Category: Vehicles/Manufactures

Electra.aero, a company developing an ultra short takeoff and landing aircraft, has been selected by the U.S Air Force for a Strategic Fund Increase program. This program will allow Electra.aero to partner with the U.S Air Force to raise up to $85 million through private investments, government funding, and matching Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding. Electra.aero’s all-electric aircraft design...

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Blade Air Mobility and RedBird Capital Partners announced last week that RedBird has increased its ownership in Blade to more than 5%. Further, the announcement comes as RedBird also announces that partner Andrew Lauck will become a board observer. RedBird’s has been invested in Blade since 2016, and collectively the RedBird and Blade teams have closely collaborated during the development...

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Marubeni, a Japanese industrial development company, has signed a deal to purchase 25 eVTOL aircraft from Vertical Aerospace, with options to purchase 200 in total. Marubeni has ambitious plans to develop Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM) networks throughout Japan, and other areas in Asia. Already, the company has conducted a proof-of-conceptions operation in Osaka, Japan, using traditional helicopters. It also has...

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In a large step forward towards zero-emission aviation, ZeroAvia has accomplished the first flight of its hydrogen-electric Dornier 228 testbed. The flight occured on January 19, 2023 at Cotswold Airport (approx. 2 hours west of London). ZeroAvia successfully carries out the first flight test of its Dornier 228 19-seat testbed in Gloucestershire, UK, marking a pivotal milestone in ZeroAvia’s HyFlyer...

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Horizon Aircraft just released the footage of its 50% scale prototype hybrid-electric eVTOL aircraft completing initial hover testing. The Cavorite X5 is claimed to feature greater range and payload capabilities via the hybrid-electric powerplant and an in-flight battery array recharging feature. Horizon presented the initial photos of its 50% Scale prototype of Cavorite X5 eVTOL in August of 2022, and...

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The market for eVTOL leasing is gaining traction as this week, Lobo has signed a letter of intent to lease 5 unmanned Pipistrel eVTOLs to Air Taurus, Ltd. Air Taurus Limited is an eVTOL operator headquartered in Ireland and a group affiliate of AYR Logistics, a UK-based logistics and aviation services company. Lobo manages aviation investments across the world in...

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Elroy Air, a company developing an end-to-end autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial cargo system, has signed an agreement with LCI, a leading aviation company and a subsidiary of Libra Group, for commitments to purchase up to 40 of Elroy’s Chaparral vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Deposits have been paid for the first 20 vehicles. With this agreement, Elroy...

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BlueFlite, a Michigan company developing high-performance and high-versatility cargo drone, has partnered with Acadian, one of the largest Ambulance companies in the United States. Through the partnership, Acadian plans to develop a first-of-its-kind drone-based emergency response solution for lifesaving medical deliveries in the USA. According to a recent press release from the two companies, the partnership will aim to deliver...

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NASA employees conducted a full scale crash test of an eVTOL late last year at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. The eVTOL was developed by RVLT (Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology) as part of advancing NASA’s Advanced Aerial Mobility Initiative. The full size mockup was hoisted into the air then released and swung forward, followed by impact with the ground....

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The FAA released a statement on January 7th detailing an agreement with the Korean Civilian Aviation Safety Authority (KOCA) to accept the respective nation’s airworthiness approvals, test procedures and pilot qualifications, along with a variety of other related aerial mobility activities. The agreement states that Korea and the United States intent to work together to sustain an equivalent level of...

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Coming out of this year’s CES 2023 conference, Archer Aviation has announced an expanded partnership with Stellantis for the production of their eVTOL model, Midnight. Stellantis will work with Archer to stand up Archer’s recently announced manufacturing facility in Covington, Georgia at which the companies plan to begin manufacturing the Midnight aircraft in 2024. This unique partnership in the urban...

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ASKA eVTOL to debut at CES 2023

06 January 2023 || 3 min read

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is known to be the most influential tech event in the world. This year, the event will be held from January 5th-8th in Las Vegas, Nevada and will highlight the latest transformative technologies, including vehicle technology, artificial intelligence, digital health and smart home tech, as well as new categories: NFTs, food tech, space tech and...

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As the year is coming to an end, both EHang and Eve are ending strong with a fresh round of capital from key investors. On 12/23, EHang announced a $10M USD investment and strategic partnership with Qingdao West Coast New Area, one of China’s national new areas in Shandong province. This partnership comes with a potential additional investment of $10M...

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The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted a permit to fly for ZeroAvia’s Dornier 228 aircraft, which has been retrofitted with its prototype hydrogen-electric powertrain. ZeroAvia secured the permit to fly following an extensive ground testing campaign and a rigorous review of the full development program. It means that ZeroAvia, the leader in zero-emission aviation, can now begin the...

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AIR ONE Achieves Transition Flight

25 December 2022 || 4 min read

The AIR ONE, a two-seat eVTOL capable of flying up to 100 miles on all-electric power, has officially completed its first flight in which it transitioned from hover to forward cruise. This is a major milestone for the company, as it proves out the aircraft’s designed capabilities as a personal aerial mobility vehicle. On December 18th, the Israeli startup AIR...

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