Category: Infrastructure

Uber Elevate unveiled this week 16 new SkyPort concepts from 8 different architecture firms. These were designed for Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne. SkyPorts for Uber Elevate are not just landing pads for eVTOLs, but are designed to enable seamless transportation in major cities. As such, each SkyPort is connected with public transit, has parking and charging for Uber Jump...

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Skyport

Together, Uber and AT&T have created a multi-phase plan to develop connectivity for Uber Air cargo and passenger flights. For Uber Elevate, connectivity to the internet during flight is not a luxury, but an absolute must. Unlike existing aviation infrastructure, Uber’s platform for operations and communication relies on the internet. Everything from the customer experience to instructions for pilots and...

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Uber Air and AT&T

Amazon Prime Air has just recieved FAA approval to begin testing its drones. On the same day as this announcement, it also unveiled a new design. The latest announcement from Amazon is two-fold: Firstly, the company confirmed that it has received approval from the FAA to begin research and testing for drone deliveries, and secondly, Amazon unveiled a new design for...

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EmbraerX, Embraer’s own innovation division, recently publicly released Flight Plan 2030, a 48-page document calling for the creation and implementation of an “urban air traffic management” (UATM) system. The report presents a preliminary concept of the “design and management of low-altitude urban airspace that will allow UAM to evolve over the next decade.” Flight Plan 2030 envisions a single urban...

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Volocopter has announced a partnership  with Skyport to create the first mobile “Volo-Port” for air taxis by the end of 2019. With designs provided by Brandlab, the aim of the Volo-Port is to provide an eVTOL-exclusive landing pad for air taxi operations in cities. Construction of the first Volo-Port will be initiated in Singapore in time for public flight trials...

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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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Transcend Air, developer of the Vy 400 luxury VTOL, has announced a partnership to build landing pads throughout the U.S and Canada. Transcend Air is partnering with Lily Helipads, a current developer of custom helipads based in Indiana. Lily Helipads is dedicated to building helicopter landing pads that are both safe and environmentally friendly. Already, the two companies have begun...

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Transcend Air Landing Pad

The Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau has decided to incorporate helicopters into its city’s public transport system, making it the first city in China to do so. Partnering with Airbus, the city plans to open helicopter services up for their residents by the end of 2019. Airbus, having earlier partnered with BLADE to provide the helicopters for BLADE’s helicopter service in...

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At the Tech for Good Summit in Paris, Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, and Catherine Guillouard, CEO of RATP Group, signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a joint study on the viability of incorporating Urban Air Mobility into our daily lives. The study will examine the feasibility of UAM through the lens of Mobility-as-a-Service, or MaaS, which is the...

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President Trump recently released his proposal for the 2020 federal budget, and it bodes well for the future of the urban air mobility industry. The 2020 federal budget proposal included funding and resources to aid in the development of both unmanned air systems (UAS) and urban air mobility (UAM). These allocations are intended to support initiatives such as UAS Traffic...

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Lilium hires former head of communication at Rolls-Royce Aerospace

The Los Angeles County Public Works department has added a Pipistrel SkyCharge station to the Compton/Woodley Airport: The new Pipistrel SkyCharge stations will be able to charge a Pipistrel ALPHA Electro Light Sport from empty to full battery in about 45 minutes. These charging stations are built by Pipistrel specifically for the Pipistrel Alpha Electro Light Sport, which is two seater all-electric...

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Pipistrel SkyCharge station

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 technology company with products that reach every corner of people’s everyday lives. The company has an “extensive aviation hardware and software product portfolio, including advanced navigation technologies and fly-by-wire flight controls tailored for the unique needs of UAM aircraft.” Now, Honeywell plans to have their technology aboard the Volocopter, an 18-propellor electric VTOL aircraft based...

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Airbus’ Future Plans for Urban Air Mobility

10 April 2019 || 4 min read

Airbus, one of the leaders in the aviation industry, recently outlined their intentions for the UAM industry at the SciTech Forum of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in San Diego. Head of UAM at Airbus, Eduardo Domínguez-Puerta, began by outlining the numerous reasons for UAM to expand. First, Domínguez-Puerta emphasized the importance of the value chain — Urban...

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As metropolitan cities continue to grow, the skies could be the next area targeted by urban transportation. In November of 2018, Roland Berger and the Aviary Project conducted a study called “Urban Air Mobility – The rise of a new mode of transportation”. The study focuses on the possibility of ‘air taxis’ and other sorts of drone services spreading into...

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Utah and Malaysia Prepare for Flying Cars

26 February 2019 || 4 min read

Utah and Malaysia are starting to invest in Urban Air Mobility for their cities, with Utah predicting a 2023 start to the industry. Utah envisions that soon autonomous, passenger carrying aerial vehicles will populate its skies. For now, Utah is preparing for this future through partnerships with local UAV companies and entities, such as Desert UAS, which builds the economic development of...

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Malaysia Flying Car