Category: Featured

The EHang 216 Takes Flight in Vienna

08 April 2019 || 4 min read

On April 4th, the EHang 216 made its first successful public test flight in the Generali Arena in Vienna, Austria. The flight lasted only a few minutes, and the drone was restricted to an altitude of about 30 ft. inside the stadium, as the drone was not yet certified to fly in Austrian airspace. However, the Chinese firm EHang remained...

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“Starling Jet is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) hybrid-electric propulsion aircraft for civil aviation use. It is an embodiment of our dream at SAMAD Aerospace — to revolutionise the way humans and goods fly around the globe. It will change the way you see the world and how you view your opportunities. What once seemed impossible will become routine.” – Samad Aerospace Samad has placed...

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Boeing Go-Fly Phase II Winners Announced

04 April 2019 || 4 min read

GoFly is an international competition to design, build, and fly a personal flying device. Grand Sponsor Boeing and Corporate Sponsor Pratt and Whitney have been able to reach a group of highly qualified competitors from across the globe. Thus far in the competition, 3,500 teams from 101 different countries have entered a design to be considered. Ten of those teams...

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Opener, backed by Alphabet founder Larry Page, is the creator of the Opener BlackFly, a single-seater eVTOL Aircraft, and has recently hired Ben Diachun, formerly of Scaled Composites as its new president. At Scaled Composites (founded by legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan) Diachun was also president. The company, acquired by Northgruman in 2007, most famously won the $10-million Ansari X-Prize in 2004...

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Jetpack Aviation has opened pre-order offers on the Speeder, a self-stabilizing, jet turbine-powered flying motorcycle capable of 15,000 ft in altitude and a max speed of 150 mph. From the same company that designed and released the JB series jetpacks, the Speeder utilizes similar technologies and is fully VTOL capable, capable of effectively taking off from anywhere the size of...

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Goodyear Aero Tire: An In-Depth Look

02 April 2019 || 6 min read

TransportUP recently conducted an interview with the designers and engineers behind the Goodyear Aero tire, which can be both a rotor set for flight and a wheel for traditional land transportation. Although this tire is many years away, it incorporates many of the key technology elements that Goodyear is currently adding to its tires, and pushes Goodyear forward into the...

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“Is Urban Air Transport the answer to the problem of dense urban spaces and congested transportation systems in the world’s major cities?” Aviation Week Network intends to answer that question and other UAM-related topics through their Urban Air Mobility Conference next week in the Georgia World Congress Center at Atlanta. Featuring over a hundred companies and various individuals, as well as...

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What UTC’s Project 804 means for hybrid-electric propulsion. United Technologies Corporation – previously part of the conglomerate comprised of Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Rockwell Collins – has recently launched a new startup-like division. United Technologies Advanced Projects (UTAP) “moves at intense speed to build and pilot ambitious product and service demonstrators, while simultaneously distilling UTC’s curious and...

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Vancouver-based seaplane airline Harbour Air and the recently founded airplane electric motor company magni-X are partnering to transform Harbour Air into an ‘all-electric commercial fleet’. Since 1982, Harbour Air has become North America’s largest seaplane airline. The company now runs between 12 scheduled destinations including Vancouver, Seattle, and Whistler, carrying 500,000 passengers a year for a total of over 30,000 annual...

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Astro Aerospace has been accepted to participate in the NASA Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge. Astro Aerospace is most known for their development of the Elroy, an autonomous 2-person eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) passenger drone. The Elroy is designed with densely populated areas in mind, and is considered environmentally friendly with zero emissions and low noise.  After successfully...

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BLADE’s mobility services have expanded further, and now include continuous flights between Manhattan and JFK every weekday from 7:00am to 7:00pm.  Flights will operate between BLADE Lounge West at the West 30th Street Heliport and JFK airport, with ground transportation included between the JFK helipad and all commercial terminals. The flight will cost $195, about the same as an SUV...

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The Transcend Air Vy 400 is a VTOL aircraft with dual-propellors that rotate from the configuration of a helicopter to that of a propellor aircraft. Its propulsion systems allows the vehicle to have the VTOL characteristics of a helicopter, but fly at up to 405 mph in horizontal flight. Transcend Air plans to use their technology to transport business travelers between...

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Earlier this week, Rolls-Royce began ground testing an aircraft hybrid electric propulsion system in which a gas turbine engine generates the electric power used for thrust. Rolls-Royce plans to implement its new hybrid electric system in Airbus’s E-Fanx demonstrator aircraft in 2020. The latest ground-tested demonstrator used Rolls-Royce’s M250 gas turbine engine, which provides between 500 kilowatts and 1 megawatt. The...

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magniX’s All-Electric Engine for Aircraft

21 March 2019 || 4 min read

MagniX, owned by a Singapore-based conglomerate called Clermont Group, recently moved forward with their plans for a plane powered by a battery-electric motor and will soon be looking forward to their first flight tests in the second half of 2019.  The electric motor, called the magni250, can instantly produce a power level of 350 horsepower, comparable to the power put...

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As metropolitan cities continue to grow, the skies could be the next area targeted by urban transportation. In November of 2018, Roland Berger and the Aviary Project conducted a study called “Urban Air Mobility – The rise of a new mode of transportation”. The study focuses on the possibility of ‘air taxis’ and other sorts of drone services spreading into...

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