Amprius Validates Fast Charging Of Energy-Dense Batteries

By Graham Warwick Dec 08, 2021
Amprius Validates Fast Charging Of Energy-Dense Batteries Graham Warwick, graham.warwick@aviationweek.com The end state vision for urban air mobility is high-tempo operations that enable a convenient and affordable mode of public transportation.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Methanol-to-Hydrogen Generators Targeted At Electric Aircraft
Element 1 plans to bring its on-demand methanol-to-hydrogen generator technology to fuel-cell propulsion applications in aerospace.
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Ascendance Unveils Revamped eVTOL Design

By Graham Warwick Dec 01, 2021
Gone is the Cessna Skyhawk-like configuration of the original concept, replaced with an unconventional tandem-wing design.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
DLR Receives Do 228 For Use As Electric Propulsion Testbed
The German aerospace center will modify the aircraft by adding a fuel-cell powertrain being developed with MTU Aero Engines.
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ATR, P&WC Begin Path To Hybrid-Electric

By Guy Norris Nov 30, 2021
At the recent Dubai Airshow, the Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer and Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced a long-awaited upgrade plan for the ATR 42/72 based on an extensively improved derivative of the PW127 engine family dubbed the XT.
Emerging Technologies

Yates Develops Swarming Cargo Glider

By Graham Warwick Nov 29, 2021
Yates Electrospace will develop scaled-down version of its Silent Arrow unmanned cargo glider for deployment from wider range of aircraft
Aircraft & Propulsion

Beta Underpins AAM With Nationwide Charging Network

By Graham Warwick Nov 29, 2021
Beta sees its plans for a Tesla Supercharger-style network of chargers as a key differentiator that sets it apart from other developers of eVTOL vehicles.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Vertical Set To Build VA-X4 eVTOL Prototype

By Guy Norris Nov 24, 2021
Vertical says it remains on track to start flight tests in early 2022 as it targets certification for the VA-X4 in 2024 and entry-into-service in 2025.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Germany’s eMagic Builds On eVTOL Legacy

By Graham Warwick Nov 22, 2021
The 10 years that separate the first hover flights of the Volocopter VC1 and eMagic Aircraft’s eMagic One illustrate the advances made in a decade by electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing technology.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

LuftCar Combines Ground, Air Travel In Single System

By Carole Rickard Hedden Nov 19, 2021
When an electric ground vehicle and a hydrogen-fueled airframe come together, the result could be an elegant solution for cargo and personal transportation.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
German Startup Begins Production Of New-Design Autogyro
German startup Fraundorfer Aeronautics has begun production of its Tensor 600X two-seat autogyro.
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Tecnam Offers Transition Path To Electric P-Volt

By Graham Warwick Nov 17, 2021
Italian manufacturer Tecnam Aircraft has launched a transition program to enable buyers to transition via the P2012 Traveller nine-passenger regional aircraft to the P-Volt all-electric version.
Emerging Technologies

Diehl, Thales First Suppliers To CityAirbus NextGen

By Tony Osborne Nov 17, 2021
Diehl Aerospace and Thales are to work with Airbus to develop the flight control system for Airbus’ electric vertical takeoff and landing advanced air mobility platform.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

United CEO On AAM

By Jens Flottau Nov 17, 2021
When Scott Kirby, 54, took over the CEO position at United Airlines in May 2020 after four years as its president, the airline industry was in its worst-ever crisis.
Emerging Technologies

Partners Demo Autonomous Blood Delivery To Field Medics

By Graham Warwick Nov 17, 2021
The ability to deliver whole blood by unmanned aircraft over long distances to medics treating traumatic injuries in the field has been demonstrated by L3Harris and Near Earth Autonomy.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Israeli UAV Control Startup Xtend Raises $20M In Venture Capital

By Michael Bruno Nov 17, 2021
Xtend, an Israeli-linked UAV operator system startup that aims to use artificial intelligence to help extend the use and range of unmanned vehicles, has raised $20 million in Series A funding, the company announced Nov. 16.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Honda Sees EVTOL As Path To Becoming Mobility Provider

By Graham Warwick Nov 12, 2021
For Honda, development of a mobility ecosystem centered on an electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) air taxi, will be a key step toward transforming the automaker from a product manufacturer into a system developer and service provider.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Explorer Sets Out Regional Roadmap With Turbine, Hybrid-Electric Plans

By Guy Norris Nov 12, 2021
Explorer Aircraft is developing a hybrid-electric regional airplane derived from the high-wing single-engine Explorer 500T utility aircraft, a more powerful version of which it plans to fly with a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-40A turboprop over the coming weeks.
Emerging Technologies

Air-Taxi Developer Overair Begins Rotor System Ground Tests

By Guy Norris Nov 12, 2021
Electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) air-taxi developer Overair has begun full-scale ground tests of the 20-ft.-dia. rotor system that will power a flying demonstrator of the company’s Butterfly quad-tiltrotor starting late in 2022 or early in 2023.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Transcend Air Conducts Ground Tests For Tiltwing Concept VTOL

By Guy Norris Nov 12, 2021
High-speed vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft developer Transcend Air is conducting ground tests of its Vy 400 tiltwing concept at a drag-racing venue near its Boston headquarters while continuing to raise funds to support full-scale development.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Pipistrel To Power Airflow’s eSTOL Technology Demonstrator

By Graham Warwick Nov 11, 2021
Electric aircraft pioneer Pipistrel will supply startup Airflow with motors, controllers and batteries for its proof-of-concept aircraft.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Archer Relocates Maker For First Hover Flights

By Graham Warwick Nov 10, 2021
Startup Archer Aviation has transported its Maker technology demonstrator to a flight test center in California in preparation for a first hover flight of the electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle before year’s end.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Australia’s Fortescue Eyes Green-Hydrogen Supply For Aviation

By Graham Warwick Nov 10, 2021
Zero-emissions propulsion startup Universal Hydrogen has signed an agreement with a clean-energy subsidiary of Australian mining company Fortescue Metals Group to secure a supply of green hydrogen through to 2035.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Begins 100% SAF Flight Trials

By Tony Osborne Nov 09, 2021
Airbus Helicopters has performed what it claims to be the first helicopter flight on 100% sustainable aviation fuel, albeit powering only one of the two engines on the H225 testbed.
Aircraft & Propulsion

India's HAL To Help ZeroAvia Certify Hydrogen-Electric Dornier 228

By Graham Warwick Nov 09, 2021
Startup ZeroAvia has partnered with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics to develop a supplemental type certificate for its conversion of the 19-passenger Dornier 228 regional turboprop to hydrogen-electric propulsion.
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