SkyDrive concept eVTOL

Japan Moves Forward with Air Taxis and Flying Cars

One hundred Japanese and international corporations have agreed to help eVTOL air taxis become a reality in Japan by 2023 and automated cars that can fly by 2030. The companies are sponsoring SkyDrive Inc., a developer of urban air mobility solutions and joint developer CARTIVATOR Resource Management. Support will be in the form of financial…

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Embraer Pulse Concept

Embraer Pulse Is Part eVTOL, Part Self-Driving Car

It’s a plane! It’s a car. It’s Pulse – both at once. Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is taking a different flight path for the future. Its “Pulse” is designed to be an eVTOL air taxi and a self-driving car. The concept calls for a smart cabin that attaches to an autonomous eVTOL and then detaches…

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Startup Transcend Air Aims to Create Northeast Air Taxi

If you’ve got approximately US$20MM to spare, you might consider lending a startup hand to Transcend Air. Founders Gregory Bruell, formerly head of Elytron, a Silicon Valley VTOL design firm, and Peter Schmidt, a tech advisor for air-taxi provider Linear Air, have an eVTOL they’d like you to fund. Conceived as part traditional eVTOL and…

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Kitty Hawk Flyer Permanently Grounded

What goes up, must come down. Such is the fate of the Flyer, an eVTOL project launched in 2015 headed by Sebastian Thrun (a former Google Fellow who founded Udacity). The Flyer had its wings permanently clipped, according to the company. The eVTOL, which, at 250 pounds, qualified as an ultralight aircraft that didn’t require…

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Velis Electro

EASA Flips the On Switch for Electric Aircraft

Patrick Ky, executive director of The European Union Aviation and Space Agency (EASA), announced on June 10, 2020 that EASA had given two thumbs up to the world’s first fully electric aircraft. The Pipistrel Velis Electro is a two-seat aircraft intended primarily for pilot training, according to Slovenia-based Pipistrel. The aircraft was certified in less…

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Vertical Aerospace Chief Engineer Tim Williams

Vertical Aerospace Hires Tim Williams as Chief Engineer

Tim Williams was at year 33 with Rolls-Royce—the last 10 as a Chief Engineer—when he was contacted by a recruiter. Calling the world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines “a superb company to work for,” he thought he’d dispatch the recruiter by saying the only thing that could tempt him was “a much bigger challenge.” And…

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