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Hybrid Air Vehicles and Design Q launch the Airlander 10

Hybrid Air Vehicles and Design Q have unveiled the Airlander 10 passenger cabin. Travelers will have luxurious private en-suite bedrooms and will be able to enjoy horizon-to-horizon views in the aircraft’s infinity lounge. The Altitude Bar will offer drinks with a view, while there is space for 18 guests to enjoy fine dining in the sky.

13th August 2018



Forming the future of Wanaka Airport

Residents in Wanaka, New Zealand, were encouraged to join conversations on the future of Wanaka Airport at interactive community and stakeholder engagement sessions. Discussions surrounding what the hub could evolve into by 2045 included the airport’s strengths, thoughts on the return of scheduled services and opportunities for growth.

18th June 2018



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Autonomous aviation startup Xwing takes off with US$4m funding

Xwing, an autonomous aviation software company based in San Francisco, California, has announced it is to scale up its operations and recruiting activity after raising US$4m in funding.

The company, which was founded in 2016, aims to develop the technologies necessary for the fully autonomous flight of general aviation aircraft and small passenger airplanes.

Marc Piette, founder and CEO of Xwing, said, “Aviation is currently undergoing what will be a seismic shift. In the not-so-distant future, technology will dramatically change the way people and goods move, and transform transportation.

“Xwing has brought together experts in optionally piloted vehicles, unmanned systems and certified avionics, to develop key autonomous flight technology and accelerate this change.”

The company’s early focus is on developing key functions of autonomous flight: sensing, reasoning and control, using the input from sensors and data from air traffic control. It wants to install its autonomous pilot systems first in general aviation fixed-wing, rotorcraft and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

Vic Singh, founding general partner of Eniac Ventures, the company which led the funding round, said, “The coming wave of eVTOLs coupled with the high-cost structure of the commercial aviation industry makes the timing perfect for autonomy.

“We are excited to support Marc and Xwing. We believe they are the best, most experienced team and have built the leading technology platform to make intelligent autonomous aviation a reality.”

By Hazel King

August 6, 2018


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