Category: Events

Bell Helicopters has stated that their new concept eVTOL flying taxi should enter the personal urban transportation market by 2025. While Bell showcased an image of its four-place passenger pod, no hints of a planned propulsion system have been released to date. Bell’s entry to the flying car market marks yet another instance of an aerospace company entering the lucrative...

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Bell Concept Flying Car

The Swiss-based team that brought the aEro1 electric aerobatic aircraft demonstrator to fruition has recently unveiled its plans for the aEro2. The aEro2 is claimed to be a two-seat tilt wing configuration with range of up to 120km (75 miles) on purely electric power. With a backup Auxiliary Power Unit, the aEro2 may fly as far as 800 km (500...

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Uber and Embraer announced a partnership in May to bring flying taxis to market by 2024, and recently at South by Southwest in Austin, TX they jointly issued a statement that their estimate has been advanced to 2023. Uber confirmed that the planned autonomous flying taxi would travel at 150 miles per hour, six times faster than the 25 mph...

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Airis Aerospace Launches Concept Flying Taxi

15 March 2018 || 1 min read

Bermuda-based Airis Aerospace announced its concept all-electric eVTOL that intends on seating five passengers recently. The concept eVTOL has performance goals of transporting five people up to 200 miles at speeds of up to 175 miles per hour by using “dual coaxial lift fans and eight articulating thrusters for winged flight”. Airis also stated that their concept will include ballistic...

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Watch: Kittyhawk Announces Sister Brand Cora

13 March 2018 || 1 min read

Larry Page backed Kittyhawk Aero recently announced a sister brand, Cora, that intends on producing an “everyday air taxi”. Cora is currently working with the New Zealand government on manufacturing the vehicle and flight tests have already taken place. The timeline for entry to service is “somewhere around five years” said Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun – but that could...

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Kittyhawk Cora

A team of faculty, students, and staff from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, along with FAA regulators and Volans-i UAS systems engineers helped support the longest range UAV package delivery in the United States to date in Austin, TX. Team Roadrunner, as they were called, “consisted of the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site (Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems), Volans-i UAS, Latitude UAS,...

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Audi recently joined the ranks of automakers in the eVTOL transportation industry with its announcement at the 88th Geneva Motor Show that it would be collaborating with Airbus and Italdesign on the Pop.Up eVTOL transport. The Pop.Up was shown at the previous year’s Motor Show, but without Audi branding on certain car components. Now, Audi has included their expertise on...

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Pal-V Unveils Flying Car at Geneva Auto Show

06 March 2018 || 1 min read

The Dutch Company Pal-V launched its flying car at the 88th Annual Geneva International Motor Show on press day, marking yet another entry into the personal vertical transportation field. The Pal-V is configured as a three-wheeled, two-seat gyroplane and car combination that Pal-V CEO Robert Dingemanse thinks will change the way people think about personal transportation. Estimates state that the Pal-V...

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Pal-V Flying Car

3 March 2018 || 1 min read The Boeing Co.’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg commented “I think it will happen faster than any of us understand” when asked about the time frame for commercialized air taxis and autonomous urban VTOL transports. Boeing’s recent acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences now means that Boeing owns stake in Uber’s Elevate Initiative since Aurora Flight Sciences...

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Aurora Flight Sciences eVTOL

2 March 2018 || 1 min read Airbus recently disclosed that it may invest up to $15 million dollars in the helicopter and aircraft chartering service Blade for a reported 10 percent share of equity, according to persons familiar with the transaction. The investment may be an effort to acquire expertise into the helicopter-hailing app that is integral to Blade’s customer...

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FlyBlade

1 March 2018 || 1 min read Uber announced that its second-annual Elevate Project summit will occur on May 8 and 9 at LA’s Skirball Center. The invite-only event is intended to address three main challenges that UberAir has identified as critical to success of their air-sharing proposal: “Vehicles, Batteries, and Technologies”, “Airspace and Enabling Operations”, and “Moving Cities”. The...

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First Flight: Airbus Vahana

28 February 2018 || 1 min read

Airbus A^3 Ventures Vahana made its first flight on February 1st at Pendleton UAS. The flight lasted for 53 seconds, and the aircraft reached a height of 16 meters before descending back to the ground safely. Vahana’s aim is to capture the single passenger eVTOL market in partnership with their new California-based motor supplier, MAGicALL. Video of First Flight is...

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26 Feb 2018 || 1 min read Startup Air-Taxi company Joby Aviation has raised $100 million in funding from a number of investors including Toyota, JetBlue, and Intel during their latest Seed B fundraising round. This effort brings Joby to $130 million in total funding for their air-taxi project, which intends to fly 5 passengers as far as 150 miles...

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