Category: Vehicles/Manufactures

Through a partnership with MagniX, Habour Air is about to become the world’s first all-electric airline.  In March of 2019, the world’s largest seaplane operator, Habour Air, announced its intention to become world’s first completely electric airline. Together with MagniX, an aviation electric motor developer, Harbour plans to convert its entire fleet of 53 airplanes into electric aircraft by 2022. Late...

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Airbus Invests in Amprius for its Zephyr Project

18 November 2019 || 6 min read

Advanced energy storage capability will be a key technological enabler for aerial mobility and major OEMs are beginning to notice. Airbus has selected Ampirus Inc. of Fremont, CA to power its Zephyr project. Zephyr is a light, unmanned platform which made its first flight in 2014 and operates at high altitudes and low speeds for several weeks at a time....

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Airbus has selected Amprius to power its Zephyr prototype and research battery technology for its aerial mobility programs.

The VSR700 took its maiden flight on November 8 in southern France The VTOL UAV made by Airbus made its maiden flight, performing several take-offs and landings with the longest flight lasting at around 10 minutes. See Airbus’ announcement below: While not a direct development for the urban aerial mobility industry, Airbus Helicopters drone, the VSR700, an unmanned derivative of...

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New Electric Air Racer Unveiled at Dubai Air Show

17 November 2019 || 4 min read

At the Dubai Airshow on November 17th, UK aviation innovator Condor Aviation introduced the world to ‘White Lightning’, billed as the world’s first fully electric sports aircraft. The White Lightning plane was designed specifically for Air Race E, an upcoming electric air race series sponsored by Airbus. According to Air Race E, races will take place at just 33 feet...

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Airbus invests in electric-propulsion technology to lead the way to more sustainable flight. According to Glenn Llewellyn, General Manager, Electrification at Airbus, zero-emission flight is not the “pipedream” that most people may think. His latest project E-Fan X—a complex hybrid-electric aircraft demonstrator—is the next step in Airbus’ electrification journey. When the demonstrator embarks on its first flight in 2021, the E-Fan X will be...

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JetPack secures funding to build a futuristic flying motorcycle JetPack has raised a seed round of $2 million from investors indulging Draper Associates, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, YC, Cathexis Ventures and a group of angels that it says will fund the development of the Speeder’s first functional prototype. Earlier this month, we reported on a competitor, Aviator Cycles, debuting its own...

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Hyundai to Develop Flying Car by 2023

11 November 2019 || 4 min read

Chung Euisun, executive vice chairman at Hyundai Motor Group, has vowed that the auto group will develop its own flying car technology by 2023 and commercialize air taxi service by 2029. Chung Euisun, Executive Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, has unveiled lofty ambitions of the Korean auto giant taking on aerial mobility at last week’s Mobility Innovators Forum 2019...

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Chung Euisun, executive vice chairman at Hyundai Motor Group, unveiled its plans for UAM at the Mobility Innovators Forum 2019 in San Francisco.

OXIS Energy and Bye Aerospace have begun a 12-month collaborative program announced in late July that seeks to achieve a 50% to 100% increase in flight time from a single charge on Bye Aerospace eAircraft. OXIS has developed an innovative Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) battery technology that offers significant benefits to aviation markets. Compared to existing Li-ion battery systems technology, the...

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eFlyer artist rendering. Source: Bye Aerospace

How the UAM Working Group Aims to Help Advance Composite Manufacturing Tech Aerospace grade composites have long been regarded as the golden standard for quality and durability. How can single batch production ramp to support the demands of a new industry? Composite manufacturing is common place among aerospace, automotive racing, and other high performance transportation modes – but it’s not...

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Uber Eats Unveils New Delivery Drone Design

03 November 2019 || 4 min read

Uber Elevate has officially unveiled a new VTOL drone designed for Uber Eats deliveries.   The new Uber Eats drone was designed by Uber Elevate with speed in mind. To “increase speed and efficiency”, Elevate chose to use a rotating wing design. This means that the rotors will initially point upwards on take-off, lifting the drone into the air and then...

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The Triumph Group and Jaunt Air Mobility will begin work on their demonstrator The two companies announced their partnership at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). This partnership entails the cooperation in designing, manufacturing, and certifying a full-scale demonstrator aircraft. Triumph will also provide engineering and manufacturing serices to support Jaunt’s aircraft. In addition, Jaunt CEO Kayden Stanzione and Triumph...

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Aviator Cycles is taking a new approach to aerial mobility with personal air vehicles or PAVs Jeff Chimenti, a Houston-based investor and co-founder of Washington based Aviator Cycles has unveiled its prototype in the Woodlands, Texas, just outside of Houston. The company offers a new take on aerial mobility and intends to focus on the recreation market exclusively with its...

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Another artists' rendition of Aviator Cycles' PAV prototype.

Volocopter expands into utility drone business with fully-electric VoloDrone demonstrator. Volocopter, an active innovator in the aerial mobility industry, presented the demonstrator of its VoloDrone on October 30th near the company’s headquarters in Germany. This marks Volocopter’s expansion into the logistics, agriculture, infrastructure and public services industry. The VoloDrone is an unmanned, fully electric, heavy-lift utility drone capable of carrying a payload...

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The two companies completed installation of the MagniX motor on a de Havilland Canada prototype Harbour Air Seaplanes recently entered a partnership with MagniX in order to begin the conversion to the first all-electric airline. For that purpose, the company has installed the MagniX electric motor onto a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, and plans to complete the prototype soon...

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Burt Rutan Focuses on New eVTOL Design

27 October 2019 || 3 min read

A new eVTOL design is in the works by aviation legend Burt Rutan The 76-year-old aerospace engineer and designer, famous for his work on the Voyager piston and suborbital SpaceShipOne rocket, confirmed that he is currently in the middle of designing a new aircraft based on eVTOL aircraft. However, he revealed little else, aside from the fact: “It’s pretty different...

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