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  • Bell Nexus over Dallas Texas

    Bell Reveals Nexus Air Taxi

    Jan. 7, 2019

    The Vertical Flight Society Salutes Bell’s Nexus eVTOL Air Taxi Design
    Bell Executive Thacker to Keynote Upcoming VFS eVTOL Symposium

    Fairfax, Virginia, USA — The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, salutes...

  • Bell Broadens its eVTOL Team

    Bell announced new membership in its eVTOL air taxi development team. In addition to various companies revealed over the past several months — including Garmin, Honeywell and Safran — the Ft. Worth, Texas, company announced that Thales, Electric Power Systems (EPS) and Moog would also join its team. Bell meanwhile published another patent on Oct. 23, which showed another possible eVTOL approach that the company may be pursing. US patent 10,106,253 B2, “Tilting ducted fan aircraft...

  • Bell AirTaxi at Heli-Expo 2018 (Ian Frain photo)

    Bell Furthers Multiple eVTOL Efforts

    Bell announced on Oct. 2 that it had signed teaming agreement with Garmin International, Inc. on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support the company's eVTOL on-demand mobility aircraft, the Bell Air Taxi. As noted previously, Safran will provide the hybrid-electric propulsion system for Bell’s VTOL aircraft.

    Bell president and CEO Mitch Snyder also echoed previous statements that the reduced noise signature of eVTOL aircraft...

  • Canada Invests in VTOL Technology

    Canada Invests in VTOL Technology

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, July/August 2018

    Canada is providing CAD$49.5M (USD$37.7M) in financial support for a major technology demonstration program (TDP) designed to advance five key technologies to support the development of urban air taxis, conventional helicopters and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The...

  • Bell and Safran Partner

    At the Future of Transportation conference in Cologne, Germany, on a panel chaired by VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, Bell’s director of Innovation, Scott Drennan, announced a newly formed collaboration with Safran on the development of innovative hybrid-electric power system solutions to support Bell’s eVTOL Air Taxi concept.

    “Thanks to the long and sustained technology-development strategy conducted within the Safran group, we can now offer Bell our hybrid electric power...

  • Aviation Comes to the Consumer at CES 2018

    Aviation Comes to the Consumer at CES 2018

    By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018

    The Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2018 (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) took place Jan. 9–12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Key themes at the largest technology exhibition in the world included the promise...

  • Bell Nexus

    Nexus
    Bell
    Fort Worth, Texas, USA
    www.bellflight.com

    The Bell Nexus is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) hybrid-electric vehicle aimed at on-demand mobility solutions.

    The Nexus has three large ducted fans (a total of six) high and close in on each side of a fuselage that ends in a high stabalizer, the middle set of rotors are on 8 ft (2.4 m) wings. The fans pitch from vertical to horizontal allowing vectored thrust. Landing skids contain small wheels. While...