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Japanese Parking Lots Could Be Launch Pads for eVTOL Air Taxis

Skyports is expanding its plans to build vertiports through a new alliance with partners in Japan.
Osaka, Japan, is being prepared as a proving ground for eVTOL air taxi services that are set to begin in 2025. The required ground infrastructure could include vertiports integrated with existing parking lots under a new collaboration between local companies Park24, Aioi Nissay Dowa, and Kanematsu, and ground infrastructure specialist Skyports.
Skyports develops vertiports for eVTOL aircraft.

Jetex Forges Partnership with Volocopter on eVTOL Vertiports

Jetex will build and operate vertiports under a pact with hopeful eVTOL manufacturer and air-taxi operator Volocopter.
Aircraft ground handling chain Jetex will build and operate takeoff and landing infrastructure and services for eVTOLs under a strategic partnership with Volocopter. The company provides ground handling services, mainly in the private and business aviation sectors.
Jetex operates private aviation terminals at locations around the world.

FAA Certification Leader Joins Autonomous Flight Pioneer Xwing

Outgoing FAA executive director for certification Earl Lawrence was responsible for the oversight of all categories of aircraft certification as well as production and airworthiness approvals. 
Xwing is working to gain approval to convert existing aircraft, such as the Cessna Caravan, to operate autonomous commercial cargo flights under the supervision of a ground-based pilot. It is seeking FAA approval to start flights with its technology on an experimental basis and has just recruited Earl Lawrence, the FAA's outgoing executive director for certification.
Xwing autonomous operations with a Cessna Caravan aircraft.

Helisul Probed the Human Realities of Urban Air Mobility Services

In a series of 180 flights over Rio de Janeiro, Helisul's rotorcraft mapped out possible routes for eVTOL aircraft.
In a month-long set of flight trials, Brazilian helicopter operator Helisul Aviação helped Eve to gather the data on which its recently published concept of operations for urban air mobility for Rio de Janeiro was based. It proved to be an interesting study of what happens when passengers interact with a new mode of transportation.
Helisul Aviacao operated trial urban air mobility flights in Rio de Janeiro.

ZeroAvia Advances Hydrogen Regional Jet Plans With Mitsubishi

The hydrogen-electric propulsion pioneer will collaborate with MHIRJ Aviation Group to design retrofit and line-fit options for regional jets.
ZeroAvia has expanded an agreement outlined by an October 2021 memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi’s MHI RJ Aviation Group (MHIRJ) that calls for the CRJ certificate holder to provide engineering services and aircraft integration to support ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric powertrain for retrofit onto regional jet airframes.

VoltAero’s Cassio Hybrid-Electric Aircraft To Perform Demo Flights in the Netherlands

Program engineers will assess operational costs, noise performance, ground infrastructure needs, and technical support for commercial aviation operators.
As part of the Netherlands’ Power Up initiative to introduce electric-powered commercial passenger flights within five years, France’s VoltAero plans to perform demonstration flights with its first Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft starting June 13.
VoltAero Cassio 1

Solithor Raises Funding To Develop Solid-State Lithium Batteries for Electric Aviation

The Belgium-based company has been founded by Huw Hampson-Jones, who previously ran lithium-sulfur battery developer Oxis Energy.
Having raised €10 million ($10.4 million) in seed funding, Solithor will step up the development of solid-state lithium batteries that it says will outperform current technology by at least 30 percent. The start-up is part of the Imec group and is operating from the EnergyVille research and development hub in Leuven, Belgium.
Solithor is based at the EnergyVille research park in Belgium.

Honeywell and Denso Join Forces to Make Electric Motors For Lilium Jet

Lilium announced the key partnership at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
Each of Lilium Jet's 30 fan engines fitted in the wings and canard will have its own electric motor. Lilium has chosen Honeywell Aerospace and Japanese automotive group Denso to develop these 100 kW motors, which will each weigh just 4 kg.
Lilium Jet

Harbour Air’s eBeaver Electric Conversion Program Slowed by Supply Chain Kinks

The program’s second flying eBeaver aircraft will also serve as the first to enter service in early to mid-2024.
Circumstances out of Harbour Air’s control—namely, the Covid pandemic and resulting supply chain constraints—have slowed progress considerably and forced at least a one-year delay in the eBeaver’s expected certification. Meanwhile, testing continues on the first example while the airline awaits delivery of a new motor and battery pack for its next airplane.
Harbour Air eBeaver