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Dufour Unveils electric VTOL tiltwing

Dufour Unveils electric VTOL tiltwing

  • 31 Mar 2018 04:40 PM
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On March 7, 2018, Zurich, Switzerland-based Dufour Aerospace announced the development of its latest aircraft, the aEro 2. Building on the success of its aEro 1 fully-electric aerobatic plane — which first flew in June 2016 — the aEro 2 is a modular hybrid-electric VTOL.

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Uber presentations to USHST Infrastructure Summit

Uber presentations to USHST Infrastructure Summit

  • 23 Mar 2018 04:37 PM
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The US Helicopter Safety Team has held an Infrastructure Summit annually since February 2016; the last two featured presentations on the Uber Elevate ecosystem plans. Both presentations are now available online.

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eVTOL News at Heli-Expo 2018

eVTOL News at Heli-Expo 2018

  • 22 Mar 2018 12:31 PM
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AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg hosted a panel discussing the promise, progress and challenges of electric VTOL aircraft development. More than 50 companies are currently developing eVTOL aircraft (see the AHS website, www.eVTOL.news), with several in advanced stages of flight testing. Industry experts expect these new products to enter the market in the next 5-10 years, and expand the operational opportunities for rotorcraft operators, due to their extremely low noise and low operating costs.

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The eVTOL is in the Details

The eVTOL is in the Details

  • 01 Mar 2018 09:56 AM
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A packed house at January’s AHS International Transformative Vertical Flight Technical Meeting and Fifth Annual Workshop learned about bold visions for urban air taxis and the challenges of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL). Four days of presentations hosted by the AHS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter covered aeromechanics, propulsion, acoustics, infrastructure and certification advances aimed largely at airborne mass transit. The new rotorcraft suggested for moving people over clogged streets include multicopters, tiltrotors, tilt wings and ducted fans, nearly all designed around Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP). AHS International executive director and workshop program chair Mike Hirschberg observed, “Really, transformative flight is [largely] about DEP and the design freedom that it enables.”

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