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Beta Alia-250 Prototype Flies Cross Country to Ohio

Beta Alia-250 Prototype Flies Cross Country to Ohio

  • 24 May 2022 01:26 PM
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On May 23–24, 2022, Beta Technologies flew its prototype Alia-250 eVTOL aircraft (N250UT) cross country to Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport (SGH) in Ohio.

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Air Force Picks 11 Companies for High-Speed VTOL Program

Air Force Picks 11 Companies for High-Speed VTOL Program

  • 28 Feb 2022 08:00 PM
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In January, the US Air Force selected 11 companies to proceed with the conceptual development of a high-speed vertical takeoff and landing (HSVTOL) aircraft. Initiated in the spring of 2021 as the High-Speed VTOL Challenge, the effort is a collaboration between AFWERX, the Air Force’s innovation hub, and US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

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AFWERX Controls Heaviside

AFWERX Controls Heaviside

  • 28 Feb 2022 02:19 PM
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In an event in California between Dec. 13–17, a member of the US Air Force Reserve remotely piloted Palo Alto, California-based Kitty Hawk’s Heaviside eVTOL aircraft.

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Top 10 eVTOL.news articles for 2021

Top 10 eVTOL.news articles for 2021

  • 03 Jan 2022 08:25 PM
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The 2021 clicks are in and the results speak to the breadth and depth of the detailed stories published on eVTOL.news. Here are the top 10 feature articles published in 2021.

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Air Force Challenges Industry for High-Speed VTOL

Air Force Challenges Industry for High-Speed VTOL

  • 25 Aug 2021 08:43 AM
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The US Air Force (USAF), in partnership with the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), initiated the “High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) Concept Challenge” in April (see “Industry Briefs,” Vertiflite, July/Aug 2021)

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Beta Announces Multiple Sales

Beta Announces Multiple Sales

  • 01 May 2021 01:58 PM
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On April 7, United Parcel Service (UPS) announced that its UPS Flight Forward subsidiary plans to purchase and operate cargo aircraft from Burlington, Vermont-based Beta Technologies.

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US Air Force Primes the eVTOL Industry

US Air Force Primes the eVTOL Industry

  • 03 Mar 2021 03:12 PM
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The US Air Force officially launched its Agility Prime initiative when it issued a request for information (RFI) on Dec. 17, 2019 — the 116th anniversary of the Wright Flyer making the first heavier-than-air powered flight. In the first intake of companies in the Air Force’s “Air Race to Certification,” some 20 eVTOL companies applied to participate.

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Agility Prime Accelerates eVTOL Development

Agility Prime Accelerates eVTOL Development

  • 02 Mar 2021 07:14 PM
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This year, the US Air Force’s Agility Prime initiative will help finance the flight test and certification efforts of about 20 different eVTOL aircraft participating in its “Air Race to Certification” program.

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Agility Prime is Big for Small Businesses

Agility Prime is Big for Small Businesses

  • 20 Dec 2020 05:09 PM
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The US Air Force’s AFWERX innovation organization announced on Oct. 26 that it intended to select more than 250 proposals as part of its “X20D” Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) open topic solicitation, a record in the program’s nearly three-decade history. This X20D solicitation was focused on the Agility Prime program, the AFWERX initiative to operationalize AAM/eVTOL for government missions in a way that accelerates the emerging commercial market.

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LIFT Aircraft’s HEXA Gets a Boost

LIFT Aircraft’s HEXA Gets a Boost

  • 24 Aug 2020 06:36 AM
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The senior leadership of the United States Air Force witnessed their first flight of an electric powered VTOL aircraft on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, when LIFT Aircraft gave a demonstration of its single-seat HEXA aircraft on the parade ground of Camp Mabry near downtown Austin, Texas.

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