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Coming to Terms: Operator

Coming to Terms: Operator

  • 29 Jun 2024 09:43 PM
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Uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS)—previously referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—have become commonplace in defense applications since the first widespread use by the US Navy of the RQ-2 Pioneer during the 1991 Gulf War. Over the past three decades, the substantial increases in capability of electronics, computing, sensors, electric machines and actuation, along with dramatic reductions in costs and size, have made drones ubiquitous for personal and commercial use.

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Washington Report, July/August 2024

Washington Report, July/August 2024

  • 25 Jun 2024 06:21 PM
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On May 16, US President Joe Biden signed legislation to provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with its latest five-year mandate and to fund the agency for fiscal years 2024–2028, with more than $105B for the FAA and $738M for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) during those years.

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Texas A&M University Wins eVTOL Drone Competition

Texas A&M University Wins eVTOL Drone Competition

  • 24 Jun 2024 08:22 PM
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Texas A&M University won the Society’s fourth annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Competition. University of Maryland took second place, and the Georgia Institute of Technology took third.

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Washington Report, May/June 2024

Washington Report, May/June 2024

  • 01 May 2024 07:40 PM
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On March 8, US President Joe Biden signed legislation that temporarily extended the operating authority for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) until May 10. The bill, HR.7454, the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2024, is the third time Congress extended the FAA’s authority since September, the end of fiscal year 2023 (FY23), when the FAA’s operating authority expired.

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XTI Completes Nasdaq Listing

XTI Completes Nasdaq Listing

  • 29 Apr 2024 11:49 PM
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On March 12, XTI Aerospace Inc. was officially created, formed through completion of the merger between XTI Aircraft Company and Inpixon.

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TCab Raises $20M Towards Series A

TCab Raises $20M Towards Series A

  • 29 Apr 2024 11:40 PM
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Shanghai-based TCab Tech announced on March 25 that it had raised an additional $20M in its Series A financing.

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Airbus Unveils CityAirbus Prototype

Airbus Unveils CityAirbus Prototype

  • 29 Apr 2024 11:26 PM
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On March 8, Airbus unveiled its CityAirbus NextGen prototype eVTOL aircraft. The CityAirbus NextGen features a 40-ft (12-m) wingspan and is expected to have a capacity of one pilot and three passengers.

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SkyDrive Launches Production

SkyDrive Launches Production

  • 29 Apr 2024 11:24 PM
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In a ceremony on March 6, SkyDrive launched production of its SD-05 SkyDrive eVTOL aircraft at a Suzuki Motor Corporation manufacturing plant in Iwata city, Shizuoka, SkyDrive said on March 7.

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CycloTech Secures Investment

CycloTech Secures Investment

  • 29 Apr 2024 11:07 PM
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On Feb. 28, CycloTech announced that it had raised €20M ($21.7M) to fund its work on a novel propulsion system for aviation.

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Air Force to Evaluate Pivotal BlackFly

Air Force to Evaluate Pivotal BlackFly

  • 29 Apr 2024 11:03 PM
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Pivotal announced on Feb. 22 that it delivered four BlackFly eVTOL aircraft and two flight simulators for evaluation by the US Air Force. Pivotal delivered the aircraft to Modern Technology Solutions Inc.

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