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VoltAero Recruits Aerostructures Group Sonaca to for Cassio Production

The airframe for the Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft will be more aerodynamic than the current Cassio 1 testbed.
Belgium-based aerostructures specialist Sonaca will oversee the design and engineering transition from the current Cassio testbed to the production versions of the four- to 10-seat hybrid-electric aircraft family.
Sonaca

Pal-V Liberty Fly Car Wins Approval for Operation on Roads

Pal-V's recent approval for road operation of its Liberty flying car is the culmination of years of drive and flight testing of prototypes, the company said.
Pal-V has secured European approval for road operation of its flying car, the Liberty, following an extensive drive test program conducted since February that included high-speed ovals, brake, and emission tests, as well as noise-pollution testing. The company is now eyeing EASA certification for flight in 2022.
Pal-V Liberty

China's Aviation Regulator Establishes Unmanned Aviation Zones

Chinese eVTOL aircraft developer EHang will be one of the main beneficiaries of a decision by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
The new Unmanned Civil Aviation Experimental Zones will give China's autonomous aviation industry more opportunity to develop technology and early operations across 13 Chinese cities.
EHang Jilin

Volocopter Teams with Lufthansa on UAM Digital Platform

The platform to be developed by the two companies will run on Microsoft Azure to manage Volocopter's emerging urban air mobility ecosystem.
Through a partnership with Lufthansa Industry Solutions, Volocopter is building a software platform, VololQ, that will run on the Microsoft Azure cloud-based service to manage the entire ecosystem of its planned UAM network. The platform would connect the various facets of a UAM network, from the local authorities to the transportation providers, flight and ground operations, and customer services.
VoloIQ

Uber Elevate Remains Optimistic About 2023 UAM Service Launch

The company's leader said the partners necessary to begin the service continue to make progress despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
Uber Elevate head Eric Allison provided an update on the group's plans to launch ride-hailing services with eVTOL aircraft during Invest in Bavaria's Urban Air Mobility 2020 conference. He said the company does not expect disruption from the Covid-19 pandemic to delay its plans to begin operations during 2023.
Uber Copter

Jaunt Air Mobility Launches Joint Venture for UAM Support

Jaunt Air Mobility announced a new venture called Access Skyways, which includes Jaunt, PS&S, and Price Systems.
Jaunt Air Mobility, PS&S, and Price Systems are joining efforts to prepare the growing urban air mobility (UAM) industry for flight operations with customers on board. PS&S is an architectural firm and Price Systems is a cost-estimation technology company.
Jaunt Air Mobility

Falck Plans to Use eVTOL Aircraft for Emergency Response by 2025

The Danish emergency response and healthcare group is already employing drones to support operations worldwide.
Denmark-based Falck says it is setting up initial test operations with an unnamed "technical partner" to use manned eVTOL aircraft for emergency response work. The company has 25,000 employees in 30 countries.
Falck drone

Expert Panel Highlights Key Challenges For UAM Infrastructure Development

Safety, noise, and economics will challenge urban air mobility infrastructure development, panelists at Invest in Bavaria's UAM 2020 Conference note.
Safety, noise, and economics are among some of the key challenges in developing an infrastructure for urban air mobility, according to a panel of experts speaking at a session on infrastructure at Invest in Bavaria's recent Urban Air Mobility 2020: Future of Aerial Transport & Logistics conference.
Hyundair Uber

Tecnam Teams With Rolls-Royce To Develop the P-Volt Electric Commuter Airliner

The Italian light aircraft manufacturer says it already has letters of intent from several airlines for the all-electric P-Volt.
Tecnam says the short- to medium-range P-Volt aircraft will be ready to enter commercial service during the second half of the 2020s. It has not yet specified projected performance for an aircraft that will be based on its latest piston-powered P2012 model.
Tecnam P-Volt