Category: Vehicles/Manufactures

After years of intensive research and several successful award-winning electric aircraft models developed since 2007, Pipistrel has achieved a breakthrough feat in aviation history, having type certified the battery powered Velis Electro. Working in tight collaboration with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, whose engagement was essential to reaching this unprecedented milestone, Pipistrel demonstrated that its new Velis Electro achieves...

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Pipistrel has received an EASA type certificate for its Velis Electro aircraft.

While commercial aviation continues to feel the impact of COVID-19, Baillie Gifford signals its confidence in the future of transportation with a $35 million investment in aerial mobility vehicle startup, Lilium. Munich-based Lilium is an aviation company developing an emissions-free regional air mobility service. It has designed and prototyped the Lilium Jet, a brand-new type of aircraft that will enable it...

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Airflow Launches an Electric STOL

11 June 2020 || 4 min read

Airflow, a company founded in 2019 by five former members of the Airbus Vahana Project, just announced its upcoming eSTOL – an electric aircraft capable of taking off and landing within remarkably short runways. STOLs (Short Take-Off and Landing) aircraft have been around for many years; typically being used to access remote areas such as clearings in forests or other...

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Kitty Hawk Moves On From its Flyer Program

05 June 2020 || 3 min read

Kitty Hawk has announced this week it is ending its Flyer program to focus on its heavier prototype, Heaviside launched last year. This update is to no surprise as the bulk of the eVTOL/aerial mobility market has shifted from the inception of the Flyer to larger vehicles with the ability to carry multiple passengers. Heaviside fits the bill with a...

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Beta Technologies and Joby Aviation have just become first developers of urban air mobility vehicles to progress to the third stage of the U.S. Air Force’s Agility Prime program. The Agility Prime program is the flagship eVTOL program of the United States Air Force, as an increasing number of military organizations across the world become more interested in applications of...

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Since February of 2014, Bye Aerospace has been developing an all-electric trainer aircraft, designed to reduce the fuel costs of training new pilots. Having already certified its aircraft through the FAA’s FAR 23 rules, Bye Aerospace will be releasing two models; the 2-seater eFlyer 2 and the 4-seater eFlyer 4. Combined, orders for these aircraft now total over 330. As...

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Dufour Aerospace announced on Monday that Karsten Fischer will join their Senior Advisory Team. Fischer is stated to join as an advisor for certification, configuration control, process and quality management, according to Dufour’s press release. Karsten brings over 20 years of experience from within the aerospace industry, and has previously worked on the “conception, implementation, and operatino of European Part 21...

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Dufour aEro 2

The flight of the Cessna Grand Caravan 208B serves as another critical step in the certification and approval process of the magni500 propulsion system, enabling future conversions of additional aircraft to magniX’s all-electric propulsion technology. Based in Redmond, Washington, magniX is dedicated to connecting communities by enabling an era of clean and affordable commercial air travel with all-electric propulsion. The...

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Lilium Looks to Resume Flight Testing

28 May 2020 || 3 min read

Lilium looks to resume flight tests in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as restrictions on business operations are eased around the world. The German-based company has been working from home for the past two months and has been looking for ways to resume operations while maintaining social distancing among other preventative measures. Lilium currently expects flight testing to begin...

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Lilium looks to resume flight testing as stay at home restrictions around the world are eased.

About a year ago, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced its plans to publish certification standards for electric and hybrid VTOL aircraft, aimed at those designed for urban environments such as Lilium, Volocopter, and Vertical Aerospace‘s eVTOLs. These standards have been under review by public and private stakeholders, as well as EASA itself. Yesterday, on May 25th, EASA moved one major...

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Wincopter was announced as one of nine winners of the German smartdevelopmenthack hackathon, and event that was sponsored by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The BMZ ” is calling for innovative digital solutions to tackle the challenges caused by the coronavirus outbreak in low- and middle-income countries” Under the patronage of the BMZ together with “Team...

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Wingcopter smartdevelopmenthack

Archer has announced today plans to bring an eVTOL aircraft to market, the first major project announcement since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Founded by Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein, the California-based company draws on technical prowess from the likes of Wisk, Airbus, Joby Aviation, and NASA currently sporting a team in excess of 40 engineers. The duo noticed a business...

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The Pulse Concept system transfers its futuristic, transparent pod from the aircraft to the autonomous vehicle, so passengers never leave the safety of the pod. Embraer has positioned itself as an enduring leader in the aerial mobility industry with its EmbraerX eVTOL prototype, originally revealed at the 2nd Annual Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, CA on May 8th, 2018. The company...

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EHang, the Chinese company behind the EHang 216 AAV (autonomous aerial vehicle) recently announced that it will build an autonomously-operating aerial vehicle port in the city of Hezhou, China. The 2,500-square-meter “E-port” terminal building will feature a first-floor reception hall, second-floor passenger waiting area and third-floor departure/arrival zone with four landing pads located on the roof. The port, along with a...

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EHang E-Port

Hyundai Motors Group has stood up a Smart Mobility display at their HMG headquarters to showcase the next generation of transportation innovations. Featured predominantly, front and center of this display was an aerial mobility aircraft prototype, flying over the model scape. This display represents Hyundai’s financial commitment to the aerial mobility industry and to the application of the technologies developed...

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Hyundai Smart Mobility