The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

Matt Thurber

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Opener's BlackFly Makes Rare Appearance During Oshkosh Show

Hardly anyone has seen the production version of Opener's BlackFly single-seat eVTOL personal aerial vehicle since it first surfaced in 2018.
According to Opener, it has now built 30 full-size versions of its BlackFly single-seat eVTOL personal aerial vehicle, which it says falls under FAA’s Part 103 regulations for ultralight aircraft. While the secretive company is not yet taking orders, it is developing a pilot training program. BlackFly made a brief public flight this week during the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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Surf Air Plans Hybrid-Electric Cessna Grand Caravan Private Flight Fleet

Private air transportation group Surf Air Mobility says it will buy 150 Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft and replace their Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engines with an as-yet unspecified hybrid-electric powertrain in 2024.
Supported by its new electric propulsion subsidiary Ampaire, private air transportation group Surf Air Mobility intends to convert 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft to hybrid-electric propulsion in 2024. The aircraft, currently powered by a single Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop engine, will be flown by partner operators who post the availability of aircraft and flights on Surf Air's booking platform.
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How Urban Movement Labs Is Helping Los Angeles Achieve Its Urban Air Mobility Potential

Public perception of urban air mobility operations is will be an important factor in welcoming new modes of transportation to wary communities.
Clint Harper, a fellow at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation's Urban Movement Labs, is working with the local community and urban air mobility stakeholders to address issues involved with adding urban air mobility to the public transportation mix. In 2020, the city's mayor, Eric Garcetti, established a public-private partnership to prepare the way for eVTOL air taxi services to launch from around 2024.
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Skyports and Hanwha Team to Develop Vertiports in South Korea

The agreement with UK-based Skyports will enable Hanwha Systems to offer advanced air mobility infrastructure services in South Korea and globally.
Skyports and Hanwha Systems anticipate a large worldwide market for advanced air mobility infrastructure services, which includes development of vertiports and drone delivery services. Seoul-based Hanwha pans to offer these services globally as well as in South Korea.
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Challenge Aims To Name Urban Air Mobility Vehicles, Pilots

Urban Air Mobility Names Challenge seeks to find suitable monikers for various elements of urban air mobility, which is sector that has already generated numerous confusing acronyms and definitions in its short history.
Anyone is invited to submit names for UAM vehicles and operators in the Urban Air Mobility Names Challenge. Held by Varon Vehicles and Flight Crowd, the challenge looks to find names that will stand the test of time and be instantly recognizable and pertinent.
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Joby Chooses Garmin G3000 Avionics Suite for eVTOL Aircraft Flight Deck

Pilots who fly Joby's new eVTOL aircraft will manage the flight via Garmin's G3000 integrated flight deck avionics suite.
​​​​​​​Joby Aviation has selected Garmin to provide the G3000 integrated flight deck for Joby’s electric eVTOL aircraft, which is expected to enter service in 2024. Garmin’s work on autonomous products such as its Autoland automatic emergency landing system suggests that it may be preparing to supply avionics for aircraft that will eventually fly without a human pilot on board.
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Manufacturing and Materials Experts Assess the Challenges Facing Advanced Air Mobility

Currently, only a few thousand civil aircraft are built worldwide each year, but the new AAM sector claims it will be turning out tens of thousands of units annually.
Specialist companies involved in advanced aerospace materials and manufacturing say that eVTOL aircraft developers and other pioneers in the advanced air mobility sector have a lot of work to do to prepare for the production phase. Regulatory hurdles are only part of the challenge.
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Embraer's Eve and Airservices Australia Collaborate on eVTOL Operations

EmbraerX subsidiary Eve and Airservices Australia are working together to create a scalable UAM framework that could work for any large metropolitan area.
Airservices Australia and EmbraerX spinoff Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions provided more details about their collaboration on developing urban air mobility (UAM) services in Melbourne Australia, as outlined in their recently released concept of operations (CONOPS) for the UAM market. Melbourne offers unique air traffic challenges but is also one of the world’s cities, like Sao Paulo, Brazil, where high levels of helicopter traffic provide a framework for UAM operations.
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CAAM Steps Up Advanced Air Mobility Projects in Canada

Advanced air mobility is targeted to become a major part of Canada air transportation this decade.
Work done by the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility consortium will accelerate the country's move to zero-emissions flight operations, with a goal of achieving significant AAM passenger and cargo flights in the next 20 years.
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Austria Grants Trial eVTOL Flight Permit to EHang

EHang worked with Austrian partner FACC to obtain a trial flight permit to test its AAV in European airspace.
EHang's trial flight permit will help it move into the European market, by allowing the company to demonstrate the benefits of the EH216 autonomous aerial vehicle to regulators, customers, and partners. The test flight conducted for the permit process further demonstrated the utility of the EH216 as it occurred during inclement weather.
EHang in Austria