The Week In Technology, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2020

By Graham Warwick Nov 30, 2020
VerdeGo powers XTI TriFan; Seoul stages UAM demo; and Embraer powers up electric partnership.
Emerging Technologies

Ten Drone Models Advancing To FAA Type Certification

By Bill Carey Nov 23, 2020
The FAA on Nov. 23 released proposed airworthiness criteria for four small unmanned aircraft systems, bringing to 10 the number of drones that are positioned to earn design approvals from the agency.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

The Week In Technology, Nov. 23-27, 2020

By Graham Warwick Nov 23, 2020
Safran powers Bye; Aurora flow-controlled CRANE; Stratospheric turbulence test; UAM acceptance survey; AI in design; Supersonic nacelles
Emerging Technologies

FAA Seeks Comment On First Drone Design Approvals

By Bill Carey Nov 22, 2020
The FAA on Nov. 20 released for comment proposed airworthiness standards for six small unmanned aircraft systems as a step toward issuing its first-ever regulatory certifications of drone designs.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Man Charged After Drone Collides With Police Helicopter

By Bill Carey Nov 20, 2020
The FBI on Nov. 19 arrested a Hollywood, California, man on charges that he crashed a drone into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter in September.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

VerdeGo, XTI Team Up On VTOL Unmanned Cargo Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Nov 20, 2020
U.S. start-ups VerdeGo Aero and XTI Aircraft have partnered to develop a hybrid-electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing unmanned aircraft.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

DARPA Project Will Apply AI To Air-Taxi Design

By Graham Warwick Nov 19, 2020
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is to use artificial intelligence in the design of an air taxi under a four-year, $7.2 million DARPA contract.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Kea To Fly Stratospheric Unmanned Platform In New Zealand

By Graham Warwick Nov 18, 2020
New Zealand start-up Kea Aerospace has unveiled plans to develop a stratospheric unmanned aircraft, aiming initially at the aerial imagery market.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Survey: Potential Passengers Split On Self-Flying Air Taxis

By Graham Warwick Nov 16, 2020
A survey of potential urban air taxi users by German research organization Fraunhofer and vehicle developer Volocopter reveals a high demand for safety but a split on whether the aircraft should be piloted.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Bye Picks Safran Over Rolls To Power Electric eFlyers

By Graham Warwick Nov 16, 2020
Safran Electric & Power has signed an agreement to power Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 2 and eFlyer 4 certified electric light aircraft.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Stratospheric Glider Flights Will Test Real-Time Turbulence Detection

By Graham Warwick Nov 16, 2020
A technology enabling real-time detection of clear air turbulence is to be tested on flights of a high-altitude unmanned aircraft from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Wisk Teams With NASA On Autonomous Urban Air Mobility

By Graham Warwick Nov 16, 2020
Self-flying air-taxi developer Wisk has teamed with NASA to address the safe integration of autonomous aircraft into urban airspace. 
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Opinion: What The COVID-Catalyzed Digital Transformation Has Taught Us

Dale Tutt Nov 16, 2020
Urban air mobility is a case study in the benefits of digital design.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

EmbraerX Spinoff Eve Becomes Newest UAM Startup

By Graham Warwick Nov 16, 2020
Embraer spins off an independent company to accelerate its entry into urban air transportation.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

The Week In Technology, Nov. 16-20, 2020

By Graham Warwick Nov 16, 2020
Lilium picks Orlando; UK’s future of flight; multiaircraft autonomy; GoFly adapts to COVID; VerdeGo tests hybrid; Sony plans drones.
Emerging Technologies

The Week In Defense, Nov. 12-19, 2020

By Jen DiMascio Nov 13, 2020
Potential Aircraft Sale for UAE; Boeing to train Qatari F-15QA pilots; Nigeria’s latest Chinese UAS order; and ESS contract for Lockheed.
Aircraft & Propulsion

NASA Gears Up For Advanced Air Mobility eVTOL Flight Testing

By Graham Warwick Nov 13, 2020
NASA and the FAA are cooperating to understand performance characteristics and operating requirements for urban air taxis.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Lilium Elects Orlando As Hub For 1st U.S. Regional Air Mobility Network

By Graham Warwick Nov 11, 2020
German start-up Lilium has announced that the first electric regional air mobility network in the U.S. will be launched in 2025 in Florida.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Sony Unveils Drone Development Project

By Bill Carey Nov 11, 2020
Japan’s Sony Corp. has announced the start of a drone development project aimed at video production for the entertainment and other industries.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

UK’s Future Flight Challenge Targets Coronavirus Response

By Graham Warwick Nov 11, 2020
Projects to use drones to deliver COVID-19 supplies are among the first wave of winners under the UK’s £125 million ($165 million) Future Flight Challenge.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

EHang Flight Headlines South Korea’s First UAM Demo

By Graham Warwick Nov 11, 2020
South Korea staged its first urban air mobility demonstration in Seoul on Nov. 11, including drone and electric air taxi demonstrations using the developmental K-Drone low-altitude traffic management system.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Electric Propulsion Start-up LaunchPoint EPS Targets Drones, EVTOLs

By Graham Warwick Nov 10, 2020
Backed by 11 years of technology development, a new startup has been launched onto the market to provide electric propulsion systems for aircraft, starting with drones but aiming ultimately at urban air mobility.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Why Does Joby Aviation’s Air Taxi Reverse Standard Helicopter Inputs?

By Guy Norris Nov 10, 2020
Ask the Editors: The S4 is an airplane that is also capable of vertical flight and therefore does not operate like a helicopter.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

The Week In Technology, Nov. 9-13, 2020

By Graham Warwick Nov 09, 2020
NASA’s moral autonomy; Beyond FAA’s UAS IPP; X-57’s lift props; VoltAero picks Sonaca; Hill’s in-house turboshaft; Canadian AAM.
Emerging Technologies

Spanish Cities Plan Urban Air Taxi Demos In 2022

By Graham Warwick Nov 06, 2020
Spanish air navigation service provider Enaire plans urban air mobility demonstrations in Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela in 2022 under two projects funded by Europe’s Horizon 2020 research program through the SESAR air traffic management modernization effort.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation