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Urban Air Mobility, eVTOL Passenger Aircraft

In this post/video I list many of the companies involved in the field of Urban Air Mobility and the aircraft in development.

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is the term applied to VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) and eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) vehicles designed to carry one or more people within or between cities.

These new types of aircraft may be commercially piloted, privately piloted, or autonomous drones. They may carry passengers, be flown solo, or ferry medical supplies and other cargo or deliveries.

But what’s the demand? Why do we need another form of transport?

We are familiar with the delays and frustrations caused by congestion on roads and railways, and the strains placed upon our transport infrastructure. Roads and railways are expensive to build and maintain, and they can be very damaging to the environment.

We’ve also grown accustomed to the idea that we have to switch to more sustainable and less polluting forms of energy consumption. And we also recognise there is continuing and growing demand for personal and public transportation within and between our cities.

People want safe, convenient, affordable transport powered by sustainable energy.

Now it seems we’ve reached the point where all the necessary ingredients are in place to create a rapid period of growth in urban air mobility. The demand exists, the investment and the vision are in place, and the technology has advanced to a point where prototypes have been flown and tested. And so, it is predicted that by 2025 we’ll see the first viable flying taxis and airborne intercity shuttles, and by 2050 they are likely to have become commonplace.

There are now several viable aircraft ready to fly as urban air taxis, intercity commuter aircraft, and airport shuttles. What follows is a list of the companies involved in the development of these aircraft.

Some of these companies are well known global brands and others are startups bringing innovations to the industry. If you think I’ve missed any then please post a comment under this video and I will investigate.

Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Developers

A³ by Airbus
https://www.vahana.aero
Aircraft: Vahana

Avianovations
https://hepard.avianovations.com
Aircraft: Hepard

Airbus Helicopters
https://www.airbus.com
Aircraft: Airbus CityAirbus, Pop.Up Next

Airspace Experience Technologies, LLC
https://www.asx.us
Aircraft: AirspaceX MOBi

Astro Aerospace
https://flyastro.com/
Aircraft: Elroy

Aurora Flight Sciences
https://www.aurora.aero
Aircraft: Aurora eVTOL

AutoflightX GmbH
https://www.autoflightx.com
Aircraft: AutoFlightX BAT600

Bartini, Inc.
https://www.bartini.aero
Aircraft: Bartini Flying Car

Bell
https://www.bellflight.com
Aircraft: Bell Nexus

The Beta Technologies
https://www.beta.team/
Aircraft: Ava XC

Boeing Company
https://www.boeing.com
Aircraft: Boeing Cargo Aerial Vehicle

Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC
https://www.cartercopters.com
Aircraft: Carter Aviation Air Taxi

The Delorean Aerospace
http://www.deloreanaerospace.com/
Aircraft: DR-7

Ehang
http://www.ehang.com/ehang184/
Aircraft: Ehang 184

Embraer
https://embraer.com/
EmbraerX eVTOL division

HopFlyt
http://hopflyt.com/
Aircraft: Venturi

Hoversurf
https://www.hoversurf.com/
Aircraft: Drone Taxi

Kitty Hawk Corporation
https://www.kittyhawk.aero
Aircraft: Kitty Hawk Cora, Kitty Hawk Flyer

Jaunt Air Mobility, LLC
https://www.jauntairmobility.com
Aircraft: Jaunt

Jetpack Aviation
https://jetpackaviation.com/
Aircraft: Speeder

Joby Aviation
https://www.jobyaviation.com
Aircraft: Joby S4

Karem Aircraft, Inc.
https://www.karemaircraft.com
Aircraft: Karem Butterfly

Lilium GmbH
https://www.lilium.com
Aircraft: Lilium Jet

Neoptera Aero Ltd
https://neoptera.aero
Aircraft: Neoptera eOpter

NFT Inc.
https://www.nftinc.com
Aircraft: NFT eVTOL

Opener
https://www.opener.aero/
Aircraft: BlackFly

PAL-V
https://www.pal-v.com/en/
Aircraft: Flying Car

Piasecki Aircraft Corporation
https://www.piasecki.com
Aircraft: Piasecki eVTOL

Pipistrel Vertical Solutions
https://www.pipistrel.si
Aircraft: Pipistrel

Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc.
https://www.sabrewingaircraft.com
Aircraft: Sabrewing Draco-2 UAS

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
https://www.lockheedmartin.com
Aircraft: Sikorsky VERT

Skyworks Global
https://www.skyworks-global.com
Aircraft: Hawk

Terrafugia, Inc.
https://www.terrafugia.com
Aircraft: Terrafugia TF-X

Top Flight Technologies
https://www.tflighttech.com
Aircraft: Airborg H8 10K

TranscendAir
https://transcend.aero
Aircraft: Vy 400

Uber
https://www.uber.com
Aircraft~: Air Taxis

Urban Aeronautics Ltd.
https://www.urbanaero.com
Aircraft: Urban Aeronautics CityHawk

Vimana
https://vimana.global
Aircraft: Autonomous Aerial Vehicles

Volocopter
https://www.volocopter.com
Aircraft: Volocopter VC200, Volocopter 2X

X VerdeGo Aero
https://www.verdegoaero.com
Aircraft: PAT200

XTI Aircraft Co.
https://www.xtiaircraft.com
Aircraft: XTI Aircraft TriFan 600

Urban Air Mobility Challenges

Before we can all start booking air taxis on our apps there are still some big obstacles to overcome.

Safety is the primary concern but there are also challenges in the areas of infrastructure and noise.

Stability in the air is another. No one wants to take a ride in an air taxi that’s being buffeted by gusts between the skyscrapers.

Then of course there are things like battery power, vehicle separation, take-off and landing sites, and so on.

But as always, where there’s a will there’s a way.

So while our cities have yet to take on the appearance of Los Angeles in Blade Runner there’s a good chance that you may be able to take a ride in an air taxi in the next ten years.

You, or some of your children and grand children will be piloting these aircraft while others will be autonomous air vehicles i.e. passenger drones.

I’ll soon be creating more videos about specific aircraft types so subscribe to my channel and click the bell to notified of the next upload.

In the meantime, please post a comment below with any questions or ideas.

How do you think this industry will evolve?

Which designs will succeed and why?

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XM655

XM655 Vulcan Bomber at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield

Hello, my name is Ben Lovegrove and in this video I’m going to introduce you to the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society based at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield, near Coventry, Warwickshire, in England.

Like so many other people I was captivated by the sight and sound of a Vulcan at air shows during the past three decades.

Seeing a Vulcan fly and hearing that distinctive howl leaves an impression that cannot be forgotten.

Avro Vulcan XM655 was third from last of the Vulcan bombers produced for the Royal Air Force, being delivered in late 1964, and was part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent force throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

It is now owned by Wellesbourne Airfield and is looked after by the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society, a volunteer organisation of Vulcan enthusiasts.

XM655 is one of the few Vulcans remaining in ground running condition, the only one with the most powerful of the engine variants (Bristol Olympus 301s) and the society aims to keep her running for as long as possible.

The aircraft systems, which are powered up and exercised regularly, are available for demonstration to booked parties of visitors.

Engine ground runs are carried out several times every year, and a ‘Fast Taxi’ event is carried out most summers to show off the aircraft and raise funds to support its preservation.

XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society is a small team of skilled and dedicated volunteers, many of whom are ex-RAF, (some even ex-V-Force personnel and one of whom actually worked on XM655 in service), who give up their Saturdays to preserving XM655.

XM655 is an Avro Vulcan B Mk2, and the youngest Vulcan in existence.

Delivered to 9 squadron at RAF Cottesmore in November 1964, she transferred to the Waddington Wing in January 1968.

She then served with 101 and 44 squadrons, and was with 50 squadron when she was put up for disposal in late 1983.

She was the first Vulcan to be ‘civilianised’ and was flown in to Wellesbourne Mountford about a week after a Cat 3 Check, on the 11th of February 1984.

She had flown only 5,744 hours, making her a very viable proposition for taking to the air once more.

XM655 is available for visits both by individuals and by larger organised parties.

Individual and family visitors are most welcome to come and look around the aircraft, take photographs and have a chat with the volunteers on any Saturday between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

However, please check the the website or Facebook page for any temporary restrictions for visitors.

Organised visits can be arranged for parties of up to 24 participants, who will be able to see the aircraft with ground power on, and see the air-brakes, exterior lighting, bomb doors, and powered flying controls in operation in addition to cockpit visits.

Having recently been on one of these tours myself I can say that without a doubt it’s well worth arranging a visit of your own.

Seeing the lights, moving surfaces, deployment of air-brakes, and watching the bomb bay doors open really brings the aircraft to life.

The cockpit tour was particulary interesting as in includes many details about the aircraft’s mission, flight operations, and crew duties.

See if you can spot the soup cans which take 45 minutes to warm up a can of Heinz tomato soup!

We listened as Wing Commander Mike Pollitt (one of only 6 pilots still qualified to fly the Vulcan) described the technical and operational details of the aircraft.

The electronics of the cockpit and crew area are of course of 1960s vintage, hence the need for a crew of five to monitor all the instruments.

Mike described the aircraft’s inception and her role during the Cold War as part of Britain’s bomber force.

We also learned about the type of bombs that used to be carried, from Britain’s Blue Danube nuclear deterrent to the conventional bombs dropped on Port Stanley airport’s runway during the Falklands War.

Speaking of which, another volunteer described the Operation Black Buck missions in more detail, in particular the complicated air-to-air refuelling that was crucial for the mission’s success.

Since the Vulcans were designed for medium-range missions in Europe during the Cold War they lacked the operational range necessary to reach the Falkland Islands from Ascension Island where the operations were staged.

Consequently, they needed to be refuelled en route by Handley Page Victor bombers converted into tankers.

But such were the distances involved that some of the tankers themselves needed to be refuelled before they could rendezvous with the Vulcans for their refuelling.

To the rear of the aircraft we were able to mount a platform which gave us a spectacular view over the starboard wing.

To see it from this angle and in the spring sunshine was a real treat.

After our tour of the aircraft we were shown to the group’s shop were refreshments were served and we browsed through the books and souvenirs on display.

I couldn’t resist a copy of Vulcan Boys by Tony Blackman, particulary as it was signed by several personnel!

To find out more about her, when to visit, fast taxi events, and more visit XM655.com.

Be sure to visit soon and show your support for this important part of Britain’s aviation heritage.

Once you’ve visited (or if you’ve already done so) post a comment below this video describing your reactions.

And please share this video with those you think might also be interested in seeing this aircraft.