Posts by Dave Clarke

Flying Car-toons

If we said “eVTOL toons,” would you know what we meant? For all the science and serious technology surrounding eVTOLs, be honest. Would the public even be the slightest bit aware, let alone desirous of having flying cars, had it not been for a cartoon more than 50 years ago? Even officers from the U.S….

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Professor Dr. Martin Winter, University of Mϋnster

Full Charge: The eVTOL Revolution Will Need Batteries

Professor Martin Winter says powerful, but small, lightweight, batteries are essential to eVTOL success.   “Battery development is triggered by the stakeholders,” says battery technology expert Professor Martin Winter. Winter is founder and scientific director of the MEET Battery Research Center at Münster University (about 340 miles west of Berlin). But, so far, most of…

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Vertical Flight Society Executive Director Mike Hirschberg

eVTOLS: Challenges, Obstacles, and Opportunities

Vertical Flight Society Executive Director Mike Hirschberg Tells Us What’s Up   As far back as 2009, some of the people who pilot aircraft vertically, then fly them horizontally, recognized change was coming. NASA began to recognize the possibility, if not the inevitability, of eVTOLs in 2013. And the Vertical Flight Society (VFS), which began…

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Futurist Thomas Frey

What Living with Flying Cars Will Be Like

We get so immersed in the mechanics and infrastructure surrounding the development of eVTOLs that we sometimes forget about what a world with flying cars will be like or what it will take to have the population at large accept these soon-to-be modern miracles. We know that eVTOLs are in our future – sooner than…

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EASA Publishes VTOL Additional Certification Methods

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) enhanced the flight path toward urban air mobility (UAM) by publishing its proposal for the certification of electric or hybrid air taxis (VTOLs) on May 25, 2020. The Cologne, Germany-based agency first outlined a certification framework VTOL manufacturers could use to begin developing air taxis (Special Condition VTOL)…

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Vertiports: If You Build Them, Will They Come?

Horse, stable. Ship, dock. Car, garage. Airplane, hangar. Air transportation vehicles need a place to park, too. Whether to refuel, recharge, or reload, the urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles in development today will need somewhere to depart from and somewhere to land. They will need infrastructure to support them, not the least of which will…

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