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Nidec Is Developing Electric Motors for Air One Personal eVTOL Aircraft

The Japanese company and Israeli start-up Air say they will jointly develop a propulsion system that could be used for midsized vehicles.
The certification-conforming prototype of the two-seat Air One that Air plans to start flight testing later this year will feature an electric propulsion system developed by Nidec Aerospace. The Japanese company is also providing the electric motors for Eve Air Mobility's four-passenger eVTOL vehicle.
Air One personal eVTOL aircraft

LCI May Bundle eVTOL Aircraft and Infrastructure in Advanced Air Mobility Leases

The leasing group has already made commitments to add 165 eVTOL aircraft to its portfolio through agreements with Beta Technologies and Elroy Air.
Leasing group LCI feels that combining leases for eVTOL along with batteries, charging stations and other supporting infrastructure may make early use cases more viable. The company's chief commercial officer Nigel Leishman explained to AIN how it is preparing to support the new advanced air mobility sector.
Beta Technologies' Alia 250 eVTOL aircraft

Merlin Gets Approval To Start Freight Operations in New Zealand

The autonomous flight technology group has established a base at Kerikeri near the top of New Zealand’s North Island.
Having secured a Part 135 air operator certificate from aviation authorities in New Zealand, Merlin is preparing to start operating the freight services it will use to collect data to support the development of its Merlin Pilot autonomous flight technology. The company is also working with the U.S. Air Force on a possible application for the KC-135 refueling aircraft.
Merlin plans to convert existing aircraft to use its autonomous flight control technology.

Ampaire Runs Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System on 100 Percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Dimensional Energy produces its ASTM D7566 fuel using electricity and carbon.
Ampaire and its partner Dimensional Energy say that, by using sustainable aviation fuel produced from renewable sources in a hybrid-electric propulsion system, they can double both the energy efficiency and the reduction in carbon emissions. The companies have run the fuel in ground tests with Ampaire's Eco Caravan hybrid-electric aircraft.
Ampaire is converting Cessna Caravan aircraft to use its hybrid-electric propulsion system.

Houston Suburb Sugar Land Prepares for Autonomous eVTOL Air Taxi Services

Texas lawmakers recently passed legislation to encourage public-private partnerships to further technology transportation initiatives.
Through a partnership with autonomous eVTOL aircraft developer Wisk Aero, the Texas city of Sugar Land wants to be a trailblazer in developing an advanced air mobility transportation network in the Greater Houston area. The company will start with plans to develop a vertiport at the Sugar Land Regional Airport.
Wisk sixth-generation eVTOL aircraft

Joby Completes Third of Five Stages for FAA Type Certification of Its eVTOL Aircraft

The manufacturer expects to finish the process this year and be ready to launch commercial operations with the four-passenger vehicle in 2025.
Joby Aviation is embarking on the fourth of the five stages required for FAA type certification of its eVTOL aircraft, as it also expands production capacity at its plants in Dayton, Ohio, and Marina, California. With $1 billion in cash and short-term investments as of the end of 2023, the company expects to spend between $440 million and $470 million this year.
Joby is producing fuselages for its eVTOL aircraft in an autoclave

Lilium Launches eVTOL Aircraft Customer Support Organization

The company says it is the first eVTOL manufacturer to establish a business unit to support eVTOL operations.
Lilium's new Power-On subsidiary will support operators of its six-passenger Lilium Jet by handling battery management, maintenance, flight operations, training, and digital solutions. The German company has also launched a partnership with charging systems specialist Star Charge, which will manufacture units for its customers' vertiports.
Lilium Jet eVTOL aircraft.

UK Government Grants Vertical $10 Million Funding for eVTOL Propeller Development

Work will be conducted by a consortium that includes the University of Glasgow, the University of Bristol, Cranfield University, and Helitune.
The UK government’s Aerospace Technology Institute has awarded £8 million ($10 million) to support Vertical Aerospace’s efforts to bring its four-passenger VX4 eVTOL aircraft to market. The new funding comes a month after the start-up's founder committed $50 million to support the program into 2025 as Vertical tries to complete type certification by the end of 2026.
Vertical Aerospace's VA-X4 eVTOL aircraft will carry four passengers.

Philippines Charter Flight Group Commits To Operating Lilium's eVTOL Aircraft

PhilJets will add to its fleet of 15 private jets and helicopters as it partners with Lilium to establish a business model for on-demand air taxi service.
PhilJets plans to bring on-demand eVTOL air taxi services to the Philippines, and potentially Cambodia, under a letter of intent with Lilium that should see it acquire 10 of the six-passenger Lilium Jets. According to the manufacturer, the Southeast Asian country's numerous island communities are well suited to the business model opened up by electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
Lilium Jet eVTOL aircraft.