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Ascendance Prepares to Take Off

Ascendance Prepares to Take Off

  • 08 Jul 2019 03:00 PM
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This year’s Paris Air Show (June 17-23, 2019) was packed with announcements — an entire industry boasting a more eco-friendly future for aviation worldwide.

Chief among those is the burgeoning Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market and the eVTOL platforms to serve it that are destined to fly within the next decade.

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Flying in the Skai with Hydrogen

Flying in the Skai with Hydrogen

  • 01 Jul 2019 02:11 PM
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On May 29, Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based Alaka’i Technologies revealed a “non-flying prototype” of its hydrogen-powered Skai electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The unveiling was held in Newbury Park, California, at the facilities of BMW-owned global creative consultancy Designworks, which was contracted for the vehicle design, with a focus on the passenger experience.

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Electric Aviation Highlighted at Le Bourget

Electric Aviation Highlighted at Le Bourget

  • 01 Jul 2019 01:31 PM
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VFS members and staff attended the 53rd biennial Paris Air Show at the Paris–Le Bourget Airport, June 17–23.

VFS covered the event on social media, and posting photos and updates on Twitter and Facebook. In addition, VFS has created an album of more than 60 pictures from the event in the Vertical Flight Photo Gallery.

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Honeywell Connects with eVTOL Developers

Honeywell Connects with eVTOL Developers

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:28 PM
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In early June, Honeywell Aerospace and its partners announced several new deals to supply technology for eVTOL/UAM developers. Honeywell signed an agreement with “an unnamed air taxi developer” to supply multiple units of its new IntuVue RDR-84K Band Radar System: “The innovative, compact and lightweight software-based radar detects multiple obstacles in and around its flight path and is a major step toward automating the takeoff and landing of UAM aircraft.”

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Urban Aero Unveils Hydrogen CityHawk Details

Urban Aero Unveils Hydrogen CityHawk Details

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:26 PM
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Two years after announcing plans to produce a five-seat, hydrogen-powered CityHawk eVTOL, Metro Skyways, a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics, released more details of its design on June 2, including the hydrogen-based powertrain. While CityHawk will initially be powered by jet fuel in order to expedite its certification under the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAR Part 27, following certification it will be converted to 10,000 lb/in² (700 bar) compressed-hydrogen propulsion.

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Volocopter Building Volo-Port

Volocopter Building Volo-Port

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:25 PM
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Volocopter and Skyports, Ltd. announced May 23 that they were cooperating to build the first mobile eVTOL landing pad. UK-based global heliport owner and operator Skyports and Germany-based Volocopter unveiled plans with “stunning designs produced by internationally renowned agency Brandlab.”

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UK Launches Innovation Sandbox

UK Launches Innovation Sandbox

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:24 PM
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The Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom has launched a new virtual space in which new technology can be safely tested — the “Innovation Sandbox.” It is initially funded by a grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which has launched the Innovation Sandbox with six participants. Five companies — Altitude Angel, Amazon, NATS and Searidge Technologies, NBEC Consortium, and Nesta Challenges — are focused primarily on drones, artificial intelligence and airspace management. The sixth company is Volocopter.

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Vahana Cockpit and Systems Unveiled

Vahana Cockpit and Systems Unveiled

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:23 PM
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On May 20, by Airbus released new photos of its second Vahana demonstrator, “Alpha Two.” The first aircraft, Alpha One, is currently advancing through test flights; Alpha Two is the first Vahana demonstrator with a finished interior.

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Lilium Flies Five-Seat Prototype

Lilium Flies Five-Seat Prototype

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:21 PM
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Munich-based Lilium unveiled its new five-seater air taxi Lilium Jet on May 16, after the prototype had made its unmanned maiden flight on May 4 at 08:03 am. The Lilium Jet uses small electric fans, which the company calls “jet engines.” According to Lilium’s news release, “The full-scale, full-weight prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that allow it to take-off and land vertically, while achieving remarkably efficient horizontal, or cruise, flight.

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CityAirbus Demonstrator Lifts Off

CityAirbus Demonstrator Lifts Off

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:20 PM
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On May 3, Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even tweeted, “Congratulations to the Airbus and Siemens teams who performed the first successful take-off of the CityAirbus demonstrator in Donauwörth. Next step: flight envelope expansion in Manching!” However, the photo was of the aircraft on the ground with the test team.

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