AAM Calendar

Aviation Week Staff Jul 29, 2021
To list an event, send information in calendar format to    Carole Rickard Hedden at carole.hedden@aviationweek.com. For a complete list of Aviation Week Network’s upcoming events, and to register, visit www.aviationweek.com/events.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

General Atomics Explains Vision For Skyborg Combat Role

By Steve Trimble Jul 29, 2021
Aircraft propulsion concepts, radio-frequency sensors, mesh networks and autonomous control systems are driving a reimagining of roles.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Joby Begins Process Towards eVTOL Airline Operations

By Guy Norris Jul 29, 2021
Joby Aero has begun the process with the FAA to obtain its Part 135 air carrier certificate as part of its broader plan to operate its own electric…
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Volocopter Performs First U.S. Public Crewed eVTOL Test Flight
Volocopter flew its 2X eVTOL testing model in front of the crowds at EAA AirVenture.
lindsay.bjerre… Thu, 07/29/2021 - 00:34
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Video: Volocopter VoloCity eVTOL at EAA AirVenture 2021

By Lindsay Bjerregaard Jul 28, 2021
Editor's Note: Due to flight demonstration noise in the background, we suggest turning on closed captioning for this video. Volocopter CEO Florian…
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Electra Wins NASA Blown Lift Technology Work

By Guy Norris Jul 28, 2021
Regional air mobility startup Electra is teaming under a NASA contract with researchers at the University of Southern California to mature blown lift technologies for electric short-takeoff-and-landing aircraft.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Shield AI Makes Second Defense Acquisition

By Steve Trimble Jul 28, 2021
A week after acquiring an artificial intelligence company for combat aircraft, Shield AI on July 29 announced the acquisition of Martin UAV.
Aircraft & Propulsion
Lilium Partners With Customcells On Lilium Jet
Customcells will industrialize battery cells for mass production, a key step in Lilium’s plans to scale-up production capacity ahead of the aircraft’s planned commercial launch in 2024.
guy.ferneyhoug… Wed, 07/28/2021 - 08:59
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Samad’s eStarling eVTOL Completes Hover Tests
In a key step towards development of the planned follow-on seven-seater air taxi, Samad Aerospace has completed hover tests of its half-scale e-Starling all-electric prototype aircraft.
guy.ferneyhoug… Wed, 07/28/2021 - 07:59
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EHang Ramps Up At New Chinese Air Taxi Production Site

By Guy Norris Jul 27, 2021
Chinese autonomous air vehicle (AAV) startup EHang has begun operations at its newly commissioned production facility in Yunfu, around 100 mi. west of its Guangzhou headquarters.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Weekly Debrief: AAM Supply Chain Keeps Growing

By Carole Rickard Hedden Jul 27, 2021
With eight issues of the Advanced Air Mobility Report under our belts, one of the staggering pieces of data we have encountered is the number of companies involved in the emerging market.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

MIT Study Supports Electra’s Rationale For Regional eSTOL

By Graham Warwick Jul 27, 2021
Electra.aero was founded on the premise that ultrashort-takeoff regional aircraft enabled by distributed electric propulsion would fly more payload longer distances than vertical-takeoff vehicles while still being able to operate from a similarly constrained urban footprint.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
What Role Will Automotive Industry Play In Advanced Air Mobility?
Automakers are eyeing the market, directly by developing eVTOL vehicles or indirectly by providing investment, expertise and suppliers.
audra.avizieni… Tue, 07/27/2021 - 13:00
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Joby Achieves 150 Mile-Plus Flight On Single Charge

By Guy Norris Jul 27, 2021
The California-based electric air taxi developer has marked a key flight test milestone by flying a full-size S4 prototype to its design range of more than 150 mi. on a single charge.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Chinese Electric Carmaker Showcases Latest eVTOL

By Graham Warwick Jul 26, 2021
Backed by XPeng Motors, startup XPeng Huitian has flown the Voyager X2, a two-seat multicopter described as its fifth generation of electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicle.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

The Week in Technology, July 26-30, 2021

By Graham Warwick Jul 26, 2021
Electrifying caravans; Hybrid Dash 8 demo; Unmanned SAR; Fractional VoltAero owners; Evaluating electric aircraft; Battery-powered R44.
Emerging Technologies

Startup Looks At Wider Utility Of Cargo eVTOL Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Jul 23, 2021
Electric vertical-lift aircraft, like helicopters, are likely to become known for their versatility—from medical evacuation to express logistics to passenger transport. Now add another potential role: an electrical generator.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Vertical Plans Rapid Ramp-up To Secure eVTOL Leadership

By Graham Warwick Jul 23, 2021
Vertical Aerospace’s business model differs significantly from those of its advanced air mobility rivals that are also planning to go public via mergers with blank-check companies, and the UK startup thinks that will give it a competitive edge.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Court Denies Wisk Injunction Against Archer

By Graham Warwick Jul 23, 2021
A U.S. District Court judge has denied Wisk Aero’s petition for a preliminary injunction against Archer Aviation in its legal action accusing the rival urban air mobility startup of stealing its trade secrets.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
The Week In Defense, July 23-29, 2021
Greece’s new Rafales; Army Starts FLRAA competition; Indonesia buys T-50s; and the U.S. Air Force rationale for Global Hawk retirement.
ARTURO.MORA@IN… Fri, 07/23/2021 - 08:00
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Hydrogen Has Potential For eVTOL Propulsion, Startup Says

By Graham Warwick Jul 22, 2021
Universal Hydrogen believes its modular capsule system could help power the next generation of electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation
Organizations Plan Impartial Electric Aircraft Evaluation Center
The evaluation center would produce test reports on the performance of eVTOL and electric aircraft.
guy.ferneyhoug… Thu, 07/22/2021 - 09:29
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United Electric Aircraft Order Positions It As Transformation Driver
United Airlines, under CEO Scott Kirby, has some big plans that include pushing sustainability.
ARTURO.MORA@IN… Thu, 07/22/2021 - 08:00
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Race To EIS Covers Six-Year Span

By Carole Rickard Hedden Jul 21, 2021
As the advanced air mobility sector continues to shape and shift at pace with the technological advances and regulatory and legal realities, the real question remains: When will the new aircraft emerge on a widely accepted basis?
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Volocopter, Skyports Study UAM At Malaysian Airports

By Graham Warwick Jul 21, 2021
A feasibility study is to begin with Malaysia Airports as Volocopter and Skyports look to build out air taxi networks in the Asia-Pacific region.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation