Comparing Use Cases for eSTOL and eVTOL Aircraft

Electric aviation promises to move people quickly, quietly, and cost-effectively, freeing them from ground-based commutes and traffic congestion. To do this, many types of aircraft will be needed and multiple categories are already emerging in the market. Two primary types of aircraft are promising to fulfill this mission: One is fixed-wing and the other is rotary-wing. 

Let’s Agree on Range Comparison Standards

At last week’s AIAA Aviation Forum (Aug 2021), there was a lot of debate among the eVTOL, eCTOL, and eSTOL players (you can read more here on on the merits — and potential limitations — of our various approaches.

The next step: Full Scale Technology Demonstrator

While we’ve been busy flying and learning with our subscale demonstrator we’ve also been busy working on the design of our next vehicle: a full-scale piloted technology demonstrator. This is where things get real!

eSTOL Key Enabling Technologies

This post is part of a series that introduces and makes the case for Electric Short Take-Off and Landing (eSTOL) aircraft.

Feedback on the FAA’s UAM CONOPS v1.0

I was planning to share feedback on the recent FAA UAM CONOPs v1.0 document when I saw that Anna Dietrich already posted a great writeup with her thoughts here. If you know Anna, you know that she’s very credible and knows her stuff.

Why Fly Subscale

We’ve all heard the adage that “The longest journey starts with a single step.” But what we sometimes forget is that the next step is just as important as the first, and so is the one after that, and the next one, and the remaining thousands until we reach our goal.