Boeing-sponsored GoFly Prize to Launch new competition

On January 23, the GoFly competition, initiated and sponsored by Boeing, released a teaser video indicating that a new round of competition will begin, this time probably for air rescue scenario. Details will be announced on the GoFly website later. For more details: What’s Next – GoFly Prize GoFly Prize

Boeing launched the GoFly personal aerial vehicle competition in September 2017 to encourage design of innovative vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The inaugural competition was designed for personal use with the following basic requirements: safe, quiet, ultra compact, single-seater, range of not less than 20 miles (32 km), vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) or near-vertical take-off and landing. The rules of the competition are detailed at:

The first GoFly competition attracted more than 800 design teams and more than 3,600 members from more than 100 countries according to GoFly website. The total award of the competition was 2 million US dollars, including 1 million US dollars for the first place, 100,000 US dollars for the “disruption” special prize sponsored by Pratt & Whitney, 250,000 US dollars for the quietest model and 250,000 US dollars for the smallest model that meets the technical requirements of the competition.

In February 2019, Boeing selected 40 Phase 1 winning teams, and in March 2020, five Phase 2 recommended teams were selected, each receiving $50,000 in prize money for that phase, followed by the third phase of the most difficult prototype construction and test flight. On February 29, 2020, Boeing held the inaugural final round of the competition in San Francisco. It is worth mentioning that since 2020 is a leap year, February 29 is a leap month, and February 29 in English is “leaping day” which exactly reflects the purpose of the GoFly competition.

Since none of the aircraft designs that made it to the inaugural GoFly finals did not meet the above requirements, none of them were eligible for the million-dollar prize, and only the design of the TeTra team from Japan won the $100,000 “Disruption” award sponsored by Pratt & Whitney. After the first competition, a number of participating teams began their entrepreneurial journey.

AERO Asia 2023 starting with e-Planes & Sustainable Aviation Forum

The first AERO Asia started today in Zhuhai China with a reparable success more than 250 exhibitors from around the world showed their latest development.

The big majority at this show coming from mainland China but also a reasonable number from abroad.

As sustainable and green aviation are a big focus of this event There are not only quite a number of conventional Aircraft manufacturers showing their latest products but also quite a number of manned and unmanned eVTOLs as well as conventional aircraft.

Next to exhibits and a small airshow there is also a number of forums around GA on of Forums around “Low level Aviation” which is a new term created in China for GA and AAM together-

The half day “Sustainable Aviation Forum” with speakers from US over Europe up to China and Australia highlighted the latest envelopment of eMotor, e-Aircraft and eVTOL.

More in the next days here on

CAAC issued the type certificate to EHang eVTOL

Today on 13 October 2023 the Chinese regulator CAAC issued the type certificate to EHang EH216-S two-seat eVTOL in Beiijng, China. This is the first type certififcate issued to an eVTOL in the world, as well as the first type certificate issued to a pilotless passenger-carrying aircraft in the world.

The issurance ceremony was held in Beijing today

The director of the airworthness certification department of CAAC, Ms.Yang Zhenmei (left) passed the type certificate to the founder and CEO of EHang, Mr.Hu Huazhi (right)

According to the information released at the ceremony, EH216-S has a maximum design speed of 130km/h, maximum cruising speed of 90km/h, maximum takeoff weight of 620kg and service ceiling of 120m (AGL).

EHang applied for the certification to CAAC in 2020 and CAAC officially accepted the application in Feburary 2021 so it took about two and half years for EHang to obtain this type certificate. According to various sources, this certificate comes with some operational limits and EHang still needs go through some process before commercial operation. Thus many things still remain to be seen and it might be too early to say this is the success of EHang. Instead, this certificate might be just the beginning. Nevertheless the title of the world’s first certified pilotless eVTOL should be a good reason for EHang to celebrate at this moment.

2nd AAM Forum started today 27.09. in Oberpfaffenhofen Germany

Bavarian Minister Florian Herman opened the ÀAM forum in the Hangar of the Technical University and Hochschule Munich at the Oberpfaffenhofen Airfield. Key players like Rolls Royce, Volocopter, AutoFight, Lilium, Elektra Solar presented their progress in their projects as well as new startups like Vaeridion and Odonata.

AAM Forum at the Airfield Oberpfaffenhofen/munich