Urban Aeronautics is planning an H2 fuel cell VTOL

The Israeli air taxi developer Urban Aeronautics has entered into a cooperation with the Californian startup HyPoint to use its fuel cell technology in its vertical take-off aircraft CityHawk. Urban Aeronautics is currently still using a hybrid drive in ...

ZeroAvia granted millions

ZeroAvia, a company specialising in electric aircraft propulsion systems, has raised the equivalent of 17.5 million euros in a Series A financing round and, in parallel, received a commitment for a million-euro grant from the British government. ZeroAvia has ...

FutPrInt50 research project to look into hybrid aircraft

Within the framework of the FutPrInt50 research project coordinated by the University of Stuttgart, an international consortium aims to identify and drive forward technologies that will enable the commercial use of a hybrid-electric aircraft with up to 50 seats ...

Magnix working towards all-electric Cessna Caravan STC

Magnix, a specialist for aeroplane electrification, is working with Sidney Seaplanes and Dante Aeronautical to convert a Cessna to zero-emission drive. The partners want it to become the first all-electric aircraft certified by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority ...

EXACT: DLR researches eco-efficient aircraft

Since the beginning of this year, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has been working on the EXACT (Exploration of Electric Aircraft Concepts and Technologies) project to develop new technology components for an eco-efficient commercial aircraft – with batteries, fuel ...

Quantum Air to start air-taxi services in 2021

After Quantum Air from Los Angeles ordered 26 small electric aircraft from Bye Aerospace last year, the planned air taxi service will take off in the course of next year around Los Angeles. The plan is to connect Los ...

Volocopter to launch air taxi service in Singapore

Volocopter plans to launch its first commercial electric flight cab service in Singapore within the next three years, likely initially on a tourist route along the southern coast. In preparation for the upcoming launch, the German company has established ...

VTOL startup in California called Archer makes waves

A new startup called Archer has been born in California in the field of electric flight taxis. Archer can count on solvent investors, as well as developers from well-known companies in the race for dominance in the field of ...

Airbus to launch hydrogen commercial aircraft by 2035

Airbus has presented three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft, which could enter service by 2035. All these concepts, code-named ZEROe, rely on hydrogen as the main energy source, but each follows a different approach. With the ...

Pipistrel & Green Motion cooperate on charging e-planes

The aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel and the charging station supplier Green Motion want to jointly design the future charging of electric aircraft in line with EASA guidelines. The stated aim is to develop a “universal, future-oriented, environmentally friendly and ready-to-use ...

Lilium flying electric taxi hub set up in the USA

The German flying e-taxi startup Lilium has just announced its expansion into the USA. By 2025, the first hub for electric air mobility is to be built in Orlando in the US state of Florida. This will connect the ...

EASA certifies first electric aircraft in Europe

With the certification of the Pipistrel Velis Electro, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued the first type certification for a purely electrically powered aircraft. The two-seater electric aircraft of the Slovenian manufacturer Pipistrel is mainly intended for ...

ZeroAvia completes fully-electric maiden flight

ZeroAvia, which specialises in electric aircraft propulsion systems, has now completed the maiden flight of a six-seater battery-electric aircraft at Cranfield Airport as part of the HyFlyer project supported by the British government. The maiden flight made with the ...

Ehang presents fire-fighting drone

The Chinese manufacturer Ehang has presented a special version of its electrically driven passenger drone Ehang 216, which was specially designed for fire fighting in high-rise buildings. The company has also revealed more about production at Ehang. According to ...

LG Chem proves Li-sulfur battery stable in high flight

LG Chem of South Korea announces its newly developed lithium-sulfur batteries helped an unmanned aircraft (UAV) complete a test flight into the stratosphere. The drone with broad wings and solar cells also set a national altitude record. The EAV-3, ...

Largest electric airplane yet takes off in the USA

The companies magniX and AeroTEC have announced the successful maiden flight of the alleged world’s largest all-electric aircraft, an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. The half-hour flight in the US state of Washington went without a hitch. The aircraft ...

Wright Electric to develop electric aviation for ARPA-E

The electric aircraft developer Wright Electric was contracted by the DoE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to support the development of lightweight and ultra-efficient electric propulsion motors, drives, and thermal management systems for commercial electric aircraft. Wright Electric first ...

Rolls-Royce develops new batteries for aviation

Rolls-Royce is entering the development of new energy storage systems for eVTOLs and electric commuter aircraft. The company is investing 80 million pounds (around 93.4 million euros) in this by 2030. Rolls-Royce says that its goal for its battery ...

United Airlines may add Archer air taxis to their fleet

United Airlines has approached eVTOL startup Archer to buy up to 200 of their air taxis. The agreement sees United lend their air space expertise “to assist Archer with the development of battery-powered, short-haul aircraft.” United would then wait ...

Finnair considers 20 electric aircraft by Heart Aerospace

Finnair, Finland’s national airline, has expressed interest in procuring up to 20 electric aircraft from Heart Aerospace for use on short-haul routes. Heart Aerospace is a Swedish aerospace start-up based in Gothenburg. Both sides signed a letter of interest ...

H2FLY & Deutsche Aircraft working on regional hydrogen airplane

The two young German aviation companies H2FLY and Deutsche Aircraft want to establish the hydrogen fuel cell as a propulsion system in regional aviation. The two companies have set the goal of having a Dornier 328 take off as ...

ZeroAvia reveals plans for 19-seater H2 aircraft

ZeroAvia has expanded its hydrogen-electric aviation programme to include 19-seat aircraft and has also been able to raise an additional US$13 million in funding. Two of the 19-seaters will be built initially – one each in the UK and ...

Beta Technologies closes financing round with $368 million

After Beta Technologies received an order for the delivery of ten vertical take-off and landing electric air vehicles by the UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward at the beginning of April, the US manufacturer now reports the closing of a ...

Eve Urban Air reports two major eVTOL orders

The electric aircraft manufacturer Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, a subsidiary of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, has received two large orders within a few days. Both Halo Aviation and Helisul Aviation are ordering several units of Eve’s vertical ...

MagniX presents two aviation propulsion units

The US company MagniX, specializing in electric propulsion systems for aircraft, is presenting two flight-optimized electric propulsion units. These are the magni350 and magni650 propulsion units with a power output of 350 kW and 650 kW, respectively. According to ...

EXA flying car series to become manned in 2022

The racing series planned by the Australian company Alauda with electrically powered flying cars is taking concrete shape. The EXA Series will lay the foundation for the large-scale racing series next year. In the EXA, three events are planned ...

Eviation Aircraft presents technical details for ‘Alice’

Eviation Aircraft has unveiled the design and technical configuration for its all-electric Alice aircraft, which is scheduled to make its maiden flight later this year. Certification and entry into service of the feeder aircraft is targeted for 2024. Alice ...

UPS Flight Forward to purchase 10 electric VTOLs

UPS subsidiary Flight Forward announces it will procure ten vertical take-off and landing, electric airlifters from US manufacturer Beta Technologies. The agreement also includes an option to procure 150 additional eVTOLs. The first ten are scheduled to arrive at ...

Volocopter closes $200 million financing round

Volocopter has raised over 200 million euros in its Series D financing round. The money will be used for the approval process of the e-taxi VoloCity and the accelerated opening of the first commercial routes. According to Volocopter, the ...

Hatzolah Air orders VTOLs from Urban Aeronautics

Israeli air cab developer Urban Aeronautics has announced the first pre-order for its vertical takeoff CityHawk. Hatzolah Air, an organisation specialising in emergency and rescue flights, has reserved four hybrid-powered units for emergency service applications. The CityHawk is an ...

DLR announces 1.5 MW fuel cell powertrain for aircraft

In the BALIS project, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is developing a fuel cell powertrain for aircraft with an output of around 1.5 MW. This would make it possible to build a regional aircraft with 40 to 60 seats ...

Green Aerolease buys 50 Pipistrel e-planes for pilot training

Pipistrel has received an order for its EASA certified electric aircraft Velis Electro through Green Aerolease. The company specialising in aeroplanes as a service (AAS) will lease the e-planes to pilot schools in cooperation with the FFA. Deployment of ...

Airbus works on metallic tanks for liquid hydrogen

Airbus has decided to combine its efforts for metallic hydrogen tanks and establish so-called Zero-Emission Development Centres (ZEDC) at sites in Bremen, Germany and Nantes in France. The goal of the ZEDCs is to enable the cost-effective production of ...

Airbus presents ZEROe fuel cell concept

Airbus has unveiled a new configuration as part of its ZEROe programme that could enable passenger aircraft to fly further than ever before with zero emissions. The so-called ‘pod configuration’ consists of six detachable fuel cell propeller propulsion systems ...

Volocopter presents electric suburban aircraft VoloConnect

Volocopter has presented its latest aircraft called VoloConnect. This electric, vertical take-off aircraft, eVTOL in short, is specially designed to connect suburbs and inner cities. As Volocopter announced during the presentation at the EBACE Connect conference, the VoloConnect will ...

Former Airbus CEO Tom Enders joins Lilium Board

Longtime aviation executive and former Airbus CEO Tom Enders joins the board of directors of eVTOL startup Lilium. The company is developing an electric jet with five seats. Series production is expected to start in 2025. “Lilium, unlike hardly ...

Wright Electric presents inverter system for electric aircraft

Electric aircraft start-up Wright Electric has demonstrated an inverter system for large zero-emission aircraft. The Wright inverter is designed to be scalable from 500 kW to 20 MW. It is said to offer 99.5 per cent efficiency and a ...

Volocopter gets European manufacturer’s license

The eVTOL start-up Volocopter has received the manufacturer’s licence from the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA. This was made possible by the partial takeover of Volocopter’s long-standing production partner DG Flugzeugbau, which already had this certification. With the production ...

Vienna Airport tests e-pushback solution for large jets (video)

Vienna Airport is building its fleet of electric ground vehicles. The Bison E620 is a tow tractor from Goldhofer that can tow and push aircrafts weighing up to 260 tons, i.e. large aircrafts such as the Boeing or Airbus ...

Vertical Aerospace announces 1,000 air taxi orders

The British eVTOL start-up Vertical Aerospace announces pre-orders for a total of 1,000 of its electric aerial taxis. In this context, the company also announces that it is seeking an IPO via SPAC and has received commitments from Microsoft, ...

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