Pipistrel presents unmanned hybrid cargo aircraft
Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel is introducing a new series of unmanned aircraft with hybrid propulsion for cargo flights. The Nuuva series of aircraft take-off and land vertically and purely electrically, using a combustion engine for the actual flight.
Ehang presents fire-fighting drone
The Chinese manufacturer Ehang has presented a special version of its electrically driven passenger drone Ehang 216, which was specially designed for fire fighting in high-rise buildings. The company has also revealed more about production at Ehang.
EASA certifies first electric aircraft in Europe
With the certification of the Pipistrel Velis Electro, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued the first type certification for a purely electrically powered aircraft. The two-seater electric aircraft of the Slovenian manufacturer Pipistrel is mainly intended for pilot training.
Urban Aeronautics is planning an H2 fuel cell VTOL
The Israeli air taxi developer Urban Aeronautics has entered into a cooperation with the Californian startup HyPoint to use its fuel cell technology in its vertical take-off aircraft CityHawk. Urban Aeronautics is currently still using a hybrid drive in the CityHawk VTOL.
EXACT: DLR researches eco-efficient aircraft
Since the beginning of this year, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has been working on the EXACT (Exploration of Electric Aircraft Concepts and Technologies) project to develop new technology components for an eco-efficient commercial aircraft – with batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen.
VoltAero launches hybrid aircraft prototype (video)
The French startup VoltAero launched the maiden flight of its first hybrid aircraft. The prototype, called Cassio 1, is based on a Cessna 337 Skymaster and comes equipped with two electric motors from Safran and a thrust propeller with combustion engine from Nissan.
Slovenian e-planes to be made in Australia
The aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel from Slovenia has just signed an MoU with Australia’s Eyre to There Aviation for the rights to manufacture Pipistrel’s small e-plane Alpha in Australia. The agreement would make Eyre to There the first Australian company to build an electric aircraft.
DB Schenker invests in Volocopter
The electric air taxi manufacturer Volocopter gained a new shareholder: DB Schenker is joining the company founded in 2011. The participation of the rail logistics subsidiary is part of the third round of financing, which has brought the company a further 87 million euros.