AeroMobil will be unveiling their “flight only” VTOL design, the 6.0, in late 2019. The development process for the AeroMobil 6.0 is still in the preliminary stages; company executives reported that they were currently considering the optimal capabilities of the 6.0 in three performance bands, 30 km for one to two passengers, 30-to 70 km  for two passengers, or 70...

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BAE Systems Enters Electric Aircraft Market

01 September 2019 || 4 min read

With many decades of experience in the aerospace industry, BAE Systems announced that they are preparing to offer energy management, avionics and power conversion systems that are scalable and adaptable for aircraft ranging from regional jets to small urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft.  BAE Systems plans to offer both fully electric and hybrid electric systems. According to Yesh Premkumar, BAE...

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Successful integration of piloted air taxi into Air Traffic Management system Volocopter has successfully performed the first flight of an Air Taxi at an International Airport (Helsinki) integrated into both Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) systems. This demonstration is the final component of the Gulf of Finland (GOF) u-space project showing how ATM and UTM...

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Volocopter Helsinki

Bye Aerospace, the developer of the two-seat all-electric eFlyer 2 aircraft, announced it has finalized the supplier agreement with Garmin to provide its eFlyer 2 with the full suite of new Garmin G3X Touch avionics. Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. The company’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance,...

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Elroy Air announced the successful completion of its first full-scale system flight test yesterday. The first flight of the 1215 lb prototype reached a height of 10 feet and hovered for 64 seconds before descending and landing safely. According to Elroy’s Medium Article on the first flight, the test was completed at 9:14AM PST on August 14th, 2019 at McMillan...

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Elroy Chaparral

Bell has just achieved the first autonomous flight of its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 aircraft, and will continue testing throughout the year. The U.S. helicopter and tilt-rotor manufacturer has just shared footage of its cargo eVTOL drone completing a first of many fully autonomous flights. Bell will ramp up flight testing under an experimental type certificate at its facility near...

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Collins Aerospace announced their intentions to develop the world’s first 1MW electric aircraft motor. With a $50 million dollar investment towards an electric systems lab, named the “Grid”, in Illinois, Collins Aerospace looks to soon provide aircraft and eVTOL manufacturers with a practical and vastly more efficient electric drivetrain. The Grid will be put to work on developing a working...

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By 2040, as much as $318 billion could be invested into Urban Air Mobility. The NEXA “Urban Air Mobility-Economics and Global Markets” report spans 74 cities worldwide and provides analysis of infrastructure challenges and opportunities in each market. The report uses a variety of factors including: congestion, population density, existing infrastructure, regulation, GDP, per capita income, among others to determine...

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Bye Aerospace announced a signed purchase agreement from Quantum Air for 22 of its all-electric four-seat eFlyer 4s and 2 two-seat eFlyer 2 airplanes, as well as two future advanced aircraft currently under development from Bye. Quantum Air is a Los Angeles-based air taxi operator founded by Tony Thompson. The startup is building a fleet of electric aircraft to disrupt and fundamentally...

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Embraer has revealed their first all-electric demonstrator, a fixed-wing aircraft that is currently under development as the Ipanema project. The prototype is based off of the EMB-203 Ipanema agricultural aircraft, a small single-engine aircraft, in order to test and evaluate the electric engine prototypes. “We chose Ipanema because it is our platform that requires the least modifications to receive electric...

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It may sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but flying car racing may come to planet Earth in 2020. Land speeder races in sci-fi movies and Formula 1 legends breaking records have excited generations of aviation, racing, and sci-fi fanatics. These same fans may now have another formidable competitor contending for their attention. The company at the center of...

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Virginia Leads in UAS Business Climate Report

22 August 2019 || 4 min read

Virginia has received top marks in Business Facilities’ 15th Annual Rankings; the report forecasts business development and economic opportunities for a variety of high-tech industries across the country. The top 5 states for UAS business climate in 2019 were: Virginia, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, and North Dakota. Mark Flynn, director of the Virginia Department of Aviation, said, “Virginia is making...

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Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) - Aurora Flight Sciences completes its first flight in January 2019.

Malaysia’s Own Flying Car Nears Completion

22 August 2019 || 4 min read

The work to complete Malaysia’s first flying car is 85% complete, according to Malaysia’s Entrepeneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof. The prototype is currently under construction in a site in Japan, where the Aerodyne Group is currently overseeing the vehicle’s development. After announcing their intentions to produce a national flying car earlier this year, the vehicle could...

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On August 21st, Volocopter presented the design for its newest air taxi model: VoloCity. This will be the fourth-generation electrical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) by the German Urban Air Mobility developer. The VoloCity has been designed to meet the safety standards specified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (SC-VTOL category enhanced) and incorporates user feedback as well as test data...

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XTI Aircraft has received a utility patent from the Japanese Patent Office for the technology and configuration of the company’s TriFan 600 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle. The XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 is an eVTOL that has been in development just outside of Denver, CO, USA since 2012. The aircraft uses three ducted fans to take off vertically...

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