The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

Mark Huber

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Vertiport Offers a Warm Welcome to Chicago for eVTOL Aircraft Operators

The vertiport facility, which opened in 2015, was designed mainly with helicopters in mind, but the 10-acre site has space to accommodate eVTOL aircraft, too.
The privately developed Vertiport Chicago is conveniently located near many of the most popular business districts in the Midwest U.S. city. It is open around the clock, can accommodate eight helicopters on the ramp simultaneously, and has space for new operations, including eVTOL air taxi services. What's more, local politicians support further expansion of activity on the downtown site.
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Opener Close to Accepting Orders For Its BlackFly Personal eVTOL Aircraft

The company appears to be making progress in its efforts to bring the BlackFly to market for personal air transportation under FAA's Part 103 rules for ultralight aircraft.
At the recent EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Opener demonstrated its BlackFly single-seat eVTOL aircraft in the event's flying display and also exhibited simulators that it will use to train owner-pilots. The secretive U.S. company for the first time disclosed some information about the model's performance and specifications and said that it will open its order book before the end of 2021.
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Electric Leasing Group Skye Signs for Bye's eFlyer 800s

Skye Aviation has committed to ordering 15 of Bye Aerospace's new nine-seat eFlyer 800 electric fixed-wing aircraft, which is expected to enter service in 2025.
Bye Aerospace now claims to have an order backlog for 800 of its electric fixed-wing aircraft, including the new eFlyer 800 model. The company claims the eFlyer, priced at around $6 million, can compete with turboprop and piston general aviation aircraft, such as Textron's King Air family. The manufacturer also has confirmed that Garmin will supply its G500 TXi avionics suite for the smaller eFlyer 2 model.
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Luminati Warns eVTOL Aircraft Developers about Battery Fires

The company says that after suffering costly damage from a battery fire, it has developed a solution that guards against this danger and wants to offer it to other electric aircraft companies.
After suffering serious damage from a battery fire while developing a new electric aircraft, Luminati Aerospace developed a new type of battery pack that incorporates cooling techniques to increase safety. The company is concerned that battery technology adopted by eVTOL aircraft developers from the automotive sector is not fit for the aviation sector.
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Volocopter Makes U.S. Public Debut, With Piloted Flight At Oshkosh Show

The German company's 2X eVTOL prototype flew in front of large crowds at the EAA AirVenture event, and visitors were also able to take a close look at the cabin for the VoloCity air taxi model.
Europe-based Volocopter plans to operate its eVTOL aircraft commercially in the U.S. market, with type certification of the two-seat VoloCity model anticipated by 2024, and the larger, longer-range VoloConnect to follow around two years later. During the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Volocopter's 2X prototype flew publicly in front of large crowds.
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Kit-built Helicopter Maker Rotor X Advances Plans For Six-Seat eVTOL Multicopter

RotorX is working on plans to offer eVTOL multicopters powered by piston engines or electric motors for a variety of applications including passenger transportation.
Rotor X, a specialist in kit-built helicopters, plans to bring a multicopter eVTOL model to the market. The six-seat RX eTransporter will be able to carry six people, or potentially be used for cargo or other applications such as medical emergency support and military missions. Flight testing is due to start in the fall of 2021, with initial FAA certification for freight use anticipated in 2022.
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Bell Takes Patient Approach to the Advanced Air Mobility Market

Despite parent company Textron's recent creation of a new eAviation division, the helicopter manufacturer seems to be taking a cautious approach to bringing new electric aircraft to market.
Bell is continuing development work with its Nexus 4X passenger-carrying eVTOL aircraft and the cargo-carrying Autonomous Pod Transport. However, the company has indicated that both designs are still being defined and has not confirmed any timeline for possible service entry.
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When It Comes to Clearing the Way for Advanced Air Mobility Infrastructure, It's Never Too Soon to Start

Winning public acceptance and not taking the multifaceted approval processes for granted will be critical to getting the infrastructure in place to support advanced air mobility services.
Advanced air mobility ground infrastructure experts Rex Alexander and Yolanka Wulff urged companies seeking to pioneer the launch of eVTOL aircraft operations to start early and leave no detail to chance regarding the preparation of the required ground infrastructure. They point to myriad technical and planning issues, relating to matters such as how land is zoned for use and getting electrical supplies approved and installed.
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Turkey's Next Attack Helicopter Will be Electrically Powered and Unmanned

The new T629 combat rotorcraft was unveiled in Turkey last week and is set to make its first flight before the end of 2021.
Government-owned Turkish Aerospace Industries is developing the T629 all-electric, unmanned helicopter for military applications such as search and rescue, anti-ship, and anti-submarine warfare.
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Airbus Trials Autonomous Takeoffs and Landings For Moving Platforms

Airbus's optionally piloted vehicle recently made fully autonomous takeoff and landing approaches to and from a moving deck simulator.
The Airbus VSR700 optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) recently made fully autonomous takeoff and landing (ATOL) approaches to and from a DeckMotion moving platform simulator—a pitching, yawing surface, mounted on a trailer to simulate the conditions of a moving ship deck. The small rotorcraft, derived from the Helicopteres Guimbal Cabri G2, used Airbus’s DeckFinder technology to locate and interface with the DeckMotion simulator. 
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