• Volocopter VC200 in Dubai

    Dubai is Electric

    Germany’s Volocopter (previously known as “e-volo”) conducted the first public flight of its VC200 in Dubai on Sept. 25 (shown). Flight testing of the prototype for Volocopter’s 2X two-seat production vehicle will “be used for the world’s first self-flying taxi service set to be introduced” by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The Crown Prince of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, witnessed the maiden...

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    EHang in Dubai

    EHang in Dubai

    The Chinese drone company, EHang, revealed in July that its EHang 184 eVTOL conducted numerous tests for Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), and that many passengers had been flown to date in China and Dubai. This was the first news that EHang had revealed about the flights since the beginning of the year — there has been speculation that the aircraft suffered a mishap of some kind. Testing in China and...

  • Volocopter Gains Momentum

    Volocopter Gains Momentum

    Bruchsal, Germany-based Volocopter (previously known as “e-volo GmbH”) has continued its series of stunning announcements. The company, which made the world’s first manned multicopter flight in March 2016 with its VC200 eVTOL demonstrator, is preparing to fly its next aircraft, the pre-series 2X multicopter. The first 2X is complete and the second 2X is in fabrication.

    In June, Volocopter revealed...

  • Uber Flying Taxis in Dubai

    From the Ground Up: Uber Elevate in 2020

    From the Ground Up: Uber Elevate in 2020

    Uber keeps talking about flying its eVTOL aircraft in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Dubai in 2020. Vertiflite asks, “Is 2020 really possible?”

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, Sept-Oct 2017

    Since the release of the Uber Elevate...

  • Uber Flying Taxis in Dubai

    Is 2020 Really Possible? (sidebar)

    Is 2020 Really Possible?

    Sidebars to From the Ground Up: Uber Elevate in 2020

    Uber said that by the time flight demonstration programs begin in 2020, they will have to validate that they have mitigated the three biggest risks: efficient flights (airspace acceptance), noise (community acceptance) and safety (passenger acceptance). Note that Uber is not...