Category: Vehicles/Manufactures

Munich-based air taxi startup Lilium has now flown a five-seat version of their electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. With the help of top engineers and business professionals from the automotive and aerospace industries, Lilium has been flying a two-seater prototype for over two years now. However, it was just earlier this month that the full-scale version, which is...

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In 1967, the Dornier Do 31 made its first successful flight, lifting into the air while attempting a rolling vertical take-off. To this day, the aircraft is still the largest VTOL jet to hit the skies. The Dornier Do 31 was an accidental success. In the first test flight, the German-made Do 31 didn’t even get off the ground, spewing...

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Dornier Do 31 VTOL Jet

For the last five years, Faradair has been designing an 18-seat hybrid-electric aircraft at its headquarters in the UK. Just earlier this year at the Revolution.Aero Europe show, Faradair revealed its prototype and plans for the Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA). The company announced its intention to fly by 2022 and be to certified and ready for commercial operations by 2025. The...

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Earlier this week, eVTOL developer Airspace Experience Technologies announced its fundraising campaign on SeedInvest. So far, ASX has raised over $200,000 with the number steadily rising. SeedInvest is an online fundraising platform where anyone, not just SEC accredited investors, can invest in companies they believe believe in. The company works similarly to the well-known Kickstarter.com, except that rather than pre-ordering...

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Airspace Experience Technologies on SeedInvest

XTI Aircraft Company has successfully completed a 65% scale test of its luxury VTOL Aircraft, marking a major milestone for private VTOL development. Watch the full flight below: XTI Aircraft has been developing the TriFan 600 since 2012, although founder David Brody has been building innovative helicopters since 2007. The TriFan 600 is one of the world’s first private VTOL...

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XTI Aorcraft prototype eVTOL

Alphabet’s Wing Aviation is the first company to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate as an airline for drone delivery in the United States. Alphabet, parent company of Google, took in Wing Aviation as an independent subsidiary as of July 2018. Since then, Wing has been closely working with FAA regulatory officials to submit evidence and demonstrate that...

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Boeing NeXt, the company’s disruptive mobility arm, has been focused on a global airspace integration effort to create a world in which autonomous and piloted air vehicles safely coexist. To create the transportation systems of the future, Boeing has been developing the Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV), and the Cargo Air Vehicle (CAV). Both are autonomous systems designed to fill a...

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Boeing Cargo Air Vehicle

Neo Aeronautics Reveals the Crimson S8

03 May 2019 || 4 min read

Singapore firm Neo Aeronautics is set to launch their new eVTOL 1-seater, the Crimson S8, in California late next year. According to founder and CEO Neo Kok Beng, the vehicle is designed for low-level urban air mobility and door to door transportation. The Crimson S8 is a 1-seater eVTOL, capable of both manual and autonomous flight, measures in at 15...

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Cuberg, a US-based start-up supported by Boeing’s HorizonX and the US Department of Energy, recently released a video of their successful battery test; their lithium metal battery powered quadcopter reported a 70% increase in flight time to a standard lithium-ion powered quadcopter. Cuberg’s results come from a dissatisfaction with current energy methods. According to Cuberg, the batteries of today are...

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Flyter Adds PAC 720-200 VTOL, Seeks Investors

28 April 2019 || 3 min read

Russian startup Flyter recently unveiled a new video showcasing its PAC 720-200 VTOL. In a recent press release, the company announced that it is now officially looking for investors to help fund the creation of a prototype. As of late March, Flyter released a new design of its VTOL vehicle designed for two passengers rather than just one. Other notable...

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Flyter 720-200

Bye Aerospace is an American aircraft manufacturer based in Englewood, Colorado, and for the past 12 years has specialized in the design and manufacture of electric aircraft, including unmanned aircraft for geospatial role and light aircraft for the flight training role. CEO George E. Bye founded the company to apply electric configurations along with aerodynamic advances to “design, build and...

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Honeywell’s Electric Engine to Advance UAM

21 April 2019 || 3 min read

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are already found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. Recently, the company has displayed its commitment to investing in the urban air mobility industry with multiple partnerships. In January, it was announced that Pipistrel and Honeywell will “combine aerospace expertise to address the technical, regulatory and business challenges of the emerging on-demand mobility market”...

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The Cyclocopter: Another Way to Approach UAM

17 April 2019 || 4 min read

Russia’s Advanced Research Foundation (FPI) is taking another angle at approaching urban air mobility. The FPI cyclocopter, a technical design thought up by the FPI, is a hybrid eVTOL vehicle driven by rotating, cylindrical wings, with each individual wing composed of many small paddles, or ‘winglets’. Utilizing this design, the cyclocopter can quickly change its direction of thrust by altering...

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One of the most exciting reveals at the AERO Friedrichshafen 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany came from the German startup AutoFlightX, who showed off the V600, an eVTOL prototype designed for cargo and passengers. The V600, reminiscent of a futuristic P-38, was announced to be all-electric; a technical prototype two-seater intended to qualify under EASA’s new 600-kg threshold for ultralights, as...

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Honeywell is a Fortune 100 technology company with products that reach every corner of people’s everyday lives. The company has an “extensive aviation hardware and software product portfolio, including advanced navigation technologies and fly-by-wire flight controls tailored for the unique needs of UAM aircraft.” Now, Honeywell plans to have their technology aboard the Volocopter, an 18-propellor electric VTOL aircraft based...

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