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eVTOL UAVs to Take on Jaws as Shark-Spotters

Think of it as a sort of "Shark Eye for the Beach Guys (and gals)."

It’s been 45 years since film director Steven Spielberg frightened beachgoers and boaters out of the oceans with his iconic, shark-fest thriller, Jaws. Now, scientists at the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) may have found a way, using artificial intelligence (AI) and UAVs (drones), to spot sharks, track…

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EUROPEAN ROTORS 2020

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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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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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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Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 Conference January 2020 in San Jose, CA

Recent market studies commissioned by NASA and several financial investment and analysis companies have caused major players in the mainstream aerospace industry to reverse course on their earlier dismissive attitudes about the eVTOL sector when it was first emerging in 2011-2016. The research suggests that as many as 100,000 eVTOL aircraft will be in commercial…

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Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) Launches

With an eye toward acceptance and the safe integration of a new class of aircraft – VTOLs and eVTOLS – into urban communities worldwide, a group of 13 organizations and enterprises have formed the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI). The nonprofit organization includes aviation industry stalwarts such as Bell, Black & Veatch, and Karem Aircraft,…

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