Most of today’s leading American electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft companies spent their formative years working in secret with the companies’ milestones and achievements rarely, if ever, publicized.
Battery performance and associated aircraft range capability remains a major area of focus for the nascent electric aircraft industry. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recognized the need for civil aviation authorities to assess battery performance for electric aircraft in a recently published white paper, “Managing Range and Endurance of Battery-Electric Aircraft.”
Joby Aviation recently achieved a major milestone with the US Department of Defense when it delivered the first Joby production eVTOL aircraft (N5421A) to Edwards Air Force Base in California for military evaluation and flight testing.
In a multi-day event on Aug. 1–3, officials from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assured attendees that the agency would be ready for the introduction of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and other types of advanced air mobility (AAM) vehicles.
The seventh annual VFS program at the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL tradeshow featured a partnership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to tackle the integration of advanced air mobility (AAM) platforms into the airspace.
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