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Joby Takes Flight

Joby Takes Flight

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:11 PM
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The Santa Cruz Sentinel captured photos of the Joby Aviation five-seat prototype being airlifted from the company’s facility at Bonny Doon, California (outside of Santa Cruz) on July 7.

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Alaka’i Building Second-Gen H2 eVTOL

Alaka’i Building Second-Gen H2 eVTOL

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:11 PM
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Massachusetts-based Alakai revealed to NewAtlas.com on July 9 that it was developing a second-generation liquid hydrogen-powered Skai eVTOL prototype. Originally unveiled in May 2019 (see “Flying in the Skai with Hydrogen, Vertiflite, July/August 2019), the first-generation prototype made tethered tests last year.

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Roland Berger Sees Huge eVTOL Potential

Roland Berger Sees Huge eVTOL Potential

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:11 PM
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European consultancy Roland Berger presented the conclusions of a UAM study at the virtual Farnborough International Airshow Connect event on July 23. In the webinar, entitled “Global Urban Air Summit: Future of UAM,” the company stated that it expected some 7,000 eVTOL aircraft will be carrying passengers in UAM services by 2030, 47,000 by 2040 and 161,000 by 2050 (all analysis was marked as “Pre-COIVD-19”).

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Honeywell Forms UAS/UAM Division

Honeywell Forms UAS/UAM Division

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:08 PM
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Honeywell International, Inc., announced on June 16 that it had created a business unit, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), to tap the opportunities in the developing UAS and urban air mobility (UAM) industries. The new division under Honeywell’s Aerospace segment will include engineering and sales resources to cater to customers’ requirements in the UAM market.

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Beta Unveils Alia

Beta Unveils Alia

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:07 PM
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June 12 saw the much-awaited unveiling of Beta Technologies’ Alia eVTOL when the company authorized journalist Eric Adams (a past Vertiflite contributor) to release photos and information on the aircraft.

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CityAirbus Flies Autonomously

CityAirbus Flies Autonomously

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:07 PM
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Airbus Helicopters posted a video on July 31 stating that its “CityAirbus demonstrator performed its first fully automatic flight: take off, stabilisation in flight and landing” at its Donauwörth, Germany, plant.

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Kitty Hawk Ends Flyer

Kitty Hawk Ends Flyer

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:05 PM
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On June 3, Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Kitty Hawk and Alex Roetter, president of the Kitty Hawk Flyer program, announced on its website blog that it was ending its ultralight eVTOL program. “We built and flew 111 aircraft. More than 75 people flew Flyer. We proved to ourselves that people could safely operate Flyer — and become a pilot — with less than two hours of training. On a single day, we trained 50 new novice Flyer pilots, none of whom were licensed...

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Airflow eSTOL Unveiled

Airflow eSTOL Unveiled

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:05 PM
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Calling itself “The first electric Short Take Off and Landing (eSTOL) aircraft for middle-mile logistics,” Airflow came out of stealth on June 10. The company, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, was founded in 2019 by a team who worked together on the now-defunct Airbus Vahana program.

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Pipistrel eCTOL Certified

Pipistrel eCTOL Certified

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:03 PM
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Slovenia’s Pipistrel has received a Type Certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Velis Electro, a full-electric derivative of its proven Virus SW 121. The company said the Velis Electro is the world’s first electric-powered airplane to receive a Type Certificate (EASA.A.573 TCDS, dated May 18, 2020).

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HeiTech eVTOLs Discovered

HeiTech eVTOLs Discovered

  • 28 Aug 2020 04:43 PM
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Deli Zhao, a radio-controlled aircraft model and small drone producer in Guangdong Province, China, flew a one-seat eVTOL “flying motorcycle” in June 2018 — followed by a two-seat “flying bathtub” concept more recently — which attracted millions of dollars of venture capital funds from Chinese investors.

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