Schlagwort-Archive: VTOL

150 Millionen Dollar auf Abruf – Lilium atmet auf

Die deutschen Flugtaxi-Entwickler Lilium und Volocopter haben zuletzt gewarnt, dass ihre Gelder knapp werden könnten. Nun kann zumindest Lilium erstmal erleichtert sein. Ein US-Investor steht für eine Notfall-Spritze bereit. Jüngst schlug Lilium-Chef Klaus Roewe Alarm, weil die Gelder des deutschen Flugtaxi-Entwicklers knapp werden könnten. Er plädierte für staatliche Bürgschaften, um neue Investitionen abzusichern. Nach WELT-Recherchen hat Lilium jetzt eine Notfall-Finanzspritze vereinbart. Der US-Hedgefonds Yorkville Advisors ist bereit, für bis zu 150 Millionen Dollar Lilium-Aktien zu kaufen. Geplant ist eine Kapitalzufuhr auf Abruf, weil noch nicht feststeht, ob und wann das bis Mai 2027 befristete Angebot genutzt wird.

Eine Sonder-Hauptversammlung am 30. Mai soll den potenziellen Einstieg des US-Investors bewilligen, heißt es in Dokumenten an die US-Börsenaufsicht. Vorgesehen ist eine SEPA-Finanzierung (Standby Equity Purchase Agreement), bei dem ein Investor bei Bedarf Aktien kauft, gewissermaßen ein Eigenkapital-Kredit. Yorkville könnte die Anteile ein paar Prozentpunkte unter dem Börsenkurs erwerben. Es gehört zum Yorkville-Geschäftsmodell, in ambitionierte und risikoreiche Zukunftsfelder zu investieren. So hatte sich der Hedgefonds auch beim vorübergehend insolventen deutschen E-Autoentwickler Sono Motors engagiert.

Ein Lilium-Sprecher spielte die Bedeutung des Yorkville-Abkommens auf Anfrage herunter und sprach von einer häufig genutzten Absicherung von an der US-Technologiebörse Nasdaq notierten Unternehmen. Das Thema Sicherheit habe nicht nur bei den Lilium-Modellen höchste Priorität, sondern auch bei den Unternehmens-Finanzen, so die Begründung.

Die Lilium-Finanzhilfe aus den USA ist dennoch bedeutend, denn sie wird ausgerechnet zu einem Zeitpunkt publik, an dem sowohl der Lilium-Chef als auch der Chef des Flugtaxi-Unternehmens Volocopter, Dirk Hoke, unverblümt um Staatshilfe als Bürgschaft bitten, um die Entwicklung ihrer Elektro-Senkrechtstarter weiter zu finanzieren. Hoke sprach sogar von einer potenziellen Insolvenzgefahr oder den Verkauf ins Ausland.

Finales Lilium-Modell wird an EBACE in Genf gezeigt
Auch der Lilium-Chef Roewe beklagte jüngst in einem Interview mit der „Süddeutschen Zeitung“ fehlende politische Unterstützung, um die Zukunftsbranche im Land zu halten. Lilium versteht sich wegen seiner E-Jet-Triebwerke statt Propeller und seiner größeren Reichweite ohnehin nicht als klassisches Flugtaxi, sondern mit zunächst 175 Kilometer Reichweite als Angebot für Städteverbindungen.

Die Lilium-Finanzhilfe wird kurz vor der Businessflugzeug-Messe (EBACE) in Genf Ende Mai bekannt, bei der erstmals die endgültige Auslegung des Modells für vier bis sechs Passagiere plus Pilot öffentlich gezeigt wird.

Häufig werden im Umfeld von Messen auch Neuaufträge vereinbart. Bisher liegen Lilium Absichtserklärungen für 757 Modelle, davon 42 Festaufträge, vor. Die kommerzielle Einführung ist für 2026 geplant – wenn die Aufsichtsbehörden grünes Licht geben. Der erste bemannte Lilium-Testflug ist bis Jahresende geplant. Quelle: ‚Welt‚.

Lilium Designates Future Orlando Vertiport as Key Network Hub

The developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet announced its designation of the future Orlando International Airport (MCO) vertiport as a network hub for Lilium Jet operators in central Florida. Lilium also announced its support for Florida House Bill 981, which proposes the designation of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) as the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) test site for the State of Florida.

Lilium has been a driving force for AAM activity in Florida, announcing with the City of Orlando and Lake Nona the country’s first urban and regional air mobility network in 2020. As the partners engaged in the work to bring the first full-scale eVTOL vertiport to fruition, all parties agreed that the best location would be a vertiport on airport property.

The airport city of MCO and Lake Nona will be a pivotal hub for AAM operations in Florida. Situated in the center of the state, the network is strategically placed to cater to the nearly 80 million annual visitors that the region attracts. Coupled with a world-class airport and the rapidly expanding community of Lake Nona, the airport city is expected to become a true multimodal hub for all forms of transportation.

Lilium also announced its support today for Florida House Bill 981, which designates MCO as the AAM test site in Florida and enables vertiport permitting in the state ensuring that Florida is prepared for AAM. Lilium has worked directly with HB 981 bill sponsor State Representative Doug Bankson, District 39, and Florida House Transportation & Modals Subcommittee chair State Representative Fiona McFarland, District 73, to ensure Florida is a leader in the nation and adapting policy to meet the needs of Lilium and their commercial partners.

Lilium will continue working with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Lake Nona, and the City of Orlando to support this project. Additionally, Lilium will continue working with state officials and the bill sponsors to support the vertiport legislation that allows for the safe and efficient approvals of vertiports throughout Florida with the appropriate community input.

The central Florida network will form part of Lilium’s vision of bringing regional air mobility to locations across the globe. The Lilium Jet aircraft is being purpose-built for regional trips to enable the connection of entire regions which is expected to create a positive economic impact for cities and their residents, as well as increased access to industry, culture, and nature. Source: ‚Lilium‚.

X-Plane 12 brings eVTOL

The newest iteration of the X-Plane flight simulator has arrived with real-world weather, new airport effects, and the opportunity to fly the Alia-250 eVTOL. The X-Plane series, from Laminar Research, allows users to fly a suite of pre-loaded, well-known aircraft but also allows users to load their designs to see how they would perform in the real world. „You can input the design of any aircraft, and then the simulator will predict how that airplane will fly,“ Austin Meyer, founder of Laminar Research, told AOPA. „So, you can fly X-Plane in real-time, just like any other flight simulator. The difference is X-Plane is pretty realistic in how the aircraft performance is modelled, and that includes airplanes that have never flown before. If you have your idea for an incredible airplane, you can put that in X-Plane and then fly it in the simulator and see how the real airplane will fly.“ Five years ago, Kyle Clark, founder and CEO of Beta Technologies, approached Meyer with the idea of building an aircraft that doesn’t require fuel or a runway. Clark enlisted X-Plane’s help in testing Beta Technologies‘ eVTOL designs, and eventually, the Alia eVTOL came to be.

The piloted Alia-250 is still in development; however, one prototype without the vertical-lift motors has successfully flown in a „conventional“ fixed-wing configuration from Burlington, Vermont, to Bentonville, Arkansas, with multiple stops to charge the batteries. The prototype with vertical lift motors has achieved vertical flight and is being prepared to make the horizontal flight transition. X-Plane can try their hand at flying Alia now on X-Plane 12. A spokesperson from Beta Technologies said that Beta uses X-Plane along with its in-house simulation software to power the company’s simulators and is excited to share some of the simulations its engineers and test pilots use to build and fly their aircraft with the X-Plane community. Realistic real-world weather is another new addition to X-Plane 12. With X-Plane’s proprietary algorithms, users can now experience wake turbulence; microbursts; thermals; and snow, rain, and ice accumulation. Airports look more realistic as well, with new ground textures, towers, pavement effects, and moving jetways at more than 17,000 pre-loaded airports from around the world.

X-Plane 12’s air traffic control system has also seen a major revamp to improve realism and immersion. The simulator has replaced its U.S.-based single global control region with a system of global geographic areas, all with their specific standards and messaging. ATC audio quality now varies based on distance from the airport or controllers, altitude, and terrain, and artificial intelligence now reacts to ATC instruction more realistically. New aircraft include the Alia-250 eVTOL, Airbus A330-300, Cessna Citation X, Lancair Evolution, Cirrus SR22, Piper PA–18 Super Cub, Van’s RV–10, Grumman F–14 Tomcat, and Robinson R22 Beta II. Source: ‚AOPA.org‚. Foto: ‚Beta Technologies‚.

Lilium and SAUDIA announce plan to bring Electric Air Mobility to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s national airline to be the first airline in the MENA region to invest in sustainable air mobility with plans to purchase 100 all-electric Lilium Jets and support certification across the region. SAUDIA, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, and Lilium N.V., developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, at the sixth edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the proposed development and operation by SAUDIA of an eVTOL network across Saudi Arabia. The proposed arrangement will make SAUDIA the first airline in the MENA region to purchase 100 Lilium Jets alongside yearly support services.

With zero operating emissions, the Lilium Jet will enable sustainable and time-saving travel. SAUDIA intends to launch a state-of-the-art service with the purchase of 100 Lilium Jets including new electric point-to-point connections as well as seamless feeder connections to SAUDIA’s hubs for business class guests. Lilium Jet’s flexible cabin architecture is expected to enable a range of spacious interior configurations that are well suited to the needs of the premium market, which Lilium believes can help drive the early adoption of eVTOL aircraft required to scale.

SAUDIA also expects to support Lilium with the necessary regulatory approval processes in Saudi Arabia for certification of the Lilium Jet and any other required regulatory approvals. As the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, SAUDIA currently serves a network of more than 100 domestic and international destinations with its world-renowned service and hospitality. Lilium and SAUDIA plan to combine SAUDIA’s unrivalled market knowledge and Lilium’s unique eVTOL aircraft to transform the Kingdom’s domestic air transport sector.

Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy, Chief Executive Officer of SAUDIA said: “SAUDIA, building on its commitment to be an industry-leading airline committed to sustainability, considers our eVTOL network project with Lilium to be an undertaking of great significance for the Kingdom’s aviation industry and will contribute effectively to spurring sustainable tourism in Saudi using zero-emission aviation. SAUDIA intends to meet a growing demand for regional air mobility and offer our valued Guests a superior on-board experience. The potential for such an airborne transit network is limitless”.

Alexander Asseily, Vice Chairman of Lilium said: “We are thrilled to work with innovative partners for whom sustainability is a priority. This partnership with SAUDIA, our first in the Middle East, is an exciting development for Lilium. We look forward to working with SAUDIA to deploy an eVTOL network across Saudi Arabia.” The proposed arrangement between SAUDIA and Lilium is subject to the parties completing a feasibility assessment, agreeing to commercial terms, and entering into definitive agreements with respect thereto and satisfaction of certain conditions. Source: ‚Lilium Jets‚ and ‚Saudia Airlines‚.