The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

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U.S. Lawmakers Look To Build Advanced Air Mobility With FAA Reauthorization Bill

House of Representatives aviation subcommittee chair Larsen sees the upcoming bill to approve spending by the U.S. aviation regulation addressing broad issues such as infrastructure for advanced air mobility..
Congressional leaders expect are eying a range of issues for the FAA reauthorization bill that will be in the works next year that includes "clear direction" for the FAA to make sure the proper resources are dedicated to the advanced air mobility industry.
Left to right: Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Washington), and GAMA v-p government affairs Paul Feldman (Photo: Kerry Lynch/AIN)

eVTOL Aircraft Developers Remain Concerned Over New FAA Operational Regulations

The U.S. aviation safety agency now says it needs to develop a special federal aviation regulation to facilitate the use of advanced air mobility vehicles in commercial operations and to address pilot training.
FAA's shift of certification rules for advanced air mobility vehicles opened the door to other concerns, including operational and training requirements as well as international validations. However, the agency is working toward the release of a special federal aviation regulation by 2024.
Archer is flight testing its Maker technology demonstrator for its planned eVTOL aircraft.

Kittyhawk Signals Its Imminent Exit from eVTOL Aircraft Innovation

The company founded by Google gurus Larry Page and Sebastian Thrun says it is still "working out what's next" but has decided to wind down its operation.
Kittyhawk was launched in 2010 and has worked on several eVTOL aircraft designs and technologies, including most recently the Heaviside autonomous vehicle. The company jointly owns Wisk Aero with Boeing and has been involved in its plans to bring a four-passenger eVTOL air taxi to market.
Kittyhawk has been developing the Heaviside autonomous eVTOL aircraft.

Boeing and Wisk Issue Concept of Operations for Urban Air Mobility

The document provides a roadmap for the adoption of an urban air mobility ecosystem with pilotless air taxis. 
The Boeing-backed autonomous eVTOL developer Wisk has released a concept of operations that provides a roadmap for the adoption of an urban air mobility ecosystem with pilotless air taxis. 
A schematic diagram illustrating the different aspects of an urban air mobility ecosystem

Flapper Partners with Destinus for High-speed Cargo Flights

Charter flight broker Flapper wants to use hypersonic, hydrogen-powered aircraft developed by Destinus to speed up cargo flights between Europe and Latin America.
The Brazilian on-demand charter flight broker Flapper has entered into an agreement with the hypersonic, hydrogen-powered aircraft developer Destinus to open high-speed cargo delivery flight routes in Latin America and Europe. It may also look into the potential for passenger services.
The Eiger prototype is pictured on the runway.

Ecocopter Teams with Airbus over eVTOL Service Plans in South America

The rotocraft operator, with a fleet of 21 Airbus helicopters, is looking at how eVTOL aircraft could be deployed for commercial services across Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.
Under a memorandum of understanding, Chile-based Ecocopter is conducting joint studies with Airbus regarding possible plans to launch eVTOL aircraft services in that country as well as in Peru and Ecuador. The European aerospace group aims to certify its four-passenger CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft in 2025.
The CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft is expected to fly up to around 50 miles on a single electric charge.

Jetson Refines Design for Personal eVTOL Vehicle as Fundraising Continues

The Swedish company has delayed the start of manufacturing from 2022 to 2023 as it works on further refinements to the design of its Jetson One single-seater personal eVTOL vehicle.
Jetson says it has raised $8 million toward its $10 million seed funding target as it starts flight testing technology demonstration examples of its single-seat eVTOL vehicle at a private airfield in Italy. The start-up says it will now deliver the $92,000 vehicle fully assembled to customers, rather than as self-build kits, and claims to have collected around 500 down payments of $22,000.
Jetson is testing flying its single-seat personal eVTOL vehicle at a private airfield in Italy.

Mako Promises Viable Regional Airline Range with Electric Superconductor Propulsion System

The UK-based startup is seeking to optimise existing superconductor technology to develop its Forerunner family of electric-ducted-fan engines to power flights of up to around 600 km.
Mako Aerospace has launched a new seed funding campaign to finance work to build and fly a full-scale prototype of its Forerunner electric-ducted-fan engines. The young Scottish company is developing a family of propulsion systems with power ratings above 800 kW that it said could be used for new or existing airliners seating 10 or more passengers.
Mako Aerospace is developing a family of superconducting electric propulsion system for aircraft.

Air Charter Firm GlobalX Orders 50 Eviation Alice All-electric Aircraft

Eviation announced on September 15 that GlobalX has signed a letter of intent to buy 50 of the all-electric Alice commuter aircraft, with the first deliveries expected in 2027.
Miami-based charter and cargo flight provider Global Crossing Airlines Group, or GlobalX, has provisionally agreed to purchase 50 all-electric Alice aircraft from Eviation. Eviation announced on September 15 that GlobalX has signed a letter of intent to buy the commuter aircraft, with the first deliveries expected in 2027.
An artist's rendering of an Eviation Alice aircraft with a GlobalX logo flying over Florida.