3 min read

The Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) and Dutch firm PAL-V have signed a memorandum of understanding for KAC to provide maintenance services of PAL-V’s Liberty in the Middle East.  The MoU was signed by PAL-V CEO Robert Dingemanse and KAC Deputy CEO Abdul Halim Zaidan, at a ceremony attended by KAC Board Chairman Yousif Abdul Hameed Al-Jassem, Netherlands Ambassador to Kuwait...

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Aeroports de Paris (ADP), Airbus and the RATP regional transport are working together to provide visitors to the 2024 Paris Olympics with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) taxis straight from the airport to tournament sites. The infrastructural planning and development involved in hosting the Olympic Games is a highly challenging logistical effort. Countries are often pressed to expand and spend money...

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The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is an annual gathering of people from every corner of the business aviation world, including business leaders, government officials, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), contractors, and operators. The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the leading association for business aviation in Europe, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the leading voice for the business...

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Japan’s Kyushu University has officially begun research and development towards electric aircraft and VTOLs. Kyushu’s Center for Electric Propelled Flight was inaugurated in April of 2019, on the university’s Ito Campus. The initial goal for the team is reportedly to send a working prototype craft into the skies within 10 years. The main reason behind Kyushu’s entry into the field...

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Uber Elevate has finalized the agenda for its third upcoming Summit in Washington D.C June 11th-12. This is Uber Elevate’s third official yearly conference. The Elevate Summits gather together leaders from across industry, government, policy, and technology for a 2-day event aimed at promoting the future of Urban Air Mobility. Speakers at this year’s Summit will include executives from the Elevate...

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University of Maryland Medical Center made history by being the first to employ an unmanned air system to successfully deliver a kidney for transplantation into a patient with kidney failure. One of the newest investigated applications of unmanned air systems is the transportation of organs for transplant procedures. Even in the urban air mobility industry, Beta Technologies has already partnered with...

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The University of Michigan released a study, published in the Nature Communications on April 9th, comparing the efficiency of conventional ground transportation to a theoretical eVTOL aircraft. The study compared the energy consumption of these vehicles in various scenarios, accounting for various numbers of people and distances. The research team found that for the first 40 km (25 mile), eVTOLs...

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The EHang 216 Takes Flight in Vienna

08 April 2019 || 4 min read

On April 4th, the EHang 216 made its first successful public test flight in the Generali Arena in Vienna, Austria. The flight lasted only a few minutes, and the drone was restricted to an altitude of about 30 ft. inside the stadium, as the drone was not yet certified to fly in Austrian airspace. However, the Chinese firm EHang remained...

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Boeing Go-Fly Phase II Winners Announced

04 April 2019 || 4 min read

GoFly is an international competition to design, build, and fly a personal flying device. Grand Sponsor Boeing and Corporate Sponsor Pratt and Whitney have been able to reach a group of highly qualified competitors from across the globe. Thus far in the competition, 3,500 teams from 101 different countries have entered a design to be considered. Ten of those teams...

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“Is Urban Air Transport the answer to the problem of dense urban spaces and congested transportation systems in the world’s major cities?” Aviation Week Network intends to answer that question and other UAM-related topics through their Urban Air Mobility Conference next week in the Georgia World Congress Center at Atlanta. Featuring over a hundred companies and various individuals, as well as...

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Astro Aerospace has been accepted to participate in the NASA Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge. Astro Aerospace is most known for their development of the Elroy, an autonomous 2-person eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) passenger drone. The Elroy is designed with densely populated areas in mind, and is considered environmentally friendly with zero emissions and low noise.  After successfully...

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The Chinese Original Equipment Manufacturer, EHang, is one of the many companies progressing the urban air mobility industry as the idea of autonomous air taxis approaches reality. However, “innovation requires acceptance”. That is why EHang has joined a strategic partnership with FACC, the Austrian aviation company, and ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4. ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4 is a company with a mission to promote...

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