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Published on July 7th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

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Boeing & Kitty Hawk Team Up To Build The Future Of Urban Air Mobility

July 7th, 2019 by  


Boeing has been in the news lately and not always for positive reasons, but a new announcement about a partnership with Kitty Hawk reveals that both companies are teaming up to further develop urban air mobility (UAM). This cooperation could help Boeing regain some positive momentum while giving Kitty Hawk a jump start in the world of electric air mobility.

The Boeing Kitty Hawk Cora. Image courtesy: Boeing / Kitty Hawk

Boeing Gets Cozy With Kitty Hawk

It’s understandable Boeing is eager to move away from its very poor handling of the fatal crashes its 737 MAX. By showing it is working for our UAM future, the company said it was focusing on “future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility” on its press release.

And that means working with Kitty Hawk’s Cora division — the 2-person electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) UAM air taxi we wrote about previously. Although Kitty Hawk has been around for some time in eVTOL years, the Cora was introduced last year in March. Since then, Kitty Hawk says it has accumulated more than 700 test flightsBoeing Kitty Hawk Cora

Besides the Cora, Kitty Hawk is also working on the Flyer, an ultralight aircraft the group calls a “personalized flight vehicle”. With Boeing’s Personal Air Vehicle, we wonder which acronym will win, PAV or PFV? Hop down to the comments to weigh in.

Back to more important matters, Boeing NeXt VP & GM Steve Nordlund said:

“Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the future of mobility. We have a shared vision of how people, goods and ideas will be transported in the future, as well as the safety and regulatory ecosystem that will underpin that transportation.”

Image courtesy: Cora

Kitty Hawk, Boeing & Air Zealand?

Perhaps the first clean eVTOL will be introduced down under by New Zealand’s airway as a Kitty Hawk Boeing? Stranger things have happened and certainly, this new industry is no different than countless others that have been disrupted in years past.  Personal aviation is in the middle of a drastic shift as various industry players reorganizes in a push to build the foundation for tomorrow’s UAM.

The air taxi service industry is taking many sizes, shapes, and means of transportation to get patrons from point A to Z. They don’t care if the ultimate solutions ends up being one with or without pilots. Tomorrow’s UAM will be backed by years of expertise carried forward from the current aviation industry. Hopefully, the new UAM world will heed the difficult lessons from the unfortunately long list of aviation tragedies as it moves towards a more robust control platform.

Source: Boeing 
 





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About the Author

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. His communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"



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