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Rotorcraft

Piasecki Steps Up Development of Hydrogen-powered PA-890 Helicopter

Legacy helicopter manufacturer aims to fly a prototype in 2028
Piasecki's PA-890 hydrogen-powered helicopter
Engines

Rolls-Royce Starts Testing 320-kilowatt Electric Motor

No reported buyers for the aircraft engine maker's for sale electrical division
Rolls-Royce tests 320-kilowatt electric motor demonstrator
Environment

Funding Confirmed for Cranfield Hydrogen Integration Incubator

Aerospace university will be a hub for developing hydrogen propulsion for aviation
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Islander aircraft
Avionics

Honeywell Makes Offer for Autonomous Tech Group Civitanavi

Proposed deal is part of the U.S. aerospace group's plan for the advanced air mobility sector
Honeywell cockpit technology for eVTOL aircraft
Engines

Lange To Help Lyte with Hybrid-hydrogen Powertrain for VTOL Aircraft

Lyte Aviation also aims to recruit Cranfield University PhD students to support the program
Lyte Aviation SkyBus LA-44 VTOL aircraft
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Chinese eVTOL Aircraft Developer TCab Raises $20 Million

Unnamed investor aims to introduce air taxis in the Middle East
TCab Tech E20 eVTOL aircraft
Aircraft

Electron Unveils All-electric Five-seat Utility Aircraft

The Dutch start-up aims to be ready to start deliveries in 2028
Electron 5 all-electric aircraft
Aircraft

Nasdaq-listed XTI Advances Turbine-powered VTOL Aircraft

The company says hybrid-electric propulsion does not deliver sufficient payload and range
XTI TriFan 600 VTOL aircraft
Aircraft

AAM To Take Center Stage at EBACE 2024

Geneva event to highlight electric, hybrid, and hydrogen aircraft solutions
VoltAero Cassio 330 at Paris Airshow 2023
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Reliable Robotics Gains Fresh Funding for Autonomous Flight Tech

NASA and the U.S. Air Force invest in autonomy
Reliable Robotics' Cessna 208 Caravan flying over clouds
Regulations and Government

UK Government Issues Action Plan for eVTOL and UAS Operations

Strategy document published as the country awaits a general election this year
Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL aircraft
ATC

Honeywell Sees Consolidation and Longer Path to Market for eVTOL Makers

Technology group does not expect scaled air taxi service until at least 2028
Honeywell is developing ground control stations for uncrewed eVTOL cargo operations
Aircraft

'Harsh' eVTOL Operating Demands Shorten Battery Life

Research highlights the need for tailored eVTOL battery solutions
An infographic depicting eVTOL battery capacity and power during the various stages of flight.
Engines

FAA Consults on Special Conditions for Safran Electric Engine

The EngineUs family of electric motors has been selected for several new aircraft
Safran Electrical & Power's EngineUs 100 electric engine
Aircraft

Joby's eVTOL Aircraft Coming to MacDill Air Force Base

Operational testing will begin at MacDill in 2025
Two of Joby’s prototype electric air taxi aircraft at the company’s flight test and manufacturing facilities in Marina, California.
ATC

Estonia To Host Uncrewed Traffic Management Test Center

Uncrewed aircraft take center stage at Airspace World trade show
Estonian Aviation Academy and Anra Technologies at Airspace World trade show in Geneva
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Early eVTOL Aircraft Deliveries Boost EHang's Revenues

Chinese company prepares to certify the larger, longer-range VT30 eVTOL model
EHang's main production plant for eVTOL aircraft is at Yunfu in China
Aircraft

Alaka’i Makes the Case for Hydrogen-powered eVTOL Aircraft

Hydrogen fuel cells power the Skai eVTOL
Alaka'i Skai eVTOL
Aircraft

Vertical's Second VX4 eVTOL Aircraft Almost Assembled for Flight Testing

UK company wants to complete type certification in 2026.
Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL prototype aircraft in untethered remotely piloted flight tests.
FBOs

Atlantic FBOs Prepare To Support Lilium eVTOL Flights

Infrastructure and support will be available at 30 or more U.S. locations
Lilium's eVTOL aircraft
Charter & Fractional

Bravo Air Plans To Operate SkyDrive eVTOL Aircraft

The private charter operator is based in Augusta, Georgia
SkyDrive SD-05 eVTOL aircraft
Charter & Fractional

Falcon and Archer Launch Abu Dhabi-Dubai eVTOL Flights

Services will operate from Falcon Aviation's heliports in the UAE
Falcon Aviation will operate Archer's eVTOL aircraft in the UAE
FutureFlight

FAA Finalizes Airworthiness Criteria for Joby's eVTOL Aircraft

The FAA has issued its final ruling on the special class airworthiness criteria for Joby's five-seat eVTOL aircraft.
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Cranfield Aerospace Integrates Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrain into Aircraft Nacelle

The company's partner, aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman, is seeking new investors to ensure its survival.
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CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL Prototype Unveiled at German Development Base

The all-electric aircraft, which features eight sets of electric motors and rotors, is expected to operate on routes of up to around 50 miles.
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SkyDrive Launches Production of SD-05 eVTOL Prototype

SkyDrive and its partner Suzuki have begun building the first prototypes of the three-seat SD-05 eVTOL air taxi in Iwata City, Japan.
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Signature Aviation Electrifies FBO Locations With Beta's Aircraft Chargers

The business aviation services group inaugurated its first Beta charging station on March 7 at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (KMHT) in New Hampshire.
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Transcend Will Use HyperDrive Magnetic Levitation Technology for Vy 421 Tilt-wing VTOL Aircraft

The company has partnered with another Boston-based start-up, Maglev Aero, to replace electric motors.
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Vela Alpha eVTOL Could Be Indonesia's First New Civil Aircraft in Decades

Vela Prima Nusantara is developing a piloted, four-passenger eVTOL aircraft called the Vela Alpha, which it intends to have certified and in service in Asia and North America in 2028.
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Pipistrel Gains FAA Exemption for Velis Electro

The FAA's granting of an exemption to Textron eAviation means that Pipistrel Velis Electro owners and buyers can fly their electric-powered airplanes under light sport aircraft regulations without restriction.
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