by Tiana May
16 Jan 2023
AT CES 2023, ASKA debuted a full-scale, functional prototype of its ASKA A5 drive & fly electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
This model was launched as the world’s first drive & fly eVTOL, which ASKA said would deliver “easy door-to-door transportation”.
The 4-seater vehicle is the size of a large SUV and aims to combine the convenience of an automobile with the time-efficiency of flight.
When airborne, it has a range of up to 250 miles and a speed of up to 150 miles per hour.
For drive mode, ASKA hopes to obtain highway certification for the vehicle to operate at a speed of 70 miles per hour, but the first deliveries may be limited to local roads, it said.
The company said it believed it was currently on target for 2026 commercialisation, and was expecting FAA approval for an experimental permit to fly the prototype within the next month.
ASKA A5 is powered by lithium ion batteries and a range extender that uses premium gasoline. It can be charged at home or at conventional EV stations while parked in standard US parking spaces. The range extender engine can also be filled at local automotive stations.
ASKA said this vehicle was compatible with exiting infrastructure and its use would not require investment in electrification, parking or terminals.
Siemens and Skyway have announced a collaboration to develop electrical and digital infrastructure for vertiport operations.
Stellantis and Archer Aviation have announced a partnership to manufacture Archer’s eVTOL aircraft, Midnight.
Hyundai Motor Group's subsidiary, Supernal has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to run advanced air mobility on Microsoft cloud.
Eve Air Mobility has signed a LOI with Volatus Infrastructure to supply a vertiport automation software to manage eVTOL vehicles.
VPorts has announced the creation of its first international electric 'advanced air mobility' (AAM) corridor between the US and Canada.
Urban air mobility pioneer, Volocopter, has completed a two-week test flight campaign for its VoloDrone multirotor heavy-lift cargo carrier.
Archer Aviation has announced plans to construct the industry's first high-capacity eVTOL manufacturing facility in Covington, Georgia.
Hyundai has signed a MoU with the Nusantara Capital City Authority in Indonesia to establish an advanced air mobility ecosystem.
Archer Aviation and United Airlines's first eVTOL service will operate between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and New York City.
NASA will be conducting a crash test of an urban air mobility passenger vehicle at the Landing and Impact Research Facility on 9 November.
Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility, has raised an additional $182 million in the second signing of its Series E funding round.
LIFT Aircraft™ has signed a Letter of Intent with Charm Aviation to bring an entirely new kind of personal flight to the Big Apple.
LIFT Aircraft has received a Notice of Allowance from USPTO for its HEXA utility patent application, after nearly three years in review.
LIFT Aircraft vehicle HEXA has qualified as an ultralight, as confirmed by Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA).
XPENG AEROHT has celebrated the first public electric vertical take-off-and-landing (eVTOL) flight of its 'flying car,' the XPENG X2.
ADR, Atlantia, UrbanV, and pioneer of UAM, Volocopter, have successfully completed the first crewed eVTOL test flights in Italian airspace.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released design guidelines on vertiport infrastructure for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).
M3 Systems, Pipistrel, and Volocopter have completed their first joint flight test campaign in France at Pontoise airfield.
United Airlines has announced a 15 million USD investment in Eve alongside a conditional purchase agreement for up to 400 eVTOL aircraft.
A consortium of organisations aims to establish international electric Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) corridors between Quebec and the US.
For the first time in the EU, a remotely operated drone was used to transport human blood samples and tissues in an urban setting in Belgium.
Hyundai's research revealed that self-charging cars, flying cars and public transport to space top the future mobility wish list of children.
Eve will conduct its first North American urban air mobility (UAM) simulation in Chicago using helicopters powered by Blade Air Mobility.
Daedalean hires Dr. Yemaya Bordain to lead its new office in Phoenix, AZ, as the company officially opens for business in the United States.
Hyundai has unveiled its HMG Smart City master model which incorporates underground autonomous mobility and advanced air mobility solutions.
The UK Business Secretary has announced £273m for low-carbon aerospace innovation, including solar powered aircraft and medical drones.
Volocopter has partnered with Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education to launch a VoloCity public exhibition.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has become the first regulatory authority to publish rules for operating urban air taxis.
NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility mission is developing design tools to help manufacturers reduce noise impacts of future drones and air taxis.
Eve Urban Air Mobility and Falcon Aviation Services have signed a Letter of Intent to deliver up to 35 eVTOL aircraft to Dubai.
Volocopter announced that their fixed-winged passenger aircraft, the VoloConnect, completed its first flight in May 2022.
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Daedalean has concluded a joint research project with the FAA on Neural Network-Based Runway Landing Guidance for General Aviation.
For LIFT Aircraft to bring the HEXA eVTOL aircraft to market, the strategy is to steer clear from any complex certification processes with the FAA.
Volocopter and Microsoft will develop an aerospace cloud system in that will address the nascent cloud computing requirements for urban air mobility.
Volocopter has been working to keep airborne noise emissions, a major hurdle to launching a commercial urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem, to a minimum.
To further develop advanced air mobility, companies in Germany have formed the Air Mobility Initiative under the leadership of Airbus.
Urban-Air Port has opened Air-One, the world's first fully-operational hub for eVTOL vehicles such as air taxis and autonomous cargo drones.
Jaunt Air Mobility has announced that Calin Rovinescu and Mitch Garber have added their names as investors and advisors of Jaunt Air Mobility.
LIFT Aircraft was recently awarded a Phase 3 contract through USAF’s Agility Prime Program to continue flight test efforts around its HEXA aircraft.
Urban-Air Port has partnered with Leeds Bradford Airport to develop an unmanned and manned aerial vehicle hub.
Flying Forward 2020, a project developing urban air mobility solutions, will start demonstrating autonomous drones in Eindhoven.
On 21 March 2022, Volocopter became a two-time pioneer as the first eVTOL developer to conduct both crewed and remotely piloted test flights in France.
Volocopter has raised USD 170 million in the initial signing of its Series E funding round led by South Korean investor WP Investment.
Volocopter's partnership with DB Schenker on the delivery of VoloDrone is set to revolutionize logistics, unlocking full application potential.
Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore’s centrepiece for the aerospace sector has been identified as a future Advanced Air Mobility hub.
Volocopter and Aviation Capital Group have entered into an agreement to develop financing solutions to assist with the sale of Volocopter’s eVTOL aircraft.
Overair has announced the successful commencement of Butterfly’s full-scale propulsion system test program.
Skyports has announced its acquisition of a heliport located in East London, and only minutes away from Canary Wharf financial district.
British start-up Urban-Air Port has secured investment from Supernal, previously the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group.
AutoFlight continues its global expansion and establishes its first location in Europe, ramping up operations at Augsburg Airport in Germany.
ZEVA has successfully achieved its first untethered, powered, controlled flight test for its full-scale ZEVA ZERO flying wing airframe.
SmartSky Networks will collaborate with GE Aviation and Mosaic ATM to enhance Flight Management Systems and Air Traffic Management for AAM.
The 5G Intelligent Air Mobility Experience Center launches in Guangzhou as a new operation spot under EHang’s 100 Air Mobility Routes Initiative.
FlyingBasket's FB3 cargo drone has completed the first urban transport flight in Europe, a significant milestone for urban air mobility.
Volocopter has unveiled a comprehensive VoloPort handbook for the physical infrastructure supporting eVTOL aircraft operations.
EHang 216 has completed its debut flight demonstration for aerial sightseeing in the world-famous tourism hotspot of Bali, Indonesia.
Skyports is developing Europe’s first test vertiport in France, marking a significant step towards launching commercial Advanced Air Mobility services.
Volocopter Kakao Mobility have inked a memorandum of understanding to conduct a feasibility study on introducing UAM in South Korea.
Skyports has announced a partnership agreement with LAZ Parking to develop and deploy vertiports for electric air taxis in Los Angeles.
SkyDrive Inc. has announced that the company’s application for a type certificate for its flying car was accepted by MLIT in October 2021.
Volocopter, Atlantia and Aeroporti di Roma have announced their partnership today to bring electric air taxis to Rome.
Frequentis and autonomous robotics specialist Unmanned Experts are joining the NASA Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) project.
Volocopter, has joined the Osaka Roundtable, an institution eager to bring UAM to one of the busiest cities in Asia.
OneSky's UAM Quantum Computing pilot program, will demonstrate how quantum computing can develop an optimized operating system for UAM.
Xwing has signed an MoU for a proposed development partnership with Inmarsat to create a dedicated terminal and associated services for autonomous aircraft.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has established an international consortium of eVTOL industry leaders and aviation experts.
Honda is developing its eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircraft by taking advantage of a wide range of Honda’s core technologies.
Volocopter and Aerofugia, a subsidiary of China’s Geely Technology Group, announced the finalization of their joint venture company.
Airbus has announced plans for a new CityAirbus at the Company’s first #AirbusSummit on “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace.”
Volocopter has partnered with Los Angeles-based Urban Movement Labs to explore the application of Volocopter’s UAM solutions in the Los Angeles area.
Dufour Aerospace and Swiss Air-Rescue Rega have announced development cooperation for the air ambulance version of Aero3.
Archer Aviation Inc., has announced it will work with REEF to develop plans for urban takeoff and landing sites.
Dufour Aerospace has published specification details on its flagship product, the Aero3, a VTOL tilt-wing, multi-purpose hybrid aircraft.
Lilium GmbH has partnered with CUSTOMCELLS®, the German manufacturer of customer specific lithium-ion battery cells.
Joby Aviation has announced it has achieved an important milestone during the developmental testing of its aircraft in Big Sur, CA.
Avidyne Corporation and Daedalean AG are developing, manufacturing and certifying an AI-based avionics vision system together.
Malaysia Airports has announced that it has signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Skyports and Volocopter.
Embraer's Eve has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brazilian operation of EDP, to collaborate on Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
EHang has entered into a strategic partnership with Globalvia to promote, develop and implement the operation of AAVs to offer UAM solutions.
Volocopter announced today that it has secured Production Organisation Approval (POA) in compliance with the EASA.
Rotor X Aircraft announces they are entering the eVTOL Air Taxi market with their world’s most efficient helicopter, the RX eTransporter.
Volocopter flew their Volocopter 2X electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft at Le Bourget Airfield during the Paris Air Forum.
California-based Archer, debuted its Maker eVTOL aircraft both live in Los Angeles and streamed to a global audience on June 10.
Avolon and Vertical Aerospace have announced a ground-breaking US$2 billion order for up to 500 electric eVTOL aircraft.
Zuri, a Prague-based company developing hybrid VTOL aircraft for advanced regional air mobility, has unveiled a new interior design concept.
EHang's flagship passenger-grade AAV EHang 216 successfully performed its maiden Japan unmanned and autonomous trial flight.
Eve and Halo have announced a partnership focused on developing UAM products and services in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Near Earth Autonomy and Volocopter’s will test Near Earth Autonomy’s autonomous flight technology on Volocopter’s VoloDrone aircraft.
The Airlander 10 aircraft will be available with up to 100 seats in a hybrid-electric configuration from 2025.
DENSO and Honeywells expanded collaboration will enable development, testing and flying of electric propulsion systems for UAM segment.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published results of the first study conducted in the EU on Urban Air Mobility.
Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility, has unveiled its newest eVTOL aircraft, VoloConnect, designed to connect suburbs to cities.
NASA will work alongside governments to consider how emerging Advanced Air Mobility services can best be included in civic transportation.
CAE has been selected to lead design and development of the Jaunt Aircraft Systems Integration Lab for the the company’s new eVTOL aircraft.
Urban-Air Port® have announced a partnership to design safe, clean and connected Air Architecture™ for future electric air taxis.
Royal Mail has announced a trial of the first out-of-sight, autonomous scheduled drone flights between the UK mainland and an island.
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