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Press Release: Autoflight Unveiled V400 eVTOL and Announced eVTOL Roadmap

Press Release: Autoflight Unveiled V400 eVTOL and Announced eVTOL Roadmap

  • 13 Sep 2020 09:25 AM
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On September 13 2020 at the 2020 World UAV Conference held in Shenzhen, China, Autoflight Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Autoflight”) unveiled V400 “Albatross” electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for logistics for the global market, as well as announced its eVTOL product development roadmap.

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Press Release: Airspeeder Partners With Acronis

Press Release: Airspeeder Partners With Acronis

  • 08 Sep 2020 06:00 AM
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Airspeeder, the world’s first electric flying car racing series is delighted to announce a landmark technical and strategic partnership with Acronis, the global leader in cyber protection.

The racing series, created by performance electric flying car manufacturer, Alauda will receive technical and commercial support from Acronis, the world’s leading cyber protection company. The significance of this partnership will be reflected in the placement of the Acronis brand in a prominent position on Airspeeder’s MK4 racing craft.

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VFS Streams Full-Speed Ahead

VFS Streams Full-Speed Ahead

  • 31 Aug 2020 01:33 PM
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The Vertical Flight Society has been busy providing regular webinars and symposiums to help keep our members in the know and to keep advancing vertical flight. Links to past and future webinars are available at www.vtol.org/webinars

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Swiss Startup Sees Artificial Intelligence as Key to UAM

Swiss Startup Sees Artificial Intelligence as Key to UAM

  • 31 Aug 2020 10:05 AM
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Galvanized by the promise of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, a small startup in Switzerland has set out to lead the way to a new age of self-flying aircraft by doing something no one yet knows how to do and regulators don’t know how to certify as safe. Daedalean AG is developing autonomous flight controls that rely on artificial intelligence (AI).

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Supporting the Electric VTOL Revolution

Supporting the Electric VTOL Revolution

  • 31 Aug 2020 09:59 AM
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The Vertical Flight Society has been working to advance electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft since 2013, providing technical, professional and business resources to this burgeoning sector. As a leading advocate of the “Electric VTOL Revolution,” VFS has been holding its Electric VTOL Symposiums since 2014, started its Electric VTOL Newsletter in 2016, and launched its Electric VTOL website in 2017.

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Leadership Moves: Vertiflite Sep-Oct 2020

Leadership Moves: Vertiflite Sep-Oct 2020

  • 31 Aug 2020 09:32 AM
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Thacker Adds Bell Commercial Remit
Michael Thacker, who joined Bell in February 2017 as the executive vice president of Technology and Innovation, has taken over additional responsibilities after the retirement of Susan Griffin, EVP for Commercial Business. As of June 2020, Thacker’s new title is EVP of Innovation and Commercial Business.

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Leadership Profile: Dr. Ben Tigner, CEO, Overair, Inc.

Leadership Profile: Dr. Ben Tigner, CEO, Overair, Inc.

  • 31 Aug 2020 12:00 AM
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With his team of engineers and product developers in Santa Ana, California, Overair CEO Ben Tigner aims to apply Abe Karem’s optimum speed VTOL propulsion technology to urban air mobility (UAM). “Overair is a spinoff of Karem Aircraft, although its business goals are totally different,” he explained.

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Hybrid Propulsion: Halfway to Paradise?

Hybrid Propulsion: Halfway to Paradise?

  • 30 Aug 2020 05:28 PM
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Whether batteries alone or hybrid engine-generator systems power electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft depends on timescale and mission. Electric aviation purists envision battery-powered air taxis and cargo drones crisscrossing cities silently and without combustion exhaust. Hydrocarbon fuels nevertheless store energy far better than batteries, and careful engineering may make more capable hybrid-electric aircraft clean, quiet and cheap to operate. Combustion engines and generators recharging batteries in flight — or driving electric motors directly without batteries — may also save on urban infrastructure.

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Lilium Draws Searing Publicity, Then Soaring Investment

Lilium Draws Searing Publicity, Then Soaring Investment

  • 29 Aug 2020 02:10 PM
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Lilium — the secretive Munich-area startup whose performance promises for its Lilium Jet electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi have drawn interest from German Chancellor Angela Merkel (who has a PhD in quantum chemistry) and public disbelief from German academics and others — seems to have proven the old saying that, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”

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Hyundai Partners with Urban-Air Port

Hyundai Partners with Urban-Air Port

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:13 PM
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On July 30, Urban-Air Port, Ltd., and Hyundai Air Mobility (a Hyundai Motor Group division) announced a partnership to explore new, purpose-built, multifunctional and scalable infrastructure to enable UAM. Hyundai plans to invest $1.5B in UAM over the next five years to create an air vehicle and the supporting mobility ecosystem for UAM operations.

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