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Workhorse announced on Tuesday that part of its aviation division, the Workhorse “SureFly”, is up for sale. The Workhorse SureFly is Workhorse‘s edition of personal aircraft. The SureFly is hybrid-electric, can accommodate up to two passengers (or one passenger with cargo) totaling 550lbs of weight. It can travel up to 70mph for two hours, and is designed to quiet, comfortable,...

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Workhorse SureFly in the sunset

India has made another leap forward toward urban aviation. SkyShuttle, a new branch of Indian private jet chartering company JetSetGo, has created a new ‘shared jet and helicopter’ system. Its jet flights while run twice a day between major cities, while its helicopter flights will run from major airports to smaller industrial towns. SkyShuttle claims its service provides “the luxury...

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SkyShuttle Fleet

Vertical Aerospace’s eVTOL Hits the Skies

13 September 2018 || 4 min read

In June of this Summer, UK startup Vertical Aerospace created and tested a working prototype of its flying car eVTOL at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire. It plans to operate its air taxi service by 2022.   The Concept: Vertical Aerospace wants to get its air taxi in the air as soon as possible. For this reason, it’s focusing on piloted flight in the short...

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Vertical Aerospace Flying Car Bottom Up View

Bell and NASA Partner for UAV Development

09 September 2018 || 3 min read

NASA will be working with Bell Helicopter and others to overcome the current obstacles to commercial UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) operation. On August 29th, it announced funding up to $11 million to work with Bell. NASA names these main obstacles as technological advancements, systems integration, and certification of aircraft and avionics.   Through this collaboration, NASA and Bell hope to deliver new technologies for unmanned aerial systems including integrated Detect and Avoid (DAA)...

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Bell's Autonomous Pod Transport Concept

At the end of August, Japan began an initiative to jumpstart the flying car industry. It’s taken its first steps by actively recruiting Subaru, Boeing, Uber Japan, Airbus Japan, and more. Japan plans to have flying cars in the air by 2020. It’s Ministry of Trade, Economy, and Industry initiated meetings with both private and public sectors last month. In...

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Flying Cars in Japan Cartoon

SkyRyse Air Taxi to Launch in Tracy, CA

02 September 2018 || 3 min read

On August 28th, a new company called SkyRyse launched. SkyRyse is a new a air taxi statrup featuring a single-rotor helicopter with advanced tech features. It plans to launch air taxi services by 2019. The SkyRyse helicopter takes a major step toward autonomy for air taxis. It paves the way for the future of flying cars. The SkyRyse features an...

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SkyRyse Concept Route

On Thursday, Uber Elevate finalized the list of potential international locations for its third city of operations of UberAIR. It includes Japan, Brazil, France, Australia, or India. Uber Elevate confirmed last year that its first two cities would be Los Angeles, California, and Houston, Texas. It also announced that it would enter in one international city. On Thursday, Uber shortened...

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Uber Air's eVTOL concept

Flying Cars to come to Japan Within a Decade

27 August 2018 || 3 min read

On Friday, Japan announced its partnership with Uber, Boeing, and Airbus to make flying cars a reality over the streets of Tokyo and Osaka by 2028. It also taking on Toyota’s Cartivator, Japan Airlines, and ANA Holdings, Yamato Holdings, and 14 other smaller companies to its task force. It also seeks to attain ¥4.5 billion ($40.4 million) in funding to support...

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Astro Aerospace Partners with Kasaero GmbH

19 August 2018 || 2 min read

The Texas based eVTOL developer Astro Aerospace has established a partnership with German company Kasaero, which specializes in lightweight design, composites, and certifications. Astro Aerospace’s AA360 has reached the pre-order stage. Company stock is available on the public stock market. The AA360 features sixteen rotors, full autonomy, and an interior designed for 360-degree visibility. In May, Astro Aerospace recently acquired Passenger Drone, as well...

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UberAIR adds University of Texas as Partner

11 August 2018 || 3 min read

UberAIR announced Thursday that they’d be adding the University of Texas – Austin to their list of partners that will develop rotor technologies, according to TechCrunch. The news enhances the players roster for the Uber Elevate Initiative, which aims to have functional aircraft in operation by 2023 in Dallas, Dubai, and Los Angeles. Uber has established a rigorous eCRM (common...

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UberAIR UT Partnership

Kitty Hawk and Joby Aviation have received nearly $2m from the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx). DIUx is a Pentagon organization “founded to help America’s military make faster use of emerging technologies”. None of those involved disclosed the funding details at that time. DIUx’s plan for small electric aircraft pragmatic, according to a document that detailed the funding program. “These vehicles will …...

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Pentagon Kitty Hawk

Workhorse SureFly will Fly at Oshkosh

03 July 2018 || 2 min read

Workhorse released a video on July 2nd announcing that Workhorse will be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and will also be demoing their new SureFly at the event. The official announcement read: “Workhorse, an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector, announced that its SureFly Multi-Copter is scheduled to fly on Tuesday, July 24 during...

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Workhorse Oshkosh

Japan’s Flying Car Plan

02 July 2018 || 2 min read

Japan is involved in the flying car industry, and is increasing government and local support of future flying car manufacturers and companies by laying legislative groundwork for the implementation of these aircraft in the future. After the Japanese government announced that they were launching a flying car study in March of 2018, little was heard on the subject of flying...

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Japan Cartivator Partnership

Airbus’ eVTOL Air Traffic Management Plan

29 June 2018 || 3 min read

CleanTechnica recently broke down Airbus’ approach to how future air traffic airspace management systems (UTM) will function, and what mechanics will drive their safety. Airbus’ initiative is called Altiscope. According to Airbus, here’s what a vertical sliver of airspace will look like in 2030: From 200 to 400 ft in the US, the airspace will mostly be for imaging and...

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Airbus A^3 Altiscope

Audi and Airbus took a big step forward yesterday by signing a letter of intent with the government to test their Air Taxi project near the city of Ingolstadt. The letter of intent was signed by both companies in addition to the local government, firming up local political support to advance the Air Taxi project that has two industry magnates...

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