Uber Reveals Flying Car Plans to Congress

Eric Allison, who is Head of Aviation Programs at Uber, told the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology of the higher speeds (up to 200 mph) and more reliable timing of the planned Uber Elevate initiative at a meeting Tuesday. These figures are being used by Uber to lay the foundation for a positive relationship with …

Flying Taxi Certification – Uber and the FAA’s (Complicated) Relationship

Uber is determined to make flying taxis a reality by 2023 – and the FAA is determined to make sure that they do so in a safe manner. At Uber’s Elevate Summit 2018, FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell spoke with Uber’s Chief Product Officer, Jeff Holden, on the path to certification, Elwell’s involvement in aviation, …

UberAIR Skyport: Gannett Fleming Concept

UberAIR announced 6 different architecture firms’ concepts at the Uber Elevate Summit on Wednesday. Gannett Fleming’s concept, called SKYPORT by Gannett Fleming, features modular components, each called”The PAW”, that allow scalability. SKYPORT by Gannett Fleming was featured prominently during the Summit, and for good reason. The video below provides a fairly comprehensive overview of the …

What You Need to Know – Uber Elevate Summit Day 1

Uber Elevate’s Summit 2018 Day 1 is winding down – here’s a quick overview of the biggest announcements and news from the day: Uber announced their partnership with Karem Aircraft, and unveiled an eVTOL dubbed the “Butterfly”: Embraer Released their EmbraerX concept: Pipistrel also released a concept eVTOL that will be part of a “family” …

Uber Elevate Summit 2018 Preview

This year’s Uber Elevate Summit marks the second annual gathering focused on advancing the flying car and taxi market. The Summit also promises to yield a number of exciting announcements on recent developments from representatives at companies such as Embraer, Pipistrel, Bell Flight, Aurora Flight Sciences, and ChargePoint. Be sure to refer back to transportup.com …

Uber and Embraer Partner to Bring Flying Taxis to Market by 2023

Uber and Embraer announced a partnership in May to bring flying taxis to market by 2024, and recently at South by Southwest in Austin, TX they jointly issued a statement that their estimate has been advanced to 2023. Uber confirmed that the planned autonomous flying taxi would travel at 150 miles per hour, six times …

Uber to Host 2018 Elevate Summit in Los Angeles

1 March 2018 || 1 min read Uber announced that its second-annual Elevate Project summit will occur on May 8 and 9 at LA’s Skirball Center. The invite-only event is intended to address three main challenges that UberAir has identified as critical to success of their air-sharing proposal: “Vehicles, Batteries, and Technologies”, “Airspace and Enabling …

Uber Elevate Introduces its Vision for the Future of Urban Transportation

8 May 2017 || 2 min read In October of 2016, Uber released a 98-page outline of its vision for the future of urban mobility. This future combines surface street transportation with lightweight Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft (VTOLs). The paper describes not only Uber’s idea of what future mobility will look like, but also …

Airspeeder Unveils eVTOL Racing Pilots

Aerial Formula One Racing style company Airspeeder announced their first eVTOL racing pilots which will participate in the EXA racing series, supported by Telstra & AWS on Tuesday. The announcement came after a historic drag race. The competitors were drawn from backgrounds as broad as elite motor racing and drone racing:  Emily Duggan joins as …

Bellwether Releases First Flight Test Footage of Volar eVTOL

London-based aerospace startup Bellwether Industries has released footage of the first untethered flight of their Volar eVTOL. Previously having conducted several prototype flight tests, this is the first publicly available footage of the stylized eVTOL aircraft in motion. Development of the Volar is still in the prototype stage, with the prototype being named “Antelope”. Bellwether …

Eviation’s ‘Alice’ Prepares for its First Test Flight

Eviation, one of the foremost developers of upcoming regional electric aircraft, has released videos and photos of the nearly-finalized, full-scale prototype of its ‘Alice’ aircraft on the runway in a practice taxi. The all-electric aircraft will be able to seat 9-passengers and travel up to 440 nautical miles on a single  charge. Eviation first showcased …

uAvionix Begins Flight Testing of its BVLOS C-band Radio

Last month, uAvionix announced the successful completion of the first series of flights with its newly developed SkyLink Control & Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) C-band radio, intended to meet the needs of safety-critical & BVLOS (Beyond Line-of-Sight Operations) missions as well as of operators and manufacturers with airframe certification in mind. The flight tests were conducted …

Eve and Falko to develop Global Operator Network with a potential order for 200 eVTOLs

Eve UAM, an Embraer subsidiary, and Falko Regional Aircraft Limited, a global leader in commercial regional aircraft leasing, have announced a Letter of Intent which contemplates a potential order for 200 of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) and a commercial partnership to develop a global network of eVTOL operators in support of …

Savback Helicopters to distribute Dufour Aerospace eVTOL aircraft in Scandinavia

Dufour Aerospace announced today that Savback Helicopters will promote and distribute Dufour’s innovative tilt-wing aircraft – Aero2 and Aero3 – in Scandinavia. Dufour expressed confidence that Savback “will bring significant knowledge of use-cases and market prospects, especially in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.” Savback Helicopter’s tagline is “a breath of fresh air” and Dufour Aerospace “couldn’t agree more”. The Swedish …

A Unique Ship-to-Shore eVTOL Concept

While the eVTOL industry is mainly focused on providing shared air taxi networks for public transportation, Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion, otherwise known as ‘IDEP’, has many other possible applications beyond in-city, traffic-shortening flights. Of the many possibilities that distributed electric propulsion has to offer, the foremost that have been mentioned outside of air taxis are …