Volocopter, Vertical Aerospace to fly eVTOLs at Expo 2025 Osaka (by Miquel ROS)
By Ms. Adriana Gonzalez Jimenez
Japan becomes the host of showcase Osaka expo to try variety of eVTOL aircraft in a real operational environment in 2025. Volocopter and VoloCity being present flying with their investors and partners Japan Airlines and German urban mobility.
Also as they Japan Civil Aviation Bureau has been accepted for its certification of its VoloCity eVTOL model. The type certification process will be concurrent with that of EASA, the European regulator.
Adding that Japan has the Volocopter added Sumitomo Corporation as an investor to its Series E funding round. In order to give an idea to the Japanese public about the advanced air mobility concept, Volocopter will only display a scale model of its VoloCity.
Vertical Aerospace has partnered with Tokyo-based Marubeni Corporation to bring its VX4 eVTOL to the show and Japanese advanced air mobility player SkyDrive will also have a presence at the Expo. The vertiport is going to be operated by ORIX Corporation and will be part of the “Smart Mobility Expo” “Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)” within the “Future Society Showcase Project Exhibition” section of the Expo.
Canada’s Aerospace and Aviation Industry: A Success Story (by Tania AMARDEIL)
By Ms. Hoang Bénédicte LAM
Canada’s aerospace and aviation industry is one of the largest in the world. Worldwide, the aviation industry employs over 11 million people, and in 2019, 4.5 billion passengers were carried by the world’s airlines. Though the COVID-19 pandemic devastated airlines, the industry is seeing a massive upturn that boasts continual improvement and innovation, along with exciting career opportunities.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a global leader in aerospace with headquarters in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, demonstrates an exemplary commitment to helping the industry achieve net zero emissions.
The challenge that climate change presents to the world is still an opportunity for the global aviation industry to improve its sustainability through new technologies.
The strategy of the company focuses on advancing smarter technologies, enabling aviation’s transition toward cleaner fuels, and protecting the environment through greener business and manufacturing practices.
P&WC is helping create a more sustainable future for aviation by making aircraft engines ready for the transition to SAFs (sustainable aviation fuels), and its engineers are leading the way with next- generation propulsion technologies that’ll further reduce emissions, including ultra-high bypass ratio and thermally efficient engines, hybrid-electric engines, and hydrogen-powered engines.
That’s a lot of time in the air, a lot of learnings, and a real competitive advantage, which benefits our customers and our operators, who can then succeed in achieving their valuable missions,” says P&WC president Maria Della Posta.
SAF is manufactured from sustainable raw materials and is chemically very similar to traditional fossil jet fuels. The use of SAF reduces carbon emissions compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces over the life of the fuel. Some typical raw materials used are edible oils and other non-palm oils used from animals or plants; solid waste from homes and businesses, such as packaging, paper, textiles, and food scraps that would otherwise be sent to landfill or incinerated.
Additionally, the industry provides more than 207,000 jobs in Canada and produces disruptive technologies and solutions that are constantly evolving with advances in automation and artificial intelligence. The demand for engineering and manufacturing talent is growing, especially in emerging
fields such as data analytics, advanced manufacturing, and artificial intelligence. P&WC offers a wide range of career opportunities across all functions, as well as growth opportunities, including internships, co-op programs, graduate programs, and development programs among many others. Diversity, equity and inclusion drive innovation for the aerospace industry, and P&WC encourages its employees to give their best every day at work. All in all, Canada’s aviation and space industry is focused on ensuring a sustainable and responsible future for our planet. Canadian companies are contributing to the transition to climate-friendly technologies to help Canada achieve its net zero emissions goal by 2050. Furthermore, other key trends in the aviation industry include creating the workforce of the future – generating interest in the aviation sector to generate talent and prepare the workforce for the future of the industry.
Relations to TBS courses
This press review was carried out with TBS-Education courses in mind, such as International Strategy and Organization (and more particularly the one about Aviation and Sustainability, in which the topic of SAF was discussed), as well as the courses regarding Innovation, Aerospace Trends and New Technologies (where alternative fuels, urban air mobility and new transportation technologies like volocopters and eVTOLs were also debated).