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  • Press release: Karem Aircraft Launches New Air Taxi Company

    Press Release:

    Karem Aircraft Launches New Air Taxi Company with $25M Series A

    Lake Forest, Calif. – July 15, 2019 – Karem Aircraft, Inc, a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) vehicle developer, has announced a new spin-off venture dedicated to bringing its all-electric air taxi vehicle, Butterfly, to...

  • Acendance Atea hybrid-electric VTOL taking off from heli-port July 2019, France.

    Ascendance Prepares to Take Off

    Ascendance Prepares to Take Off
    By Jim Sherman

    This year’s Paris Air Show (June 17-23, 2019) was packed with announcements — an entire industry boasting a more eco-friendly future for aviation worldwide.

    Chief among those is the burgeoning Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market and the eVTOL platforms to serve it that are destined to fly...

  • Electric Aviation Highlighted at Le Bourget

    VFS members and staff attended the 53rd biennial Paris Air Show at the Paris–Le Bourget Airport, June 17–23.

    VFS covered the event on social media, and posting photos and updates on Twitter and Facebook. In addition, VFS has created an album of more than 60 pictures from the event in the Vertical Flight Photo Gallery.

    Sustainability was a recurring theme of the event — for...

  • Hirschberg @ Forum 75, May 14, 2019

    Commentary: VFS Expands Support to eVTOL

    VFS Expands Support to eVTOL

    By Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director

    Vertiflite, July/August 2019

    Electric/hybrid-electric propulsion enables new vertical flight aircraft configurations that have tremendous potential — but also significant challenges —...

  • Mark Moore, Uber Elevate Summit 2019

    Uber Elevate Touches Down in DC

    Uber Elevate Touches Down in DC

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    The unprecedented scale of Uber’s air taxi vision has attracted the participation of major aerospace, automotive and real estate companies, investors, innovators and more. 

    The third annual Uber Elevate...

  • Honeywell Connects with eVTOL Developers

    In early June, Honeywell Aerospace and its partners announced several new deals to supply technology for eVTOL/UAM developers. Honeywell signed an agreement with “an unnamed air taxi developer” to supply multiple units of its new IntuVue RDR-84K Band Radar System: “The innovative, compact and lightweight software-based radar detects multiple obstacles in and...

  • Urban Aero CityHawk hydrogen-powered VTOL aircraft, Israel.

    Urban Aero Unveils Hydrogen CityHawk Details

    Two years after announcing plans to produce a five-seat, hydrogen-powered CityHawk eVTOL, Metro Skyways, a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics, released more details of its design on June 2, including the hydrogen-based powertrain. While CityHawk will initially be powered by jet fuel in order to expedite its certification under the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)...

  • Volocopter Volo-Port artist impression.

    Volocopter Building Volo-Port

    Volocopter and Skyports, Ltd. announced May 23 that they were cooperating to build the first mobile eVTOL landing pad. UK-based global heliport owner and operator Skyports and Germany-based Volocopter unveiled plans with “stunning designs produced by internationally renowned agency Brandlab.” Construction of the first Volo-Port will be completed in Singapore later...