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Washington Report, Sept-Oct 2021

Washington Report, Sept-Oct 2021

  • 25 Sep 2021 03:28 AM
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On June 22, Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) introduced the Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite 14 Communications Act of 2021 (RETAIN Act).

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EAA AirVenture 2021’s Vertical Flight & Electric Aviation Trajectory

EAA AirVenture 2021’s Vertical Flight & Electric Aviation Trajectory

  • 21 Sep 2021 10:38 PM
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While it may not have been readily apparent to some, there was in fact a strong presence from the vertical flight and electric aviation community at this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) on July 26–Aug. 1.

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Skyworks Picks Eagle Technologies

Skyworks Picks Eagle Technologies

  • 10 Sep 2021 09:21 PM
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Skyworks Aeronautics Corp. announced in July that it had selected Newport News, Virginia-based Eagle Technologies, LLC, to design and fabricate the rotor system for the Skyworks’ eGyro electrically powered gyrodyne.

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Rotor X Goes Electric

Rotor X Goes Electric

  • 10 Sep 2021 09:13 PM
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On June 29, Rotor X Aircraft Manufacturing Company unveiled a design for a six-seat, all-electric, quad-rotor helicopter called the eTransporter, which the company says is ideal for air taxi operations, package delivery, search and rescue, personnel recovery and medevac operations.

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Jaunt’s Journey

Jaunt’s Journey

  • 05 Sep 2021 09:49 AM
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Whether it’s a short jaunt or a longer journey, one eVTOL start-up is taking the road less traveled to make vertical flight more accessible to the common man.

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​​​​​​​HyPoint Partners With Piasecki Aircraft To Deliver Next-Generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems

​​​​​​​HyPoint Partners With Piasecki Aircraft To Deliver Next-Generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems

  • 24 Aug 2021 10:57 AM
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MENLO PARK, Calif., August 24, 2021 — HyPoint, the company developing zero carbon-emission turbo air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell systems for aviation and urban air mobility, today announced that it has entered into a multi-phase collaborative development agreement with Piasecki Aircraft Corporation (PiAC), a pioneer in advanced rotorcraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) platforms and technologies, for the development and certification of hydrogen fuel cell systems for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle applications.

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Tier 1 Engineering Reveals its Second Battery-Electric Robinson R44 Helicopter

Tier 1 Engineering Reveals its Second Battery-Electric Robinson R44 Helicopter

  • 15 Jul 2021 09:09 AM
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For the past five years, Tier 1 Engineering of Santa Ana, California, has been flight-testing and refining an electric-powered version of the Robinson R44 — the world’s best-selling general aviation helicopter for the past 22 years — with nearly 7,500 delivered.

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Ingenuity Takes Off On Mars

Ingenuity Takes Off On Mars

  • 28 Apr 2021 01:25 AM
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April 19, 2021 — a day for the record books: the successful first flight of an aircraft on another planet. Lifting off from the surface of Mars to a modest 10 ft (3 m), NASA’s diminutive Ingenuity helicopter made a humble start that holds huge significance for future flights.

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Virtual Meetings — Powering Through a Full Year

Virtual Meetings — Powering Through a Full Year

  • 20 Apr 2021 02:58 PM
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After a full year of precautionary measures related COVID-19, VFS continues to provide webinars on relevant vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and electric VTOL (eVTOL) developments to keep members learning and actively engaged.

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Piasecki Aircraft: Carrying on the Spirit of Innovation

Piasecki Aircraft: Carrying on the Spirit of Innovation

  • 02 Mar 2021 01:36 PM
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Among the many luminaries in rotorcraft history, the name Frank Piasecki stands out alongside that of Igor Sikorsky. While Sikorsky flew America’s first successful helicopter in 1939, young Piasecki was close on his heels. In 1943, he became the second designer to fly a successful helicopter in the US (see sidebar).

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