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Electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft were difficult to miss at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow. U.K.-based Vertical Aerospace had a full-scale mockup of its VX4 air taxi on display, and Eve, Lilium, Overair, Supernal and Wisk all had a highly visible presence at the show. But other leading eVTOL developers sat it out, perhaps opting to prioritize the costly work of bringing new aircraft to market over industry visibility.

While there were plenty of eVTOL-related announcements at the show, as usual, the more interesting conversations happened behind the scenes. Here are some of the developments that stood out to us, plus the context behind the press releases.

  • Joby founder campaigns for hydrogen
  • An increasingly messy transatlantic certification landscape
  • More equity incentives for American Airlines
  • An eVTOL operators association
  • What Boeing is getting from Wisk
  • The original Archer goes electric
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As Senior Editor, Elan spearheads The Air Current’s coverage of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, along with a focus on emerging sustainable technologies. A commercially-rated helicopter pilot and FAA Gold Seal flight instructor, Head brings a unique vantage point to explore this critical new sector.

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