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EHang Reworks 216 eVTOL Design For Logistics Operations

The 216L version of the Chinese company's two-seat Autonomous Aerial Vehicle features a cargo pod and can carry a 200 kg payload.
EHang has altered the configuration of the 216 by putting the 16 propellers on eight protruding arms above the 216L's fuselage. It says the new version will be able to serve medium-haul routes but has not yet specified its range.

SkyGrid Introduces Mission Application to Support Unmanned Aircraft Operations

The app uses artificial intelligence to simplify the multiple tasks involved in planning and executing flights.
Although the new app was initially intended to support operations with smaller drones, SkyGrid says that it could be adapted for use with larger and more complex autonomous aircraft.
SkyGrid Flight Control app

UAS Groups Urge FAA Not to Delay New Remote Identification Requirements

A trio of unmanned aerial systems industry groups want new U.S. Remote ID rules to be released in December as planned.
Although FAA's proposed rules requiring remote identification for unmanned aerial systems are mainly geared towards relatively smalled models in the first instance, the scope of what the agency proposed back on December 31, 2019, has significant ramifications for the development of larger eVTOL aircraft.
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Sabrewing Signs Launch Order for Rhaegal eVTOL Freighter

Saudi Arabia-based Arabian Development & Marketing Co. has become the distributor for the Rhaegal-B in the GCC states and Africa.
Sabrewing's new Middle East and Africa distributor is set to receive the first of 102 Rhaegal-B autonomous cargo-carrying eVTOL aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2021 under a $600 million deal.
Sabrewing Rhaegal-B

Reliable Robotics Says Its Flight Management System Can Change the Autonomous Flight Equation

The California-based startup says its technology proves that autonomous flight can be safe, reliable and adaptable to different aircraft platforms.
Reliable Robotics has already flown Cessna light aircraft without pilots on-board, and initially plans to integrate its flight management system with new aircraft being developed for advanced air mobility or urban air mobility operations. Initially at least, the systems would support remotely-piloted flights.
Reliable Robotics

ZeroAvia Makes First Hydrogen Test Flight With Piper Malibu Technology Demonstrator

The six-seater aircraft took off from ZeroAvia's UK development base with a complete propulsion system including hydrogen fuel cells.
ZeroAvia says it aims to get a 10- to 20-seat aircraft retrofitted with its hydrogen propulsion system and ready to start commercial services in 2023. The program is being supported by the UK government-backed Aerospace Technology Institute.
Zero Avia Piper

Eco Helicopters Set to Electrify the R44 Helicopter For UAM Service

The California-based operator will launch its air taxi services with the piston-powered aircraft, before getting approval for a new electric version of the four-seater.
Eco Helicopters is teaming with KiloWatt Aviation and OC Helicopters on a business model that would make electric-powered R44 available for the charter market through a leaseback arrangement with the aircraft owners.
Robinson R-44