Category: Events

The goal of Rensselaer’s latest research center is to pursue cutting-edge research in vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft technologies. Earlier this month, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) held a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Uber Elevate Director of Engineering Mark Moore, as well as representatives from Terrafugia, Boeing, Aurora Flight Sciences, and Bell. While the opening of RPI MOVE...

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RPI Opens MOVE-Center for Mobility with Vertical Lift

NASA has made its stance in the new flying car industry clear by recognizing Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as the next step in aviation innovation. In 2020, NASA will commence the first of it’s series of urban air mobility ‘Grand Challenges‘. These challenges will focus on allowing companies with new flight technologies to successfully demonstrate full system safety. Part of...

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Nasa Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge

Zunum Aero, an electric commercial airplane developer, has announced its partnership with Safran Helicopter Engines. One might wonder why an electric airplane company would partner with a helicopter engine designer and manufacturer. This is because the Zunum Aero ‘ZA10’ is actually a hybrid electric aircraft. While its motors are indeed electric, existing lithium-ion batteries simply cannot store enough energy to...

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Zunum Aero in the Skies

The Revolution.Aero conference occurred this Monday and Tuesday in San Francisco, led by Alisdair Whyte co-owner and founder of VTOL Investor, Corporate Jet Investor, and Helicopter Investor. Here’s the top takeaways from the event. Key Takeaways: There are currently over 100 electric-propulsion air projects underway funded by more than $2 billion, a nearly three-fold increase in just the past 36...

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Revolution.aero participating companies

Event in Review: BentonvilleUP

12 September 2018 || 4 min read

This past weekend, the leaders of the urban air mobility industry gathered at BentonvilleUP, an event hosted by TransportUP, in Bentonville, Arkansas to share their progress and reflect on the current state of the urban air mobility industry. The event, which was co-hosted by Ben Marcus of Airmap, Cyrus Sigari of jetAVIVA, and Steuart Walton, was the second annual gathering...

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BentonvilleUP Logo

The city of Los Angeles has announced its support of the second annual New Mobility Challenge. The main categories of the two-day pitch competition are Smart Infrastructure, Shared Mobility, Electrification, Autonomous Vehicles, and Personal Mobility. Presented as part of the LaComotion Mobility Festival and sponsored by Metro, the New Mobility Challenge will award companies with cash prizes and support from LA’s best...

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A patent filed by Bell Flight in January of 2018 may hint at the design of its air taxi concept. US Patent 2018/0208305 shows a three fanned air taxi that has tilting rotors – one on each wingtip and one at the tail of the aircraft – that would enable vertical takeoff and landing. Furthermore, the patent includes provisions for...

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Bell Air Taxi Interior

Workhorse Unveils New Brand Identity

14 August 2018 || 3 min read

Workhorse unveiled their new “Work Ahead” brand identity in New York City amidst the display of their SureFly flying taxi. Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse, stated: “We are at a watershed moment as the worlds of alternative energy and transportation become further intertwined. As more brands enter the space, having a strong marketing platform that lets workers know that Workhorse...

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Workhorse SureFly From Above

Five or six “shortlisted” eVTOL companies that have secured less than $5 million in funding will be invited to the Revolution.Aero conference October 1 and 2 at the Grand Hyatt, San Francisco, according to the conference’s website. “They will then receive comments from the judges and be voted for by the audience” stated the conference schedule – indicating that the...

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Revolution Aero Pitch

The BlackFly, an eVTOL made by tech company Opener, released footage of the first flight of their craft, which is powered by eight fans spread across two wings. Here’s a video: The BlackFly is being worked on by Opener, a Palo Alto – based corporation that has kept the development of the eVTOL under wraps until recently when they disclosed...

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BlackFly

Samson Sky at EAA AirVenture 2018

25 July 2018 || 2 min read

The Samson Sky Switchblade, one of the world’s first flying cars, will officially be unveiled this week during the EAA AirVenture 2018 airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The three-wheeled vehicle is federally classified as a motorcycle. Sam Bousfield, the founder of Samson Sky, the company that produces the switchblade, explained that its speed capabilities are not just limited to the ground,...

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Samson Sky Flying Car

Rolls-Royce Unveils eVTOL Propulsion System

16 July 2018 || 3 min read

Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for an eVTOL that they claim could be in-service in under 10 years. The British company stated that it created a design for an “electric vertical take-off and landing” vehicle. Such a vehicle could carry 4 or 5 passengers. The vehicle could travel at 250 mph (402 km/h) for around 500 miles, Rolls-Royce said....

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Rolls Royce eVTOL

The Pal-V Liberty will be on display at the Farnborough International Airshow from July 16 through 22 later this month in England. The Pal-V has been under development since 2001 and is a three seat gyroplane that converted to a two seat gyroplane. Liberty is planning on attaining FAA certification by 2020. If certification is gained by this point, deliveries should began shortly thereafter....

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Pal-V Liberty

Event Preview: Revolution.Aero

06 July 2018 || 2 min read

The Revolution.aero summit is planned to be held October 1 and 2, 2018 in San Francisco, California at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The event’s mission is “The future of aviation. In two days.” The website continues to describe the event in more detail: “Revolution.Aero is the global meeting place for people who are reshaping, rethinking and revolutionizing business and personal aviation. A...

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Revolution.aero

Workhorse SureFly will Fly at Oshkosh

03 July 2018 || 2 min read

Workhorse released a video on July 2nd announcing that Workhorse will be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and will also be demoing their new SureFly at the event. The official announcement read: “Workhorse, an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector, announced that its SureFly Multi-Copter is scheduled to fly on Tuesday, July 24 during...

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Workhorse Oshkosh