• Hirschberg @ Forum 75, May 14, 2019

    Commentary: VFS Expands Support to eVTOL

    VFS Expands Support to eVTOL

    By Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director

    Vertiflite, July/August 2019

    Electric/hybrid-electric propulsion enables new vertical flight aircraft configurations that have tremendous potential — but also significant challenges —...

  • Honeywell Connects with eVTOL Developers

    In early June, Honeywell Aerospace and its partners announced several new deals to supply technology for eVTOL/UAM developers. Honeywell signed an agreement with “an unnamed air taxi developer” to supply multiple units of its new IntuVue RDR-84K Band Radar System: “The innovative, compact and lightweight software-based radar detects multiple obstacles in and...

  • Urban Aero CityHawk hydrogen-powered VTOL aircraft, Israel.

    Urban Aero Unveils Hydrogen CityHawk Details

    Two years after announcing plans to produce a five-seat, hydrogen-powered CityHawk eVTOL, Metro Skyways, a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics, released more details of its design on June 2, including the hydrogen-based powertrain. While CityHawk will initially be powered by jet fuel in order to expedite its certification under the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)...

  • Volocopter Volo-Port artist impression.

    Volocopter Building Volo-Port

    Volocopter and Skyports, Ltd. announced May 23 that they were cooperating to build the first mobile eVTOL landing pad. UK-based global heliport owner and operator Skyports and Germany-based Volocopter unveiled plans with “stunning designs produced by internationally renowned agency Brandlab.” Construction of the first Volo-Port will be completed in Singapore later...

  • Lilium 5-seater all electric jet unmanned untethered first flight May 4, 2019 Munich, Germany.

    Lilium Flies Five-Seat Prototype

    Munich-based Lilium unveiled its new five-seater air taxi Lilium Jet on May 16, after the prototype had made its unmanned maiden flight on May 4 at 08:03 am. The Lilium Jet uses small electric fans, which the company calls “jet engines.” According to Lilium’s news release, “The full-scale, full-weight prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that...

  • Airbus CityAirbus demonstrator France May 2019.

    CityAirbus Demonstrator Lifts Off

    On May 3, Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even tweeted, “Congratulations to the Airbus and Siemens teams who performed the first successful take-off of the CityAirbus demonstrator in Donauwörth. Next step: flight envelope expansion in Manching!” However, the photo was of the aircraft on the ground with the test team. At Forum 75, Airbus VP Tomasz Krysinski noted that...

  • Boeing CAV Cargo Air Vehicle May 2019 - USA.

    Boeing CAV Flies Free

    The Boeing Company announced on May 2 that it had completed the first outdoor flight tests of its Cargo Air Vehicle (CAV). In a safe and controlled environment, the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) successfully took off, hovered, transitioned to forward flight and then landed safely. The Boeing CAV, which uses six pairs of...

  • PAL-V Liberty car autogyro The Netherlands.

    PAL-V to Develop Electric Flying Car

    In April 2019, PAL-V and Royal NLR (Netherlands Aerospace Centre) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for mutual cooperation to develop an autonomous eVTOL flying car. The two organizations aim for a market introduction within 10 years. PAL-V is currently finalizing the development of the PAL-V Liberty (shown), which it expects to be the world’s first...