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NASA Completes Initial Efforts

NASA Completes Initial Efforts

  • 29 Jun 2021 01:09 PM
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An Integrated Dry Run test using a helicopter for NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign was competed in March.

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Wisk Partners with New Zealand and Blade

Wisk Partners with New Zealand and Blade

  • 29 Jun 2021 12:32 PM
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Wisk — the joint venture between Kitty Hawk and The Boeing Company — announced on March 29 that it would begin the second half of its “transport trial” later this year — with its two-seat Cora eVTOL demonstrator — to advance autonomous passenger transport under the New Zealand government’s broader Airspace Integration Trial Programme (AITP).

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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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Orlando Helicopter’s Electric Sikorsky S-52

Orlando Helicopter’s Electric Sikorsky S-52

  • 06 Jun 2021 11:30 AM
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Sikorsky’s model S-52 two-place helicopter was developed using company funds following the successful S-51/H-5. The S-52 was Sikorsky’s first helicopter with an offset flapping hinge and all-metal rotor blades, and was aimed at the military observation and medical evacuation role. The project engineer was Ralph Alex, one of the founders of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) and its first and 15th president.

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Press Release: VFS Supports Launch of AAM Supply Chain Electronic Exchange Platform

Press Release: VFS Supports Launch of AAM Supply Chain Electronic Exchange Platform

  • 06 Jun 2021 08:21 AM
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On May 5, VFS-member NEXA Capital Partners, LLC, announced the formation and funding of a collaborative consortium of US companies and organizations to develop and launch an integrated supply chain solution for the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, which is projected to be multi-trillion-dollar aerospace sector.

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Press Release: 2021 DBVF Winners

Press Release: 2021 DBVF Winners

  • 27 May 2021 08:52 AM
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The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of its inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. The University of Michigan took first place with a prize of $2,000. The team from the University of Maryland took second place and the Ohio State University took third place; the teams will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively.

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Washington Report, May-June 2021

Washington Report, May-June 2021

  • 12 May 2021 10:24 PM
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On Feb. 25, Representatives Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) and Garret Graves (R-Louisiana) introduced H.R.1339, the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, in the US House of Representatives.

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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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