EHang Cites Progress Toward Autonomous eVTOL Certification

By Graham Warwick Sep 30, 2022
With the world’s advanced air mobility (AAM) industry watching EHang’s progress toward the first type certification of an autonomous air taxi, the Chinese startup has reported that the project specific certification plan for its two-seat EH216-S has been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Advanced Air Mobility
Swiss Students Fly Electric Aircraft
An electric four-seat aircraft developed by students at Switzerland’s ETH Zurich research university made its first flight on Sept. 30 in Dubendorf.
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Bizav Panel Calls Accuracy And Honesty Vital To Sustainability Strategy

By Angus Batey Sep 30, 2022
Achieving sustainability in operations is a high priority for organizations across the business-aviation sector. But of almost equal importance are accurately and honestly communicating the details of carbon-reduction efforts.
Aircraft & Propulsion

LuftCar Pitches To Develop eVTOL Fuel-Cell Propulsion

By Graham Warwick Sep 29, 2022
Already planning to develop an autonomous hydrogen-fueled air and road vehicle and associated landing and refueling infrastructure, U.S. startup LuftCar has announced plans to develop a fuel-cell/battery hybrid propulsion system for the advanced air mobility market.
Advanced Air Mobility
Textron Works With ZeroAvia To Convert Caravan To Hydrogen
Textron Aviation is to help startup ZeroAvia develop and certify a hydrogen-electric propulsion conversion for the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan single-turboprop utility aircraft.
andy.savoie@av… Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:01
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Umiles Flies eVTOL Urban Air Taxi Concept In U-space Trial
One of the more unusual designs for an urban air taxi—Spanish company Umiles Next’s “drone-of-drones” Concept Integrity—has conducted flight tests at the Onera Test Field in Toulouse.
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Croatian Interior Ministry First European Customer For Bell 412EPX

By Tony Osborne Sep 29, 2022
Croatia’s Ministry of the Interior has become the first European customer for the Subaru Bell 412EPX helicopter.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Bizav Operators See Huge Demand, Significant Challenges For AAM

By Angus Batey Sep 29, 2022
Business aviation operators are eager to get their hands on advanced air mobility platforms, but infrastructure uncertainties may slow their introduction, panel discussion participants at the Air Charter Expo say.
Advanced Air Mobility
Lilium Looks To Private eVTOL Sales To Boost Finances
The German electric air-taxi startup is working to bolster its balance sheet and control costs.
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Electra Flies Solar-Powered Climate Research UAV

By Graham Warwick Sep 28, 2022
Electra.aero conducted the first flight of its Dawn One solar-battery hybrid-electric research aircraft at its new development facility at Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia on Sept. 9.
Emerging Technologies

IATA: ICAO Has No Time To Lose In Approving Net Zero Emission Targets

By Lori Ranson Sep 27, 2022
IATA is continuing its push for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to endorse an aspirational goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
Sustainability

Korean AAM Startup MintAir To Buy Electra eSTOLs

By Graham Warwick Sep 27, 2022
MintAir, a startup that plans to become an advanced air mobility operator in South Korea, has signed a letter of intent with Electra.aero to acquire 50 electric short takeoff and landing aircraft for passenger and cargo regional air mobility services.
Advanced Air Mobility

Blade India Signs Deal For Eve eVTOL Air Taxis

By Graham Warwick Sep 27, 2022
Embraer spinoff Eve Holding has signed an agreement with on-demand helicopter service provider Blade India that covers electric air taxis and urban air traffic management software.
Advanced Air Mobility

Sounding Board: Five Minutes With Zean Nielsen, Cirrus Aircraft CEO

By Molly McMillin Sep 27, 2022
Zean Nielsen became CEO of Cirrus Aircraft in 2019, succeeding co-founder Dale Klapmeier, who became an advisor to the company. Before joining Cirrus…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Fast 5: NetJets President Of Sales On The Market, New Customers

By Molly McMillin Sep 26, 2022
A year after the halt of sales to new customers, NetJets has launched the new 25-Hour Lease program and has resumed new customer sales.
Aircraft & Propulsion
SkyDrive Unveils Two-Seater SD-05 eVTOL Air Taxi, Raises $66 Million
SkyDrive of Japan has unveiled renderings of its two-seater SD-05 electric vertical takeoff and landing passenger aircraft.
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Bizav Groups Release Sustainability Principles Ahead Of ICAO Assembly

By Molly McMillin Sep 26, 2022
Business aviation associations have issued a set of policy principles to guide long-term carbon emissions reductions ahead of the 41st annual International Civil Aviation Organization Triennial Assembly.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Gulfstream Delivers 500th G650/G650ER

By Molly McMillin Sep 26, 2022
Gulfstream Aerospace has delivered its 500th G650/G650ER ultra-long-range aircraft, the company announced. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Vertical Flies VX4 eVTOL Demonstrator

By Graham Warwick Sep 26, 2022
Vertical Aerospace has conducted the first tethered hover flight of the full-scale demonstrator for its VX4 electric air taxi, the startup staking the claim to be the first British company in 20 years to begin flight tests of a new aircraft.
Advanced Air Mobility

Ferrovial, AECOM Focus On Florida Site Selection

By Carole Rickard Hedden Sep 24, 2022
Ferrovial Vertiports, which is working with Lilium to develop a network of vertiports in Florida for operation of Lilium Jets, is extending its partnership with infrastructure consulting firm AECOM.
Advanced Air Mobility
U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Flying ‘Never Gets Easy,’ Pilot Says
Growing up in a U.S. Air Force family, Maj. Kyle Oliver, the No. 5 pilot in the Thunderbirds air-demonstration squadron, knew from a young age he wanted to join the military and fly jets.
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Sounding Board: Five Minutes With Curt Castagna, National Air Transportation Association President & CEO

By Molly McMillin Sep 23, 2022
Curt Castagna became president and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) on Sept. 1, succeeding Timothy Obitts.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Jetcraft Projects 10,921 Used Business Jet Sales From 2022-2026

By Molly McMillin Sep 22, 2022
Jetcraft predicts demand for pre-owned business jets to lead to 10,921 transactions representing $66.6 billion in revenue from 2022-2026, according to its just-released business jet market forecast. 
Aircraft & Propulsion
Agility Prime Funds Mayman’s Speeder
The U.S. Air Force AFWerX Agility Prime initiative has added Mayman Aerospace to the list of companies receiving support to develop new-generation vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
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Kittyhawk To Shut Down; Wisk Aero To Continue

By Carole Rickard Hedden Sep 21, 2022
Advanced air mobility startup Kittyhawk has ceased operations.
Business Aviation