From traditional aviation giants to agile start-ups, companies around the world believe that electric vertical takeoff and landing (evtol) aircraft is a runway independent technical solution to meet our transportation needs. They can give full play to the potential of traditional engine aircraft in urban areas, and have the advantages of strong operability, high efficiency, environmental improvement and noise reduction. Therefore, a new generation of innovators are working to develop about 250 advanced evtol concepts and strive to bring urban air traffic (UAM) into life.
A series of new multi rotor, fixed wing and inclined wing air taxi concepts loaded with sensors, cameras and radar are being developed to autonomously connect cities and even regions. Some of them are still in the test stage, while others have conducted thousands of test flights around the world to obtain certification. From experiment to limited service, and then to ordinary service, a series of technical obstacles must be overcome, including the size, weight and power balance of evtol, propulsion, efficiency and endurance.
Technology needs to ensure airworthiness and infrastructure, provide safety and demonstrate efficiency – all of which need to be cost-effective. However, these challenges have led to cooperative efforts. Uber is working with major manufacturers to develop evtol aircraft for air carpooling. NASA has signed Space Act agreements with 17 airlines to promote the AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) national sports technology demonstration program, solve safety and integration obstacles, focus on operational challenges, determine system development requirements, and test the program next year. The air force’s agile master program aims to accelerate the development of the commercial market. In fact, evtol technology seems to be ready for a new transportation ecosystem. New era avionics Honeywell aerospace is one of the companies that “go all out” to support UAM. Because its products and services are suitable for commercial, defense and space shuttles, the Charlotte based company is working with UAM leaders to apply its advanced avionics technology to their evtol design.
Mike Ingram, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Aerospace cockpit systems, said: “UAM has a good prospect at present, but these are small electric vehicles, so it is a huge technical challenge for our team.” “we are meeting this challenge.” for Ingram, evtol provides an opportunity, Re imagine flying in a new and exciting way – beyond the heavy parts and pulley system of the past. “Old aircraft have many interfaces, but with these new aircraft, we can define high-speed interfaces, connections and protocols in an unprecedented way,” he said Provide state-of-the-art avionics, solutions and flight systems to help them overcome evtol constraints and operate independently in complex urban environments.
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