The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

Kerry Lynch

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MagniX Teams with Brazil's Desaer on Hybrid-electric Regional Airliner

Desaer, which has been developing the ATL-100 light regional twin turboprop, is looking at the next iteration, the ATL-100H, which incorporates magniX magni350 electric propulsion units.
Under the partnership announced on February 8, electric-propulsion specialist MagniX would collaborate with Desaer on an ATL-100H hybrid variant that would be powered by two magni350 electric-propulsion units and two turboprop engines. The aircraft is mainly intended to serve as a regional airliner in the same class as 19-seaters like the Dornier Do-228.
Desaer's planned hybrid electric ATL100 regional airliner

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Bell Trials with NASA Move APT Autonomous Cargo Vehicle Toward Commercialization

Bell completed a trial of its APT uncrewed cargo platform with ground-based radar to test its capabilities in complex airspace and operating-beyond-visual-line-of-sight missions.
Bell executives are pleased with the maturation of its Autonomous Pod Transport and believe the program is ready for pilot partnerships and commercialization in the air freight sector. As part of the maturation and in conjunction with NASA, Bell recently tested its capabilities in complex airspace using ground-based radar sensors in flight trials conducted at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Bell Autonomous Pod Transport flying near Alliance Airport in Texas (Photo: Bell)

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Report Sees $9.566 Billion Market for Electric Aircraft by 2027

A new report is estimating the electric aircraft market will grow at a 4.6% CAGR, reaching $9.566 billion by 2027.
Market research from Valuation Reports is estimating that the market for electric aircraft reached $6.754 billion in 2020—even though few had entered service—but will reach $9.566 billion by 2027 as deliveries ramp up and so too does demand for sustainability.
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U.S. Lawmakers Back Government Support for Advanced Air Mobility

A proposed bill in the House of Representatives has won support from industry groups including the National Business Aviation Association and the Helicopter Association International.
The Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act (AAIM), H.R.6270, would direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a pilot program that would provide planning and construction grants to support advanced air mobility infrastructure development. The proposed legislation closely mirrors a bill that has already been backed by the U.S. Senate.
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Honda Joins the eVTOL Aircraft Pack, Promising More Range

The Japanese automotive group is one of several carmakers, also including Hyundai, Toyota and Geely, making substantial investments in the advanced air mobility sector.
Honda says that its gas turbine hybrid propulsion system will support a range of up to 249 miles for its planned eVTOL aircraft. In a September 30 announcement, it published few details as to its timeline for type certification and how it intends to achieve this objective.
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Industry Leaders Look To Existing Infrastructure and Helicopter Experience As a Foundation For Advanced Air Mobility

While advanced air mobility is expected to bring a 'new way to think of transportation,' the emerging community can use existing infrastructure and lessons from the aviation community to pave the way.
As advanced air mobility nears market entry in the next several years, industry leaders agree that much work lies ahead on building out the infrastructure and tackling key issues such as autonomy, safety, and security. But those leaders, speaking during a webinar hosted by Helicopter Association International (HAI) last week, agreed that the existing ground infrastructure in place can provide a starting point for such operations.
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Flexibility Over Certification Boosts Confidence in Urban Air Mobility Progress

Performance-based Part 23 regulations are opening the door to new urban air mobility technologies but the FAA is holding off on setting blanket standards while it examines the technologies of each company applying for type certification.
During a recent webinar hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), participants debated how soon the urban air mobility sector might be providing transportation alternatives, given issues surrounding certification basis, automation, and training. Participants believe flexibilities in FAA Part 23 rules are enabling technological advancements, but automation will be a slow process, and training must remain in focus.
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Bye Aerospace Reveals Jet It, JetClub as Launch Customers for eFlyer 800

Announcement of fractional ownership affiliates of Jet It and JetClub as launch customers follows the unveiling of the eFlyer 800 in April.
Revealing its initial customers for the eFlyer 800, Bye Aerospace said Jet It and JetClub signed a purchase agreement including orders and options for the seven-passenger cabin-class aircraft, along with purchase deposits for four eFlyer 4 aircraft.  As launch customers, Jet It founder and CEO Glenn Gonzales and JetClub founder and CEO Vishal Hiremath will join Bye Aerospace’s Strategic Advisory Council for the eFlyer.
eFlyer 800 (Photo: Bye Aerospace)

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Local U.S. Leaders Look to Emerging Technologies for Growth

Local leaders like Mayor Barbara Tolbert of Arlington in Washington state are calling for collaboration to pave the way for emerging technologies.
The Alliance for Aviation Across America. is encouraging local communities and their airports to engage with companies advancing sustainability and emerging technology for the industry as a why to reinvent themselves and stimulate prosperity. Arlington in Washington state is a classic case in point, having recently attracted Eviation to relocate its program to develop a nine-passenger electric aircraft called Alice to the town's general aviation airport.
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11 Partners Selected To Support France's Hydrogen Hub Initiative

Airbus, Air France-KLM, Groupe ADP, and the Choose Paris Region selected 11 projects out of 124 applicants to foward their vision for a hydrogen hub network at airports.
Responding to a call from Airbus, Air France-KLM, Groupe ADP, and the Choose Paris Region for airport hydrogen projects, the selected 11 organizations and/or consortiums proposed a range of projects surround distribution, storage, development, use, and lifecycle of hydrogent.
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