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Uber has submitted an application to the FAA to begin drone deliveries in San Diego.  The application is for permission to conduct commercial flights under 400ft within a specified 4-mile radius. Learn more: Major transportation company Uber has filed for permission to complete commercial flights using unmanned aerial systems (drones) in the urban area of San Diego, California. The applications...

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Bosch’s Senior Manager of UAM Marcus Parentis’ opinion on the feasibility of flying cars is optimistic. Referencing the aesthetically impressive Spinners from the movie, “Blade Runner 2049”, Parentis believes that while real flying cars may not resemble the Spinner at all, it is very likely that we will see the first flying taxis by the early 2020s. Specifically mentioning eVTOLs,...

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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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In China, eHang has partnered with DHL to develop an autonomous drone delivery route. In Finland, Wing deliveries are soon to begin in Helsinki. Learn more below: Chinese comany eHang is most well known for the eHang 184 passenger drone. However, eHang also is the maker of a wide range of commercial drones. DHL will now work with eHang to...

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DHL and chang's Drone Deliveries In China

Munich-based air taxi startup Lilium has now flown a five-seat version of their electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. With the help of top engineers and business professionals from the automotive and aerospace industries, Lilium has been flying a two-seater prototype for over two years now. However, it was just earlier this month that the full-scale version, which is...

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Japan’s Kyushu University has officially begun research and development towards electric aircraft and VTOLs. Kyushu’s Center for Electric Propelled Flight was inaugurated in April of 2019, on the university’s Ito Campus. The initial goal for the team is reportedly to send a working prototype craft into the skies within 10 years. The main reason behind Kyushu’s entry into the field...

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Ascent Urban Air Mobility, a new company focused on delivering helicopter taxi services to cities around the world, has launched in the Philippines. Although the helicopter taxi industry is already highly a highly competitive landscape including BLADE Urban Air Mobility, Ascent Urban Air Mobility has made a bold move by designating the Philippines as its initial launch site. The company...

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The initial hype about the size of the future Urban Air Mobility market, that reached its peak with the Morgan Stanley’s prediction of a $1.5 trillion potential by 2040, is now fading. Caution. Delays Ahead! Current forecasts about Urban Air Mobility (UAM) tend to indicate a market volume which can only be possible if flying-cars fill-up the city-skies, landing or...

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BLADE’S NEW HELICOPTER SERVICE NOW INCLUDES ALL NYC AREA AIRPORTS On May 8th, BLADE Urban Air Mobility announced that it has expanded its service to include LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. This service expansion is furthering the company’s mission of enhancing the reach and affordability of urban aviation. “Since expanding our continuous flight service between Manhattan and JFK, we...

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Alphabet’s Wing Aviation is the first company to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate as an airline for drone delivery in the United States. Alphabet, parent company of Google, took in Wing Aviation as an independent subsidiary as of July 2018. Since then, Wing has been closely working with FAA regulatory officials to submit evidence and demonstrate that...

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University of Maryland Medical Center made history by being the first to employ an unmanned air system to successfully deliver a kidney for transplantation into a patient with kidney failure. One of the newest investigated applications of unmanned air systems is the transportation of organs for transplant procedures. Even in the urban air mobility industry, Beta Technologies has already partnered with...

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Embraer’s Designs For the UAM Market

24 April 2019 || 4 min read

Embraer, Brazilian aerospace conglomerate and third largest civil aircraft manufacturer in the world, has numerous plans for entering the urban air mobility market. Their disruptive market subsidiary EmbraerX officially announced intentions to enter the UAM market two years ago, and launched their first eVTOL in mid-2018, not to mention partnering with Uber to manufacture urban aircraft for Uber Air by 2023. ...

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Bye Aerospace is an American aircraft manufacturer based in Englewood, Colorado, and for the past 12 years has specialized in the design and manufacture of electric aircraft, including unmanned aircraft for geospatial role and light aircraft for the flight training role. CEO George E. Bye founded the company to apply electric configurations along with aerodynamic advances to “design, build and...

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For 35 years, Helijet has been providing regional helicopter flights around British Columbia, Canada. The company is now publicly traded and regarded as the world’s largest scheduled helicopter airline, having carried more than 2.5 million passengers with an exceptional reputation for safe and on-time flights. Helijet currently operates over 300 weekly urban flights between mainland Vancouver and Victoria on Vancouver...

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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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