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Frankfurt Airport Studies Voloports

Frankfurt Airport Studies Voloports

  • 24 Feb 2019 12:39 PM
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Volocopter GmbH and Fraport AG (the manager of Frankfurt Airport) are developing concepts for ground infrastructure and operations required for air taxi services at airports. This cooperation focuses on smooth passenger handling and efficient integration into existing transport infrastructure. In the future, Voloports could link existing urban transportation junctions with one another and provide connections to and from Frankfurt Airport.

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GoFly Hits 40

GoFly Hits 40

  • 24 Feb 2019 12:37 PM
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GoFly announced on Feb. 6 that 40 teams were officially participating in Phase II (the building phase) of its GoFly Prize competition. On March 26, GoFly will announce the Phase II winners and award $50,000 USD to up to four winning teams.

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The eVTOL Industry in Transition

The eVTOL Industry in Transition

  • 24 Feb 2019 09:55 AM
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In the five years since the Vertical Flight Society hosted its first “Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures,” electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft have evolved from a wide-eyed futuristic concept into an emerging business within the global aerospace industry.

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Airbus CityAirbus Prepares for Flight

Airbus CityAirbus Prepares for Flight

  • 23 Feb 2019 04:29 PM
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Bloomberg stated on Jan. 23 that Airbus’s quad-duct CityAirbus eVTOL demonstrator was “poised for takeoff within weeks.” Initial tests will be brief unmanned hovers, building up to translating flight and longer missions.

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Jetson Aero Speeder

Jetson Aero Speeder

  • 23 Feb 2019 03:03 PM
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On Jan. 29, Jetson Aero revealed its Speeder hoverbike prototype: a single-seat all-electric flying go-kart with four pairs of propellers powered by brushless electric motors. The company was founded in October 2017 and has carried out manned test flights, first in Tuscany, Italy, and then in Poznan, Poland.

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Bell Flies APT 70 UAV

Bell Flies APT 70 UAV

  • 23 Feb 2019 12:32 PM
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As part of the VFS Electric VTOL Symposium, Bell Executive Vice President Michael Thacker announced that the Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 — capable of transporting up to 70 lb (32 kg) — had flown in January. This follows prior flight testing of the APT 20 (shown), which can carry up to 20 lb (9 kg) loads.

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EASA and FAA Consider eVTOL

EASA and FAA Consider eVTOL

  • 23 Feb 2019 11:37 AM
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At the VFS Electric VTOL Symposium, Greg Bowles, the vice president of global innovation at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), noted that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has proposed adding a “special condition” for non-helicopter VTOL aircraft.

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EHang Certification Progress

EHang Certification Progress

  • 23 Feb 2019 10:38 AM
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On Jan. 23, the Airworthiness Department of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued its “Guidance on UAV Airworthiness Certification based on Operational Risks,” aimed at establishing a risk-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airworthiness management system by the end of 2019.

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Pipistrel eVTOL News

Pipistrel eVTOL News

  • 23 Feb 2019 08:41 AM
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Honeywell and Pipistrel announced on Jan. 24 that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore and develop solutions for eVTOL. “This is the beginning of a long-term relationship to collectively pursue the future of urban air mobility [UAM],” said Ivo Boscarol, founder and president of Pipistrel.

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Airbus Vahana Picks Up Speed

Airbus Vahana Picks Up Speed

  • 22 Feb 2019 04:43 PM
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A³ by Airbus has continued development of its single-seat Vahana eVTOL demonstrator since its first flight on Jan. 31, 2018. In December, Airbus released new images of the Vahana demonstrator in flight at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton, Oregon.

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