Electric Aircraft: Battery Life Just As Important As Capacity

Battery limitations continue to stunt the potential of electric aircraft, but Uber is betting that current technology is good enough to make urban air mobility workable now and will only improve as the vehicles mature....
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Boeing eVTOL Prototype Crashes

Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Science’s autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) prototype crashed during its fifth test flight, company spokespeople told several news outlets at the Uber...

Uber Elevate: Pick A Fantasy

At its third conference, Uber Elevate sketched a future that's hard to believe. But sooner or later, some version of it is coming.

Pipistrel Unveils 801 eVTOL

Slovenia-based Pipistrel Vertical Solutions threw its hat into the eVTOL ring Tuesday by revealing a multi-fan electric airplane with vertical takeoff and landing capability. At Uber’s Elevate Summit in Washington, D.C., Pipistrel...

FAA To Uber: Work Hard, Be Patient

In an alternately inspirational and cautionary talk at Uber’s Elevate Summit in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, acting FAA chief Dan Elwell told the aspiring urban air taxi audience that he’s impressed with ideas...

UberCopter Launch Detailed At Uber Elevate Conference

Uber is betting big that data it’s collecting from its ground-based ride-hailing app will drive the emerging urban air taxi market, but while we’re waiting for the aircraft, beginning this summer, UberCopter...

Embraer Introduces eVTOL

Embraer, though its EmbraerX “disruptive business subsidiary,” announced the eVTOL at today’s Uber Elevate Summit. The 10-motor electric VTOL concept promises urban mobility through vertical takeoff and landing capabilities and is ready...

Honeywell And Volocopter Partner On Air Taxi Systems

Honeywell Aerospace has announced that it will be partnering with Volocopter to jointly develop and test navigation and automatic landing systems for Volocopter's electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi. Honeywell says it will be bringing its autonomous sensing and flight technologies-including inertial measurement units and attitude heading reference solutions-to the table for the project along with aviation hardware and software products such as navigation technologies and fly-by-wire flight controls tailored for the unique needs of [urban air mobility (UAM)] aircraft.

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Two Tragic Accidents And We’re Arguing About Sim Time?

You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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