URBAN AIR MOBILITY

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Elroy Air secures $2 billion in VTOL purchases, transitions to new flight testing facility

The composite Chapparal VTOL manufacturer signed an agreement with LCI for a purchase of up to 40 vehicles, advances into full-scale ground and flight testing with a new facility and hangar.  

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Startup FlyBIS partners with Eve Air Mobility, orders up to 40 aircraft

The companies will cooperate to launch an eVTOL airline targeting service in Southern Brazil’s many congested cities by 2026.

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SPE ACCE calls for papers, sponsors and exhibitors for 2023 event

The theme for the Sept. 6-8 event highlights the roles composites have in EV auto and air mobility, highlighted in the form of technical sessions, panel discussions, keynotes and exhibits.  
#electricvehicles

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Horizon’s Cavorite eVTOL prototype completes initial hover testing

Reports confirm the aircraft is extremely stable, is capable of full hover at only 65% power and has hovered with 20% of its fans purposely disabled.  

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Stellantis to build Midnight eVTOL aircraft with Archer

Stellantis is to contribute advanced manufacturing technology and expertise, experienced personnel and capital, in addition to help stand up Archer’s new composites manufacturing facility, with the ultimate goal of becoming Archer’s exclusive contract manufacturer.  

CFRP frames used in BMW i3 and Airbus Helicopters EC 135

Carbon fiber will enable air taxi eVTOLs

Aircraft and autos have indeed faced CFRP production woes, but new tech opens door for both.
#a350 #adhesives #peek

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AIR ONE two-seater eVTOL achieves first hover tests

AIR’s all-electric personal air mobility vehicle, which incorporates composites in structural and aesthetic components, is expected to deliver its first vehicles by 2024.

Defense

Plant tour: Qarbon Aerospace, Milledgeville, Ga. and Red Oak, Texas

Veteran aerostructures Tier 1 transforms into 21st century leader in thermoplastic composites and multiple new markets.
#planttour

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First hover flight takes Archer Aviation’s Maker aircraft to the skies

Six months after unveiling its composites-intensive Maker eVTOL aircraft, Archer has achieved both FAA airworthiness certification and its first successful hover flight, with a broadening flight testing campaign coming soon.

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Swoop Aero strengthens partnership with Quickstep Holdings

Next-generation urban aircraft developer expects to scale up its manufacturing capabilities into 2022, which includes the development of composite parts.

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FAA approves G-1 Certification Basis for Archer

The FAA’s approval enables Archer to move toward its goal of obtaining an FAA Type Certification for its composite all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

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Novotech launches SEAGULL hybrid-electric, composites-intensive aircraft

Novel folding-wing, urban air mobility platform begins work toward certification.

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Lilium, Toray reach carbon fiber supply agreement

Toray will provide carbon fiber directly to Lilium during development of the Lilium Jet eVTOL craft, and then to suppliers during prototyping and production. Includes video of Lilium Jet test flight.
#sustainability

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Joby completes second of four system reviews with the FAA

Series of system reviews serve to validate the overall architecture of Joby’s eVTOL aircraft, ensure the company’s development process is on track to satisfy FAA safety objectives.  

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Stratview Research publishes new report on composites use in the AAM/eVTOL markets

The detailed thought leadership report explores the highly profitable synergy that is going to take place between the composites and the eVTOL industry in the coming years, including an analysis of 500+ eVTOL programs and inputs from 20+ industry experts.  

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Lilium signs contract with eVolare, expands into U.K. market

The subsidiary will be Lilium’s lead partner and launch operator in the U.K., in addition to a pre-delivery payment for up to 20 limited-edition Lilium Jets.    

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Archer completes Maker’s first full transition flight

Full transition to full wing-borne flight takes place less than a year after the eVTOL’s first hover flight, the culmination of several months of intensive design, simulation and wind tunnel testing.  

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UD’s Center for Composite Materials hosts NASA University Leadership Initiative

October meeting of industry, government and academic accentuates the University of Delaware’s study of research and technology barriers in UAM using its new class of composite materials, TuFF.  

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Lilium, Saudia Airlines announce plan to bring electric air mobility to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s national airline invests in sustainable air mobility with plans to purchase 100 all-electric Lilium Jets and support certification across the MENA region.

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Automotive

JEC World 2022 preview: Hexcel

Hexcel is presenting a wide range of high-performance composite solutions for the automotive, marine, wind, recreations, aerospace and UAM markets at its JEC World booth next week.

Defense

New thermoset matrix resin offers fast, low-temp, tunable cure

HARP Rapid is a new thermoset resin chemistry for liquid molding processes that offers a fast, tunable cure profile, and a Tg that exceeds the material’s cure temperature.
#hprtm #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Janicki Industries

Janicki Industries is featuring its fast prototyping process for flyaway parts and tooling for urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle manufacturers.
#camx