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VFS eVTOL Defining Challenges Workshop

VFS eVTOL Defining Challenges Workshop

  • 04 Nov 2019 02:43 PM
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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, such as infrastructure, air traffic management and system safety.

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Karem Spin-Off is Overair

Karem Spin-Off is Overair

  • 04 Nov 2019 02:17 PM
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As reported previously, South Korean industrial giant Hanwha is investing $25M in a spin-off from Karem Aircraft, Inc. dedicated to bringing Butterfly, its all-electric air taxi vehicle, to market. The spin-off entity is to be named “Overair, Inc.,” though was identified as K4 Aeronautics in initial press releases. The Butterfly uses Karem’s patented high efficiency VTOL technology, and is being developed for Uber’s Elevate Initiative.

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Boeing Partners with Porsche

Boeing Partners with Porsche

  • 04 Nov 2019 02:14 PM
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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.

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AutoFlightX Prepares for Takeoff

AutoFlightX Prepares for Takeoff

  • 04 Nov 2019 02:06 PM
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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 34-year-old aeronautical engineer calls his “first real job in industry” — Bittner is part of a team of fewer than 10 trying to help their company’s Chinese entrepreneur founder, electric aircraft pioneer Tian Yu, change the world through urban air mobility (UAM).

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Audi Puts Hold on Airbus Pop.Up

Audi Puts Hold on Airbus Pop.Up

  • 04 Nov 2019 01:52 PM
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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 be serially produced that does not require passengers to change vehicles. In the modular concept of Pop.Up, we were working on a solution with the highest complexity.”

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EHang Delivers

EHang Delivers

  • 04 Nov 2019 01:49 PM
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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.

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Volocopter Gains VoloCity and Velocity

Volocopter Gains VoloCity and Velocity

  • 04 Nov 2019 12:48 PM
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On Aug. 21, Volocopter revealed its fourth-generation electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) design, the VoloCity, intended to be its first production aircraft. The company says that the VoloCity has been designed to meet the safety standards specified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) SC-VTOL regulation (see www.eVTOL.news/ EASA) and incorporates user feedback, as well as test data from all previous Volocopter generations, including more than 1,000 test flights.

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Inspiring Students with UAM

Inspiring Students with UAM

  • 04 Nov 2019 12:35 PM
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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 — about half of his class from Germany and the other half from across Europe — like nothing since the Space Race of the 1960s.

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Boeing Moves Forward With CAV

Boeing Moves Forward With CAV

  • 04 Nov 2019 12:31 PM
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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.

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Kitty Hawk Reveals Heaviside

Kitty Hawk Reveals Heaviside

  • 04 Nov 2019 12:30 PM
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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).

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