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Commentary: FAA Changes Course on eVTOL Certification

Commentary: FAA Changes Course on eVTOL Certification

  • 22 Jun 2022 03:49 PM
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On Monday, May 9 (the eve of the VFS Forum 78), The Air Current (TAC) broke the story that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had decided that winged electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that met the FAA’s definition of “powered-lift”— a term used nearly exclusively for pilot qualification rules — could not be certified or operate as “airplanes”

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eVTOL Leaders Continue Apace

eVTOL Leaders Continue Apace

  • 21 Jun 2022 01:59 AM
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Leading developers of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft have raised financing to support the development, flight testing, certification, manufacturing and commercial entry into service of their innovative aircraft.

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Ryse Aero Reveals Recon

Ryse Aero Reveals Recon

  • 21 Jun 2022 01:16 AM
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On May 9, Ryse Aero Technologies unveiled the Ryse Recon, a one-passenger multicopter eVTOL aircraft.

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AIR One Displayed at the Kentucky Derby

AIR One Displayed at the Kentucky Derby

  • 21 Jun 2022 01:09 AM
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AIR revealed a full-scale prototype of its AIR ONE eVTOL at the Kentucky Derby on May 7. The Israel-based eVTOL developer unveiled the AIR ONE in October (see “Electric VTOL News,” Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2022).

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Ampaire Begins Ground Tests, Seeks Funding

Ampaire Begins Ground Tests, Seeks Funding

  • 20 Jun 2022 11:43 PM
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As a follow-on to its hybrid-electric Cessna 337 Electric EEL, Ampaire announced on April 22 that it has begun ground testing the propulsion system on its hybrid-electric Cessna 206B Grand Caravan.

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Leadership Moves, May-June 2022

Leadership Moves, May-June 2022

  • 08 May 2022 03:21 AM
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Billy Nolen appointed Acting FAA Administrator, and other leadership changes

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Regulators Develop Vertiport Standards

Regulators Develop Vertiport Standards

  • 08 May 2022 03:07 AM
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On Feb. 28, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released their draft engineering brief for vertiports and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft operations to industry for comment.

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Joby Resumes Flight Testing

Joby Resumes Flight Testing

  • 30 Apr 2022 01:02 AM
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Joby Aviation announced on March 24 that it had resumed aircraft flight testing after its first prototype was destroyed in an accident on Feb. 16 (see “Pushing the Envelope: Joby Aviation in 2022,” Vertiflite, March/April 2022).

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Commentary: An Expanded View of Electric Flight

Commentary: An Expanded View of Electric Flight

  • 28 Apr 2022 10:44 AM
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Since our beginnings in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) has had an expansive view of how to advance vertical flight. We didn’t just focus on the unique aspects of helicopters (e.g., rotors) but all of the technologies, methodologies and disciplines that supported the development of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Important systems like engines, lightweight structures and controls are applicable to all aircraft, but most critical to powered lift.

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Archer Goes Public, Opens NYSE

Archer Goes Public, Opens NYSE

  • 25 Oct 2021 04:52 AM
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Archer Aviation, the California-based eVTOL manufacturer, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Sept. 17, a day after Atlas Crest Investment Corp. announced the completion of the SPAC merger with Archer.

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