Category: Vehicles/Manufactures

The $1.2 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract will provide funding for VerdeGo to perform advanced risk reduction on the VH-3-185 hybrid powerplant, which has applications to both military and commercial high-performance electric aircraft. The contract has a period of performance of 14 months and was awarded under a Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) focused on technologies that have both...

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Japanese aerial mobility company SkyDrive placed 2nd at the World Startup Competition, held in San Francisco, CA, last week, with the finale occurring on September 30th. SkyDrive’s accomplishment at this competition comes as a success for the broader aerial mobility industry, and provides some important visibilty to SkyDrive and other companies that are working on innovative technologies. Ultimately, companies seek...

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Vertical Aerospace has added its VX4 prototype to the list of eVTOL aircraft which have achieved flight this past week. The announcement comes with the receipt of its Permit to Fly from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and becomes the first British aerospace company to achieve first flight of an aircraft in 20 years. The moment marked a significant...

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On September 27, 2022, aircraft manufacturer Eviation successfully completed the first flight of its zero-emission Alice aircraft, a historic day and major milestone in electric aviation. Seattle Times reporter Dominic Gates captured the following footage: Alice lifted off at 7:10 a.m. from Grant County International Airport (MWH), flying for 8 minutes at an altitude of 3,500 feet. This trailblazing flight...

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SkyDrive Partners with Volatus Infrastructure

29 September 2022 || 4 min read

SkyDrive, developer of compact electric air vehicles that aim to ‘make flying vehicles a choice of daily transportation’, has formed a strategic alliance with Volatus Infrastructure, a new U.S-based company dedicated to developing urban infrastructure for eVTOL technologies. Through the partnership, Volatus will provide Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure for SkyDrive’s new vehicles, including vertiports and charging stations in the...

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SkyDrive SD-05

Mayman Aerospace, developer of a high-powered VTOL utility aircraft, recently announced that it has received $1.25MM from the U.S Air Force’s Agility Prime initiative to continue development of its vehicle. Other partners to Agility Prime include Joby Aviation, Electra.Aero, Beta Technologies, and LIFT Aircraft. Above: Depiction of Mayman Aerospace’s Speeder AUV (Air Utility Vehicle) acting as a cargo drone. Mayman’s...

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SkyDrive to Showcase SD-03 at GITEX GLOBAL 2022

25 September 2022 || 4 min read

SkyDrive, developer of a compact electric air vehicle that’s intended to ‘make flying vehicles a realistic choice of daily transportation’ in Japan and abroad, has announced that it will showcase its SD-03 prototype at a major technology conference in Dubai. At the same event, SkyDrive also plans to unveil its SD-05 design, which will be far closer to the aircraft...

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Eviation, developer of an all-electric aircraft capable of carrying up to 9 passengers or 2,500lbs of cargo up to 450 nautical miles, recently successfully completed high-speed taxi tests, and received a pre-order for 50 aircraft from Global Crossing Airlines. Above: Photo taken in Washington state shortly after the Alice’s high-speed taxi test Eviation’s mission is to transform regional air transportation...

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Flying car pioneer Kittyhawk is closing down

25 September 2022 || 3 min read

Kittyhawk, the eVTOL air taxi company building a single-person, remotely-piloted electric aircraft in Palo Alto, CA, has just announced it is shutting down. Founded by self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun and backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, Kittyhawk had been advancing aviation for more than a decade and had built and flown more than 100 aircraft. Wisk, the company’s joint...

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Swedish electric aircraft manufacturer, Heart Aerospace, has joined the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), a trade association for European regional airlines and associated businesses. Founded in 1980, ERA is a non-profit trade association representing over 55 airlines plus around another 150 companies involved in European air transport. ERA is the only association that brings together the entire spectrum of companies...

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Electra.Aero, developer of a hybrid-electric short take-off and landing aircraft designed for regional air mobility and logistics, has announced successful testing of its proprietary propulsion system. Above: A rendering of Electra.aero’s eSTOL from Electra’s website. This image demonstrates the aircraft’s signature ‘Blown Lift’ technology, which uses the propellers to push additional air over the wings for extra lift. The aircraft...

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Airbus is partnering with Japanese helicopter operator Hiratagakuen to develop advanced air mobility services in the Kansai region and beyond. This is a key addition to the company’s strong regional footprint and growing international network to pioneer the future of mobility. Through this agreement, Airbus and Hiratagakuen will tackle crucial aspects required to launch a commercial transportation service with CityAirbus...

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Jetson eyes closure of $10M seed round funding

12 September 2022 || 4 min read

Jetson, the aviation company and manufacturer of the commercially-available Jetson ONE eVTOL, announced on September 9th that it’s set to close a $10M seed round with +$8M secured. The remainder is to be closed within the month. Jetson is currently the only eVTOL company on the market that can provide a commercially available personal electric aviation vehicle. Peter Ternström, Jetson...

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United announced this week a $15 million investment in Eve Air Mobility and a conditional purchase agreement for 200 four-seat eVTOL aircraft plus 200 options. This marks another significant investment from United in eVTOL that has the potential to revolutionize the commuter experience in cities around the world. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies intend to work on...

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Honeywell recently announced that it will be hosting its own Summit on aerial mobility technology later this month in Washington D.C. According to Honeywell, the Air Mobility Summit aims to aims to “help speed the evolution of aerial transportation in a safe, sustainable, and affordable way.” To this end, the invitation-only conference will be attended by policymakers, regulators, and technology...

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Honeywell Summit