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Varon Skyscrapers for Latin America

Varon Skyscrapers for Latin America

  • 20 Dec 2020 06:23 PM
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In December, Miami, Florida-based Varon Vehicles hosted a virtual summit called “Skyscraper 2020: The requirements for Urban Air Mobility for Latin America.” Varon Vehicles is supporting the AAM ecosystem to bring together global stakeholders to work on the unique requirements for Latin America, targeted towards implementation of its disruptive infrastructure networks, beginning in Columbia.

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CityAirbus Moves Cities

CityAirbus Moves Cities

  • 20 Dec 2020 06:17 PM
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Airbus Helicopters moved its four-seat CityAirbus eVTOL demonstrator at the end of August from its plant in Donauwörth 35 miles (55 km) east to its development test center at Ingolstadt-Manching Airfield, both north of Munich in Southern Germany.

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Half-Scale Samad e-Starling Takes Off

Half-Scale Samad e-Starling Takes Off

  • 20 Dec 2020 06:14 PM
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On Nov. 30, Bedfordshire, UK-based Samad Aerospace announced the successful electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) first flight of its half-scale e-Starling prototype. The aircraft flew at 90 mph (145 km/h) for five minutes, setting the groundwork for eVTOL tests flights in 2021.

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Vertiia Comes Together for Good

Vertiia Comes Together for Good

  • 20 Dec 2020 06:09 PM
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Sydney, Australia-based AMSL Aero was founded in June 2017 by Andrew Moore (AM) and Siobhan Lyndon (SL). The group has flown 1/5-scale models and has now unveiled its full-scale eVTOL tilt-propeller demonstrator. 

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EHang Keeps Delivering

EHang Keeps Delivering

  • 20 Dec 2020 06:06 PM
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In October, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced the first Unmanned Civil Aviation Experimental Zones (UCAEZs) to promote China’s global leadership in developing an unmanned civil aviation industry. The list of UCAEZs covers as many as 13 cities, including Hezhou (shown), Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Zigong, Anyang, Nanjing, Tianjin, Yulin, Shenyang, Dongying, Anqing and Ganzhou.

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AAM in Korea

AAM in Korea

  • 20 Dec 2020 05:43 PM
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The Seoul Metropolitan Government co-hosted an event with the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) on Nov. 11 to highlight AAM in Korea. Guangzhou, China-based EHang brought six examples of its two-seat EH216 autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) and conducted unmanned flights of the 1,435-lb (650-kg) eVTOL, according to Yonhap News Agency. In addition, Korean industrial giants Hyundai and Hanwha displayed one-third-scale models of their vectored-thrust eVTOL designs.

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More in Singapore

More in Singapore

  • 20 Dec 2020 05:32 PM
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The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS) announced on Dec. 4 that they had updated their bilateral agreement to facilitate CAAS validation of EASA aircraft type certifications. This amendment allows the two regulators to “collaborate on facilitating aviation innovations, such as electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

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Volocopter Moves Forward

Volocopter Moves Forward

  • 20 Dec 2020 05:27 PM
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Bruchsal, Germany-based Volocopter GmbH has continued pushing forward with its two-seat, 18-propeller multicopter eVTOL since the “roll-out” of its first production model, the VC 2-1 VoloCity on Sept. 30. On Oct. 28, the company announced a cooperative effort with Lufthansa Industry Solutions to build Volocopter’s proprietary intelligent and integrated “Urban Air Mobility [UAM] Software Platform,” called VoloIQ (shown), which will run on Microsoft Azure.

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Access Skyways

Access Skyways

  • 20 Dec 2020 05:19 PM
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On Oct. 23, Dallas, Texas-based Jaunt Air Mobility announced that it was launching Access Skyways, a group of partner companies providing expertise to support the integration of AAM. Jaunt announced memorandums of understanding with PS&S Integrated Services, an architectural and engineering firm with experience in vertiport design, and PRICE Systems, which specializes in predictive cost modeling and has the capability to calculate passenger demand for air taxi services.

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Agility Prime is Big for Small Businesses

Agility Prime is Big for Small Businesses

  • 20 Dec 2020 05:09 PM
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The US Air Force’s AFWERX innovation organization announced on Oct. 26 that it intended to select more than 250 proposals as part of its “X20D” Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) open topic solicitation, a record in the program’s nearly three-decade history. This X20D solicitation was focused on the Agility Prime program, the AFWERX initiative to operationalize AAM/eVTOL for government missions in a way that accelerates the emerging commercial market.

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