Posts by AeroCar Journal Staff

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Vertical Flight Society Awards $100,000 in Scholarships

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) awarded more than US$100,000 to 27 young engineering scholars at 11 universities in the U.S. and Germany to recognize, incentivize, and reward their promise and talent toward advancing vertical flight. “Since 1977, our Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) Scholarships have helped inspire generations of students to pursue careers in vertical flight,…

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Embraer VTOL on helipad

Frequently Asked Questions about Flying Cars

When will members of the public be able to regularly ride the skies in eVTOLs? Answer: While manufacturers might tell you otherwise, NASA gives a conservative estimate of about 2030.   What’s taking so long? Answer: It’s complicated.   No seriously, what are the biggest obstacles to eVTOLs becoming a reality? Answer: Batteries, batteries, batteries….

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NASA, Wisk, and Alaka’i Form UAM Partnership

As part of its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign (NC), NASA announced on November 16, 2020, that it had signed information exchange agreements with UAM vehicle developers, Mountain View, California-based Wisk and Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based Alaka’i Technologies. The agreements will facilitate the integration of eVTOLs and hybrid VTOLs into the U.S. national airspace. Working with…

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eVTOL News on the Fly

 eVTOL Maker Lilium Inks Deal with Dusseldorf and Cologne/Bonn Airports Munich, Germany-based Lilium announced an agreement between the eVTOL manufacturer, Dusseldorf Airport, and Cologne/Bonn Airport to begin exploring how the airports can become hubs and leverage UAM using Lilium’s 5-seat aircraft as a new transportation mode across the North Rhine-Westphalia region. “We are excited to…

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EUROPEAN ROTORS 2020, launched this year by the European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will be held in Cologne, Germany, November 10-12, 2020. The conference is the sole European event designed for the entire rotorcraft industry (OEMs, suppliers, and operators). It covers vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft—everything from…

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Volocopter CTO Arnaud Coville

Volocopter Appoints New CTO

Volocopter has announced Arnaud Coville as its new Chief Technical Officer following Jan-Hendrik Boelens’ decision to leave the company. Coville, who has extensive experience as an engineer in new aircraft development, originally came onboard as Head of VoloCity Development in May 2020. VoloCity is the German company’s fourth-generation eVTOL design. “Electrically powered air taxis will…

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