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E-flight Roundup: New Flight Tests, New Entrants, and New Hype

January 20th, 2018, by Ben Brelje

Two months of eVTOL developments in one post!

Launches/reveals

  • Erik Lindbergh (yes, that Lindbergh) launches VerdeGo
  • Bell Helicopter shows cabin mockup
  • Hopflyt goes public with eVTOL craft based on Custer Channelwing concept
  • Detroit Aircraft shows mockup at Detroit auto show
  • Vimana, the worst eVTOL concept yet (now with BLOCKCHAIN and 100% NATURAL AUTO-STABILIZATION!)
Test flights

  • Vahana (apparently) misses targeted 2017 first flight
  • Workhorse Surefly accomplishes tethered flight at Consumer Electronics Show
  • Boeing reveals multirotor, heavy-lift cargo drone
  • Zee Aero shows some old flight test footage on CNN

Industry developments

  • Uber makes strange request of City of LA government
  • Uber hires away Tesla's top battery expert
  • AHS holds sold-out eVTOL technical meeting in San Francisco


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E-Flight Roundup: Airbus internal competition heating up

November 18th, 2017, by Ben Brelje
  • The CityAirbus eVTOL demonstrator completes propulsion system ground testing in preparation for first flight in 2018
  • XTI Trifan announces a major redesign and 60% scale flight test demonstrator
  • Aurora Flight Sciences joins The Boeing Company
  • STARC-ABL rev B to be externally assessed by Aurora

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Electric Flight Roundup: More details on the NASA X-57 Maxwell

July 27th, 2017, by Ben Brelje

Well, I may have been too ambitious with the idea of a "weekly" tempo for my last blog post. So much was announced at Paris but the following weeks were slow. I've been gathering updates since then and my plan is to post when I reach a critical mass of material or when a feature-worthy development comes along.

  • More details on the X-57
  • Turbine primes throw cold water on electrification potential
  • External analysis of Zunum
  • New FACEs and fresh configurations


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