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JOUAV Unveils Next-Gen VTOL Hangar JOS-C800 at Drone World Congress 2024

New “drone-in-a-box” solution aims to optimize automated aerial operations. At the 8th Drone World Congress 2024, civil drone manufacturer JOUAV introduced its latest advancement in VTOL hangar drone technology, the JOS-C800. This second-generation “drone-in-a-box” solution is set to improve fully-automated drone operations across various industries, offering a smarter and more versatile approach to routine aerial […]

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Wilbur Air Partners with FlyNow to Expand Electric Aircraft Fleet

New Australian e-Airline to Integrate FlyNow Aircraft for Freight and Passenger Services Electric air taxi infrastructure start-up, Skyportz, has announced the establishment of Wilbur Air, a wholly owned subsidiary that will operate electric and hybrid aircraft from its network of vertiports across Australia. Wilbur Air will have priority access to Skyportz vertiport locations, which are […]

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Airbus US Space & Defense to Develop Prototype UH-72 Lakota Drone for US Marines

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Airbus U.S. Space & Defense a Phase I Other Transactional Authority Agreement, through Naval Aviation Systems Consortium, in support of the United States Marine Corps Aerial Logistics Connector. The award is part of a Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA) Rapid Prototyping Program which aims to provide the USMC with […]

Preparing for Advanced Air Mobility: Port San Antonio Plans Construction of eVTOL Vertiport

Advancing Aviation and Innovation: Port San Antonio Launches Construction of State-of-the-Art eVTOL Vertiport By DRONELIFE Features Editor Jim Magill Port San Antonio, located on the site of the former Kelly Air Force Base, plans to build a state-of-the-art vertiport for housing and deploying electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of a $100 million airfield renovation […]

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Lilium Expands Aerospace Operations into France

Advanced discussions with the French government could lead to new job opportunities and bolster the nation’s export capacity. Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM), a leading developer of all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jets, has announced ongoing discussions with the French government regarding the expansion of its production capacity into France. This strategic move aims to […]

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UrbanLink Partners with Lilium to Integrate eVTOL Aircraft in South Florida

Revolutionizing Regional Air Mobility with Sustainable Solutions UrbanLink Air Mobility LLC, a South Florida-based start-up, is poised to reshape transportation as the first provider of all-electric zero-emission advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions in the United States. In a groundbreaking move, UrbanLink has forged a partnership with Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ:LILM), a global pioneer in Regional Air […]

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Kaman Corporation Celebrates Successful First Flight of Autonomous KARGO UAV

Kaman Corporation has announced the significant achievement of the first flight of the full-scale KARGO UAV, a purpose-built, autonomous, expeditionary resupply vehicle. This milestone, which took place in December of 2023, signifies a major accomplishment in the ongoing flight test progression. The development of this medium-lift UAS, initiated in 2021 to address logistics needs for […]

The World’s First Certified Electric Autonomous Air Vehicle: A Q&A With Wisk

Amsterdam Drone Week continued Wednesday with a keynote address by Dan Dalton, Vice President of Global Partnerships at global AAM provider Wisk, now a fully-owned subsidiary of global aerospace giant Boeing. Wisk believes that they are building the very first certified autonomous air taxi.  It’s a huge milestone for the AAM industry: the majority of […]

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100 Years Since Oehmichen Set the First FAI Rotorcraft Record

The biomechanical facilities of the dragonfly and its agility in flight were a major inspiration to Etienne Oehmichen, the French engineer who set FAI’s very first helicopter record one hundred years ago, on 14 April 1924. On this date, his Oehmichen 2 quadrocopter rose vertically into the air above Courcelles-lès-Montbéliard, France, and made a journey […]