Showing 36 results
Pipistrel 801 eVTOL Air Taxi, Slovenia.

Pipistrel 801 eVTOL

801Pipistrel d.o.o.Ajdovščina, Slovenia www.pipistrel-aircraft.com Pipistrel is a Slovenia light aircraft manufacturer founded in 1989. Pipistrel originally began manufacturing powered hang gliders. The hang gliders were discontinued in the early 2000s. In 2007, Pipistrel introduced the world’s first 100% electric powered two (2) seat glider and the first to achieve production. In 2015, Pipistrel developed the Alapha Electro, an all-electric plane or electric Conventional Take-Off and Landing (eCTOL) aircraft for training with a 1 hour flight duration with an energy reserve. According to one article, electricity for their aircraft costs are about 1/10 of gasoline. Pipistrel has been making batteries in-house to ensure the quality of batteries are up to their strict standards. The batteries charge fairly quickly and they can be changed-out in (five) 5 minutes or less. Pipistrel publicly announced its 801 eVTOL at the Uber Elevate Summit in Washington, D.C., USA, in June 2019, made specifically for Uber Air and that it meets Uber’s requirements for aircraft manufacturers, to produce all electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The model number of the aircraft “801” has a meaning. It has eight (8) ducted lift fans for VTOL flight, zero (0) tilting fans/propellers and one (1) tail mounted propeller. The 801 aircraft model is a high-speed all-electric plane with VTOL capability and it can take off and land conventionally on a runway, if necessary. It has a cantilevered high-wing, with retractable tricycle landing gear and larger windows than a jet for a better passenger experience. Safety and redundancy has been built from the start. The aircraft can successfully land even if two (2) of the electric ducted eVTOL fans are not working. The electronics will have the capability of detected and avoid other aircraft. The plane can also land safely if the batteries are having technical problems. The airframe is designed to be energy absorbing including it’s seats, in the event of a hard landing. It will have fly-by-wire controls and its electronics make piloting the aircraft easier than other conventional aircraft and in the future, will be a fully autonomous aircraft. The 801 has been designed as a low noise aircraft allowing it to fly in urban areas without disturbing residents. Each of the ducted fans have a different frequency which lowers the noise of the ducted fans during VTOL flight. Electric motors also have a lower noise output than gasoline engines. The first Uber Elevate Summit 2017 (April in Dallas, Texas, USA), Uber signed a partnership with Pipistrel to provide eVTOLs for Uber. At the second Uber Elevate Summit 2018 (in May, Los Angeles, California, USA), Pipistrel revealed it’s new eVTOL concept. At the June Uber Elevate Summit 2019 (Washington D.C., USA) Pipistrel’s Dr. Tine Tomazic, Director of R&D, made a 9 minute presentation about the new …

Pipistrel eVTOL Uber

Pipistrel eVTOL News

Honeywell and Pipistrel announced on Jan. 24 that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore and develop solutions for eVTOL. “This is the beginning of a long-term relationship to collectively pursue the future of urban air mobility [UAM],” said Ivo Boscarol, founder and president of Pipistrel. “Honeywell’s expertise in integrated avionics and flight control systems, systems integration, certification, and manufacturing, combined with our capabilities in designing and developing advanced light aircraft, makes us the perfect pairing to advance the urban air mobility market. Pipistrel was chosen to be one of Uber’s vehicle development partners for its urban mobility solution, and our VTOL air vehicle features nextgeneration propulsion technology for achieving embedded lift. We have the concept that unlocks a cost-attractive electric VTOL opportunity by addressing efficiency and noise hurdles in vehicle lift, hover and cruise stages of flight.” The propulsion approach for Pipistrel’s five-seat Uber design has not been previously revealed, but images of what Pipistrel dismissed as an older configuration were leaked from China in January; they show a concept designated X801 with two rows of four embedded lift fans.

Pipistrel reveals new eVTOL concept

Uber Elevate Press Release, May 9, 2018 As part of Uber’s second annual Elevate Summit, aircraft designer and Uber Elevate partner, Pipistrel, has revealed its newest eVTOL concept and design. The new aircraft utilizes dedicated propulsion systems for both cruising and vertical lift and embraces an aircraft family approach of eVTOL able to carry from two to six passengers. As part of its broader Elevate aviation initiative, Uber plans to operate a network of small, electric, aircraft in numerous cities worldwide to enable four-person ridesharing flights in densely populated urban markets. These electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) differ from helicopters in that they are orders of magnitude quieter, safer, more affordable, and more environmentally friendly. The new Pipistrel eVTOL concept, developed as a partner of Uber Elevate, will be able to go longer distances at higher speeds than previous models. Utilizing a new integrated vertical lift system, the vehicle is designed for scalability, and will lower operating costs while offering an upgraded rider experience. Pipistrel has been a leader in aircraft design and production. In 2011, they won the NASA Green Flight Challenge, which was the largest aviation prize in history at $1.5 million. Their electric G4 concept was able to fly up to four passengers 100 miles at an average speed of 108 mph. Located in Slovenia, Pipistrel currently produces 13 different models of two-seat aircraft, including the Alpha Electro and the Taurus Electro, which feature all-electric propulsion. They’ve also recently developed the Panthera aircraft, a high-performance three-seat general aviation aircraft with modular propulsion, and electric, hybrid and fuel-powered engine. “Pipistrel is not trying to reinvent the helicopter by giving the vehicle many rotors, but is rather embracing dedicated propulsion solutions for cruise and vertical lift with built-in scaling capability for a family of vehicles with two to six seats,” said Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel’s founder and general manager. “Pairing an innovative integrated vertical lift system, which is quiet and efficient, with highly aerodynamic wings results in a new class of eVTOL that maximizes high-speed cruise performance and dramatically lowers cost of operation for a clear advantage to Uber Elevate passengers.” “Pipistrel has been one of the pioneers in electric aircraft development, initiating the age of electric flight,” said Mark Moore, Uber’s director of engineering, elevate vehicle systems. “As an Uber Elevate partner, their eVTOL concept is pushing towards the next generation of distributed electric propulsion. We’re thrilled to continue our work with Pipistrel, and look forward to bringing this concept to the Elevate network.”

Pipistrel

(unnamed) Pipistrel Vertical Solutions Ajdovščina, Slovenia www.pipistrel-aircraft.com Pipistrel publicly announced at the first Uber Elevate Summit in April 2017 that they were working on an eVTOL aircraft, but revealed no information. At the second Elevate Summit on May 8, the company revealed they are working on several different versions of its eVTOL concept: “The new aircraft utilizes dedicated propulsion systems for both cruising and vertical lift and embraces an aircraft family approach of eVTOL able to carry from two to six passengers.” The company has started a new subsidiary, Pipistrel Vertical Solutions, for its eVTOL development efforts. Pipistrel, founded in 1989, won the NASA Green Flight Challenges three times and was the first company to have an electric airplane (eCTOL), the Alpha Electro, approved by the aviation safety regulators in Australia, Canada and the US (FAA), in April 2018. Resources: Search eVTOL news posts Pipistrel website Pipistrel Facebook Pipistrel Twitter Pipistrel Instagram News article: Three New eVTOLS Unveiled at Uber Elevate, AIN online, May 9, 2018 Uber press release: Pipistrel reveals new eVTOL concept, May 2018 Pipistrel press release: Uber partners with Pipistrel Aircraft to manufacture electric VTOLs, April 25, 2017 Uber press release: Uber Partners with Pipistrel Aircraft to Manufacture Electric VTOLs, April 25, 2017 Article: Uber Unveils Its Flying Car Prototype, engineering.com, May 22, 2018 Video: Uber Elevate Summit – Jeff Holden announces Pipistrel Video: Uber Elevate Summit – speech of Pipistrel General Manager Ivo Boscarol Video: Uber Elevate Summit – speech of Dr. Tine Tomažič, Director of R&D Institute at Pipistrel Tags: Pipistrel, Uber, Initial Design, 6 Passengers, Electric/Batteries, Autonomous, VFS Member

Uber Partners with Pipistrel Aircraft to Manufacture Electric VTOLs

Uber Partners with Pipistrel Aircraft to Manufacture Electric VTOLs Background Overview: Uber has signed a partnership with Pipistrel Aircraft producer for large-scale deployment of electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) in order to fulfill its mission of providing a safe, reliable transportation service to everyone, everywhere. The goal of this partnership is to enable users of a future Uber Elevate Network to request an Pipistrel electric VTOL. Additional partnership details include: Uber plans to operate a network through which electric VTOL vehicles in numerous cities worldwide will provide transportation and delivery logistics services. Uber and Pipistrel’s joint goal is for initial vehicles to be used  in a flight demonstration by 2020. Pipistrel will develop aircraft to satisfy short distance urban operations as the basis for the VTOL performance specifications. Uber will participate in the development of airspace control software and hardware for the management of Pilot VTOLs on the Elevate Network, and provide interface connectivity with airspace controllers/regulators. “I am proud and excited that Uber recognised our values, expertise and leadership in electric flight. This partnership marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards entirely new ways we travel, not only saving time but also being friendly to the environment.” – Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel group CEO “Uber is excited to have Pipistrel working with us and starting to develop VTOLs for Uber Elevate. Pipistrel is the only company in the world that builds and sells electric aircraft today. With brand new factory to increase their capacity, they are a valued partner in making Uber’s VTOL network a reality.” – Mark Moore, Uber’s Director of Engineering for Aviation Please find a press kit, including pictures attributable to Uber Technologies, Inc., here.  For any additional questions, please contact Matthew Wing at wing@uber.com and learn more about Uber Elevate here.

Uber Elevate eCRM-004 electric Common Reference Model 2019 --- USA

Uber Elevate eCRM-004

eCRM-004Uber ElevateSan Francisco, California, USAwww.uber.com/elevate Uber Elevate Background Uber Elevate is the name of Uber’s internal team and initiative focused on launching their Uber Air product for the public. On October 27, 2016, Uber published a white paper titled, “Fast-Forwarding to a Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation“. Of note, Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, American Helicopter Society International (now the Vertical Flight Society) was a Contributor and Reviewer (page 9) on the 2016 Uber white paper. Uber’s aerial riding sharing has also been called, “The future of aerial ridesharing,” “On demand aviation” or “An aerial ridesharing transportation ecosystem.” The Elevate initiative includes airspace management, battery development, infrastructure to support a distributed network of Skyports, operations, partnerships, and vehicle design. Ushering in the era of urban aviation for everyone, everywhere can’t be achieved by a single organization—it requires collaboration and open dialogue. The annual Uber Elevate Summit (the first summit took place in 2017) convenes a global community of builders, investors, policymakers, and government officials all working toward making the vision of urban aerial ridesharing a reality. Uber’s goal is to have demonstrator flights beginning in 2020 with Uber’s target date of 2023 to begin commercial operations in three (3) test cities (Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas, Texas, USA; Melbourne, Australia) of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft available for passenger transportation by using an app to schedule a flight. Uber is working closely with federal and local policymakers to develop an aerial aircraft that’s safe, quiet, environmentally conscious, and that extends the reach of existing transportation options. One reason, out of many very good reasons, why Uber is a strong proponent of eVTOL aircraft is due to no emissions. Uber says it plans to offer the option of shared eVTOL aircraft for one leg of their journey, then connecting to ground transportation if needed. The first Uber aircraft will be piloted with the ultimate future goal of having all eVTOL aircraft to fly autonomously. Uber is also working to have multiple Skyports in cities they are servicing which are capable of handling up to 1,000 landings per hour. Uber is also working on a suite of software called Elevate Cloud Services (ECS) to manage dense operations of unmanned, low altitude air traffic. The goal is to have each eVTOL aircraft fly safely in airspace which now includes small personal and commercial drones, other eVTOL aircraft, general aviation and commercial airplanes, jets and helicopters, and be able to avoid them all. In addition, this software and detection capability will also allow Uber aircraft to avoid established high-rise buildings, power-lines, radio/cell transmission towers, airports, airport corridors, and to be able to detect and fly around any unreported structures, such as construction cranes or any other newly made structure that have not …

Uber eCRM-003 electric Common Reference Model - USA

Uber Elevate eCRM-003

eCRM-003Uber ElevateSan Francisco, California, USAwww.uber.com/elevate Uber Elevate Background Uber Elevate is the name of Uber’s internal team and initiative focused on launching their Uber Air product for the public. On October 27, 2016, Uber published a white paper titled, “Fast-Forwarding to a Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation“. Of note, Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, American Helicopter Society International (now the Vertical Flight Society) was a Contributor and Reviewer (page 9) on the 2016 Uber white paper. Uber’s aerial riding sharing has also been called, “The future of aerial ridesharing,” “On demand aviation” or “An aerial ridesharing transportation ecosystem.” The Elevate initiative includes airspace management, battery development, infrastructure to support a distributed network of Skyports, operations, partnerships, and vehicle design. Ushering in the era of urban aviation for everyone, everywhere can’t be achieved by a single organization—it requires collaboration and open dialogue. The annual Uber Elevate Summit (the first summit took place in 2017) convenes a global community of builders, investors, policymakers, and government officials all working toward making the vision of urban aerial ridesharing a reality. Uber’s goal is to have demonstrator flights beginning in 2020 with Uber’s target date of 2023 to begin commercial operations in three (3) test cities (Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas, Texas, USA; Melbourne, Australia) of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft available for passenger transportation by using an app to schedule a flight. Uber is working closely with federal and local policymakers to develop an aerial aircraft that’s safe, quiet, environmentally conscious, and that extends the reach of existing transportation options. One reason, out of many very good reasons, why Uber is a strong proponent of eVTOL aircraft is due to no emissions. Uber says it plans to offer the option of shared eVTOL aircraft for one leg of their journey, then connecting to ground transportation if needed. The first Uber aircraft will be piloted with the ultimate future goal of having all eVTOL aircraft to fly autonomously. Uber is also working to have multiple Skyports in cities they are servicing which are capable of handling up to 1,000 landings per hour. Uber is also working on a suite of software called Elevate Cloud Services (ECS) to manage dense operations of unmanned, low altitude air traffic. The goal is to have each eVTOL aircraft fly safely in airspace which now includes small personal and commercial drones, other eVTOL aircraft, general aviation and commercial airplanes, jets and helicopters, and be able to avoid them all. In addition, this software and detection capability will also allow Uber aircraft to avoid established high-rise buildings, power-lines, radio/cell transmission towers, airports, airport corridors, and to be able to detect and fly around any unreported structures, such as construction cranes or any other newly made structure that have not …

Uber Elevate eCRM-002 Electric Common Reference Model - USA

Uber Elevate eCRM-002

eCRM-002Uber ElevateSan Francisco, California, USAwww.uber.com/elevate Uber Elevate Background Uber Elevate is the name of Uber’s internal team and initiative focused on launching their Uber Air product for the public. On October 27, 2016, Uber published a white paper titled, “Fast-Forwarding to a Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation“. Of note, Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, American Helicopter Society International (now the Vertical Flight Society) was a Contributor and Reviewer (page 9) on the 2016 Uber white paper. Uber’s aerial riding sharing has also been called, “The future of aerial ridesharing,” “On demand aviation” or “An aerial ridesharing transportation ecosystem.” The Elevate initiative includes airspace management, battery development, infrastructure to support a distributed network of Skyports, operations, partnerships, and vehicle design. Ushering in the era of urban aviation for everyone, everywhere can’t be achieved by a single organization—it requires collaboration and open dialogue. The annual Uber Elevate Summit (the first summit took place in 2017) convenes a global community of builders, investors, policymakers, and government officials all working toward making the vision of urban aerial ridesharing a reality. Uber’s goal is to have demonstrator flights beginning in 2020 with Uber’s target date of 2023 to begin commercial operations in three (3) test cities (Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas, Texas, USA; Melbourne, Australia) of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft available for passenger transportation by using an app to schedule a flight. Uber is working closely with federal and local policymakers to develop an aerial aircraft that’s safe, quiet, environmentally conscious, and that extends the reach of existing transportation options. One reason, out of many very good reasons, why Uber is a strong proponent of eVTOL aircraft is due to no emissions. Uber says it plans to offer the option of shared eVTOL aircraft for one leg of their journey, then connecting to ground transportation if needed. The first Uber aircraft will be piloted with the ultimate future goal of having all eVTOL aircraft to fly autonomously. Uber is also working to have multiple Skyports in cities they are servicing which are capable of handling up to 1,000 landings per hour. Uber is also working on a suite of software called Elevate Cloud Services (ECS) to manage dense operations of unmanned, low altitude air traffic. The goal is to have each eVTOL aircraft fly safely in airspace which now includes small personal and commercial drones, other eVTOL aircraft, general aviation and commercial airplanes, jets and helicopters, and be able to avoid them all. In addition, this software and detection capability will also allow Uber aircraft to avoid established high-rise buildings, power-lines, radio/cell transmission towers, airports, airport corridors, and to be able to detect and fly around any unreported structures, such as construction cranes or any other newly made structure that have not …

Uber eCRM-001 eVTOL Common Reference Model, USA.

Uber Elevate eCRM-001

eCRM-001Uber ElevateSan Francisco, California, USAwww.uber.com/elevate Uber Elevate Background Uber Elevate is the name of Uber’s internal team and initiative focused on launching their Uber Air product for the public. On October 27, 2016, Uber published a white paper titled, “Fast-Forwarding to a Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation“. Of note, Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, American Helicopter Society International (now the Vertical Flight Society) was a Contributor and Reviewer (page 9) on the 2016 Uber white paper. Uber’s aerial riding sharing has also been called, “The future of aerial ridesharing,” “On demand aviation” or “An aerial ridesharing transportation ecosystem.” The Elevate initiative includes airspace management, battery development, infrastructure to support a distributed network of Skyports, operations, partnerships, and vehicle design. Ushering in the era of urban aviation for everyone, everywhere can’t be achieved by a single organization—it requires collaboration and open dialogue. The annual Uber Elevate Summit (the first summit took place in 2017) convenes a global community of builders, investors, policymakers, and government officials all working toward making the vision of urban aerial ridesharing a reality. Uber’s goal is to have demonstrator flights beginning in 2020 with Uber’s target date of 2023 to begin commercial operations in three (3) test cities (Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas, Texas, USA; Melbourne, Australia) of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft available for passenger transportation by using an app to schedule a flight. Uber is working closely with federal and local policymakers to develop an aerial aircraft that’s safe, quiet, environmentally conscious, and that extends the reach of existing transportation options. One reason, out of many very good reasons, why Uber is a strong proponent of eVTOL aircraft is due to no emissions. Uber says it plans to offer the option of shared eVTOL aircraft for one leg of their journey, then connecting to ground transportation if needed. The first Uber aircraft will be piloted with the ultimate future goal of having all eVTOL aircraft to fly autonomously. Uber is also working to have multiple Skyports in cities they are servicing which are capable of handling up to 1,000 landings per hour. Uber is also working on a suite of software called Elevate Cloud Services (ECS) to manage dense operations of unmanned, low altitude air traffic. The goal is to have each eVTOL aircraft fly safely in airspace which now includes small personal and commercial drones, other eVTOL aircraft, general aviation and commercial airplanes, jets and helicopters, and be able to avoid them all. In addition, this software and detection capability will also allow Uber aircraft to avoid established high-rise buildings, power-lines, radio/cell transmission towers, airports, airport corridors, and to be able to detect and fly around any unreported structures, such as construction cranes or any other newly made structure that have not …

The Potential of eCTOL

The Potential of eCTOL Electric Conventional Take-Off and Landing Aircraft Take Off! By Nicolas Zart Vertiflite, September/October 2019 While essentially all of the news on electric aviation in Vertiflite has focused on electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, developments of electric conventional take-off and landing (eCTOL) airplanes have recently accelerated. Airbus and Boeing Electric Airplanes Big aviation players have already struck strategic alliances with aerospace startups in addition to developing their aircraft. Boeing and Airbus, for instance, are hedging their urban air mobility (UAM) bets with both eVTOL and eCTOL projects. At larger scales, electrifying airplanes is a complex topic that can only be achieved slowly, progressively, until battery energy density improves enough to allow for greater payloads and range. In the meantime, electric power is picking up ancillary systems and removing heavier hydraulic, pneumatic, and other traditional systems in “more-electric aircraft.” The Boeing 787, for example, pioneered many electric systems for commercial airline use, including its lithium-ion battery system. As far as eCTOL, Boeing — with JetBlue and much fanfare — invested millions of dollars into Zunum Aero in 2017 to build a 12-seat, hybrid-electric aircraft for short-haul passenger service. However, today Zunum has all-but folded. Boeing has Uber Elevate partner Aurora Flight Sciences as a subsidiary and teamed with Kitty Hawk for its Cora eVTOL program, but does not appear to have an active eCTOL program underway. The Airbus E-Fan  also has a history that puts the electric air-mobility race in perspective. After teaming with Siemens on early demonstration projects, Airbus developed its all-electric, all-composite E-Fan two-seater. The Airbus E-Fan first flew in 2014 and the company began designing production versions. Airbus also planned a 90-seat regional jet, the E-Thrust, but each of these projects were abandoned. Instead, Airbus started the E-Fan X project in November 2017 as an eCTOL testbed for the European Commission’s Flightpath 2050 initiative. Airbus, along with partners Rolls-Royce and Siemens, are converting a British Aerospace BAe 146 regional jet to hybrid-electric power. However, in June, Siemens sold its electric aircraft propulsion unit to Rolls-Royce, thus signaling a shift in the electric aviation Tier 1 supply chain. Airbus is also working on a smaller hybrid design. The Airbus Ecopulse  is a French team effort with aircraft manufacturer Daher and turbine producer Safran. Safran will develop the distributed hybrid system and converting the single-engine Daher TBM into a hybrid platform. The system consists of a turbine and power generator (together, a “turbogenerator”), an electric power management system, and integrated electric propellers. The aircraft itself will be modified with reduced wing surface area and drag. Airbus will handle aerodynamic optimization of the propulsion system and high-energy-density batteries installation. Daher will handle the installation of components and systems, flight testing, regulatory approvals and construction. Airbus also …