Airports and fixed-base operators that plan to service electric air vehicles should have plans in place at least a year ahead of their arrival, says the developer of the Alia-250 electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
Detailing its plans for deploying the several types of advanced air mobility vehicles it has on order, Bristow Group says it is important for established operators to play an active role in ensuring the safe introduction of the new types of aircraft.
In October, the number of used business jets for sale declined 15% compared to a year ago, but is up 7% compared to September figures, according to Jefferies’ analysts. Inventory for sale in October has risen 26% over the past six months.
California-based electrical vertical takeoff and landing startup Overair has begun assembly of the XP-1 uncrewed full-scale demonstrator for the Butterfly tiltrotor air taxi which is expected to fly by the end of 2023.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and National Air Transportation Association-Compliance Services (NATACS) have renewed their partnership for pre-enrollment and credentialing services for general aviation for an additional five years.
U.S. and European aviation regulators have established the requirements for certifying electrified aircraft propulsion systems, but how industry can demonstrate compliance with those rules is a work in progress.
Letters of intent to purchase aircraft are not orders, despite the propensity of advanced air mobility startups to describe them as such. But they do provide an indication of who is interested in these new types of aircraft.
Flying car is a frequent misnomer for electric air taxis, but in the case of Alef Aeronautics’ Model A the term is a correct, if inadequate, description given the unconventional approach the startup has taken to designing a vehicle that can take off and land vertically as well as drive on the road.