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Joby Transitions

Joby Transitions

  • 22 Dec 2020 12:10 PM
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In the year since Joby Aviation saw its valuation pass the $1B mark — known as a unicorn — the company has become more public in its quest to become first to market in the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi market. The recent release of photos and video showing the Joby Generation 2.0 aircraft hovering and in wingborne flight highlights the continuing advances in the aircraft’s flight test program.

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Commentary: Uber's Legacy: Elevating the Electric VTOL Revolution

Commentary: Uber's Legacy: Elevating the Electric VTOL Revolution

  • 21 Dec 2020 02:48 PM
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Until recently, Uber was often one of those companies that people seem to love to hate. Stemming from the well-publicized antics of its founding CEO Travis Kalanick, workplace scandals and the no-holds-barred expansion strategy of its startup years, most people were skeptical and suspicious of Uber’s intentions and motivations when it announced its interest in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

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CAAM Accelerates eVTOL in Canada

CAAM Accelerates eVTOL in Canada

  • 21 Dec 2020 12:53 PM
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The Vancouver-based Canadian Advanced Air Mobility (CAAM) Consortium commissioned three new studies to better understand how advanced air mobility (AAM) activities will impact the Greater Vancouver economy, environment and social engagement, the so-called Triple Bottom Line.

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VFS Chapters Raise the Bar for Virtual Meetings

VFS Chapters Raise the Bar for Virtual Meetings

  • 21 Dec 2020 11:16 AM
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Beginning in April, the Vertical Flight Society started providing virtual content with both industry interviews and virtual chapter meetings. Links to past and future webinars are available at www.vtol.org/webinars. Below is a roundup of a dozen of the webinars organized by the chapters and headquarters since the last issue of Vertiflite.

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Coming to Terms: “Levels of Autonomy” is Unsound

Coming to Terms: “Levels of Autonomy” is Unsound

  • 21 Dec 2020 09:26 AM
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Autonomy, among the hottest topics in aviation today, lacks a clear and agreed-upon definition, though a consensus is emerging.

Multiple aviation “level of autonomy” scales have been put forward, such as Autonomy Levels for Unmanned Systems (ALFUS) by US government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). But the adjective “autonomous” is binary: either an actor (person or system) performs a task autonomously or it has supervision.

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Leadership Moves: Vertiflite Jan-Feb 2021

Leadership Moves: Vertiflite Jan-Feb 2021

  • 21 Dec 2020 09:06 AM
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On Nov. 19, Munich-based Lilium announced that it has appointed Geoffrey Richardson — previously the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the autonomous car company Cruise — as its CFO. Based in San Francisco, Richardson has more than 20 years of proven expertise in international finance, mergers and acquisition, fundraising and operations.

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VFS Invites Sponsors for Student Competition

VFS Invites Sponsors for Student Competition

  • 20 Dec 2020 06:47 PM
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The Vertical Flight Society has launched its inaugural VFS Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. This 20 lb (9 kg) eVTOL competition seeks to encourage interest in unmanned aircraft technology, and small air vehicle design and fabrication. The Army Research Lab (ARL) is the host of the fly-off taking place April 16-17 between schools from around the world.

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eSTOL Updates

eSTOL Updates

  • 20 Dec 2020 06:27 PM
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California-based Metro Hop, Inc., announced on Nov. 30 that its newly formed German division, Metro Hop Technik GMBH, had been awarded a grant from the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC). Metro Hop has been developing an all-electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft (shown) with its patented “Active Landing Gear” system, used to accelerate the plane to flight speed on takeoff and decelerate the plane after landing.

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eCTOL Updates

eCTOL Updates

  • 20 Dec 2020 06:27 PM
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Tecnam has partnered with Rolls-Royce to develop a nine-passenger eCTOL aircraft called the P-Volt, the Italian aircraft company announced on Oct. 23. The two companies are already collaborating on a hybrid-electric version of its four-seat Tecnam P2010 Traveller.

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GoFly Announcement

GoFly Announcement

  • 20 Dec 2020 06:27 PM
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The article, “GoFly Teams Prepare to Fly Again,” in the Nov/Dec 2020 issue of Vertiflite, highlighted the 21 teams that came to the GoFly Final Fly Off on Feb. 29 and their status during the COVID-19 pandemic. As expected, GoFly announced its approach to continue the competition on Nov. 12: “Given the global pandemic, GoFly has adjusted its format to reflect this new normal. While the Grand Prize remains $1,000,000, we will now provide for an individual team demonstration rather than a large event gathering.

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