After receiving a Military Flight Release (MFR) and airworthiness approval from the U.S Air Force in May of last year, Beta Technologies’ Alia aircraft has now taken its first military crewed demonstration flight, which was flown by two Air Force test pilots over two hours of total flight time across Lake Champlain. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not allow...

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EASA, the regulating aviation authority for the European Union, has released guidance for the development of vertiports supporting aerial mobility. The specifications are built to give private developers and government officials information to make informed decisions and design choices about the operation of eVTOL aircraft at vertiports. With safety and environmental impact at the top of the priority list for...

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AirAsia and Air Greenland have both committed to purchasing or leasing a fleet of Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon, the world’s second largest aircraft lessor. In June 2021, Avolon ordered 500 VX4 eVTOL aircraft from Vertical, valued at US $2 billion. Since announcing that order, Avolon placed 250 VX4 aircraft with Gol and Grupo Comporte in Brazil, up...

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SkyDrive Inc. and Suzuki Motor Corporation announced on March 22nd a partnership for the commercialization of “flying cars” according to press releases from both companies. SkyDrive is a manufacturer of personal aerial vehicles in Japan and is currently engaged in the development of a compact, two-seating electric-powered flying car with plans for full-scale production. Suzuki is one of Japan’s leading...

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Textron to Acquire Pipistrel Aircraft

20 March 2022 || 4 min read

Textron, home to the Cessna, Beechcraft, and Bell aviation brands, has announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Pipistrel, an award-winning pioneer and global leader in electrically powered aircraft, based in Slovenia and Italy. With Textron, Pipistrel will have access to greater resources, technical and regulatory expertise, and a global aircraft sales and support network, enabling it to...

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XPeng’s ‘X2’ Arrives in the Netherlands

20 March 2022 || 4 min read

On March 10th, a prototype of XPeng’s ‘X2’ eVTOL vehicle, with a sleek design that resembles modern electric cars, arrived at a new XPeng storefront in the Netherlands. XPeng is already a highly successful electric auto maker in China, having already released several models of its technologically advanced, high-range electric cars. Even though the company was only founded in 2014,...

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Jetson ONE eVTOL sold out for 2022 deliveries

17 March 2022 || 3 min read

Jetson Aero, the Swedish personal electric aerial vehicle manufacturer, has already sold out of its entire planned production fleet for 2022; over one hundred additional sales have already been confirmed for its vehicles to be completed and delivered in 2023. Jetson has employed the pre-sales as a method of crowdfunding its production costs, and plans to also conduct it’s first...

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Ehang announced on March 10th a strategic partnership with Aerotree Flight Services, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s leading aviation company AEROTREE Group, to jointly develop urban air mobility business, including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul and training, in Malaysia. EHang reports that due to this partnership, AEROTREE has placed the largest pre-order for EHang’s electric passenger-grade AAVs in Malaysia for 50 units...

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Lilium Unveils Cabin Configurations

13 March 2022 || 4 min read

German eVTOL developer Lilium, having recently partnered with NetJets to begin integrating eVTOL aircraft into its fleet, has now released renderings of the various cabin seating configurations that may be ordered for the aircraft. So far, the three types of cabins include a six-passenger version, a ‘club’ version with a four-passenger more luxurious and spacious seating arrangement, and a cargo...

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CAE, a global leader in aviation training devices, announced today that it has partnered with Joby to develop and qualify flight simulation training devices that will be used to train pilots of Joby’s revolutionary all-electric aircraft. Leveraging the core simulation technology Joby has been developing for the past five years, CAE will work with Joby to develop pilot training devices...

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Hyundai’s urban air mobility division, Supernal, is collaborating with the City of Miami to increase equity of access, incubate local talent, and serve as a replicable model for human-centered future cities. Supernal signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Miami to create a comprehensive engagement framework that will enable development of advanced air mobility (AAM). The MOU...

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Volocopter announced on March 4th that they’ve raised USD 170 million in the initial signing of their Series E funding round led by South Korean investor WP Investment, at a pre-money valuation of USD 1.7 billion. Composed of funds by new and existing investors, the money raised will assist with the certification of Volocopter’s electric passenger air taxi and is expected...

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NetJets to Buy 150 Lilium eVTOL Aircraft

06 March 2022 || 3 min read

NetJets this week announced its plans to purchase 150 of Lilium’s eVTOL aircraft per a recently released memorandum of understanding (MOU). The news came in a February 28th statement to investors and stated that NetJets would also operate the eVTOL aircraft as part of its existing Part 135 charter network. NetJets is currently one of the world’s largest private jet...

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German startup Skyroads, developer of an automated air traffic management and guidance system, has recently released a new White paper on UAM (urban air mobility). The paper outlines several key points in the advancement and integration of automated air traffic management in the coming years, and explains why its implementation will be essential to advanced air mobility aircraft like eVTOLs....

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Leonardo’s first production AW609 civil tiltrotor, AC5, has joined the test fleet and will fly soon, after which it will join the ongoing flight-test certification program in Philadelphia, according to William Sunick, the company’s head of tiltrotor marketing. The AC5 has already undergone ground-based certification trials, including testing of indirect effects of lightning strikes and testing of high-intensity radiated fields. Components...

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