NASA performs propeller wind tunnel tests for its all-electric X-57

NASA has come a step closer to flying its all-electric X-57 Maxwell. The first manned X-plane in two decades was delivered by manufacturer ESAero last month. It is based on a Tecnam P2006T aircraft where in its first configuration the two piston engines are replaced by two electric motors. In later iterations, the aircraft will be powered using distributed propulsion along the leading edge of the wing. NASA has now completed wind tunnel testing on the propellers to be used in this distributed propulsion configuration at the Langley Low-Speed Aeroacoustic Wind Tunnel. Twelve of these high-lift motors will be used…

Read more

Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium aims to implement eVTOL aircraft in Canada

Canadian Air Mobility and the National Research Council of Canada have founded the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium to accelerate the implementation of electic and hydrogen powered vertical take-off and landing aircraft in Canada. The goal of the organization is to streamline advanced air mobility research, and to bring Canadian and international regulators, manufacturers, operators and other stakeholders together in an innovation hub to benefit development and commercial operations. Among its objectives are to help small and medium-sized enterprises grow their technology from a low technology readiness level to certification and commercialization. Currently, the consortium has more than 20 partners,…

Read more

ENAIRE plans to promote urban air mobility with demonstration flights in 2022

ENAIRE, the national air navigation manager of Spain, is working on two urban air mobility projects using funds provided by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 project. The first one, called CORUS-XUAM, is led by Eurocontrol, the European organisation for the safety of air navigation, and aims to make cross-border operations of unmanned traffic flying in very-low-level (VLL) airspace easier. The second, AMU-LED, is led by consulting firm Everis. As part of the efforts to accelerate the urban air mobility industry and to foster public interest and acceptance, ENAIRE is planning to have air taxi demonstration flights in Barcelona and Santiago…

Read more