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Honeywell Connects with eVTOL Developers

Honeywell Connects with eVTOL Developers

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:28 PM
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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 around its flight path and is a major step toward automating the takeoff and landing of UAM aircraft.”

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Urban Aero Unveils Hydrogen CityHawk Details

Urban Aero Unveils Hydrogen CityHawk Details

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:26 PM
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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) FAR Part 27, following certification it will be converted to 10,000 lb/in² (700 bar) compressed-hydrogen propulsion.

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Volocopter Building Volo-Port

Volocopter Building Volo-Port

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:25 PM
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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.”

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UK Launches Innovation Sandbox

UK Launches Innovation Sandbox

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:24 PM
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The Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom has launched a new virtual space in which new technology can be safely tested — the “Innovation Sandbox.” It is initially funded by a grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which has launched the Innovation Sandbox with six participants. Five companies — Altitude Angel, Amazon, NATS and Searidge Technologies, NBEC Consortium, and Nesta Challenges — are focused primarily on drones, artificial intelligence and airspace management. The sixth company is Volocopter.

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Vahana Cockpit and Systems Unveiled

Vahana Cockpit and Systems Unveiled

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:23 PM
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On May 20, by Airbus released new photos of its second Vahana demonstrator, “Alpha Two.” The first aircraft, Alpha One, is currently advancing through test flights; Alpha Two is the first Vahana demonstrator with a finished interior.

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Lilium Flies Five-Seat Prototype

Lilium Flies Five-Seat Prototype

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:21 PM
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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 allow it to take-off and land vertically, while achieving remarkably efficient horizontal, or cruise, flight.

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CityAirbus Demonstrator Lifts Off

CityAirbus Demonstrator Lifts Off

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:20 PM
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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.

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Boeing CAV Flies Free

Boeing CAV Flies Free

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:17 PM
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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.

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PAL-V to Develop Electric Flying Car

PAL-V to Develop Electric Flying Car

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:15 PM
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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 commercial flying car next year.

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LIFT Announces Demo Tour

LIFT Announces Demo Tour

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:13 PM
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LIFT Aircraft gave the public an opportunity to check out their Hexa autonomous single-seat eVTOL prototype at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festival in Austin, Texas, held this year on Mar. 8–17. Attendees of the Smart Mobility Summit got to sit in the Hexa demonstrator and simulate flying in the ultralight eVTOL using virtual reality (VR) goggles.

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