White House tables priorities for AAM services, like enterprise drones and eVTOL air taxis
The Biden White House has released a policy report on its priorities for developing new aviation technologies, like electric vertical takeoff and landing planes (eVTOL), autonomous drone services, air taxis, and other forms of advanced air mobility (AAM) to preserve what it says is US leadership in the aeronautical sector, "made possible by American ingenuity and bolstered by the federal government."
Phoenix is Honeywell's hub for urban air research
In just a few years, you may be able to hop in an air taxi that'll take you 100 miles in under an hour, and the Valley is positioned to be at the forefront of this possible revolution in urban air travel.
Urban air mobility gaining traction
Military Aerospace Electronics
The city soundscape soon may be abuzz with a variety of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft ferrying passengers and cargo across dense urban centers high above the crowded streets below.
Drone Industry Visionaries Interview: NUAIR defines the future of the technology by “already doing it”
Commercial UAV News
There are seven FAA designated UAS Test Sites across the United States but only one features a 50-mile uncrewed aircraft systems corridor, where various tests can be performed to determine the operational and economic viability of a given drone operation in the short and long term. Managed by the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) at the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York, operators can fly 50 miles without visual observers. This setup enables drone testing of all different types, which is further augmented by all of the existing infrastructure within the corridor.
Pontifications: Do you really want the Jetsons zipping around?
"For those of you old enough to remember, this is the Jetsons. This is the dream. This is what everybody would love to do."
This cartoon is what former Boeing CEO Phil Condit used to segway into the hot topic of Urban Air Mobility vehicles (UAM). A cartoon is an apt illustration of UAMs.
Over 750 eVTOL Concepts Have Been Registered to This Day Worldwide
To say that the development of electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically (eVTOLs) has exploded over the past years wouldn't be an exaggeration. Thanks to the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) we have the numbers to back that up. And they're truly remarkable.
NASA Crash Tests eVTOL Concept
NASA researchers recently completed a full-scale crash test of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) concept vehicle at the Landing and Impact Research (LandIR) facility at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
Los Angeles' Advanced Air Mobility Pioneers Share Their Inside Track on Transforming Public Transportation
Urban Movement Labs (UML) has published a guide for communities looking to include eVTOL aircraft in their mix of public transportation options. The public-private not-for-profit alliance, which is working with the city of Los Angeles, says that its publication Integrating Advanced Air Mobility: a Primer for Cities gives municipal and other government stakeholders an overview of the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) technologies, as well as, "steps to consider during exploratory and initial planning phases, and considerations for the near future."
Reality vs Hype In Commercial Aviation: Miquel Ros Interviews Michael Barnard
I had a great conversation recently with Miquel Ros on his Allplane podcast. It was a couple of hours of good discussion across a range of aviation-related topics, and I encourage people to listen in here instead of just reading my gloss.
My projection of aviation refueling through 2100 with its broad error bars was central. We had a good discussion about the drivers of the projection.
When Will Flying Taxis Get off the Ground?
Investors are pouring capital into start-ups racing to develop new electric aircraft that take off and land vertically like a helicopter but fly horizontally like an airplane. Major airlines are investing in some of these start-ups, betting that they will one day zip passengers between airports and city centers much faster than cars or public transit.
Drones in cities are a bad idea
It's year five, or maybe 10, of "drones are going to revolutionize transport," and so far we've got very little to show for it. Maybe it's time to put these foolish ambitions to rest and focus on where this technology could actually do some good, rather than pad out a billionaire's bottom line or let the rich skip traffic.
After eVTOL air taxis, United to invest in e-planes for regional hops
United Airlines is going beyond its investments in shorter-range electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis with companies like Archer and Eve Mobility, and preparing to reinforce its relationship with a Swedish maker of battery-powered planes that will operate on its regional US routes.
Why United Airlines is betting $1 billion on flying cars
Emerging Tech Brew
Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, maybe you've dreamt of a world where you could simply fly over the gridlock.
Investors, startups, and aviation bigwigs have all put billions of dollars toward making that vision a reality with electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) ventures. Five of these companies have gone public via SPAC in the last 18 months, with valuations ranging from ~$2 billion to more than $6 billion.
Don’t let flying taxis be the next scooters, city planners warn
Smart Cities Dive
Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, Pittsburgh and other U.S. cities have started planning for urban air mobility, but most have not. While that delay could prove challenging as air taxi services begin operating, it is an opportunity to ensure that policies are consistent throughout the U.S. to make rolling out eVTOLs easier, said Suzanne Murtha, vice president of connected and automated vehicle technology at AECOM.
NARTP Receives Strategic Roadmap to Launch and Develop Advanced Air Mobility Industry in NJ
Advanced Air Mobility, an emerging new aviation technology that will revolutionize short-distance air transportation by using electrically powered, vertical-take-off-and-landing aircraft (eVTOL), offers the Atlantic County region a significant opportunity to build and strengthen New Jersey's research and development capabilities according to a study by Deloitte Consulting, LLP. The study, A Strategic Roadmap for the Development of Advanced Air Mobility, was commissioned by the National Aerospace Research & Technology Park (NARTP) in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. According to Deloitte, the growing AAM sector is projected to create more than 25,000 jobs and $152 million in annual state tax revenue for New Jersey over the next 15 years.
One state maps out its drone-enabled future
The Ohio Department of Transportation is testing its uncrewed traffic management system that would allow drones to operate at low altitudes beyond the operator's line of sight.
Why rapid development of eVTOL aircraft requires similar growth in their concept of operations
Aerospace Testing International
Around the world, pressure is increasing on regulators to develop and refine concepts of operations to accommodate the future capabilities new types of aircraft, such as eVTOL aircraft and autonomous drones. Many in the aviation industry envision an advanced air mobility future, where such aircraft transport passengers and cargo around big cities from vertiports.
Governors Stitt, Hutchinson Partner to Create Super Region for Advanced Mobility in the Heartland
Governors Kevin Stitt and Asa Hutchinson joined together to position the Oklahoma-Arkansas region as a national hub for advanced mobility (AM) with the support of partners Tulsa Innovation Labs and Runway Group. The collaborative effort to support the growth of the AM industry, including drones, electric and autonomous vehicles, battery manufacturing, and transportation and logistics solutions, will create new research and testing space, support local AM startups, attract new companies, and convene industry corporations to test and scale new technologies.
Assuring Autonomy BlogWhite House Advanced Air Mobility Summit: Takeaways for Industry
On August 3rd, the White House hosted a Summit on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). While AAM was the focus of the Summit, discussions also centered around more traditional Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) issues, in addition to Counter-UAS issues in light of the Administration's Counter-UAS Action Plan. AUVSI was honored to be able to attend this historic event and thanks the Biden Administration, and specifically the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), for organizing this Summit and inviting key industry stakeholders to share their views. Below are AUVSI's top takeaways from the Summit
Advanced air mobility
Aerospace Manufacturing & Design
Deloitte's report, Advanced air mobility: Disrupting the future of mobility, by John Coykendall, Matt Metcalfe, Aijaz Hussain, and Tarun Dronamraju, examines the current state of advanced air mobility (AAM) – a market dominated by electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft companies.
Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) for Ports, Warehouses, and Logistics
Commercial UAV News
"The logistics industry is the leader of the pack when it comes to using drones."
That's according to a recent article in the American Journal of Transportation. The article describes how uncrewed technology has been embraced by companies involved in warehousing, port management, transportation, and other logistics-focused operations.
New eVTOL Aircraft Cabin Concept from Hyundai Motor Group’s Supernal
Urban electric aircraft have been a fun topic for several years, yet we also don't really actually have any urban electric aircraft on the market. One day? One of the things that perk up my ears in this field is when a major automaker gets behind a product or buy a startup. After all, automakers are in the business of making and selling millions of complex, heavily regulated, consumer vehicles. On that topic, news this week is that Hyundai Motor Group is more focused than ever on developing "commercial urban and regional air vehicles and surrounding market." The latter indicates that even if Hyundai Motor Group isn't developing the vehicles, it is developing components of the vehicles.