• Geely Unveils Terrafugia TF-2A

    Geely Terrafugia TF-2A
    Subscale Demonstrator Aircraft
    Makes Its First Flight

    {unofficial translation from Geely's Chinese original news release}

    Geely's “integrated world” three-dimensional smart travel ecology is flourishing steadily in 2019. After the wholly-owned acquisition of Terrafugia in 2017, Geely quickly established the Terrafugia...

  • Jump Aero to Get First Responders There Faster

    Terrafugia co-founder and president Dr. Carl Dietrich has announced a new urban air mobility (UAM) venture, Jump Aero.

    With the tagline, "We will empower our heroes to become superheroes," the company aims to "enable first responders to fly to the scene of an emergency as fast as possible.  We will cut emergency response time in half – helping save thousands of lives each year."

    Founded by three experienced aviation entrepreneurs, Jump...

  • Harbor Air ePlane eCTOL December 10, 2019 in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

    Harbour Air Flies eCTOL

    On Dec. 10, Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline conducted a successful flight of what is claimed was “the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft.” The flight was made in a six passenger de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver powered by a 750-hp (560-kW) magni500 propulsion system from Seattle-based magniX. The flight took place on the Fraser River at Harbour Air Seaplanes terminal in Richmond,...

  • Jaunt Adds Additional Partners

    Jaunt Air Mobility has selected additional partners for its Reduced Rotor Operating Speed Aircraft (ROSA™) electric rotorcraft. BAE Systems is collaborating with the company to explore the development of electric energy management systems for UAM vehicles through a memorandum of understanding (MOU). According to the joint press release on Dec. 5, “BAE Systems has 20-plus years of experience developing and integrating...

  • LIFT Hexa Update

    On Dec. 11, LIFT Aircraft provided a status update of their Hexa multicopter. The company has now built and tested three working prototypes to inform key design improvements for production. These include a stronger and lighter airframe; more reliable, efficient and quiet field-oriented control (FOC) motor controllers; a redesigned landing gear (from quad to hex) for greater balance and stability; and the addition of a fourth...

  • Star Wars X-Wing Fighter at Disneyland in December 2019 used the unmanned Boeing Cargo Air Vehicle (CAV) eVTOL aircraft as the platform for the two-thirds scale spaceships.

    Boeing Builds Star Wars Interceptors

    On Dec. 4, Disney unveiled its new “Rise of the Resistance” ride at the grand opening of its new “Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge” theme park in Orlando, Florida. Video of the nighttime event shows the two T-70 X-Wing fighters take off vertically, rotate and then translate forward away from the huge crowd. website reported that the interceptors used the unmanned Boeing Cargo Air Vehicle (CAV) eVTOL aircraft as the...

  • Bell APT lifts 60 lbs in 2019, USA.

    Bell APT 70 Lifts 60 lb

    On Nov. 18, Bell announced that its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 had conducted additional envelope expansion, with a 60-lb (27.2-kg) payload in tow. Bell plans to expand this to 70 lb (31.8 kg), its maximum payload. Bell’s APT demonstration was in response to the US Navy’s PMA-263 Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TRUAS) Challenge. The challenge will be hosted in Yuma, Arizona in 2020.

  • TexasUP eVTOL Investor Summit

    Vertiflite contributor Elan Head was one of a select few journalists to attend TexasUP, held Nov. 19-21, on Ross Perot, Jr.’s Circle T Ranch near Fort Worth, Texas. This third annual summit of investors and developers was organized by JetAviva co-founders Cyrus Sigari and Ben Marcus, who is also the co-founder and chairman of drone traffic management company, AirMap. With about 160 attendees, Sigari estimated that they...

  • Volocopter and John Deere agriculture drone 2019.

    Volocopter’s VoloDrone

    John Deere and Volocopter GmbH are collaborating on a heavy-lift utility drone for agriculture. A demonstrator model of the VoloDrone equipped with a John Deere crop protection sprayer, which had made tethered flights, was presented on Nov. 10–16 in Hanover, Germany, at the AGRITECHNICA trade show. With a potential payload of 440 lb (200 kg) and a maximum range of 25 miles (40 km), Volcopter said “the VoloDrone is able to...

  • Airbus Completes Vahana Testing November 2019 USA

    Airbus Completes Vahana Testing

    The Vahana unmanned eVTOL demonstrator made its last flight on Nov. 14. The aircraft completed 138 flights totaling almost 500 nm (925 km) and over 13 hours of flight time at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton, Oregon. Airbus’s Silicon Valley business unit A3 made the first test flight on Jan. 31, 2018. The Vahana is a full-scale prototype, self-piloting, eight-prop tilt wing, all-electric VTOL vehicle. In its...