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TCab Tech E20


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TCab Tech was founded in May 2021 in Shanghai, China by Yon Wui Ng, CEO and other engineers. The company's goal is to make reliable and zero emission electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for urban air mobility (UAM) aerial on-demand riding sharing for the general public. The TCab part of the company's name is an abbreviation for "Time Cab" which means a time-efficient form of air transportation. The company foresees using artificial intelligence (AI) to help their aircraft navigate through complex urban air space to ensure safety for all urban air travelers. After two rounds of funding earlier in 2021, the company raised nearly $10 million USD.

The E20 eVTOL aircraft holds one pilot and four passengers traveling at a cruise speed of 260 km/h (162 mph) with a range of 200 km (125 miles) and has a maximum payload of 450 kg (992 lb). The aircraft flies has six propellers: four tilt-propellers plus two double-stacked fixed propellers for VTOL; the four tilt-propellers are used for forward flight and transition. The aircraft has one high wing with a conventional fuselage mounted tail and has tricycle fixed wheeled landing gear.

As safety is an important part of TCab Tech, the E20 will have no single point of failure in the flight control system. Another safety feature is the high wing allowing passengers to enter and exit the aircraft with ease and safety. The company expects as batteries improve over the years, the aircraft will be capable of being fully charged in one hour.
As of September 2021, according to one website, the population in China has reached 1.398 billion people and the company is counting on customers in China to use their aircraft in an effort to spend less time traveling to work and to gain more free personal time. TCab Tech and the entire aviation industry is aware that as low altitude restrictions become more lifted in China, the market for air taxi service should begin to boom.

TCab Tech announced on Monday, September 6, 2021 they had started flight testing and it is not known if the flight testing is with a subscale or full scale technology demonstrator. Eventually, the company expects its production aircraft to cost in the several million yuan (approx. $500,000–$750,000 USD) price range.

The first market the company foresees to be successful with their E20 eVTOL aircraft will be in the tourism industry. After that, TCab Tech expects their aircraft will be used in the on-demand urban air taxi industry. The company predicts their first commercial flight for the E20 will take place sometime in 2024.


 

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Latest update on ARJ-21 deliveries. A total of 61 aircraft have been delivered up to 15th September 2021.

The latest delivered was to Xion'an 雄安Airlines, registration #B-651W, aircraft production #167, accordinh to Chinese Wikipedia.
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There are close to 20 aircraft on the tarmac waiting to be accepted, but the pandemic has caused airlines to be unwilling to accept
 

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Most ARJ-21 are for domestic route. I doubt the pandemic impact are the culprit.
Well. This is not the first time.

Maybe the time is due for COMAC to move on and install an alternative domestic designed or made engine for its ARJ-21.

Presently the main supplier chosen for its CF34-10A is General Electric.
 

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Well. This is not the first time.

Maybe the time is due for COMAC to move on and install an alternative domestic designed or made engine for its ARJ-21.

Presently the main supplier chosen for its CF34-10A is General Electric.
They are developing CJ-500 for the ARJ-21 series, which contains knowledge shared with CJ-1000 and CJ-2000. CJ-500 is planned to become deliverable earlier than CJ-2000. That's why even Trump wasn't able to stopped GE from supplying the engines.
 

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Chinese eVTOL Firm Autoflight Completes A Round of Financing Worth $100 Million - Pandaily


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Shanghai-based Fengfei Aviation Technology, known by its English name Autoflight, is a leading R&D and manufacturing enterprise for autonomous electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The firm announced that it completed its A Round of financing worth $100 million. This is the largest single financing obtained by a domestic eVTOL enterprise so far.

Xie Jia, Vice President of Autoflight, said that this round of financing will be used for R&D and manufacturing of manned eVTOL aircraft – essentially a “flying car” – high-end talent resources, airworthiness certification and expansion of market application.

Autoflight was established on September 26, 2019, engaged in the design, R&D, manufacturing, and service of unmanned aerial vehicles. The company’s R&D headquarters were established in Shanghai in 2017. In the domestic market, the company entered at a relatively early stage, specializing in R&D and manufacturing of autonomous aircraft.
At present, Autoflight has over 300 employees, of which technical R&D personnel account for more than half, engaged in aircraft design, flight control algorithm, automatic driving, AI, avionics system, power system and composite materials.

Among the company’s products, The V400 Albatross has a maximum take-off weight of 400 kg and a maximum load of 100 kg. The pure electric version has a cruising range of 300 km. At present, this product is mainly used for heavy loads such as regional express logistics, emergency material transportation and rescue. This product has become the first pure eVTOL fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle to be officially accepted by the Civil Aviation Administration of China for an airworthiness certification.

In terms of markets, Autoflight’s products are not only sold domestically, but have also expanded into overseas markets such as Europe and the Middle East. It is reported that the firm will achieve sales of 100 million yuan ($15.465 million) in 2021.




 

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"startup from China unveiled: Pantuo Aero founded in Shanghai in 2019. Their 1st design is tilt-wing + ducted fans, 4/5 seat. Will publish more press release at Zhuhai Airshow next week."



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Chinese eVTOL startup Volant revealed fundraising details


The Chinese eVTOL startup Volant Aerotech today revealed the investors of their first round of fundraising in amount of “millions USD”: Shunwei Capital founded by Xiaomi’s founder Mr.Lei Jun in 2011 managing total of near 3 billions USD and 2 billions RMB assets, and Ventech China, a French VC managing more than 400 millions Euro.

Volant Aerotech was founded in Shanghai in 2021 by a group of aviation veterans from COMAC (the Chinese equivalent of Boeing and Airbus) as well as the Chinese subsidiaries of Airbus, GE, Honeywell and Collins. The company revealed very little about their eVTOL design except an obscure image of the design concept. The company intend to test fly a sub-scale prototype by the end of this year.

 
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Boeing's update on China Aviation market's need by 2040. Also COMAC has just delivered another ARJ-21 (#62) on 18th September 2021, registration #B-651G to OTT Airlines.

"Boeing Co has further raised its forecast for aircraft demand in China. Over the next 20 years, Chinese carriers are expected to acquire 8,700 new airplanes, accounting for 20 percent of the total worldwide, the US aircraft manufacturer said in its latest forecast for commercial air traffic and plane demand.

Last year, China's passenger traffic exceeded that of the United States for the first time, and Boeing predicted China would become the world's largest passenger market for air transportation in the next few years, the company said in its Commercial Market Outlook report released on Tuesday."


Boeing sets forecast for next 20 years - Chinadaily.com.cn
 

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"startup from China unveiled: Pantuo Aero founded in Shanghai in 2019. Their 1st design is tilt-wing + ducted fans, 4/5 seat. Will publish more press release at Zhuhai Airshow next week."



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Chinese eVTOL startup Volant revealed fundraising details


The Chinese eVTOL startup Volant Aerotech today revealed the investors of their first round of fundraising in amount of “millions USD”: Shunwei Capital founded by Xiaomi’s founder Mr.Lei Jun in 2011 managing total of near 3 billions USD and 2 billions RMB assets, and Ventech China, a French VC managing more than 400 millions Euro.

Volant Aerotech was founded in Shanghai in 2021 by a group of aviation veterans from COMAC (the Chinese equivalent of Boeing and Airbus) as well as the Chinese subsidiaries of Airbus, GE, Honeywell and Collins. The company revealed very little about their eVTOL design except an obscure image of the design concept. The company intend to test fly a sub-scale prototype by the end of this year.

 

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