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Archer Makes Its Mark

Archer Makes Its Mark

  • 23 Jun 2021 08:15 AM
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On June 10, Archer Aviation unveiled its two-seat Maker electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) demonstrator during a special effects show at Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Los Angeles County, California.

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The Fixer

The Fixer

  • 19 Jun 2021 07:01 PM
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Like all start-ups, M4 Engineering took what work was available during its formative years in the early 2000s. The Long Beach, California-based company provided engineering services to Boeing and Airbus suppliers while simultaneously supporting new technology programs, such as developing a carbon-fiber door for commercial airliners and optimizing structures for rocket motors.

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Leadership Moves, July-August 2021

Leadership Moves, July-August 2021

  • 19 Jun 2021 05:27 PM
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On May 6, Jaunt Air Mobility announced that the company plans to open design and manufacturing operations in Canada — aligned with its certification path and commercialization strategy — and appointed Eric Côté to head its Canadian operations as president of Jaunt Air Mobility Canada.

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Lilium’s Technology Approach Explained

Lilium’s Technology Approach Explained

  • 05 May 2021 02:00 AM
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Although the previous Lilium Jet full-scale demonstrators were not flown extensively — and neither transitioned to fully wingborne flight — Lilium has conducted extensive analysis and ground testing that supports their technology.

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Lilium Goes Big

Lilium Goes Big

  • 04 May 2021 11:22 PM
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In the timeline of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developments, Lilium GmbH first came to widespread public attention in April 2017 with the release of a video of the futuristic, prototype, two-seat Lilium Jet flying around outside the Bavarian capital of Munich, at the Special Airport Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

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Commentary: Workforce: Winning the War for Talent

Commentary: Workforce: Winning the War for Talent

  • 04 May 2021 11:33 AM
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VFS conducted a workforce study early last year (www.vtol.org/workforce) identifying some of the major challenges for the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry and addressed key points in our commentary, “Looking Back: A Perspective on the Future Vertical Workforce,” Vertiflite, July/Aug 2020.

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Hard-Core Hybrids

Hard-Core Hybrids

  • 01 May 2021 05:41 PM
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Numerous electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) designs rely on hybrid electric propulsion to offset the limited power density of current battery technology (see “Halfway to Paradise?” Vertiflite, Sept/Oct 2020).

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Beta Announces Multiple Sales

Beta Announces Multiple Sales

  • 01 May 2021 01:58 PM
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On April 7, United Parcel Service (UPS) announced that its UPS Flight Forward subsidiary plans to purchase and operate cargo aircraft from Burlington, Vermont-based Beta Technologies.

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A Little Bit of VFS in Ingenuity

A Little Bit of VFS in Ingenuity

  • 28 Apr 2021 01:45 AM
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Much has been written about the plans and development progress for Ingenuity; see "Red Planet Rotorcraft," Vertiflite, July/August 2018 and "NASA Mars Helicopter Team Striving for a 'Kitty Hawk' Moment," Vertiflite, May/June 2020.

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Ingenuity Takes Off On Mars

Ingenuity Takes Off On Mars

  • 28 Apr 2021 01:25 AM
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April 19, 2021 — a day for the record books: the successful first flight of an aircraft on another planet. Lifting off from the surface of Mars to a modest 10 ft (3 m), NASA’s diminutive Ingenuity helicopter made a humble start that holds huge significance for future flights.

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