Category: Operators

Manta Aircraft and Avionord, a private air transport company highly specialized in medical air transport, have entered into an agreement to field as many as 15 hybrid-electric long-range vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft derived from the Manta Aircraft “ANN” platform in its medical services configuration. Avionord also invests in Manta Aircraft and takes a stake in the company. Deliveries...

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Wisk Aero, the Bay-Area California based Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company, is partnering with Skyports to integrate autonomous, electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft operations at vertiports and other ground-based infrastructure. The partnership marks a significant milestone as a collaboration between a vertiport developer-operator and an autonomous eVTOL developer in the U.S. While AAM services will initially launch with...

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German logistics and aviation holding Zeitfracht Group and its subsidiary German Airways will be among the first companies worldwide to commercially deploy drones in logistics. In a joint letter of intent with the German manufacturer Wingcopter, the companies have agreed to purchase 17 Wingcopter 198 delivery drones and acquire options to order an additional 115 drones in two further tranches...

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CAE, a global leader in aviation training devices, announced today that it has partnered with Joby to develop and qualify flight simulation training devices that will be used to train pilots of Joby’s revolutionary all-electric aircraft. Leveraging the core simulation technology Joby has been developing for the past five years, CAE will work with Joby to develop pilot training devices...

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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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Overair has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bristow Group Inc. The two companies plan to collaborate on the development of the Overair Butterfly‘s commercialization plans. Bristow has pre-ordered 20 to 50 Butterfly aircraft and both companies will work together to develop an operations development framework focusing on vehicle design considerations, key performance parameters, FAA...

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China’s eHang claims that “in the next few months” it may achieve full type certification for its autonomous EH216 eVTOL aircraft. This would enable the company to begin commercial operations, potentially years ahead of what many of its air taxi competitors currently forecast. EHang’s rapid progress can largely be attributed to a consensus with the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of...

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Eve, the Urban Air Mobility Solutions subsidiary of Embraer, has partnered with Nautilus Aviation, a division of Morris Group and Northern Australia’s largest helicopter operator, to accelerate development of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem in Australia. The partnership will introduce Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) into serving some of Queensland’s most iconic tourism locations including the Great Barrier Reef. As part...

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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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Blade, one of the leading aerial mobility operators, has announced it will acquire Trinity Air Medical next week for a price of $23 million USD. The acquisition unlocks a niche vertical for revenue for Blade as they feel out various use cases for aerial mobility. Trinity, a nationwide, multi-modal organ logistics and transportation company, has extensive experience with its clients...

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Joby Aviation Opens Washington DC Office

04 August 2021 || 3 min read

Joby Aero Inc., a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced it is opening a new office in Washington, DC to support the collaborative work it is doing with the aviation community and policymakers to bring quiet, zero-emissions aviation to life. Equipped with a state-of-the-art flight simulator, visitors to the new office are able to experience what...

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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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Volocopter and international logistics leader, DB Schenker, announced that they have successfully conducted a joint static proof of concept (PoC) at Messe Stuttgart for VoloDrone ground operations in logistic centers. Together, the partners are creating the first blueprint for electric cargo drone ground operations in logistics with the support of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics. In 2011, Volocopter...

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Hyundai Motor Company and General Motors recently announced that they are pushing ahead with developing flying cars, with the South Korean company expressing optimism it could have an air-taxi service in operation as soon as 2025. A GM executive said it could take until 2030 for air-taxi services to overcome technical and regulatory hurdles and reach commercialization. Munoz, who is...

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VoltAero, famous for its fixed wing hybrid-electric aircraft concept, has now partnered with KinectAir to operate its eCTOL aircraft starting in 2023.  The company VoltAero was founded by ex-Airbus CTO Jean Botti, and is currently developing a hybrid-electric conventional take-off and landing vehicle (eCTOL) with deliveries expected in 2023. With its innovative hybrid powertrain, Cassio can seat 4 to 10...

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