Terrafugia Unveils New TF-2

At the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAABACE) held Oct. 16–18, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, flying car company Terrafugia announced that it had down-selected to a single approach for its multi-modal passenger and cargo-carrying transportation system. The company was previously considering two approaches for its TF-2 eVTOL aircraft: one with separate lift and thrusting propellers and the other with tilting propellers. The ...
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Boeing and SparkCognition Launch SkyGrid

Boeing and SparkCognition announced plans in November to launch a joint venture, SkyGrid, which will develop a software platform to ensure the safe, secure integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace. Using blockchain technology, artificial intelligence-enabled dynamic traffic routing, data analytics and cybersecurity features, SkyGrid's platform will go beyond unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM). The platform will enable SkyGrid ...
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Fantastic eVTOL Forecasts

In November, Roland Berger, a strategy consulting firm headquartered in Munich, Germany, released a study dubbed, “Urban air mobility — The rise of a new mode of transportation.” In it, the company noted that “pilot projects are already scheduled to go live in cities like Dubai, Singapore, Los Angeles and Dallas in the early 2020s,” and predicted about 3,000 passenger drones would be in use by ...
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Bell Broadens its eVTOL Team

Bell announced new membership in its eVTOL air taxi development team. In addition to various companies revealed over the past several months — including Garmin, Honeywell and Safran — the Ft. Worth, Texas, company announced that Thales, Electric Power Systems (EPS) and Moog would also join its team. Bell meanwhile published another patent on Oct. 23, which showed another possible eVTOL approach that the company may ...
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Workhorse Gathers Momentum

On Nov. 29, the Workhorse Group flew its SureFly hybrid-electric quadcopter demonstrator at the Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. The SureFly performed slow forward hovering flights of approximately 100 yards (100 m) at skid heights up to about 10 ft (3 m). In addition, Workhorse signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement in late November with an unspecified “branch of the U.S. Military.” The ...
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Ehang Grows in Europe

Guangzhou-based drone and eVTOL company Ehang signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Lyon, France, in late November to establish its first European research center, which is expected to create about 50 jobs over the next three years. Ehang also entered into a strategic partnership with Austrian aerospace group FACC in November. The two companies plan to contribute their resources and networks to jointly ...
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Quarter-Scale Pop.Up Demo

Airbus, Audi and Italdesign brought a quarter-scale radio-control model of the multi-modal Pop. Up Next mobility system to the Amsterdam Drone Week conference in late November. The Pop.Up Next system uses an unmanned VTOL flight module to transport a passenger-carrying pod by air; the pod can also be transported by ground in an autonomous four-wheeled electric-powered chassis ...
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GAMA Engages with EASA on eVTOL

On Nov. 14, 2018, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that it had conducted two days of meetings with European regulators on the development of eVTOL aircraft and technologies. According to the press release, “Thirty senior eVTOL company figures from eight countries met with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), the European Commission and SESAR JU (Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking) over two days ...
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VerdeGo Expands Partnerships

On Nov. 6, VerdeGo Aero, headquartered in the Research Park at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, announced that it would be providing its Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) technology platform to enable future hybrid and battery-electric variants of the Transcend Air Vy 400 aircraft. “VerdeGo Aero’s IDEP systems are a modular set of battery-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion components that are under development to ...
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NEXA and VFS Initiate UAM Study

In October, NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society announced the prospectus for a new study, "Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets." This groundbreaking study will cover market and economic forecasts from 2020 to 2040 for 70 metropolitan areas, including technologies, policies, markets, infrastructure and economics. NEXA Advisors, a NEXA Capital company and the lead underwriting sponsor, has a well-known record of performing ...
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