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Terrafugia TF-2 Lift + Push

Terrafugia TF-2 Lift + Push

TF-2 Lift + Push Terrafugia Woburn, Massachusetts, USA www.terrafugia.com www.terrafugia-tf2.com Terrafugia achieved widespread publicity after its first aircraft in 2009; the fixed-wing Terrafugia Transition is “the world’s first practical flying car” and the company is now ramping up for production. In late 2017, Terrafugia was acquired by the Chinese company Zhejiang Geely, which owns the Volvo and Lotus car brands. This injected new capital into the Transition production, and gave new urgency to the company’s eVTOL development. As unveiled at Heli-Expo in Feb. 2018, the company is studying two competing concepts under the designation of TF-2. These two different designs are a Vectored Thrust Tiltrotor model and a Lift + Cruise model, and both are considered to be compatible with the Uber Elevate concept. Passengers board a transportation pod, which is transported by ground vehicle to the aircraft and connected prior to liftoff, so the passengers never have to deboard. Proposed Specifications: Flight Simulation: http://videos.weebly.com/uploads/4/0/5/9/4059119/tf2_v2_edit06_lift_push_806.mp4   Resources: Search eVTOL news posts Website: Terrafugia TF-2 Press Release: Terrafugia Inc: 100-Day Update Since Acquisition by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Terrafugia, February 28, 2018 Article: Terrafugia Acquired, eVTOL News, August 23, 2017 Article: Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers, Vertiflite, March 2017 Article: The Demand for On-Demand Mobility, Vertiflite, Jan 2017 Tags: Terrafugia, Lift + Cruise, Initial Design, 4 Passengers, Electric Hybrid, Piloted, VFS Member

TF-X Front View

Terrafugia TF-X

TF-X Terrafugia Woburn, Massachusetts, USA www.terrafugia.com Terrafugia achieved widespread publicity after its first aircraft in 2009; the fixed-wing Terrafugia Transition is “the world’s first practical flying car” and the company is now ramping up for production. In May 2013, Terrafugia unveiled its vision for a four-seat VTOL plug-in hybrid-electric flying car, calling it the TF-X. The company revised the outer mold line (OML) in July 2015, steering the design away from the “open-grill” appearance of the Transition; a one-tenth scale wind tunnel test model of the TF-X, based on the new OML, was displayed that month at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In late 2015, Terrafugia received a Section 333 exemption from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin to flight test a one-tenth scale TF-X vehicle (approximately 2 ft, or 60 cm, long). An exemption from the FAA was necessary at that time in order to conduct commercial research and development flying a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). In February 2016, Terrafugia announced that it had completed static load testing of one-tenth scale carbon fiber wings. The original concept, the TF-X, was a hybrid-electric tilt propeller “flying car.” For high-speed forward flight, the TF-X would fold back the blades and tuck the wings and propellers into the sides of the fuselage, using a large ducted fan at the rear for thrust.  The company noted at the time that “Terrafugia’s vision for the future is the TF-X: a mass-market flying car with the potential to revolutionize the way we all get around. An all-electric vehicle with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities and computer-controlled flight, the TF-X is the flying car of the future. Terrafugia’s product development roadmap lays the groundwork for achieving this vision through a series of realistic steps over the coming decades.” Specifications: Resources: Search eVTOL news posts Website: Terrafugia TF-X Article: Terrafugia Sale May Accelerate Flying Car Arrival, AOPA, November 20, 2017 Article: Volvo’s parent company wants to sell you a flying car by 2019, Mashable, November 14, 2017 Article: Terrafugia Acquired, eVTOL News, August 23, 2017 Article: Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers, Vertiflite, March 2017 Article: The Demand for On-Demand Mobility, Vertiflite, Jan 2017 Video: The Terrafugia TF-X™, Terrafugia Inc, July 20, 2015 Tags: Terrafugia, Vectored Thrust, Initial Design, 4 Passengers, Electric Hybrid, Piloted, VFS Member

Terrafugia TF-X

Terrafugia Acquired

Terrafugia Acquired Chinese company Zhejiang Geely, which owns the Volvo and Lotus car brands, has reportedly acquired flying car company Terrafugia. One of the only companies in the world to be developing an actual flying car (i.e. a roadable aircraft), Terrafugia is studying the TF-X hybrid-electric VTOL tiltrotor flying car.

Terrafugia TF-2 Tiltrotor

Terrafugia TF-2 Tiltrotor

TF-2 Tiltrotor Terrafugia Woburn, Massachusetts, USA www.terrafugia.com www.terrafugia-tf2.com Terrafugia achieved widespread publicity after its first aircraft in 2009; the fixed-wing Terrafugia Transition is “the world’s first practical flying car” and the company is now ramping up for production. In late 2017, Terrafugia was acquired by the Chinese company Zhejiang Geely, which owns the Volvo and Lotus car brands. This injected new capital into the Transition production, and gave new urgency to the company’s eVTOL development. As unveiled at Heli-Expo in Feb. 2018, the company is studying two competing concepts under the designation of TF-2. These two different designs are a Vectored Thrust Tiltrotor model and a Lift + Cruise model, and both are considered to be compatible with the Uber Elevate concept. Passengers board a transportation pod, which is transported by ground vehicle to the aircraft and connected prior to liftoff, so the passengers never have to deboard. Proposed Specifications: Flight Simulation:   Resources: Search eVTOL news posts Website: Terrafugia TF-2 Press Release: Terrafugia Inc: 100-Day Update Since Acquisition by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Terrafugia, February 28, 2018 Article: Terrafugia Acquired, eVTOL News, August 23, 2017 Article: Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers, Vertiflite, March 2017 Article: The Demand for On-Demand Mobility, Vertiflite, Jan 2017 Tags: Terrafugia, Vectored Thrust, Initial Design, 4 Passengers, Electric Hybrid, Piloted, VFS Member

RPI MOVE ribbon cutting 2018: (L-R): Dr. Shekhar Garde, Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson and Prof. Farhan Gandhi

RPI MOVE Videos/Lectures Posted

The opening of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Center for Mobility with Vertical Lift (MOVE) was held on Oct. 2-3, 2018, at the university, located in Troy, New York: http://move.rpi.edu Fueled by explosive growth in the emergent field of electric VTOL aircraft, as well as the U.S. DoD’s interest in high-speed VTOL aircraft, vertical lift technology is undergoing a major renaissance and is at one of the most exciting points in its development history. However, many fundamental research challenges must be addressed to deliver on this promise. Recognizing the need for breakthroughs at the frontiers of knowledge, as well as the exciting opportunities this offers, RPI established MOVE earlier this year. Ten RPI faculty and two affiliated faculty with a collective expertise in VTOL aeromechanics, multicopters, advanced VTOL configurations, control and autonomy, flying qualities, diagnostics and structural health monitoring, computational fluid dynamics, experimental aerodynamics, nanomaterials, and design optimization are actively working on projects under MOVE. The center currently has 21 Ph.D. students. The Vertical Flight Society gave the kick-off presentation and video recorded the presentations and panel discussions. Official Opening: https://youtu.be/6X5K3Ns5nnI (41:26) The official welcome was given by RPI President, The Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, followed by MOVE Director, Prof. Farhan Gandhi. The opening event also included remarks by: Dr. Shekhar Garde, Elaine and Jack Parker Endowed Chair and Dean of Engineering, RPI Mr. David Koopersmith (RPI ’78), Vice President and General Manager, Boeing Vertical Lift Dr. Vineet Sahasrabudhe, Director of Engineering Sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Dr. William D. Lewis, Director, Aviation Development Directorate, Aviation & Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, U.S. Army The Electric VTOL Revolution: https://youtu.be/xYxzTwVUQaA (59:54) Leaders in Engineering Lecture: “The Electric VTOL Revolution” (kickoff presentation) Mr. Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director of the Vertical Flight Society New Forces Shaping Research and Development in the U.S. Army: https://youtu.be/u9-g17SpoDY (1:02:20) Paul E. Hemke Lecture in Aerospace Engineering: “New Forces Shaping Research and Development in the U.S. Army” Mr. Jeff Singleton. Director of Technology, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology The Dawn of eVTOL: https://youtu.be/bWrt1lUldAg (59:06) Lila and Robert G. Loewy Lecture in Rotorcraft Technology: “The Dawn of eVTOL” Mr. Mark Moore, Director of Engineering, Vehicle Systems, Uber Elevate Design Considerations for Vertical Lift Mobility: https://youtu.be/bSx7eO6uhNg (41:08) Leaders in Engineering Lecture: “Design Considerations for Vertical Lift Mobility, or Things to Think About Before You Grow Your Drone” Mr. Steve Weiner, Chief Engineer, Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Electric VTOL: Current Status & Technical Challenges: https://youtu.be/CH2FmE8n10A (2:02:54) Panel Discussion: “Electric VTOL: Current Status & Technical Challenges” Moderator: Mr. Elias Rigas (RPI ’91), Chief, Vehicle Applied Research Division, Vehicle Technology Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (on left in photo) Panelists (L-R in photo): Mr. Chris Jaran (RPI ’78), CEO, Terrafugia Mr. J. Scott Drennan, VP Innovation, Bell Mr. Matt Ciuca, Director of Strategy, Commercial Programs, Aurora Flight Sciences Mr. Mike Duffy, Project Manager, Boeing Research and Technology Dr. Rajneesh Singh, Group Lead, Vehicle Applied Research Division, Vehicle Technology Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory Dr. Inderjit Chopra, Alfred Gessow Professor, University of Maryland

CAFE EAS2018 Videos Now Available!

The CAFE Foundation’s 12th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) was held on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus on July 21-22 prior to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The theme was “The Future of Flight: Electric Aviation Technologies and Opportunities.” Since many of the talks were relevant to eVTOL (as well as eCTOL), the presentations were video recorded by the Vertical Flight Society and are available on the VFS YouTube channel. Direct links are as follows: 1- Electric Aircraft Symposium Opening Remarks – Yolanka Wulff, CAFE (9:32) 2 – VTOL Aircraft Design History – Todd Hodges (49:01) 3 – Autonomous eVTOL Ready for Lift Off Around the World – An Overview – Willi Tacke (42:46) 4 – Flying Electric in 2028 – Gilles Rosenberger, Faraday Aerospace (18:55) 5 – Cora and Challenges for the Air Taxi Market – Tom Gunnarson, Kitty Hawk (33:39) 6 – Balancing Optimism and Realism in Electric Aircraft Design – Michael Friend (39:56) 7 – Accelerating the World’s Transition to Sustainable Aviation – Kevin Noertker (24:33) 8 – Building Blocks to Sustainable Aviation: Electrofans & Universal Charging – Joshua Portlock (35:14) 9 – All Electric Sun Flyer Update – George Bye, Bye Aerospace (36:06) 10 – Electric Aircraft Developers Q&A – Kevin Noertker, Joshua Portlock & George Bye  (31:18) 11 – An Introduction to the Terrafugia TF-2 – Carl Dietrich, Terrafugia (41:52) 12 – The Challenge of Integrating Ballistic Parachutes in eVTOL Flight – Boris Popov (37:42) 13 – An Investor’s Perspective to the Opportunity in Advancing Aerial Mobility – Peter Shannon (17:29) 14 – Path to Scale for Aerial Ridesharing – Adam Warmoth, Uber Elevate (19:16) 15 – The Electric VTOL Revolution – Kenneth I. Swartz, Vertical Flight Society (36:21) 16 – eVTOL: The Promise of Large Scale, On-Demand Urban Air Mobility – Ed Lovelace (20:54) 17 – Electric Propulsion: Path to Certification – Luciano Serra, magniX (23:23) 18 – Eviation Aircraft: Partnering to Make it Fly Fast – Omer Bar-Yohay (29:27) 19 – Illuminating Aviation Safety with IPAS – Stan Ross, EFX Applied Technology (10:41) For more videos, go to www.youtube.com/VTOLsociety or www.vimeo.com/VTOLsociety

Vertical Flight Society eVTOL Corporate Members

eVTOL Corporate Members Our corporate members have an unprecedented opportunity to network and engage with all levels of the rotorcraft technical community, including industry, academia, and government.  A³ Vahana AgustaWestland Project Zero (defunct) Airbus CityAirbus AirspaceX MOBi Aurora eVTOL Aurora LightningStrike (defunct) Bartini Flying Car Bell Air Taxi Boeing Cargo Aerial Vehicle Carter Air Taxi Joby Lotus (defunct) Joby S2 (defunct) Joby S4 Karem Butterfly Kitty Hawk Cora Kitty Hawk Flyer Kitty Hawk Flyer (defunct prototype) Lilium Jet Piasecki eVTOL Pipistrel (unnamed) Pop.Up Next Rolls-Royce EVTOL Sikorsky Firefly (defunct) Sikorsky VERT Terrafugia TF-2 Lift + Push Terrafugia TF-2 Tiltrotor Terrafugia TF-X Urban Aeronautics CityHawk Volocopter 2X Volocopter VC1/VC2 (defunct prototypes) Volocopter VC200 XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 Zee Aero Z-P2 Zenith Altitude EOPA Don’t see your company on this list? Join as a corporate member!

Piloted

Piloted All eVTOL aircraft that operate with a pilot Aeroxo LV ERA Aviabike AgustaWestland Project Zero (defunct) Airbus CityAirbus Alauda Airspeeder Aquinea Volta Assen A1 Aston Martin Volante Astro AA360 (Passenger Drone) Avianovations Hepard Bay Zoltán Flike Carter Aviation Air Taxi chAIR Multicopter Dekatone Flying Car Dufour aEro 2 EAC Whisper Electric Jet EJ-1 Embraer DreamMaker Flexcraft FlytCycle Georgia Tech HummingBuzz Gravity X Hero Flyer Hi-Lite Lynx-us HopFlyt Venturi Hoversurf Scorpion JAXA Hornisse Jetpack Aviation Joby Aviation S4 Kalashnikov (unnamed) Kármán XK-1 Kenyan Passenger Drone Kitty Hawk Flyer Kitty Hawk Flyer (defunct prototype) Leap Vantage Malloy Hoverbike ManDrone Moller Skycar M200 Moller Skycar M400 Napoleon Aero VTOL NASA Puffin Neva AirQuadOne NUS Snowstorm Opener BlackFly Penn State University Blue Sparrow Ray Research Dart Flyer Ray VTOL Aircraft Sikorsky Firefly (defunct) Silverwing S1 Scoop Pegasus 1 Sky-Hopper Solution F Supervolant Pegasus Swarm Multicopter Terrafugia TF-2 Lift + Push Terrafugia TF-2 Tiltrotor Terrafugia TF-X teTra 3 Texas A&M University Harmony Tier 1 Robinson R44 Transcend Air Vy 400 Trek Aerospace FlyKart 2 University of Kansas Mamba Urban Aeronautics CityHawk Vickers WAVE eVTOL Volocopter VC1/VC2 (defunct prototypes) Workhorse SureFly XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 View all pages with the tag “Piloted”

Electric Hybrid

Electric Hybrid All eVTOL aircraft that utilize both electricity and fossil fuels Aergility ATLIS aeroG Aviation aG-4 Assen A1 Aston Martin Volante Aurora LightningStrike (defunct) AutoFlightX BAT600 Axix SkyRider SuvA Bell Air Taxi Davinci ZeroG Dufour aEro 2 Flexcraft Jetoptera J2000 Joby Aviation Lotus (defunct) Moller Skycar M200 Moller Skycar M400 PAV-X PAV-X Ultralight Ray VTOL Aircraft Rolls-Royce EVTOL Sabrewing Draco-2 UAS Samad Starling Jet Terrafugia TF-2 Lift + Push Terrafugia TF-2 Tiltrotor Terrafugia TF-X VerdeGo Aero PAT200 Vickers WAVE eVTOL Vimana AAV VTOL Aviation Abhiyaan Workhorse SureFly XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 View all pages with the tag “Electric Hybrid”

4 Passengers

4 Passengers All eVTOL aircraft that carry four passengers AeroMobil 5.0 Airbus CityAirbus AirspaceX MOBi Bartini Flying Car Davinci ZeroG HopFlyt Venturi Joby Aviation S4 Moller Skycar M400 Napoleon Aero VTOL PteroDynamics Transwing Terrafugia TF-2 Lift + Push Terrafugia TF-2 Tiltrotor Terrafugia TF-X Vickers WAVE eVTOL Vimana AAV View all pages with the tag “4 Passengers”