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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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Changing the Face of the AAM Industry

Changing the Face of the AAM Industry

  • 28 Feb 2022 07:12 PM
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Both the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry and the drone industry are experiencing a talent crisis. According to DroneAnalyst’s “2021 Drone Market Sector Report,” pilots are at a premium. A 2020 VFS study indicated that 10,000 additional engineers will be needed over the next decade in vertical flight to meet the simultaneous demands of ramping up development of military rotorcraft and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The current talent pool is simply not large enough to meet these demands. 

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Bell Demonstrates Key AAM Capability

Bell Demonstrates Key AAM Capability

  • 28 Feb 2022 03:40 PM
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Bell Textron announced on Feb. 2 that its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) successfully demonstrated a critical capability for future AAM operations.

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Elroy Air Reveals Chaparral C1, 500+ Orders

Elroy Air Reveals Chaparral C1, 500+ Orders

  • 28 Feb 2022 03:37 PM
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In Jan. 26, Elroy Air unveiled the Chaparral C1, a pre-production hybrid-electric VTOL drone for autonomous cargo delivery

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Boeing Backs Wisk

Boeing Backs Wisk

  • 28 Feb 2022 03:36 PM
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The Boeing Company will back Wisk Aero with an additional $450M in funding and provide technical and regulatory expertise to the California-based eVTOL developer.

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Zuri Reveals New Hybrid-Electric VTOL

Zuri Reveals New Hybrid-Electric VTOL

  • 28 Feb 2022 03:33 PM
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In a YouTube video on Jan. 20, Zuri unveiled a new version of its hybrid eVTOL aircraft.

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Overair Initiates Propulsion Tests, Partnership

Overair Initiates Propulsion Tests, Partnership

  • 28 Feb 2022 03:30 PM
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On Jan. 20, Overair announced that it had commenced its ground test program to evaluate the full-scale propulsion system for the Butterfly eVTOL quad tiltrotor aircraft in the desert northeast of Los Angeles.

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Urban-Air Port and Skyportz  Expand Vertiport Plans

Urban-Air Port and Skyportz Expand Vertiport Plans

  • 28 Feb 2022 03:28 PM
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On Jan. 19, Urban-Air Port (UAP), a UK-based startup, announced that it secured an investment from Supernal, the AAM subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group, to advance the development of AAM networks.

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AutoFlight Aiming at EASA Certification

AutoFlight Aiming at EASA Certification

  • 28 Feb 2022 02:52 PM
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AutoFlight announced on Jan. 18 that it had re-established a team in Germany that will focus on accelerating efforts to certify its Prosperity I eVTOL aircraft.

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Lift Off for ZEVA Zero

Lift Off for ZEVA Zero

  • 28 Feb 2022 02:49 PM
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ZEVA Aero, an eVTOL developer based in Tacoma, Washington, announced on Jan. 13 that it has completed the maiden untethered test flight of the full-scale ZEVA Zero.

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