NEXA Completes Landmark Urban Air Mobility Study, Focuses on Infrastructure

Groundbreaking report sets 20-year market value of $318B across eVTOL operators, vehicle manufacturers and infrastructure providers in 74 citiesBy VFS Staff In August, NEXA Advisors and VFS announced the completion of a comprehensive year-long study, “Urban Air Mobility—Economics and Global Markets.” The groundbreaking NEXA report, undertaken with support from VFS, contains forecasts for 74 metropolitan areas over the period of 2020–2040. The online databases include thousands ...
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First eVTOL Defining Challenges Workshop 10-12 September 2019, Washington, D.C., USA.

VFS eVTOL Defining Challenges Workshop

By VFS Staff Vertiflite, November/December 2019 On Sept. 10–12, the Vertical Flight Society hosted its first workshop on the defining challenges of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for urban air mobility (UAM) missions. Held at the US Navy Memorial Visitor Center in Washington, DC, this three-day meeting worked to identify the foundational elements needed to support this growing industry beyond the aircraft technology development, ...
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Porsche Boeing eVTOL initial design cityscape, 10 October 2019, Germany-USA.

Boeing Partners with Porsche

Boeing announced Oct. 10 that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche to “explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace.” Boeing, Porsche and Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences are also developing a concept for a fully electric VTOL aircraft. Engineers from both companies, as well as Porsche subsidiaries Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and ...
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Autoflight V600 graphic.

AutoFlightX Prepares for Takeoff

Oberpfaffenhofen Airfield, southwest of Munich, is home to two innovative companies developing eVTOL aircraft: Lilium and AutoflightX. The latter, formed last year, is preparing to fly its first manned demonstrator. By Richard Whittle Vertiflite, November/December 2019 Like the bright blue frames of his trendy spectacles, Dr. Matthias Bittner is cheery. And why not? As chief operating officer of Gilching, Germany-based startup AutoFlightX — a position the ...
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At Drone Week in Amsterdam Audi, Airbus and Italdesign are presenting for the first time a flying and driving prototype of “Pop.Up Next”. This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously. This is still a 1:4 scale model.

Audi Puts Hold on Airbus Pop.Up

According to Automotive News Europe on Oct. 14, Audi has stopped work on the Pop.Up multi-modal eVTOL concept — which consists of an electric automotive chassis, a detachable people-pod, and an autonomous quad copter propulsion system — that its subsidiary Ital design had been developing with Airbus. In a statement, Audi said: “We believe it will be a very long time before an air taxi can ...
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eHang deliveries, China, 2019.

EHang Delivers

Chinese drone maker EHang delivered the first batch of “passenger grade” EHang 216 autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs) in June, followed by a second batch in October. The company says these aircraft have now reached customers in Asia, Europe and North America. EHang founder, chairman and CEO Hu Huazhi stated: This delivery of AAVs marks a major step forward in EHang’s efforts to offer a full-stack solution ...
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Volocopter 2X in urban area.

Inspiring Students with UAM

Dr. Juergen Rauleder at the Technical University of Munich teaches rotorcraft aerodynamics to students excited about the Electric VTOL Revolution. By Richard Whittle Vertiflite, November/December 2019 Whether electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will soon produce clean, quiet, autonomous air taxis for urban air mobility (UAM) is uncertain, but Dr. Juergen Rauleder says the drive to develop such aircraft is inspiring aerospace engineering students — ...
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Boeing CAV Cargo Air Vehicle May 2019 - USA.

Boeing Moves Forward With CAV

On Oct. 3, Boeing NeXt announced that it had flown its Cargo Air Vehicle demonstrator outdoors up to 20 kt (37 km/h). Since its first outdoor flight in February, Boeing has completed more than 90 outdoor flight tests. Boeing stated that the CAV, designed to carry a payload up to 500 lb (225 kg), will open new markets by offering efficiencies in delivering time-sensitive and high-value ...
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Kitty Hawk Heaviside in flight, USA, 2019.

Kitty Hawk Reveals Heaviside

On Oct. 3, Mountain View, California-based Kitty Hawk revealed it has been secretly working for two years on a single-seat, high-performance eVTOL called Heaviside (named for the English self-taught electrical engineer, mathematician and physicist, Oliver Heaviside, 1850-1925). Kitty Hawk describes the aircraft as 100 times quieter than a helicopter — 38 dB at 1,500 ft (460 m) overhead (on wing borne flight) — faster than a ...
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Japanese flying car developer SkyDrive announced Sept. 30 that it secured $14M through third-party share issuance funding and subsidies, for a total of $18.5M raised. In addition, manned test flights will begin this year. SkyDrive, Inc. was established by the members of Cartivator— a group of aircraft, drones and automotive engineers. In December 2018, the first Japanese outdoor flight test of a flying car (unmanned) was ...
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