The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

Mark Huber

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New York Helicopter Bans Raise Questions about eVTOL Operations

Noise from helicopter flights in the New York City area has prompted support for tough restrictions on non-essential flights.
State and city legislation in New York is set to ban many helicopter flights deemed to be "non-essential" and make it easier for civil lawsuits against rotorcraft operators to succeed. The bills appear to apply to existing rotorcraft but may raise concerns about the attitudes of local officials toward eVTOL flights.
Eve's four-passenger eVTOL aircraft could operate in cities such as New York.

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Helicopter Operator Joins Plans For eVTOL Air Taxi Services in Los Angeles

Helinet is joining the Urban Movement Labs project, which already involves eVTOL aircraft developers Archer, Volocopter and Supernal.
Helicopter charter group Helinet has joined the Urban Movement Labs project to prepare for possible eVTOL air taxi services in Los Angeles. The California-based company will share its experience with those missions to evaluate their applicability to eVTOLs and the attendant infrastructure requirements, including the addition of electric charging capacity. 
Helinet's Sikorsky S76 helicopter.

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Airbus Sticks to Systematic Approach to eVTOL Market, Avoiding the Start-up Gold Rush

The company aims to fly a prototype of its CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft by the end of 2023, but says it won't confirm its plans for the advanced air mobility sector until it has resolved all operational and technical issues.
Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even this week insisted that the European aerospace giant won't be rushed over the timeline for bringing its CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft to market, arguing that much work needs to be done on the required technology, regulation, and infrastructure to ensure that the new sector of aviation has a viable long-term future. The European company sees the new designs complementing the role of its existing rotorcraft, rather than replacing them.
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Hill Helicopters Founder Slams eVTOL Technology and Business Case

Arguing that the UK start-up's new single turbine light helicopters will be more competitive for new air mobility missions, CEO Jason Hill was dismissive of his eVTOL rivals.
Hill Helicopters aims to bring its HX50 and HC50 light helicopters to market from 2023, which is around the same time that the first of the new eVTOL aircraft could be achieving type certification. In a recent presentation, the UK company's founder Jason Hill was dismissive of the potential for electric VTOL technology, arguing that it won't deliver viable performance at a competitive cost.
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Marry Tesla to Uber and You Get eVTOL Transportation as a Service, Say UAM Pioneers

Senior executives from eVTOL aircraft developers Joby and Archer, and also would-be early urban air mobility adopter United Airlines, shared their vision in a Northwestern University webinar.
For many companies in the urban air mobility new wave, designing and building eVTOL aircraft is just the start. During a seminar this week, leaders from Joby, Archer, and United Airlines sought to demystify the buzzwords and business school theory behind their plans to transform the way people move around in a way that is more economically and environmentally sustainable.
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Rolls-Royce Teams with German State and Federal Authorities on Hybrid Propulsion

The partners will establish development, testing, and production facilities for hybrid-electric propulsion systems
Rolls-Royce has signed a memorandum of understanding with several German government agencies to advance the research and development of hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the next generation of aviation in Brandenburg.
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The eVTOL Industry Drives Record Growth at Vertical Flight Society

The professional association, which has a strong focus on vertical takeoff and landing technology, now has a record 160 corporate members and more than 6,300 individual members.
The growth of the eVTOL industry has resulted in increased membership at the Vertical Flight Society, which sponsors extensive programming in support of the sector.

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BASF's Membranes Set to Boost Performance of HyPoint's Hydrogen Fuel Cells

HyPoint claims the use of new membrane-electrode assemblies will deliver more power at reduced weights, making its propulsion systems viable for passenger airliners.
German chemicals group BASF says its latest high-temperature proton exchange membranes could reduce the weight of HyPoint's hydrogen fuel cells by around one-third, allowing aircraft developers to extend range with greater hydrogen capacity, or add passenger seats and cargo.
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Bell To Showcase Its Nexus eVTOL Aircraft in Smithsonian Museum

The helicopter manufacturer's eVTOL design will feature in the Smithsonian's Futures exhibition even though the program's future is unclear.
Bell first unveiled the Nexus eVTOL mockup at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2019, but since then the company has not provided any substantial updates on how the program is progressing. The helicopter manufacturer will be exhibiting the design in the Smithsonian Institution’s Arts and Industries Building's Futures show this fall, along with other examples of its technological achievements.
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Universal Hydrogen Gets Closer to Airbus with New Toulouse Engineering Center

The U.S. company's leadership team has strong ties to Airbus, which is priortizing efforts to develop hydrogen-powered airliners through its Zero E program.
The California-based start-up is working to convert turboprop regional airliners to hydrogen propulsion using its proprietary technology, which includes delivering the fuel directly to the aircraft in capsules that are fitted in the rear of the fuselage. It is opening an engineering and design center at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France, close to the headquarters of European aerospace group Airbus.
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