Category: Operators

Queensland Prepares for Flying Cars

19 May 2018 || 2 min read

In a recent panel Friday at the Myriad Festival in Brisbane, Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter made some outspoken comments on the future of flying cars, and informed the public as the Chief Entrepreneur of Queensland that flying cars will happen, and will be in Australia within 10 years. Here’s some of the (notable) commentary: On the timeline for flying cars...

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Cora in New Zealand

Uber is determined to make flying taxis a reality by 2023 – and the FAA is determined to make sure that they do so in a safe manner. At Uber’s Elevate Summit 2018, FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell spoke with Uber’s Chief Product Officer, Jeff Holden, on the path to certification, Elwell’s involvement in aviation, and the path for both...

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Cora Flying Car

Elevate Summit Day 2 Recap

10 May 2018 || 2 min read

The Uber Elevate Summit 2018 has concluded at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, CA – here’s everything that you should know from the second day of the conference about the flying car industry: Uber Announces Call for First International City to participate in UberAIR Celina Mikolajcak, Uber’s Director of Engineering, Energy Storage Systems, and Alan Dowdell, VP of Business...

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EmbraerX Concept

Uber Elevate’s Summit 2018 Day 1 is winding down – here’s a quick overview of the biggest announcements and news from the day: Uber announced their partnership with Karem Aircraft, and unveiled an eVTOL dubbed the “Butterfly”: Embraer Released their EmbraerX concept: Pipistrel also released a concept eVTOL that will be part of a “family” of eVTOL aircraft: E-one Moli...

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Butterfly Collaboration eVTOL

Uber Elevate Summit 2018 Preview

07 May 2018 || 3 min read

This year’s Uber Elevate Summit marks the second annual gathering focused on advancing the flying car and taxi market. The Summit also promises to yield a number of exciting announcements on recent developments from representatives at companies such as Embraer, Pipistrel, Bell Flight, Aurora Flight Sciences, and ChargePoint. Be sure to refer back to transportup.com throughout the course of the...

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Workhorse executed the first test flight of their SureFly eVTOL on Thursday. The FAA issued an experimental certification ticket for the flight, marking one of the first few instances of a domestic flying taxi flight test under FAA regulations. Here’s a video of the flight: Why it’s important: The first flight of the SureFly eVTOL adds another competitor to the...

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Workhorse SureFly eVTOL

Flying Cars are Here, and They Really Do Work

30 April 2018 || 3 min read

Flying cars are here. Once just a Jetson’s whirlwind dream of what the future could hold, today almost 30 companies worldwide are working to corner one of the world’s newest transportation markets. For a sense of scale and level of development within this industry, here’s a quick overview. Key Manufacturers: Some of the most notable manufacturers within the flying car...

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Ehang 184 Flying Taxi

Boeing Subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences announced yesterday that a recent agreement from DARPA will allow for the transfer of Aurora’s X-plane developed eVTOL technology to commercial applications. The x-plane technology, largely focused on piloting ducted fan and electric battery implementation in vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, will now be slated for wide-spread commercial application. The technology also included tilt-wing and...

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Aurora UAS

Lilium has added the renowned Frank Stephenson to head their product design. In a news release late Monday, Lilium announced that the car designer, who has worked with Ferrari, MINI, and BMW, would be joining the Lilium Team. “My last job was as high up as you could be in the car design world. The obvious question was – what...

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Frank Stephenson

The Future of Flying Car Positioning Systems

22 April 2018 || 2 min read

Professor Dan Bliss of the Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering School at Arizona State University is helping Airbus with their positioning system for the CityAirbus flying taxi transport. Bliss’ work is focused on utilizing “distributed coherence” in his navigation system, which allows for much greater accuracy in positioning, a critical requirement for the safe operation of flying cars and taxis....

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Airbus CityAirbus Flying Taxi

The American Helicopter Society, or AHS, has rebranded to “The Vertical Flight Society” marking the shift in paradigm from solely supporting helicopters. The new name includes all vertical flight craft, including flying cars. The shift moved the society to vtol.org. Why it’s important: The American Helicopter Society has long been a mainstay of the US’ vertical flight presence, but this...

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Multi-Rotor Helicopter

Samson Sky hosted a flying car forum at the 2018 Sun n’ Fun airshow on Friday.  The forum discussed the state of the flying car industry and allowed Sun n’ Fun visitors to chart with the Samson Sky team to learn more about the flying car industry and the progression of flying cars. The manufacturer is holding 615 reservations for...

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Terrafugia is Expanding its Workforce

12 April 2018 || 1 min read

Woburn, MA based flying car manufacturer Terrafugia announced on Tuesday that it’s expanding its workforce and creating 130 new US jobs. Terrafugia has added 75 persons to its workforce during the last 12 months, and their press release states that at least another 50 will be added by the end of the year. Terrafugia is owned by Geely Holdings (see...

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TF-X Flying Car on Road

The CEO of Royal Palms Companies, Dan Kodsi, recently announced that he’s expecting flying cars to be around in 10-15 years, and that by that time the Paramount Miami Worldcenter will be ready to accommodate them. Kodsi’s ambitious plan includes creating a multi-purpose swimming pool on the Paramount’s rooftop with a movable bottom; when a VTOL comes in to land...

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Paramount Skyport for Flying Taxis

Electric aircraft will become a standard earlier than expected, said Siemens vice president of electric and hybrid-electric propulsion Terry Hamlin at the Siemens Innovation Day, held in Chicago, Il. Siemens is working alongside Rolls-Royce and Airbus on a regional airplane, dubbed the “eFan”. Hamlin stated that “Siemens believes the aviation industry is on the verge of a major shift in...

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16-fan Joby Aircraft Concept