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ChargePoint reveals new concept for high-powered charging of electric aircraft

ChargePoint reveals new concept for high-powered charging of electric aircraft

  • 24 May 2018 09:50 AM
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Los Angeles, Calif. (USA) – May 9, 2018 – ChargePoint, the world’s leading and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network, today revealed a first-ever concept design for two megawatt, high-powered charging of electric aircraft and semi-trucks, including electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

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Uber releases eVTOL concepts to advance technology’s safety and noise characteristics

Uber releases eVTOL concepts to advance technology’s safety and noise characteristics

  • 24 May 2018 09:43 AM
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Uber Elevate Press Release, May 8, 2018 Uber kicks off its second Elevate Summit by officially sharing the design specifications for its electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOL) common reference model.

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Passenger Drone Now ASTRO AA360

Passenger Drone Now ASTRO AA360

  • 09 May 2018 09:34 AM
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Ft. Worth, Texas-based ASTRO Aerospace announced on May 8th that it had acquired Passenger Drone, which had made manned flights last year of its two-seat 16-propeller wingless eVTOL aircraft, now dubbed the AA360. [Note: the company renamed the aircraft "Elroy" in four months later.]

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Thinking Outside the Box Is Inside the Box at Aurora Flight Sciences

Thinking Outside the Box Is Inside the Box at Aurora Flight Sciences

  • 01 May 2018 09:16 AM
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On Nov. 8, 2017, The Boeing Company acquired Aurora Flight Sciences, which bills itself as “an innovative technology company which strives to create smarter aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems.” Or to put it another way, a company whose entire existence is thinking outside the box.

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SureFly Takes Flight

SureFly Takes Flight

  • 30 Apr 2018 09:29 AM
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Workhorse completed the first flight of its two-seat SureFly hybrid eVTOL quadcopter on April 30, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This was the world’s first manned free flight of a hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft. The SureFly made a 10-second, untethered hover with an experimental flight certification.

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LightningStrike Concluded

LightningStrike Concluded

  • 25 Apr 2018 09:27 AM
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On April 24, Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it had reached an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to conclude the joint hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program that was developing the XV-24A LightningStrike.

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eVTOL at Heli Expo 2018

eVTOL at Heli Expo 2018

  • 20 Apr 2018 04:51 PM
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For those who knew to look for it as something potentially revolutionary — rather than some crazy idea for a far-away future — electric VTOL almost broke into the mainstream this year. On Monday, Feb. 26, the day before Heli-Expo began, AHS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg gave a press briefing, entitled, “The Future of Vertical Flight,” providing a perspective on the global vertical flight market and technological development, including the potential of eVTOL.

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Meet Cora

Meet Cora

  • 19 Apr 2018 01:19 PM
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On March 12, Kitty Hawk revealed its latest surprise: Cora. After nearly eight years of secretive electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development, the Mountain View, California-based company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page finally went public. With the hashtag #MeetCora, Kitty Hawk announced that it had been flying a two-seat derivative of the Zee Aero Z-P2 (see “Electric VTOL News,” Vertiflite March/April 2018) in California and in New Zealand. The company also announced that it had established Zephyr Airworks, the operator of Cora in New Zealand.

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AHS is the Vertical Flight Society

AHS is the Vertical Flight Society

  • 19 Apr 2018 12:52 PM
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AHS International is pleased to announce that the Society is rebranding to better reflect our membership and our role in the world.

After years of discussion and months of debate, the Board of Directors of AHS International voted to change the identity of AHS to the “Vertical Flight Society,” the moniker that the Society had been using in various forms for at least a half century. While not a legal name change, the “Vertical Flight Society” will become the “trade name” for AHS.

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XTI Aircraft Prototype Begins to Come Together

XTI Aircraft Prototype Begins to Come Together

  • 01 Apr 2018 11:29 AM
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XTI Aircraft announced on Feb. 20 that it was on schedule and on budget as it completed the ducts and fans for its 60% scale flying prototype of the TriFan 600 aircraft, and moved toward ground testing those components (see “XTI Aircraft Refines Its TriFan 600 VTOL BizJet,” Vertiflite March/April 2018).

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