Posts by Dave Clarke

CAMI Gives Lift to UAM

If you’ve been paying attention, you know a new industry is taking shape. Sooner than most people realize, there are going to be “flying cars,” AKA eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft), for shared and personal intra- and inter-urban transportation and emergency services. To facilitate the integration of the third dimension into personal transportation,…

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Vertical Aerospace Seraph eVTOL

Vertical Aerospace’s Seraph Lands at London’s Canary Wharf for a Sneak Preview

Well, technically, lands is inaccurate. The Seraph eVTOL was transported there so the public could have a look-see at what the future holds for one of their hometown urban air mobility heroes – Vertical Aerospace.   The company’s prototype is hoping to be launched in the summer of 2020, with a planned certification date at…

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That’s a Wrap! Transformative Vertical Flight 2020

With 60 invited speakers, 60 technical paper presentations, and record-breaking attendance, the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) wrapped up its Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 conference and the 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium in San Jose, CA, January 23rd. The event informed industry professionals where eVTOLs are today, where the industry is headed, and what challenges remain…

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Uber and Hyundai Debut Full-Scale Air Taxi Model at CES

Hello, world. Welcome the S-A1, a personal air vehicle (PAV), which debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show on January 6, 2020. Uber Elevate, the urban air mobility unit of ride-sharing leader, Uber, and Hyundai, South Korea’s auto manufacturing behemoth, presented a full-scale model (shown here) of the eVTOL they are developing in Las Vegas. While…

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Ice Ice Baby

Good for Rappers, Bad for eVTOLs Back in 1990, hip-hop/rap artist Vanilla Ice (real name Robert Matthew Van Winkle) extolled the virtues of ice, or at least vanilla ice (aka himself). The song was a huge success, but speak to Jim Sherman and Mike Hirschberg, director of strategic development and executive director at the Vertical…

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PAL-V, Buy Now, Fly Later

What are you waiting for? PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle), a Netherlands-based manufacturer of – call it what you will, an autogiro, a gyroplane, a flying car – has announced it is taking orders in the US for its Pioneer Edition, a limited production run of 90 vehicles. Some 70 of the vehicles have…

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