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Engines

GE Teams with NASA on Hybrid-electric Passport Engine

Hybrid-electric, high-bypass turbofans could power the next generation of airliners
GE's Passport 20 engine is pictured at Peebles
Training and Workforce

Joby Debuts 'ElevateOS' Software for Air Taxi Operations

FAA authorizes Joby’s operating system for on-demand aerial ridesharing services
Joby experimental test pilot Zach Reeder flies the company's preproduction prototype eVTOL aircraft in Marina, California.
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Consultants Offer Sober Assessment of eVTOL Viability

This week's Revolution Aero conference assessed the hype around the new sector of aviation
Revolution Aero 2024 conference in London
Aircraft

Vertical Aerospace Close to Flight Testing New eVTOL Prototype

The UK start-up aims to demonstrate the four-passenger aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow
Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL aircraft
Aircraft

Uncrewed Air One Cargo eVTOL Aircraft Attracts Early Interest

The new model is a spin-off from the company's piloted personal eVTOL aircraft
Air One uncrewed cargo eVTOL aircraft
Aircraft

Bristow Shares Its Thinking On Early eVTOL Aircraft Use Cases

The helicopter operator plans to add several of the new vehicles to its fleet
Bristow plans to operate Overair's Butterfly eVTOL aircraft
Regulations and Government

Japan's SkyDrive Begins FAA Type Certification for eVTOL Aircraft

The three-seat vehicle is expected to achieve Japanese type certification in 2026
SkyDrive begins FAA type certification for SD-05 eVTOL aircraft
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