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Air Mobility Airo Group Prepares for Initial Public Offering

Airo subsidiary Jaunt recently signaled its intention to set up a second production line for its Journey four-passenger eVTOL air taxi in India.
Airo Group, which includes eVTOL aircraft developer Jaunt Air Mobility, has filed a confidential S-1 registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to seek approval for an initial public offering. In addition to focusing on eVTOL technology, the company is involved with avionics, drones, and training.
Jaunt's Journey eVTOL aircraft is based on the company's patented slowed-rotor compound wing technology.

Cranfield Aerospace Draws Fresh Funding from UAE and California-based Investors

CAeS has now drawn £14.4 million for the development of a hydrogen propulsion system meant to power 19-seat commuter aircraft.
The UK’s Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) has seen its current investment round increase to £14.4 million with a fresh funding injection by the Tawazun Economic Council of the UAE and California-based Motus Ventures.
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Infrastructure Could Be Advanced Air Mobility's Greatest Challenge, Say Experts

Experts caution about the ability to fundraise and accommodate infrastructure demands for AAM
Experts gathered at the Vertical Flight Society's recent Electric Aircraft Symposium pointed to numerous roadblocks to putting the proper infrastructure in place for advanced air mobility, such as raising sufficient capital, finding acceptable locations, and completing the appropriate studies.
NASA Langley Remote Operations for Autonomous Missions lab. (Photo: NASA)

Joby Expands Pentagon eVTOL Partnership to Include U.S. Marine Corps

Joby has signed an expansion to its contract with the U.S. Air Force’s Agility Prime program, increasing its potential value by $45 million.
The United States Department of Defense is expanding its contract with California-based eVTOL developer Joby, establishing a new partnership between the company and the Marine Corps.
Joby's eVTOL aircraft prototype

Bombardier Probes Blended Wing Design As Basis For Green Private Jets

The company says it is keeping an open mind on what type of new propulsion systems might be used for future low-carbon business jets.
The Canadian business jet manufacturer is engaged in a long-term EcoJet research and development project to determine which technologies have the most potential to reduce carbon emissions from new generation aircraft. It has been flight testing scaled models of a blended wing airframe.
Bombardier's blended wing EcoJet concept is the basis for research and development work into reduced carbon private jets.

United Airlines Places $10 Million Down Payment on Archer eVTOL Air Taxis

United Airlines has reinforced its commitment to purchasing eVTOL air taxis from Archer Aviation with a $10 million down payment on 100 units of the initial production version of the aircraft.
United Airlines has reinforced its commitment to purchasing eVTOL air taxis from Archer Aviation with a $10 million down payment on 100 units of the initial production version of the aircraft.
Archer's eVTOL technology demonstrator, called Maker, is pictured on the runway at the company's test facility in California.

Wisk Aero Launches Engineering Hub in Montreal

The California-based autonomous eVTOL air taxi developer is expanding its operations into Canada.
Wisk Aero has said that by the end of 2022 it intends to disclose details of a full-size sixth-generation eVTOL aircraft that it intends to be flown autonomously from ground-based operations centers. This will replace the two-seat Cora technology demonstrator that the California-based company has been flight testing.
A Wisk eVTOL air taxi prototype is pictured during flight.

Bristow Orders Up to 55 of Beta’s Alia 250 eVTOL Aircraft

Helicopter operator Bristow is continuing to expand into the advanced air mobility market with new plans to order as many as 55 Alia 250 eVTOL aircraft from Beta Technologies.
Helicopter operator Bristow is continuing to expand into the advanced air mobility market with plans to add as many as 55 Alia 250 eVTOL aircraft from Beta Technologies to its fleet. The company announced on August 9 that it has placed a firm order for five of Beta’s electrically-powered aircraft with the option to purchase an additional 50 units.
An artist's rendering of a Beta Alia 250 eVTOL aircraft with a Bristow logo in flight

NASA Partners with Zipline to Bring Advanced Air Mobility to the U.S.

NASA is partnering with the San Francisco-based drone operator Zipline to help shape the future of advanced air mobility in the United States. 
NASA is partnering with the San Francisco-based drone operator Zipline to help shape the future of advanced air mobility in the United States. The U.S. space agency wants to harness Zipline’s experience with autonomous drone deliveries to “pursue a future vision of U.S. aviation that includes delivery drones and air taxis.”
NASA researchers visit Zipline's test facility in California to learn more about the company’s autonomous drone delivery operations.