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Dr. Susan X. Ying
SVP, Global Operations, Ampaire
i.e., the conventional two-seat fossil fuel-propelled aircraft is almost
fourfold more expensive to operate than the equivalent
two-seat EA.
In March 2022, the aviation industrial conglomerate Textron,
parent company of Cessna, decided to underwrite the
expansion and success of electric aviation for commercial use
with its acquisition of Pipistrel. By April 18, 2022, Textron completed
acquisition of Pipistrel for a cash purchase price of €218
million. This deal will dramatically accelerate the development,
deployment, and adoption of EA.
In the span from 2016 to 2022, there have been over 300 EA
projects and up to 200 EA startups around the world, similar to
the renaissance of aviation period in the early 1900s. The overall
EA service domain is loosely referred to as " Advanced Air Mobility "
(AAM), which covers the " Urban Air Mobility " (UAM)
and part of " Regional Air Mobility " (RAM). EAs for UAM are
primarily equipped with vertical lift capability, also referred to
as eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing), while the
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RAM EAs take advantage of the runway to gain momentum
(hence less energy demand) for take-off and landing and are
referred to as eCTOL (C for Conventional) or eSTOL (S for
Short).
The eVTOLs operate similar to rotorcraft and require heliports
(or " vertiports " ) in urban environment. Examples of
eVTOLs include projects from Joby, Volocopter, Lilium, Archer,
EHang, Wisk, and many more. In contrast, eCTOLs and
eSTOLs are fixed-wing aircraft that can use the massive number
of existing airports, transforming the regional travel due to
the unprecedented economic and environmental benefits.
These EAs are developed by a number of startups and OEMs,
including Airbus, Ampaire, Electra.Aero, Heart Aerospace,
MagniX (with Eviation), Rolls Royce Electric, VoltAero, ZeroAvia,
and others. NASA's white paper on RAM[3]
outlined
how the application of EA will dramatically increase the accessibility
and affordability of regional travel while building on the
extensive and underutilized US local airports.
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