The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

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MintAir Set To Employ Electra's eSTOL Aircraft for Korean Regional Flights

The new operator says the model's short-takeoff-and-landing capability and range of 800 miles will mean it can reach anywhere in Korea from its base at Seongnam City, near the capital, Seoul.
According to Electra, South Korea's MintAir is the 20th prospective customer to commit to bringing its hybrid-electric eSTOL aircraft into commercial service. The fixed-wing model is projected to need just 300 feet of landing strip to allow access to multiple locations that don't currently have convenient air service.
South Korea's MintAir plans to operate Electra's eSTOL aircraft from a base at Seongnam City at the heart of Korea's high-tech industry.

Chicago Gets a Preview of an Urban Air Mobility Future, with India Next

Working with helicopter charter flight group Blade, Eve conducted a simulation of what its eVTOL aircraft could do for travelers in the sprawling U.S. city and its suburbs. Blade plans to add eVTOL vehicles to its network in America and India.
Blade Urban Air Mobility deployed helicopters from its charter network to give customers a taste of what $150 rides connecting the downtown Vertiport Chicago with the Schaumberg and Tinley Park suburbs could do for personal and business lives. Blade has committed to adding Eve's eVTOL aircraft to its networks in the U.S. and India.
Blade Air Mobility provided helicopters for an urban air mobility simulation exercise with eVTOL aircraft developer Eve.

FAA Lays Foundation For eVTOL Aircraft Operations With Vertiport Standards

The U.S. aviation regulator has published safety guidelines for key advanced air mobility ground infrastructure.
The FAA's has published eagerly awaited standards on vertiport design that will provide infrastructure developers with important guidance on topics such as the recharging of electric aircraft. The U.S. aviation safety agency has advised that standards will need to evolve as more complete information on the performance of new eVTOL aircraft becomes available.
FAA has issued guidelines for the design of vertiports to be used by new eVTOL aircraft.

With New Funding, SkyDrive Unveils Two-Seat, Short-hop eVTOL Aircraft

The Japanese start-up's SD-05 all-electric vehicle is expected to operate congestion-busting flights of up to just 10 kilometers, when it begins air taxi services at the World Expo 2025 in Osaka.
Based on work conducted with its earlier SD-03 technology demonstrator, Japan's SkyDrive has designed its SD-05 production eVTOL aircraft and aims to get it to market in 2025, following the start of flight testing in 2024. The two-seater will be able to fly only 10 kiloeters on a single charge, but the company says it will fill an urgent need for "last mile" transportation in busy and geographically challenged cities.
SkyDrive is producing a two-seat eVTOL aircraft called the SD-05.

Vertical's VX4 eVTOL Aircraft Prototype Makes First Hover Flight

An initial tethered takeoff marks the start of extensive flight testing for the four-passenger vehicle, which is expected to enter service with several major international airlines.
Vertical Aerospace has started the flight test campaign for its VX4 eVTOL aircraft and now says it hopes to complete concurrent type certification in 2025. The piloted flight tests require a permit from the UK Civil Aviation Authority, which is expected to certify the all-electric aircraft concurrently with Europe's EASA aviation safety agency.
Vertical Aerospace's VX4 eVTOL aircraft prototype made a first flight in September 2022.

Disjointed U.S. and Europe Could Lose Advanced Air Mobility Leadership to Asia, Warns eVTOL Leader

Michael Cervenka, president of UK-based eVTOL aircraft developer Vertical Aerospace told Honeywell's Air Mobility Summit that there must be alignment on policy, regulation and global collaboration.
Asia stands to offer the biggest opportunities for advanced air mobility companies, according to Vertical Aerospace president Michael Cervenka, who urged industry and regulators in the U.S. and Europe to collaborate
Vertical Aerospace's VA-X4 eVTOL aircraft will carry four passengers.

European Flight Simulation Tests eVTOL Aircraft Airspace Integration Scenarios

Flight trials conducted this week at Pontoise airfield near Paris saw Volocopter's 2X eVTOL vehicle flying alongside Pipistrel's Velis Electro aircraft and M3's Boreal UAS drone to show how crewed and uncrewed traffic can mix in lower airspace.
The third in an ongoing series of flight testing as part of Europe's CORUS-XUAM uncrewed traffic management concept of operations project evaluated what happens when flight plans have to be changed due to unforeseen circumstances. Volocopter's 2X eVTOL vehicle and the Boreal UAS drone used an uncrewed traffic management system, while Pipistrel's Velis Electro aircraft used the local air traffic management system at the Paris-area Pontoise airfield.
Volocopter's 2X eVTOL vehicle (foreground) and Pipistrel's Velis Electro electric light aircraft were involved in flight trials to evaluate air traffic management for crewed and uncrewed operations.

U.S. Lawmakers Look To Build Advanced Air Mobility With FAA Reauthorization Bill

House of Representatives aviation subcommittee chair Larsen sees the upcoming bill to approve spending by the U.S. aviation regulation addressing broad issues such as infrastructure for advanced air mobility..
Congressional leaders expect are eying a range of issues for the FAA reauthorization bill that will be in the works next year that includes "clear direction" for the FAA to make sure the proper resources are dedicated to the advanced air mobility industry.
Left to right: Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Washington), and GAMA v-p government affairs Paul Feldman (Photo: Kerry Lynch/AIN)

eVTOL Aircraft Developers Remain Concerned Over New FAA Operational Regulations

The U.S. aviation safety agency now says it needs to develop a special federal aviation regulation to facilitate the use of advanced air mobility vehicles in commercial operations and to address pilot training.
FAA's shift of certification rules for advanced air mobility vehicles opened the door to other concerns, including operational and training requirements as well as international validations. However, the agency is working toward the release of a special federal aviation regulation by 2024.
Archer is flight testing its Maker technology demonstrator for its planned eVTOL aircraft.