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LIFT Aircraft’s Airlift

LIFT Aircraft’s Airlift

  • 02 May 2021 10:29 PM
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Austin, Texas-based LIFT Aircraft has continued working with the US Air Force’s Agility Prime program. On March 23–24, the Air Force moved one of the company’s HEXA single-seat eVTOL ultralights on an HC-130J transport aircraft from Springfield, Ohio (where it had been testing near the Air Force’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) to LIFT’s hometown of Austin, Texas.

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Embraer Takes Flight

Embraer Takes Flight

  • 02 May 2021 10:25 PM
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Embraer’s eVTOL subsidiary, Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, Inc., posted a video on its YouTube channel on March 17 that gave a number of insights into its developments.

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Volocopter Spreads its Wings in China, Too

Volocopter Spreads its Wings in China, Too

  • 02 May 2021 10:19 PM
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In March, the eVTOL.com website broke the news that Bruchsal, Germany-based Volocopter GmbH had submitted a patent application in May 2020 for a tandem-winged multicopter.

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EHang Spreads its Wings in China

EHang Spreads its Wings in China

  • 02 May 2021 10:17 PM
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After many months of rumors and speculation, Guangzhou, China-based EHang acknowledged in a tweet on March 9, “EHang has been developing long-range electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle for years.

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Heaviside for Emergency Use

Heaviside for Emergency Use

  • 02 May 2021 09:54 PM
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On Feb. 24, emergency response and healthcare company Falck announced a collaboration with Kitty Hawk to consider its high-performance, single-seat Heaviside eVTOL for emergency response operations.

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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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Stamping Out Air Taxis

Stamping Out Air Taxis

  • 23 Apr 2021 12:21 PM
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Making lightweight, crashworthy aerostructures affordable is essential for advanced air mobility (AAM), given the huge number of aircraft needed to unclog roads.

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