Category: Regulations

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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Uber Reveals Flying Car Plans to Congress

26 July 2018 || 3 min read

Eric Allison, who is Head of Aviation Programs at Uber, told the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology of the higher speeds (up to 200 mph) and more reliable timing of the planned Uber Elevate initiative at a meeting Tuesday. These figures are being used by Uber to lay the foundation for a positive relationship with government representatives. In his opening...

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Uber Elevate Preview

Woburn, MA based Terrafugia announced in a press release today that they would manufacture the first Transition Flying Car that will be sold to customers in 2019, and that the flying car would include new features that have not been previously disclosed by the company. “Developing this new technology has allowed us to test several different mechanisms and generate process...

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Terrafugia To Sell in 2019

Edmonds, WA based Jetoptera has completed testing for its “fluidic propulsion system” and followed up this technical progress by issuing a second round of equity for $1.5 Million. Jetoptera’s J2000 VTOL will be powered by the fluidic propulsion system. The aircraft is expected to cruise at 200mph, have a range of 200 miles and a maximum take-off weight of 2000lbs....

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Jetoptera J2000

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

Event Preview: Revolution.Aero

06 July 2018 || 2 min read

The Revolution.aero summit is planned to be held October 1 and 2, 2018 in San Francisco, California at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The event’s mission is “The future of aviation. In two days.” The website continues to describe the event in more detail: “Revolution.Aero is the global meeting place for people who are reshaping, rethinking and revolutionizing business and personal aviation. A...

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Revolution.aero

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

From a NLR Press Release: The Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) has opened research installations and offices covering 18,000 m² in the town of Marknesse as its new research facility for electric flight. Together with PwC, NLR unveiled at the opening ceremony the electric Pipistrel Alpha Electro, which will be deployed as a research aircraft in NLR’s new Living Lab for...

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NLR Research

A PR representative from the company [Ehang] told the Global Times on Sunday that they are pushing test flight cooperation projects for its Ehang 184 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle with a number of governments, including the US, Dubai and Australia. The fast rise of Chinese-made drones in overseas market is due largely to their cost-effective nature, according to experts. Ke Yubao, executive...

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Ehang 184 Fortune

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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Audi Airbus Italdesign Pop.Up Next

Marisa Garcia outlined in Forbes yesterday the prospect of using new helicopter-connection services, like the recently announced United Airlines HeliFlight service, as a “canary” or sorts for the future success of eVTOL transportation. Namely, Garcia focused on the potential hurdles that eVTOL’s might have to overcome that make them similar to helicopters: the high investment in technology that mandates a...

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United Airlines Dreamliner

Workhorse’s SureFly prototype is now taking its next step towards functional operation – applying for a Federal Aviation Administration Type Certificate. The FAA certifies aircraft based on a number of factors, and in some case it is not necessary for a completely new Type Certificate for an aircraft to be issued if that aircraft shares similarities with a currently existing...

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SureFly Applies for FAA Type Certificate