Sep 13, 2021 - 04:10 pm
Electric jet company Lilium will launch on Nasdaq this week
The electric air taxi startup Lilium is merging with special purpose acquisition company Qell after shareholders have now voted in favour of the merger. The SPAC deal will see Lilium list on Nasdaq this Wednesday. However, Lilium’s proceeds from the IPO are much less than hoped for.
Sep 10, 2021 - 01:26 pm
EASA approves Skycharge solution
The Skycharge solution developed by Green Motion and Pipistrel was recently approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as the world’s first OEM-independent electric aircraft charging station.
Aug 30, 2021 - 03:09 pm
HyPoint & Piasecki to develop helicopter fuel cell drives
HyPoint, which specializes in air-cooled fuel cells for electric aircraft, has signed a development agreement with Piasecki Aircraft Corporation (PiAC). The goal is to develop FC systems – including for what is expected to be the world’s first crewed H2 helicopter.
Aug 4, 2021 - 02:03 pm
DHL orders 12 electric aircraft from Eviation
The German postal services giant, DHL Express, has ordered twelve Alice electric aircraft from Eviation. The electric delivery aircraft are scheduled for delivery to DHL Express in 2024. Eviation has scheduled the aircraft’s maiden flight for later this year.
Aug 2, 2021 - 01:08 pm
Lilium is negotiating a major order from Brazil
The electric aerial taxi start-up Lilium says it is negotiating with the Brazilian airline Azul to sell 220 electric aircraft with a total value of one billion US dollars. It would be the company’s first order from Brazil.
Jul 30, 2021 - 02:29 pm
Bye Aerospace receives first orders for electric 9-seater
The American manufacturer Bye Aerospace has received two orders for its eight- to nine-seat electric aircraft eFlyer 800 – both of which have already been deposited with deposits. In addition, Bye Aerospace is further developing the four-seat eFlyer 4.
Jul 28, 2021 - 01:34 pm
Customcells to deliver batteries for Lilium
The electric air taxi start-up Lilium is relying on Customcells for the series production of battery cells for the seven-seater Lilium Jet. In future, the Porsche partner will be one of the main suppliers to make the existing Lilium battery technology ready for series production and produce it at its plant in Tübingen.
Jul 26, 2021 - 02:10 pm
Surf Air Mobility & Textron to develop hybrid Cessna
The Californian company Surf Air Mobility has signed a purchase agreement with Textron Aviation for 100 Cessna Grand Caravan EXs and secured options for 50 more. Both companies intend to develop and certify a hybrid-electric engine for the aircraft.
Jul 8, 2021 - 12:33 pm
Hydrogen aircraft project takes off in Hamburg
A research project has started in Hamburg to test the maintenance and ground processes of future aircraft generations with alternative engines. For this purpose, an Airbus A320 is also being equipped with a hydrogen infrastructure.
Jul 7, 2021 - 02:41 pm
H2FLY & Deutsche Aircraft working on regional hydrogen airplane
The two young German aviation companies H2FLY and Deutsche Aircraft want to establish the hydrogen fuel cell as a propulsion system in regional aviation. The two companies have set the goal of having a Dornier 328 take off as a hydrogen fuel cell aircraft in 2025.
Jul 6, 2021 - 01:35 pm
Volocopter gets European manufacturer’s license
The eVTOL start-up Volocopter has received the manufacturer’s licence from the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA. This was made possible by the partial takeover of Volocopter’s long-standing production partner DG Flugzeugbau, which already had this certification.
Jul 4, 2021 - 10:28 am
Eviation Aircraft presents technical details for ‘Alice’
Eviation Aircraft has unveiled the design and technical configuration for its all-electric Alice aircraft, which is scheduled to make its maiden flight later this year. Certification and entry into service of the feeder aircraft is targeted for 2024.
Jul 1, 2021 - 01:58 pm
ZeroAvia reveals plans for 19-seater H2 aircraft
ZeroAvia has expanded its hydrogen-electric aviation programme to include 19-seat aircraft and has also been able to raise an additional US$13 million in funding. Two of the 19-seaters will be built initially – one each in the UK and the US.
Jun 21, 2021 - 06:10 pm
EXA flying car series to become manned in 2022
The racing series planned by the Australian company Alauda with electrically powered flying cars is taking concrete shape. The EXA Series will lay the foundation for the large-scale racing series next year.
Jun 21, 2021 - 05:58 pm
MagniX presents two aviation propulsion units
The US company MagniX, specializing in electric propulsion systems for aircraft, is presenting two flight-optimized electric propulsion units. These are the magni350 and magni650 propulsion units with a power output of 350 kW and 650 kW, respectively.
Jun 21, 2021 - 05:47 pm
Rolls-Royce develops new batteries for aviation
Rolls-Royce is entering the development of new energy storage systems for eVTOLs and electric commuter aircraft. The company is investing 80 million pounds (around 93.4 million euros) in this by 2030.
Jun 14, 2021 - 12:06 pm
Vertical Aerospace announces 1,000 air taxi orders
The British eVTOL start-up Vertical Aerospace announces pre-orders for a total of 1,000 of its electric aerial taxis. In this context, the company also announces that it is seeking an IPO via SPAC and has received commitments from Microsoft, American Airlines, Avolon, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce.
Jun 9, 2021 - 02:50 pm
Eve Urban Air reports two major eVTOL orders
The electric aircraft manufacturer Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, a subsidiary of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, has received two large orders within a few days. Both Halo Aviation and Helisul Aviation are ordering several units of Eve’s vertical take-off and landing electric air taxi.
May 25, 2021 - 04:07 pm
Beta Technologies closes financing round with $368 million
After Beta Technologies received an order for the delivery of ten vertical take-off and landing electric air vehicles by the UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward at the beginning of April, the US manufacturer now reports the closing of a financing round for 368 million US dollars.
Apr 23, 2021 - 03:35 pm
Bye Aerospace presents 9-seater with serious range
Bye Aerospace has announced an all-electric aircraft with room for up to seven passengers plus one or two pilots. The aircraft, called the eFlyer 800, is said to have already received deposits from customers, however, it remains to be seen when delivery will take place.
Apr 8, 2021 - 03:19 pm
UPS Flight Forward to purchase 10 electric VTOLs
UPS subsidiary Flight Forward announces it will procure ten vertical take-off and landing, electric airlifters from US manufacturer Beta Technologies. The agreement also includes an option to procure 150 additional eVTOLs.
Apr 6, 2021 - 04:24 pm
ZeroAvia scores further funding for hydrogen aircraft development
Electric aircraft propulsion specialist ZeroAvia announces having raised $24.3 million (€20.5Mn) in a new round of funding for hydrogen plane development. The fresh capital comes from new investor British Airways as well as several existing financiers, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Shell.
Mar 13, 2021 - 08:21 pm
Zero-emission aviation to take off in Norway from 2026
Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and aircraft designer Tecnam have teamed up with Norwegian regional airline Widerøe to deploy an all-electric passenger aircraft by 2026. The electric aircraft called P-Volt will seat nine people.