Weekly Debrief: AAM’s Landside Implications

By Carole Rickard Hedden Nov 19, 2021
As GAD World opens Nov. 30 in Zurich, one of the highlights will be discussions concerning how advanced air mobility will affect airport operations.
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

Rolls-Royce Claims Electric-Powered World Speed Record

By Tony Osborne Nov 19, 2021
Rolls-Royce claims it has broken the world speed record for an electric-powered aircraft­—555.9 kph (345.4 mph)—with its £6 million ($8.1 million) Spirit of Innovation.
Aircraft & Propulsion

German Startup Begins Production Of New-Design Autogyro

By Graham Warwick Nov 18, 2021
German startup Fraundorfer Aeronautics has begun production of its Tensor 600X two-seat autogyro.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Aerosud Partners On Samad VTOL Cargo UAV
South African aerostructures manufacturer Aerosud aviation has signed a memorandum of understanding with UK startup Samad Aerospace for the development and manufacture of the Starling Cargo unmanned aircraft.
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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
Competition Heats Up For Korean UAM Market
With the South Korean government making a proactive effort to commercialize urban air mobility by 2025, two consortiums have announced plans to develop and test the required ecosystem.
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Weekly Debrief: China Poised To Claim Early AAM Market Lead

By Carole Rickard Hedden Nov 17, 2021
China will likely be the first geographic region to embrace urban air mobility and will dominate the market through 2035 when the U.S. is projected to take over market leadership.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

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

New SPAC Looking For Investment

By Michael Bruno Nov 17, 2021
Talon 1 Acquisition Corp. began trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange Nov. 4 in anticipation of a merger with an aerospace, aviation or related services company.
Connected Aerospace

Viasat To Buy Inmarsat

By Bill Carey Nov 17, 2021
Two satellite giants are joining forces to further strengthen their position in airline connectivity, but also to exploit space augmentation of terrestrial 5G and communications for unmanned aerial vehicles, air taxis and delivery drones.
Commercial Space

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

Skyports Targets LA Parking Garages As UAM Vertiport Sites

By Graham Warwick Nov 17, 2021
As urban air mobility leaders target congested cities such as Los Angeles as launch markets for air taxi services, efforts to secure convenient vertiport locations are accelerating.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

NTSB Positions To Be Space Incident Investigation Body

By Michael Bruno Nov 16, 2021
When there are space-related accidents on Earth, which there will be as the space economy grows, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board wants to be ready with codified procedures for investigating, according to a new announcement from officials.
Commercial Space

Elroy Air Teams On Humanitarian Cargo UAV Service

By Graham Warwick Nov 16, 2021
Unmanned cargo-aircraft startup Elroy Air has partnered with humanitarian transport operator AYR Logistics to develop an autonomous aerial-delivery service.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Cash Burn Ramped Up As AAM Leaders Move Toward Certification

By Graham Warwick Nov 16, 2021
Archer, Joby and Lilium together spent almost $132 million in the third quarter on development of their electric vertical takeoff and landing air taxis.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

New Partners Beckon For Airbus Urban Mobility Unit

By Tony Osborne Nov 16, 2021
The new unit is independent from the OEM, which was deemed necessary to give Airbus Urban Mobility the nimbleness to react in the dynamic advanced air mobility market.
Dubai Airshow

Weekly Debrief: China Poised To Claim Early AAM Market Lead

Nov 15, 2021
China will likely be the first geographic region to embrace urban air mobility and will dominate the market through 2035, when the U.S. is projected to take over market leadership.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

West Virginia Airport Joins AAM Infrastructure Efforts

By Carole Rickard Hedden Nov 15, 2021
Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia, is going all-in to develop a complete system to support electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing air service, through new partnerships.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

ISR And Cargo-Carrying UAVs Join EDGE Product Line

By Tony Osborne Nov 15, 2021
EDGE has unveiled the QX-5 and QX-6 systems at Dubai, expanding its range of autonomous offerings.
Dubai Airshow

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

Zipline Plans To Deliver Medicines By Drone In Salt Lake City Region

By Graham Warwick Nov 12, 2021
Zipline plans to deliver medical supplies by drone to homes in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area under a partnership with Intermountain Healthcare.
Aerospace

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