• EASA Publishes SC-VTOL

    EASA Publishes SC-VTOL
    EASA Takes the First Shot at eVTOL Regulations.
    Did They Miss the Mark?

    By Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director

    Vertiflite, September/October 2019

    The Vertical Flight Society has been supporting the development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft since 2014. One of the...

  • The Potential of eCTOL

    The Potential of eCTOL
    Electric Conventional Take-Off and Landing Aircraft Take Off!

    By Nicolas Zart

    Vertiflite, September/October 2019

    While essentially all of the news on electric aviation in Vertiflite has focused on electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, developments of electric conventional take-off...

  • Oshkosh e-AirVenture

    Oshkosh e-AirVenture
    This was the year that the “Electric VTOL Revolution” arrived in Oshkosh. It will never be the same.

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

     Vertiflite, September/October 2019

    The world’s largest gathering of pilots and aviation enthusiasts takes place every year in Oshkosh,...

  • Lilium Expands to London

    Based outside of Munich, Germany, Lilium announced on June 11 that it had selected London to be “the base for a world-class software team it plans to develop.” Hundreds of high-end software engineering roles will be created in the city over the next five years as the business seeks to make affordable, electric, on-demand air taxis a reality by 2025. Jobs will also be added in their existing hubs in Munich and Zurich. Additionally, Lilium appointed...

  • First Turkish eVTOL

    According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, Istanbul-based UAV manufacturer Baykar is nearing completion of the country’s first eVTOL aircraft, called the “Cezeri” — named after the 12th century Muslim inventor/engineer Ismail al-Jazari. Baykan Technical Director Selçuk Bayraktar announced on Aug. 7 that the Cezeri had been under development for about 8 months and the prototype would be unveiled at Teknofest at Atatürk Airport, Sept....

  • NEC Flies Testbed

    NEC Corporation has developed an eVTOL testbed to help development autonomous management systems for UAM aircraft. NEC stated that the much larger eVTOL aircraft fly differently than small drones and they need a full-size eVTOL aircraft to obtain the data needed to allow them to make and validate working aircraft management systems.

    NEC reported that they’ve been flying their eVTOL testbed behind closed doors for several months in Abiko, near...

  • EHang Operational

    According to the eFlight Journal on July 2, Chinese drone maker EHang has delivered the first 10 of its two-seat Model 216 eVTOLs to a Chinese operator and eight more to deliver to undisclosed overseas clients, with additional deliveries in China coming. The EHang 216 is a derivative of the single-seat EHang 184 will operate with a special permit to fly under a specific operational risk assessment (SORA) trial rule by the Civil Aviation...

  • Kitty Hawk Announcements

    On June 25, The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility (UAM). The strategic partnership will bring together the innovation of Kitty Hawk’s Cora division with Boeing’s scale and aerospace expertise. Cora is a two-seat, lift-plus-cruise eVTOL that is currently being tested unmanned in New Zealand. In addition, the company tweeted on Aug. 15 that...

  • XTI Continues Progress

    Testing of the 65%-scale unmanned demonstrator of the XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 has moved to the Northrop Grumman Utah Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site in Box Elder County, Utah, which was coordinated by the Deseret UAS organization. Meanwhile, the company announced in July that it had selected GE Aviation’s Catalyst engine as the core of the hybrid-electric propulsion system for the TriFan 600. GE said its Catalyst is, “the first all-new,...

  • Hanwha Invests in Karem Butterfly

    South Korean industrial giant Hanwha announced on July 11 that it was investing $25M in a spin-off from Karem Aircraft, Inc., dedicated to bringing its all-electric air taxi vehicle, Butterfly, to market. The Butterfly is being developed for Uber Elevate and uses Karem’s Optimum Speed Rotor technology to power a vectored-thrust vehicle with four large rotors mounted on the wings and tail. Butterfly’s large, slow-turning rotors provide efficient...