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A Small Step for EHang, a Giant Leap for eVTOL

A Small Step for EHang, a Giant Leap for eVTOL

  • 11 Nov 2023 03:22 AM
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On Friday, Oct. 13, EHang held a ceremony in Beijing to celebrate: the company had obtained the type certificate (TC) for its two-seat EH216-S Autonomous Air Vehicle (AAV) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

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Coming to Terms: Aviation Certifications

Coming to Terms: Aviation Certifications

  • 09 Nov 2023 04:53 PM
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Normally this column corrects erroneous use of terminology and proffers definitions to be used as canonical. As the second in an extended series intended to bring clarity, this installment deviates as it highlights common aviation certifications.

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eVTOL Leaders Continue to Build Momentum

eVTOL Leaders Continue to Build Momentum

  • 08 Nov 2023 02:01 AM
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After a heady and hectic summer (see “eVTOL Leaders Continue to Partner for Growth,” Vertiflite, Sept/Oct 2023), the leading developers of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft settled into a familiar rhythm as each sought to demonstrate progress towards launching commercial operations.

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Hydrogen Gains Ground

Hydrogen Gains Ground

  • 07 Nov 2023 04:45 PM
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In conjunction with the 18th UAS Summit & Expo, the HYSKY Society held its first conference, FLYING HY. Headed by former VFS hydrogen advisor Danielle McLean — who initiated the hydrogen electric vertical takeoff and landing (H2eVTOL) aircraft efforts at VFS — the educational non-profit HYSKY is a spinoff of the VFS H2eVTOL Council.

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Beta Flies South for the Winter

Beta Flies South for the Winter

  • 06 Nov 2023 01:39 PM
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The 1,700-nm (3,200-km) journey covered 16.5 hours of total flight time, including rest stops, charging stops and media events at 21 airports — including a hop from Plattsburgh International Airport (KPBG) to KBTV on the morning of Oct. 10 — as the aircraft traversed 12 states. Alia will remain at Duke Field into the winter for flight testing by both the US Air Force (USAF) and Beta test pilots.

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Beta Visits Montréal

Beta Visits Montréal

  • 04 Nov 2023 10:33 PM
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On Sept. 27, Beta Technologies made the first international flight of its all-electric Alia electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) aircraft prototype, N250UT, from Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) in New York to Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in Quebec.

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Helijet International Orders Four Beta eVTOL Aircraft

Helijet International Orders Four Beta eVTOL Aircraft

  • 04 Nov 2023 01:05 AM
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Vancouver-based Helijet International has placed a firm order for four Beta Technologies Alia 250 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and secured options for four additional aircraft. When delivered, these will join its current fleet of 19 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

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Range Anxiety of Electric Aircraft

Range Anxiety of Electric Aircraft

  • 31 Oct 2023 08:46 AM
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Battery performance and associated aircraft range capability remains a major area of focus for the nascent electric aircraft industry. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recognized the need for civil aviation authorities to assess battery performance for electric aircraft in a recently published white paper, “Managing Range and Endurance of Battery-Electric Aircraft.”

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Beta Goes the Distance

Beta Goes the Distance

  • 27 Oct 2023 09:20 AM
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Beta Technologies’ recent opening of its new 188,500-ft² (17,500-m²) manufacturing plant for its Alia aircraft is the latest indicator that the 2017-founded South Burlington, Vermont-based company is one of the world’s leading electric aircraft companies. Beta has two prototype Alia aircraft that it is currently testing for two future models: the CX300 electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) and A250 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The two aircraft share 80% common design elements, creating a simple, streamlined path to commercialization and certification, Beta says. The company plans to produce up to 300 aircraft per year and eventually hire hundreds of factory workers, beyond its 600 employees today.

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Joby Connects the Dots and Delivers

Joby Connects the Dots and Delivers

  • 26 Sep 2023 11:32 AM
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Joby Aviation recently achieved a major milestone with the US Department of Defense when it delivered the first Joby production eVTOL aircraft (N5421A) to Edwards Air Force Base in California for military evaluation and flight testing.

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