XPeng AeroHT opens flying car ground testing centre
September 22, 2023
The centre will conduct comprehensive ground tests for strength, load, vibration, durability, environmental factors and materials. It will support product validation from virtual simulation to real-world testing.
EHang gains access to solid-state lithium battery supply chain
September 22, 2023
Funding from EHang will be used by Inx to undertake R&D on solid-state lithium metal battery technologies, through production to deliveries. It provides the chance to secure an upstream battery supply chain.
Helsinki's aerodrome is a prototype sustainable digital airport. Its PV plant should be operational within 24 months, with chargers, buffer batteries for storage and electrolysers to refuel hydrogen-electric aircraft.
Forward planning and collaboration will drive zero emissions uptake
September 16, 2023
There are around 100 electric aircraft flying today, but collaboration is key to scaling up sustainable operations so that the entry of regional aircraft extends capability to affordable, longer range passenger transport.
H2Fly completed a series of piloted flights with its HY4 demonstrator aircraft, including one that lasted more than three hours, fitted with a fuel cell propulsion system and liquid hydrogen for the entire flight.
Bristow has placed a firm order for two VoloCity aircraft with an option to purchase an additional 78 aircraft. Together with Volocopter it plans to explore eVTOL passenger and cargo transport services in the US and UK.
Air bp scoops Aussie sustainability initiative award
September 7, 2023
The fuel supplier is recognised for introducing the first all-electric hazardous goods vehicle and refueller approved for use in Australia. It has been in operation at Brisbane airport since August 2022.
A preliminary investigation into a test incident identified the root cause to be a single component. The remote thrustborne flight test campaign concluded in July '23 and certification timelines remain unchanged.
Archer to showcase eVTOL industry at aerospace summit
August 31, 2023
The CEO and CSO will discuss Archer and the larger eVTOL aircraft industry's progress towards commercial ops in 2025 and scaled ops by 2028. The Midnight aircraft will also be on display at the Washington, DC event.
EHang's UACS meets CAAC standards and will be a crucial component of EH216-S commercial ops once the aircraft's type certificate is issued, allowing safe passage for it and other UAVs in potentially crowded airspace.
EHang completes planned tests for EH216-S type certification
August 21, 2023
With type certification under its belt, the EHang team can look to starting commercial operations. The TC tests are done, and a few remaining procedures must be finalised before official authorisation is received.
flyExclusive is inaugural member of Nexus advisory board
August 18, 2023
As a participant in the Nexus customer advisory board, flyExclusive has agreed to provide input on operator, pilot and passenger preferences to inform development of the Nexus, an EVTOL currently under development.
Archer has secured $215m from Stellantis, Boeing, United Airlines and Ark Invest; received an SAC from the FAA for its Midnight aircraft; and is on track to complete a first ever eVTOL aircraft customer delivery.
Last year, AIR performed successful forward flight testing of its full-scale prototype, AIR One, just five months after completing its first hover flights. Matthew Smith will lead the company through the certification process.
DHL brings supply chain expertise to Eve operation
August 13, 2023
The aim is to work out how to supply operators and service centres with spare parts, particularly batteries and the transport, storage and disposal thereof. Both want to reduce the environmental impact of the supply chain.
Vertical plans on spending £80m over the coming 12 months to progress the flight test programme both with crewed tests of its current prototype, and assembly and testing of its upgraded second full-scale VX4.
Since day one, Archer has laid out an aggressive goal to be the first to bring an eVTOL aircraft to the UAM market. Adding Nikhil Goel to the senior leadership team significantly bolsters efforts to achieve that.
The key to realising the potential of AAM hinges on leveraging tech talent according to Supernal's CEO. Irvine, California is perfect for the engineering HQ, situated among aerospace, automotive and deep-tech experts.
Eviation has selected TLG Aerospace to design the production configuration of its all-electric Alice commuter aircraft, a significant milestone on the path to certification. Alice orders are now valued at over $4bn.