eVTOL Timeline

2019
May 4, 2019

Lilium Jet 5-Seater

Lilium 5-seater all-electric jet unmanned untethered first flight May 4, 2019 Munich, Germany

First unmanned flight of the Lilium 5-seater all-electric jet at the Special Airport Oberpfaffenhofen in Munich, Germany.

May 3, 2019

CityAirbus

The first high resolution photo of the full-sized unmanned CityAirbus demonstrator test was released in March 2019.

First unmanned tethered flight of Airbus Helicopters’ CityAirbus demonstrator at the Airbus Helicopters’ flight test facility in Donauwörth, Bavaria, Germany.

May 2, 2019

TriFan

XTI 665 first flight rear view 4 inch hover all wheels up 2 May 2019.

First unmanned tethered flight of the XTI TriFan (65%-scale model) at the Placerville Airport, Placerville, California, USA.

January 28, 2019

eVTOL Symposium

2019 eVTOL Symposium

8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting & 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium, Sheraton Mesa Hotel At Wrigleyville West, Mesa, Arizona, USA.

January 22, 2019

PAV

PAV

First unmanned flight of the Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, PAV (Passenger Air Vehicle) at the Manassas Regional Airport in Manassas, Virginia, USA.

2018
November 11, 2018

Hexa

Lift's Hexa.

First manned flight of the LIFT Hexa at a small airfield northwest of Austin, Texas, USA.

July 7, 2018

Koncepto Millenya

Koncepto Millenya first manned flight of full-scale prototype on 7 July 2018, Philippines.

First manned flight of the Gravity X Koncepto Millenya full-scale prototype at an undisclosed location in the Philippines.

June 22, 2018

Ava XC

Beta Ava XC eVTOL

First manned flight of the Beta Technologies Ava XC at Plattsburgh International Airport, Plattsburgh, New York, USA.

June 6, 2018

Vertical Aerospace Prototype

Vertical Aerospace Prototype

First unmanned free flight of the Vertical Aerospace full scale prototype at Cotswold Airport in Kemble, Gloucestershire, England.

May 14, 2018

Forum 74

Forum 74, May 14-17, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

The Vertical Flight Society’s Forum 74 which included electric VTOL Special Sessions, was held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

April 30, 2018

SureFly

SureFly

First manned free flight of the Workhorse SureFly at Lunken Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

March 19, 2018

BlackFly v2

BlackFly v2

First manned flight of Opener BlackFly v2 near Palo Alto, California, USA.

February 5, 2018

EHang 184

Ehang 184 flight test

First day it was revealed to the public that manned flights had been taking place with the EHang 184 in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, China.

January 31, 2018

A³ Vahana

A³ Vahana

First unmanned flight of the Airbus A³ Vahana at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, Pendleton, Oregon, USA.

January 16, 2018

5th TVF Workshop

5th Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop

Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight and The 5th Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop at the Holiday Inn at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California, USA.

2017
November 1, 2017

Cora

Cora First Flight

First unmanned flight of the Kitty Hawk Cora at the Hollister Municipal Airport, Hollister, California, USA.  

October 27, 2017

Gravity X

First manned free flight of the Koncepto Millenya full scale prototype, 27 October 2017.

First manned flight of the Gravity X full-scale proof-of-concept vehicle at an undisclosed location in the Philippines.

October 20, 2017

BlackFly v3

BlackFly v3

First unmanned flight of the Opener BlackFly v3 near Palo Alto, California, USA.

September 16, 2017

Elroy

Passenger Drone first manned flight

First manned flight of the Astro Aerospace Elroy (formerly “Passenger Drone” and “AA360”) took place near Sofia, Bulgaria.

August 25, 2017

Vertical Aerospace POC

Vertical Aerospace logo

First unmanned flight (no photo available) of the Vertical Aerospace proof of concept aircraft which flew indoors at Cotswold Airport in Kemble, Gloucestershire, England.