• eVTOL Briefing at ERF

    Vertical Flight Society Executive Director Mike Hirschberg is providing an overview of eVTOL promise and progress in a briefing, "The Electric VTOL Revolution," to the 44th European Rotorcraft Forum (ERF) at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands on Sept. 19, 2018. More than 250 people are registered for the event from around the world.


  • Opener BlackFly Debuts at Oshkosh

    Opener BlackFly Debuts at Oshkosh

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, Sept/Oct 2018

    On July 12, Opener shocked the world by announcing that its BlackFly was the first US- and Canadian-qualified fixed-wing ultralight eVTOL. The company showed stunning video and off-the-charts performance. Here’s the inside story.

    On Oct. 5, 2011, Canadian engineer...

  • The EAA AirVenture VTOL Adventure

    The EAA AirVenture VTOL Adventure
    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, Sep/Oct 2018

    Vertiflite attended the world’s largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to report on the latest developments in vertical flight for the experimental and general aviation market.

    The Experimental Aircraft Association’s...

  • Joby S4 Featured Image

    Electric VTOL is Taking Off. Beware the Hyper-Hype Cycle.

    Electric VTOL is Taking Off. Beware the Hyper-Hype Cycle.

    By Mike Hirschberg
    Vertical Flight Society Executive Director

    Vertiflite, Sept/Oct 2018

    One of the reasons why members of the nascent helicopter community decided in early 1943 to establish the American Helicopter Society was because they didn’t feel that they were being taken seriously by the aviation establishment. The founders of the helicopter industry established the...

  • A patent for a possible design of the Bell Air Taxi

    Bell Files eVTOL Patent

    Bell filed for a patent entitled “Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Aircraft” on Jan. 2, 2018, and it was published July 26, 2018. Aviation Week’s Graham Warwick noted (in "Does Patent Application Reveal Bell’s eVTOL Design?, The Weekly Of Business Aviation, Aug. 13, 2018) that it “may provide clues to Bell’s design for [its eVTOL] air taxi.” US Patent US20180208305A1 shows, added Warwick, “a tiltrotor concept with three tilting ducted fans — a pair of...

  • VerdeGo Becomes eVTOL Propulsion Provider

    Florida-based VerdeGo Aero has refocused its efforts from developing its PAT200 tandem tiltwing eVTOL aircraft towards developing powertrain and controls solutions. The company announced on Aug. 1 that it was launching its Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) systems to be a supplier for other eVTOL developers. VerdeGo President Erik Lindbergh said that “As our customers focus on designing, developing, and producing more than 20,000 aircraft by 2035, VerdeGo will be helping...

  • eVTOL at Oshkosh 2018

    A number of eVTOL aircraft were on display at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, in July 2018. Ken Swartz, VFS Board Member and President of Aeromedia Communications, took lots of photos and made a presentation on The Electric VTOL Revolution (8 MB pdf) on July 25 as part of the EAA Forums.

    More than 30 walkaround photos of eVTOL aircraft are posted in the Vertical Flight Society photo gallery, taken for VFS by Ken Swartz. (CC-BY-SA 4.0)


    Photo albums of...

  • eVTOL at CAFE EAS2018

    The CAFE Foundation held its 2018 Electric Aircraft Symposium at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Alumni Welcome and Conference Center on Saturday and Sunday July 21-22, 2018, in conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. The title of the CAFE EAS was "The Future of Flight: Electric Aviation Technologies and Opportunities." 

    The list of speakers from EAS2018 is a "Who's Who" of electric...

  • eVTOL News™ Directory Breaks 100 Aircraft Listed

    The Electric VTOL News™ now has more than 100 aircraft cataloged in the most extensive directory of electric and hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft in the world. Launched in April 2017 after the first Uber Elevate Summit, the directory grew at a rate of about one aircraft per week during the first year, but this has now accelerated to an average rate of two aircraft per week as more aircraft are unveiled and new actors join The Electric VTOL Revolution.

    The website...

  • Forum 74 eVTOL Progress Airbus 17 May 18

    eVTOL Video Library

    The Vertical Flight Society now has more than 25 hours of online videos related to electric VTOL aircraft and technology.

    Available to the Public for Free

    Subscribe to the VFS YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/VTOLsociety for the latest news and educational videos on vertical flight, including:

    • YouTube Playlist: eVTOL News videos (3 episodes/21 min)
    • YouTube Playlist: eVTOL Workshop, Jan. 2018 (17 videos/11 hours)
    • YouTube Playlist:...