Posts by Dave Clarke

Live Free or Fly?

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu recently signed into law NH House Bill 1517. This legislation would permit “roadable aircraft” (AKA flying cars or eVTOLs — electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) to drive on roads in the Granite State. A former NH legislator, Representative Keith Ammon, suggested Steven Smith, who represents Sullivan County, District 11,…

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eVTOLs and Flying Cars Not Quite Cleared for Takeoff

“Ground control to Major Tom. Ground control to Major Tom.” (David Bowie flashback.) According to its latest reporting, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is managing roughly 16.1 million flights annually, averaging about 44,000 flights daily. That’s about 5,400 flights at any given moment. The advent of urban air mobility (AKA advanced air mobility) is…

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Airfare. AirFair? How Much Will an eVTOL Ride Cost?

In the movies, the bad guy would run out of a building and hop in a taxi. Seconds later, the good guys would hail the next cab in line and say, “Follow that car!” After a harrowing chase, the bad guy gets out and runs, the good guys throw a pile of bills at the…

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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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