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teTra Aviation, an aircraft manufacturing startup based in Tokyo, Japan,ย won the $100,000 Disruptor Awardย at the FoFly personal flight contest last year. ย  ย  ย  The startup has now unveiled the exclusive, single-seat eVTOL aircraft, dubbed the Mk-5, at the week-long EAA AirVenture event at the Wittman Regional Airport in Wisconsin. The fullyย electric personal aircraftย is designed to be safe, quiet, and easy to manufacture. Forged from aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP), the Mk-5 measures roughly 8.62 m (28.2 feet) wide, 6.15 m (20.2 ft) long, and 2.51 m (8.2 ft) high, and weighs around 488 kg when empty. ย  The aircraft...

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ย  ย  DHL andย Eviationย todayย announcedย a pretty big moment in the developing history of electric aviation and specifically electric cargo aviation. Starting later this year, DHL will begin testing a fleet of 12 electric cargo planes from Eviationโ€™s sole current model dubbed โ€œAlice.โ€ Deliveries will begin in 2024. ย  AD ย  The Alice planes look almost identical, save for some missing windows and seats and an additional 100lbs capacity, to the passenger version of the Eviation Alice plane weโ€™ve talked about in the past,ย amusingly calling it the โ€œTesla of Aviation.โ€ It now boasts around 440NM of range or just over 500 miles...

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JoeBen Bevirt has ducked the media spotlightโ€”until now. He discusses how electric air taxis will make urban transport cleaner and cheaper. The most recognizable name in the emerging electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) segment, JoeBen Bevirt, broke years-long silence yesterday during aย webcast with theย Washington Post.ย ย It turns out he didnโ€™t reveal any new details about hisย four-passenger electric aircraftย or specifically where his company, Joby Aviation, is heading. He did, however, provide a general roadmap of how he thinks electric aviation will cause a transportation revolution. ย ย  Bevirt receivedย Robb Reportโ€™sย 2021 Best of the Best โ€œOne to Watchโ€ย award for his leadership and vision...

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Electric flight times are getting longer as the technology improves Electric air taxis arenโ€™t a real thing yet, but a host of well-financed startups are out to change that. Chief among them is Joby Aviation, an electric aviation company based in Northern California that just posted a noteworthy video of its six-rotor aircraft completing an impressive 150-mile flight. Granted, it doesnโ€™t sound too impressive, but itโ€™s actually among the longest flights ever performed by an electric aircraft. Itโ€™s equivalent to a trip between Seattle and Vancouver, or Los Angeles to San Diego โ€” the type of regional trip conducted hundreds...

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Self-driving cars are taking longer to come to market than initially predicted by industry insiders, as aย New York Timesย articleย highlighted this week. Indeed, it turns out that having a complex, interconnected set of cameras, sensors, lidar, and software safely navigate a vehicle through busy streets is a lotย harder than we thoughtย it would be. What may not be as hard, though, is navigating the friendlyโ€”and relatively emptyโ€”skies. Google Ventures is betting on it, anyway: the venture capitalย investment armย of theย search giantย just co-led aย $25 millionย funding round forย Merlin Labs, a developer of autonomous flight technology thatโ€™s aiming to create a โ€œtruly autonomous digital pilot.โ€ ย ...

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