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Airports

Houston and Wisk Expand Plans for Autonomous eVTOL Air Services

The eVTOL aircraft developer is building on a partnership with Houston suburb Sugar Land
Wisk Aero's Generation 6 eVTOL aircraft
Regulations and Government

Saudi Officials Seize the Initiative with Early eVTOL Air Services

The government says it wants air taxis to carry religious pilgrims to holy sites
Saleh Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Transport and Logistics Services and chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, inspected EHang's EH216-S eVTOL aircraft
Charter & Fractional

Private Flight Booking Platform Evaluates Manta's VTOL/STOL Aircraft

The Ann hybrid-electric family will be designed to fly between 300 and 800 kilometers
Skycab and Manta Aircraft
Aircraft

Lilium Manages Cash Flight Path to eVTOL Aircraft Certification

The German company has also established a business unit in Shenzhen, China
German chancellor Olaf Scholz and Lilium CEO Klaus Roewe
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Volocopter Says It Has Funding To Complete Certification of eVTOL Aircraft

The company will not disclose which of its existing investors have committed to provide new funding
Volocopter flies in Saudi Arabia
Airlines

Mesa Airlines Revealed as Backer for XTI's TriFan 600 VTOL Aircraft

XTI has enlisted support from AVX Aircraft to step up design work on the turbine-powered aircraft
XTI Aerospace TriFan 600
Aircraft

Helicopter Operator Teams with Airbus To Prepare eVTOL Air Services

The memorandum of understanding does not cover orders for the CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft
Avincis CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL
Aircraft

Eve Picks Suppliers for eVTOL Windows and Doors

KRD, Latecoere, RALLC, and Alltec sign supplier agreements
A digital rendering of Eve's eVTOL aircraft on a rooftop in New York City
Regulations and Government

Archer Aviation Receives Part 135 Operating Certificate

Its Archer Air subsidiary may begin on-demand commercial air taxi services
Archer Aviation's airline subsidiary, Archer Air, received a Part 135 air carrier and operator from the FAA in June 2024.
Aircraft

Revolution.Aero Draws Advanced Air Mobility Leaders to London

Electric aircraft developers will face scrutiny from independent analysts and the financial community
Revolution.Aero in Dublin
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Joby Aviation Acquires Autonomous Flight Pioneer Xwing

Joby’s eVTOL air taxis could fly without pilots someday
Two of Joby’s prototype electric air taxi aircraft at the company’s flight test and manufacturing facilities in Marina, California.
Aircraft

Textron Shows Off Progress on Nexus eVTOL Demonstrator

The Nexus team has finished mating the aircraft's fuselage
Nexus eVTOL technology demonstrator
Avionics

Merlin Engineers Fly on Stratotanker for Autonomy Research

Human factors guide enhancements to the Merlin Pilot autonomous flight control system
Merlin engineers Josie Cater, Nick Lepore, and Carl Pankok pose for a photo in front of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
Charter & Fractional

China's Shanxi Province Will Fly Tourists in EHang's eVTOL Aircraft

An agreement calls for up to 500 of the two-seat pilotless aircraft to be delivered
EHang's main production plant for eVTOL aircraft is at Yunfu in China
Aircraft

Archer Joins Korean UAM Challenge with Kakao Mobility

Kakao has ordered up to 50 of Archer's electric air taxis
A digital rendering of a Midnight eVTOL air taxi with a Kakao logo flying over Seoul
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

U.S. Marines Will Evaluate Elroy's Autonomous Resupply Drone

The Chaparral aircraft heads to the Arizona desert in July
Elroy Air Chaparral C1 prototype is pictured during a flight test at dawn
Airports

Aria Hotels To Establish Four Vertiports in Greece

The Libra Group subsidiary will lease 10 Beta Alia eVTOL air taxis
PIC16 Aria
Aircraft

Electra Exceeds STOL Performance Targets in Test Flights

The company intends for its hybrid-electric aircraft to need no more than 300 feet for takeoffs and landings
Electra's EL-2 Goldfinch eSTOL technology demonstrator
Charter & Fractional

Lilium Rolls Out Plan for French Riviera eVTOL Air Service Network

The manufacturer has also firmed up its agreements with eVolare and Luxaviation
Lilium full size mock-up at EBACE2024
Regulations and Government

EASA and FAA To Address eVTOL Certification at Safety Conference

Questions remain as to whether EASA will validate the FAA's performance-based approach
AAM newsmakers at EBACE