• VerdeGo Expands Partnerships

    On Nov. 6, VerdeGo Aero, headquartered in the Research Park at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, announced that it would be providing its Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) technology platform to enable future hybrid and battery-electric variants of the Transcend Air Vy 400 aircraft. “VerdeGo Aero’s IDEP systems are a modular set of battery-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion components that are under development to support a wide array...

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    NEXA and VFS Initiate UAM Study

    In October, NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society announced the prospectus for a new study, "Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets." This groundbreaking study will cover market and economic forecasts from 2020 to 2040 for 70 metropolitan areas, including technologies, policies, markets, infrastructure and economics. NEXA Advisors, a NEXA Capital company and the lead underwriting sponsor, has a well-known record of performing “multi-client” research for the...

  • Vertical Aerospace Opens Up

    In November, Vertical Aerospace gave its first exclusive tour of its eVTOL work, providing VFS with unique insights to its development.

    By Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director
    Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2019

    On Sept. 10, 2018, the Bristol, UK-based startup, Vertical Aerospace, Ltd., revealed that it had built and flown the UK’s first full-scale electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL)...

  • What Else to Do with an Army of Interns

    NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) Aeromechanics Branch hosted more than 60 interns this summer and focused their energies on studying the future of vertical flight. This is the second of two reports from this past year’s summer interns.

    By Nicholas Peters
    Vertiflite Jan/Feb 2019

    During my ten-week NASA Aeromechanics Branch internship, I focused on what is considered by some as the most ambitious and...

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    NASA Embraces Urban Air Mobility

    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite Jan/Feb 2019

    NASA Launches UAM Grand Challenge

    On Nov. 1–2, more than 400 representatives from government, industry and academia gathered in Seattle, Washington, to attend an industry day marking the launch of NASA’s UAM Grand Challenge plan, which is designed to provide an integrated vehicle and airspace operational environment for use as a “proving ground” for UAM aircraft...

  • Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

    By Mike Hirschberg, The Vertical Flight Society
    Vertiflite Jan/Feb 2019

    The explosion of interest in electric and hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technology over the past few years has been overwhelming. The Vertical Flight Society hosted the first annual Transformational Vertical Flight Workshop on eVTOL in 2014, has held special sessions at the Annual Forum each year, energized our technical committees on the topic, and...

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    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....

  • 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...

  • 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...