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Utah is already planning how to incorporate flying cars in their long-range transit plans. Jared Esselman, aeronautics director for the Utah Department of Transportation, had said that the state was already in the initial stages of preparing for an influx of air taxis in local transportation. Routes, airspace capacity, possible ascent/descent rates and paths have all already been in consideration...

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The spaceflight company sees a natural expansion to the aerial mobility industry in its future.  Sir Richard Branson’s spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, is currently developing commercial spacecraft with which it aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to tourists and suborbital launches for science missions. Virgin Galactic plans to provide orbital human spaceflights as well. As the company branches out from its...

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Volocopter Completes First Staged Rescue Operation

26 September 2019 || 4 min read

Volocopter’s first use of manned multicopter in rescue operation staged Just science fiction, or soon a reality in rescuing human lives? In a feasibility study launched by ADAC Luftrettung (air rescue) at the end of 2018 and supported by the charitable ADAC foundation, a multicopter was used for the first time in a staged rescue operation. Covering everything from the...

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ADAC using a Volocopter as part of its ongoing study on eVTOL aircraft.

The Sustainable Aviation Symposium 2019 (SAS) will focus deeply on urban aerial mobility, covering issues of technology, platforms, and other emerging topics. “The SA Symposium is a unique opportunity for visionaries, innovators, enthusiasts and authorities to connect, share ideas backed by experience, and discover new technological frontiers of flight.” -Tine Tomazic, Aircraft Designer at Pipistrel UC Berkeley’s annual sustainable aviation symposium...

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aerial mobility at the UC Berkeley Sustainable Aviation Symposium

MMC UAV launched Griflion H which features a record-breaking 15-hour flight time MMC UAV Griflion H is a hydrogen-powered vertical take-off and landing drone with an integrated design. MMC-developed hydrogen fuel battery shows great stability and tremendously extends drone flight time. 15-Hour Flight Time for Enhanced Mission Efficiency The biggest highlight of Griflion H is the elevated flight time thanks...

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eVTOLs have benefits that helicopters won’t be able to compete with. Helicopters are the world’s current solution to aerial mobility: a time proven system that effectively transports people and goods short to medium distances, with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities to boot. Air taxi services utilizing helicopters have operated since the 1950’s, New York Airways being one of the famed...

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Helicopter at Sunrise

Boeing and Safran continue to commit to the electrification of aircraft technology The two companies recently announced a joint investment in Electric Power Systems. (EPS), a company offering a multitude of lightweight energy storage products for the aerospace industry. Based in Logan, Utah, the privately held aerospace company specializes in advanced energy storage systems comprised of cells, power electronics, controls,...

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Transcend Air will be a featured panelist and exhibitor at the 2019 ICAO Innovation Fair Peter H. Schmidt, co-founder and COO of Transcend Air, will join the ICAO Innovation fair as a featured speaker at the Green Innovation Session to deliver his talk on “A System Approach to Sustainability, Starting Now.” According to the Transcend Air press release, “Transcend Air...

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Uber Air Stands Up First Flying Taxi Test Site

20 September 2019 || 4 min read

Frisco, Texas is the home of Uber’s first test site for its eVTOL aircraft. Dallas has long been in Uber’s plans as one of the launch cities for its urban air mobility (UAM) initiative, and the company has recently completed the construction of a helipad site at Frisco Station near The Star and along the Dallas North Tollway. An important feature...

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White House to Support eVTOL in R&D Priorities Memo

19 September 2019 || 4 min read

The White House indicated it may be interested in the research and development of eVTOL aircraft. In a nine-page executive memo, the document discusses future development budget priorities for the US government beyond FY2021. The document covers a variety of R&D topics ranging from advanced communications, autonomy, and infrastructure resilience, among others. This quote was taken from the memo and...

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The White House

Commercial flying cars could serve as inspiration for the V-22 Osprey successor. With an abundance of funding and fast-paced iterations on cutting-edge designs, the private sector has potentially edged ahead of military vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) technology in the recent years. There has therefore been ample time and research in optimizing an enormous variety of approaches to aerial mobility,...

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Volocopter’s flight was the highlight of Vision Smart City  Mercedes-Benz hosted the event at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Vision Smart City was hosted in order to feature technical innovations and sustainable transport concepts for future mobility, including concepts of carsharing and electric vehicles, according to the official Volocopter press release. The event is also part of an initiative...

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Lift Aircraft to Launch Trial Flights in Austin

13 September 2019 || 3 min read

Lift Aircraft has announced plans to begin trial flights at it headquarters in Austin, TX. Matt Chasen, a veteran of the startup world and a former Boeing engineer, says his company is planning to offer the first round of trial flights at its headquarters soon, reported GeekWire. Later, Lift Aircraft will complete a 25-city tour showcasing its ultralight aircraft, Hexa....

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Jetcopter Seeks Funding For VTOL Design

13 September 2019 || 4 min read

Jetcopter is awaiting investment funds to begin production of their new VTOL The Lithuanian startup is looking for an initial investment of about $6 million and a total investment of $60 million to produce their six-seat VTOL aircraft, which is described as their version of a low cost alternative to medium-class rotary and fixed-wing type aircraft. Founder and CEO Dontatas...

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Revolution.Aero 2019 Event Preview

13 September 2019 || 3 min read

The conference will be held Sep 23-24 in San Francisco. Since its first conference in San Francisco last year, Revolution Aero has become known as an established conference focusing on innovation and technology in new forms of personal and business aviation. The conference brings together a number of startups currently seeking to disrupt the aviation industry, ranging from eVTOL developers to...

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