Bellwether releases profoundly uninspiring eVTOL test-flight footage

Bellwether has begun flight-testing its impossibly sexy Volar eVTOL flying supercar design at half scale, but the video appears to confirm our fears: all style with little substance, it appears to be a wobbly quadcopter drone with a flashy bodykit.

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Joby accelerates certification effort with second pre-production eVTOL

American eVTOL pioneer Joby Aviation is accelerating its path to FAA type certification, today unveiling a second pre-production prototype that's already approved to join the company's flight test program, and is due to fly later this month.

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Bellwether’s gorgeous Volar eVTOL begins flight testing at half-scale

Bellwether Industries has flown a half-scale prototype of its stunning Volar eVTOL, and is preparing to release footage. It's the most brazenly futuristic design we've ever seen, a flying hypercar for a utopia even sci-fi doesn't dare dream up.

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Helicopter CEO: eVTOLs have “precious little chance” and pose no threat

As a counterpoint to our typically bullish eVTOL coverage, here's a bear's take. This aviation CEO has dismissed eVTOL air taxis as a threat, saying they'll be just as expensive as helis but far less capable, and they'll struggle in the real world.

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Chicago to Washington DC flight uses 100% sustainable fuel in one engine

The shift to sustainable fuels in the aerospace sector passed another milestone last week when a United Airlines 737 MAX 8 airliner took to the skies with one of its two LEAP-1B engines running on 100-percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

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Ascendance revises the design for its long-range hybrid eVTOL

France's Ascendance has released an updated design and range figure for its long-range, fan-in-wing, eVTOL air taxi. The Atea will use batteries and kerosene for energy storage, but its modular hybrid system will eventually support hydrogen as well.

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Renault celebrates the past with futuristic flying concept

This year marks 60 years since Renault launched the Quatrelle, and though the company has been celebrating all year, a collaboration with design studio TheArsenale to build a flying car concept is arguably its best birthday present to itself yet.

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Hybrid Czech eVTOL begins hover tests, claiming 720-km range

Czech company Zuri has commenced hover testing on its first near-scale VTOL air taxi tech demonstrator. With a hybrid powertrain on board, this team promises real-world range figures up to 720 km (447 miles) at cruise speeds up to 320 km/h (200 mph).

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RAF makes world’s first flight using pure synthetic fuel

Synthetic fuels are not new, nor is their use in aircraft, but the normal practice is to blend them with fossil fuels. The Royal Air Force has now set a new record by completing the first ever aircraft flight powered entirely by synthetic fuel.

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Wright proposes a 100-seat electric airliner powered by aluminum

US-based Wright Electric has announced a 100-seat electric short-hop aircraft slated to go into service by 2026. It'll either be powered by hydrogen, or it'll use recyclable metal in what the company calls an "aluminum fuel cell."

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