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Old October 28th 19, 02:15 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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Rutan Working On EVTOL
Russ Niles
October 28, 20191

Legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan has reportedly turned his
outside-the-box vision toward eVTOL transportation and he’s already
said to prepare for something different. “It’s pretty different from
the 170 different outfits that are doing eVTOL now,” he is quoted as
saying by Aviation Week. “And that’s all I can say about it.” Rutan
“retired” in 2011 after his company Scaled Composites sold but he’s
been working ever since on projects ranging from the massive
Stratolaunch to his own amphib.

Meanwhile some of the “170 different outfits” achieved some milestones
in the last week, according to transportup.com. Israel’s Eviation has
reported a total of 150 orders for its 11-seat electric commuter
aircraft. Volocopter flew its multicopter manned for the first time in
Singapore on Oct. 22. It coincided with the opening of the first air
taxi voloport in Singapore.


Burt Rutan Focuses on New eVTOL Design
27 October 2019 || 3 min read
A new eVTOL design is in the works by aviation legend Burt Rutan The
76-year-old aerospace engineer and designer, famous for his work on
the Voyager piston and suborbital SpaceShipOne rocket, confirmed that
he is currently in the middle of designing a new aircraft based on
eVTOL aircraft. However, he revealed little else, aside from the fact:
“It’s pretty different...

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Volocopter Air Taxi Makes First Urban Manned Flight in Singapore
27 October 2019 || 4 min read
On October 22nd, urban air taxi developer Volocopter successfully
completed its first urban manned flight over Singapore’s Marina Bay.
Not only was the latest demonstration flight the first manned test for
Volocopter, it was the second ever test held in an urban flight
setting following an autonomous urban flight test in Stuttgart,
Germany. Volocopter has been planning this Singapore demonstration

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Eviation Secures 150 Total Orders for its All-Electric Commuter
26 October 2019 || 4 min read
Startup Eviation Aircraft has gained two more customers for its
pioneering electric commuter aircraft. Israel-based electric aircraft
company Eviation may be “building the future of regional
transportation” with the industry’s first all-electric aircraft. The
company is based in Israel and stood up their US headquarters in
Prescott, AZ during Q3 of 2018. Eviation is currently developing the
Alice, an 11-seat electric aircraft...

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Alphabet’s Wing and FedEx Offer Residential Drone Delivery Service
24 October 2019 || 4 min read
Alphabet’s Wing drones begin the delivery of select FedEx packages
directly to Virginia homes. On October 18, for the first time in the
United States, a drone completed a scheduled commercial residential
delivery. The drone delivery was conducted by Wing Aviation, in
collaboration with FedEx Express, as part of the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot

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Lilium Releases New Flight Test Footage
24 October 2019 || 4 min read
Just six months after unveiling the latest version of its prototype,
Munich based air taxi company Lilium has released footage of its
five-passenger jet making the transition from vertical to horizontal
flight: The Lilium jet can seat 5 passengers, fly at 186mph, is
all-electric, and has a range of nearly 200 miles. Lilium plans to
build not just the aircraft...

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World’s First Full-Scale Air Taxi VoloPort Unveiled in Singapore
22 October 2019 || 5 min read
The world’s first full-scale air taxi vertiport has been unveiled
today at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in
Singapore. The launch of VoloPort speaks to the continuation of
success for Volocopter after raising over 50M Euros in its Series C
funding round and completion of a staged medical rescue demonstration.
The VoloPort is the outcome of an exciting...

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VoloPort unveiled at this month's ITS World Conference in Singapore
EHang and Vodafone Announce Urban Air Mobility Partnership
20 October 2019 || 4 min read
On October 18, EHang announced a strategic partnership with Vodafone
to collaborate on aerial mobility. EHang, a Guangzhou-based autonomous
aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, has been working
closely with Vodafone, one of the world’s largest telecommunication
and technology service providers with over 600 million customers
globally, to collaborate on building out an urban air mobility (UAM)
ecosystem. Their goal...

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Commercial UAV Expo Coming Up In Las Vegas October 28th-30th
19 October 2019 || 4 min read
On October 28th through 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada, industry experts
and stakeholders throughout the UAV industry will meet and gather to
push the industry forward. The 5th Annual Commercial UAV Expo,
October 28-30 in Las Vegas, has become the industry’s biggest
gathering where attendees can see the latest innovations and
applications of commercial drone technology and a glimpse into the...

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Dean Donovan: Why Porsche and Boeing Won’t Make A Personal Flying
Sports Car
18 October 2019 || 12 min read
Will Boeing and Porsche Bring these Products to Market? This article
appeared first in Forbes and is shared on TransportUP with permission.
Last week, Boeing and Porsche signed a memorandum of understanding to
jointly explore the premium urban air mobility market. The word
“explore” suggests they think premium UAM remains some ways off. Given
that Porsche doesn’t exactly target fleet...

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Porsche Cayman GT4
EHang Establishes UAV Control Center at Heydar Aliyev Airport
18 October 2019 || 3 min read
EHang and Azerbaijan Airlines join to manage UAV traffic at Heydar
Aliyev International. The agreement was signed on October 9, 2019 in
Baku by EHang Founder, Chairman and CEO Huazhi Hu and Azerbaijan
Airlines (AZAL) President Jahangir Asgarov. EHang has recently made
signficant strides in advancing the operations and implementation of
its cutting-edge autonomous air vehicle (AAV) technologies, and is...

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UK’s Vertical Aerospace Flies Electric Air Taxi Capable of Carrying
17 October 2019 || 6 min read
Vertical Aerospace becomes the first company in the world to unveil
flight footage of an eVTOL aircraft capable of carrying 250kg – the
equivalent of a pilot and two passengers. Bristol-based startup
Vertical Aerospace has revealed flight footage of an electric vertical
take off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) capable of carrying loads of up
to 250kg – the first company...

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Vertical Aerospace's Seraph prototype
Workhorse To Launch Pilot Program Under A New Partnership with USOG
15 October 2019 || 4 min read
Workhorse plans to partner with USOG for pilot programs and drone
delivery of medical supplies. USOG (Unmanned Systems Operations Group,
Inc), a unmanned mobile medical delivery logistics firm and Workhorse,
a tech company focused on electric-mobility platforms seem to be a
perfect fit as the two intend to deliver medical supplies via drones.
The two companies have launched an initial...

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Workhorse's HorseFly system integrates ground and air transportation.
Boeing and Porsche to Collaborate on Luxury Personal Air Vehicle
13 October 2019 || 4 min read
An electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Porsche may be
possible with Boeing’s help. World-class aircraft manufacturer Boeing
and world-class sports car manufacturer Porsche will combine their
expertise to create a brand in the aerial mobility industry targeted
toward high-income individuals. The joint venture includes Boeing
subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, which will assist in the design and
prototyping of a...

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CoMotion Mobility Conference Coming to Los Angeles Nov 14th-15th
13 October 2019 || 4 min read
The CoMotion conference on future mobility, featuring 85 speakers and
hundreds of participating industry experts, is coming to Los Angeles.
CoMotion LA is an exciting yearly conference designed to bring
together the most important stakeholders in urban mobility, including
government representatives, transportation startups, key industry
players, and more. Notable speakers include Joshua L. Schank, Metro’s
Chief Innovation Officer, Jay Walder,...

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Lilium Looking To Raise Up To $500 Million
13 October 2019 || 4 min read
The company is in talks with investors for potentially their largest
funding round to date The German startup is currently looking to bring
up their financial position with a large jump. According to sources
close to Lilium, the company has been talking with their investors to
raise nearly half a billion dollars in their next round of funding; an

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