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Summary The reasons electric aircraft make a lot of sense. The electric aircraft sector – the number of electric aircraft in development increased by roughly 50% over the past year to 170. Roland Berger: “All indications suggest that we may be on the cusp of a revolution in the aerospace and aviation industries.” Companies that are leading the electric plane...

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Guangzhou is the first city in China Selected for the Program (Guangzhou, China, August 6, 2019) – EHang announced today that it has selected Guangzhou as its first urban air mobility (UAM) pilot city globally for the establishment of a low-altitude aviation transportation network that shuttles passengers and goods in a safe, fast, environmentally friendly, cost-efficient and intelligent way. As part...

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JetSuiteX Air is planning to rebrand itself as JSX Air, as revealed by a filing with the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Delux Public Charter, LLC, which does business under the name of JetSuiteX Air, applied to the DOT to register its new trade name “JSX Air” for use in certain of its air transportation operations. JetSuiteX Air offers regular public charter flights...

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Founder and CEO of EHang Huazhi Hu was recognized for his achievements in the aviation industry at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards Europe. Mr Hu is the first Chinese honoree to receive this award. The Living Legends of Aviation, composed of both US and European members, are a committee that meets annually to recognize individuals in the aviation industry...

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The Zurich-based startup, founded in 2016, has recently secured additional investors in their latest funding round. The funding round was led by Carthona Capital, with other investing VCs such as Redalpine and Amino Capital. Three former engineering managers of Daedalean’s founder and CEO, Dr Luuk van Dijk, back in his times at Google, are also investing as business angels.  Daedalean...

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Bye Aerospace is developing an all-electric FAR 23-certified general aviation trainer aircraft, and plans to source lithium sulfur cell batteries from OXIS Energy to satisfy the eFlyer’s powerplant requirements. George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said “New Li-S battery cells from OXIS have the potential to greatly enhance the quality, cost and performance of eFlyer 4 and our other future aircraft...

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The GoFly competition, sponsored by Boeing, is offering nearly $2 million in prizes to innovative teams who can build a ‘personal flyer’. Interested teams should apply by October 1st. The GoFly competition, much after the style of the X Prize, is offering a major reward to any team of innovators that can build a ‘personal flying device’ that is “safe,...

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At this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Airbus highlighted its eVTOL tilt-wing demonstrator, the Vahana Alpha Two. While the Vahana shows great promise, Airbus rep. Amanda Simpson outlines some of UAM’s Challenges. Featuring eight 45-kW electric motors and a slightly reworked design, the sleek single-seater was on display at the Airbus booth in Oshkosh. The eVTOL has been in...

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XTI Aircraft, the developer a business-jet style VTOL, has officially announced a partnership with GE Aviation to provide propulsion for its hybrid-electric aircraft. XTI Aircraft’s luxury long-distance VTOL is capable of flying at 345mph for a range of 1200 nautical miles, seating five passengers, and of course, taking off and landing vertically. The company marks a major milestone this week...

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TECNALIA Unveils a New Prototype Air Taxi

27 July 2019 || 4 min read

TECNALIA, a multi-faceted technology firm based in Spain, has developed a 16-rotor prototype air taxi capable of flying up to 15 kilometers. The company predicts this technology could be in commercial use within five years. TECNALIA’S mission is to “transform technology into GDP.” It has currently made six of its new eVTOL air taxi prototype, which is designed to autonomously...

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In the rapidly-growing industry of urban air mobility, creativity can – and is encouraged to – manifest itself in various forms and functions of new transportation vehicles. While purely recreational for most, some regard the hoverboard as a viable mode of transportation for short-haul trips. Franky Zapata, a skilled hoverboard inventor and pilot, aims to prove that to the public....

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This week at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Continental Aerospace Technologies announced its intention to partner with VerdeGo Aero to provide Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) systems for eVTOLs. The hybrid electric technology by VerdeGo will most likely draw from Continental’s current diesel piston aircraft engines, which would be tied to electric motors and batteries in a “plug-and-play” format...

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Ampaire To Electrify Caravan, Twin Otter

24 July 2019 || 3 min read

Ampaire is currently the developer of the highest capacity hybrid-electric aircraft ever flown. Last month, after the company’s successful flight of its hybridized Cessna 337 Skymaster, it announced a partnership with Personal Airline Exchange (PAX) which included an order for 50 Ampaire EEL Electric Aircraft. Mokulele Airlines on Maui has also taken interest in the EEL, and both airlines plan on...

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TransportUP Hosts Urban Air Mobility Showcase at EAA AirVenture 2019 Oshkosh, WI, July 22-28 The UAM Showcase will highlight autonomous air vehicles, hover bikes, personal air vehicles and eVTOLs. The upcoming urban air mobility showcase at AirVenture Oshkosh brings to life the nearing future of aviation, showcasing vehicles of all kinds from some of the top new UAM aircraft developers in...

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Detroit City Airport, home of Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX), is a dilapidated plot of land; however, Jon Rimanelli swears he sees the future of mobility taking off from its cracked and overgrown tarmack in a few years’ time. “Look, there’s 760 million passengers that enplane at the nation’s top 50 airports every year, and there’s like 13,000 airports that are...

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