Category: Infrastructure

Joby Aviation is looking to conduct a series of high profile air taxi flights over San Francisco Bay, according to a set of documents that were filed with the FCC. These potential flights would feature Joby’s S4, the company’s second-gen pre-production prototype eVTOL air taxi, and would be the first to be conducted in an urban environment for the public...

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Eve UAM, an Embraer subsidiary, and Falko Regional Aircraft Limited, a global leader in commercial regional aircraft leasing, have announced a Letter of Intent which contemplates a potential order for 200 of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) and a commercial partnership to develop a global network of eVTOL operators in support of Urban Air Mobility missions. The...

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Eve Urban Air Mobility, a subsidiary of Embraer, and Widerøe Zero, the air mobility business incubator division of the Norwegian airline, have agreed to form a partnership for the purpose of an eVTOL vehicle concept of operations study in Scandinavia. The study will use Eve’s zero-emission eVTOL vehicle which is currently in development, and will extend Widerøe’s customer relationship with Embraer...

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Overair, the eVTOL and advanced air mobility company, announced their expanded headquarters in Santa Ana, California. Featuring new spaces for industrial and manufacturing teams as well as a built out corporate front office, the expansion provides space for the company to execute on their program development plans to reach full FAA certification by 2025. With proximity to John Wayne/Orange County...

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Vertical Aerospace is gearing up to operate its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at Heathrow Airport by mid-2020s in an effort to give more people easy access to UK’s hub airport, and reduce congestion and emissions on local roads. Chris Annetts, Chief Strategy Officer of Heathrow, said “We are delighted to be partnering with Vertical, a global champion...

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Airports across Italy and France including the likes of Rome, Venice, Bologna, and Nice have announced the creation of Urban Blue. The joint venture is between airport operators and administrators in these regions and will oversee the construction and management of eVTOL vertiports. Urban Blue envisions their vertiports will transport airline customers on the final leg of their journey from...

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Eve Urban Air Mobility, a subsidiary of Embraer, has agreed to provide 100 of its eVTOL platforms to aviation taxi platform Ascent, to be used in Melbourne, Manila, Singapore, and Tokyo as soon as 2026. According to Andre Stein, president and CEO of Eve, “Ascent is one of the greatest players of Urban Air Mobility in the Asia-Pacific and its strong...

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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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Elroy Air Raises $40M Series A Funding Round

08 August 2021 || 3 min read

Elroy Air has successfully raised $40 million USD in its Series A funding round, for a total of $48 million to date, in order to continue building, testing and validation of Elroy’s autonomous cargo drone. The funding round saw financial support from Lockheed Martin’s venture capital arm, Marlinspike Capital, and Prosperity7, in addition to financing from existing investors Catapult Ventures,...

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Joby Aviation, JetBlue Airways and Signature Flight Support have announced a plan to utilize electric and hydrogen credits in an effort to achieve net zero aviation emissions. The three companies are working together to ensure the carbon markets for aviation include the generation of credits for flights powered by green electric and hydrogen propulsion technologies, effectively connecting today’s airlines and operators to the...

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Aerospace company Astro has finalized their acquisition of Horizon Aircraft, the manufacturer of the Cavorite X5, an electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle. Following the acquisition, Astro now has three eVTOL models in their fleet: the Cavorite X5 joins Astro’s own Alta and Elroy aircraft. Currently in development, all three eVTOL aircraft will be highly modular, allowing for different...

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Private aircraft operator Jet Linx has officially announced intentions to enter the eVTOL market following an agreement with Blade Urban Air Mobility. Through Blade, Jet Linx, along with other operators, will gain ownership of up to 20 total Beta Technologies Alia aircraft, which Blade recently made a reservation for. According to a recent press release, “Blade has entered into an...

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Japan’s transport ministry has begun full-scale talks on safety standards and other key issues regarding commercial and private use of flying cars. The transport ministry is planning to establish standards on requirements for performance and safety, as well as a licensing system by the end of 2023, which would apply to all flying cars in Japan. Additionally, the ministry is...

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Wisk, the aerospace company currently developing the eVTOL aircraft called the Cora, has proceeded with a “Transport Trial” to advance autonomous flight in New Zealand. In addition, Wisk will be integrating Insitu Pacific Pty Ltd, an unmanned aerial systems developer and Boeing subsidiary into their program. Integrating Insitu into the Transport Trial will allow Wisk to use Boeing’s expertise and...

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The United States House and Senate have introduced legislation looking to advance the development of aerial mobility, notably with bipartisan support. Under the name of “Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act,” the proposed bills call on U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to “establish an inter-agency working group to coordinate efforts to develop a complete AAM ecosystem to support...

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