Maker achieves first full transition flight for Archer
December 5, 2022
The demonstrator has completed a first full transition flight less than a year after its first hover flight; one of a small number of full scale eVTOLs to achieve this feat and a significant step towards FAA certification.
Skyportz hails vertiport guidelines from Australia's CASA
December 1, 2022
Skyportz has welcomed vertiport guidelines from Australia's air regulator for electric air taxis. It shows, it says, that the country is preparing not only the skies but also the transport network infrastructure for AAM.
Together they will develop an operational model so as to study software potential for UAM ops. The aim is to support integrated operation of UAM aircraft as well as scale and eventual integration of uncrewed vehicles.
Fresh capital sets Lilium on the path to manned flight
November 25, 2022
Proceeds from Lilium's latest funding round will be used to advance commercialisation and means of compliance, as well as assembly of the type-conforming aircraft for the final manned flight test campaign.
Ampaire flies first hybrid-electric regional aircraft
November 22, 2022
The first flight was 33 minutes in duration to make initial checks of the propulsion system. The Eco Caravan reduces fuel consumption and emissions by up to 70 per cent; emissions are near zero when using SAF.
Midnight is the evolution of the eVTOL demonstrator Maker, which validated the 12-tilt-6 configuration. Due for certification late 2024, it will carry out back-to-back 20 mile trips with 10 minute charge times.
Signature's Eagle County Regional airport location in Colorado is serving as an innovation testbed as it tracks the most effective ways of reducing carbon emissions. It is now carbon neutral for Scope 1 and 2 emissions.
Archer pinpoints manufacturing site while sourcing avionics and fuel cells
November 17, 2022
Archer is to base its manufacturing in Covington, Georgia, and will use the Garmin G3000 flight deck and Molicel fuel cells for its Midnight production aircraft. Initial production should begin later in 2024.
Kevin Singh weighs in on the latest developments around business aviation and the environment. From Amsterdam's protests to the use of SAF in the industry, the industry needs to manage its public message.
Financial support of $850m from four Chinese banks will enable XPeng AeroHT to further increase investment in its flying car R&D, the establishment of a supply chain and construction of manufacturing facilities.
Archer is building on momentum towards commercialisation with the success of its flight test programme, the selection of a first commercial eVTOL route with United Airlines, and the upcoming unveiling of Midnight.
Optima Aero recognises Airbus and Babcock France for parts recycling
November 10, 2022
Optima Aero has launched an initiative to recognise carbon footprint avoidance through the re-use of serviceable helicopters parts. The first green certificates were presented to Airbus and Babcock France.
OC makes first battery-powered point-to-point helicopter flight
November 10, 2022
A 3rd generation electric helicopter has achieved an historic airport-to-airport cross country flight 75 years after the first English Channel heli crossing. The e-R44 uses quick-swap batteries rather than recharging.
Charm and LIFT aim to operate semi-autonomous HEXA aircraft in the greater NYC area. Like Segway tours, but in the air; geo-fenced with zero emissions and quieter than helicopters. Initial trials could start by end 2023.