eVTOL.news™ Directory Breaks 100 Aircraft Listed

July 16, 2018: 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...

Kitty Hawk Enters Service

Kitty Hawk Enters Service

By Kenneth I. Swartz

Vertiflite, July/August 2018

Kitty Hawk is taking electric vertical flight to the consumer market. If the Flyer lives up to its promises, hundreds — if not thousands — will be flying every day.

The recent explosion of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development has engaged a...

Hirschberg with NASA Ames Rotorcraft Aeromechanics Interns

eVTOL Briefing at NASA Ames

Vertical Flight Society Executive Director Mike Hirschberg provided an overview of eVTOL promise and progress in a briefing, "The Electric VTOL Revolution," to the VFS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter on July 2, 2018. More than 100 people attended, including dozens of NASA Rotorcraft Aeromechanics interns from around the United States.

EHang Makes More 184s and 216s

At the Future of Transportation conference in Cologne, Germany, on a panel chaired by VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, Derrick Xiong, co-founder and chief marketing officer of EHang, provided new insights into the company’s Autonomous Aerial Vehicle.

Xiong provided updates on the company’s development testing, and revealed that “30 to 40” of the EHang 184 AAVs have been built; the 184 is for one pilot, and has eight propellers on four arms. Xiong also noted that the new...

Uber Elevate Summit 2018 Videos

Uber's Second Annual Elevate Summit was held in Los Angeles, CA, May 8-9, 2018. It brought together about 1,000 of the world's foremost on-demand aviation leaders in industry, government, and academia for two full days of programming. Uber said that some 10,000 people livestreamed the event.

  • Uber Elevate Summit 2018: Live Stream Day 1, Part 1 – Tuesday morning, May 8, 2018
  • Uber Elevate Summit 2018: Live Stream Day 1, Part 2...

NASA Supports eCTOL and eVTOL UAM

NASA is broadening its support to Urban Air Mobility through several initiatives, as outlined in a May 7, 2018 NASA news story:
The goal, known as Urban Air Mobility (UAM), is a safe and efficient air transportation system where everything from small package delivery drones to passenger-carrying air taxis operate over populated areas, from small towns to the largest cities....

Another area where NASA’s strengths already are assisting UAM air vehicle development is with its electric...

Pipistrel reveals new eVTOL concept

As part of Uber’s second annual Elevate Summit, aircraft designer and Uber Elevate partner, Pipistrel, has revealed its newest eVTOL concept and design. The new aircraft utilizes dedicated propulsion systems for both cruising and vertical lift and embraces an aircraft family approach of eVTOL able to carry from two to six passengers.

As part of its broader Elevate aviation initiative, Uber...

Embraer X unveils first eVTOL concept

Embraer X, an Embraer organization dedicated to developing disruptive businesses, unveiled on May 8 its first electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept.

The unveiling was made during Uber Elevate 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Embraer X is engaged in several projects, including the development of eVTOL concepts through a cooperation with Uber and other companies to...

Uber announces new partnerships and aircraft concepts at 2nd annual Elevate Summit

On the first day of its second annual Elevate Summit, Uber unveiled a series of new advancements and partnerships that are helping launch the world’s first urban aviation network.

Six months after announcing Los Angeles would be one of the first U.S. cities to launch uberAIR, the company reinforced its partnerships with key manufacturers and technology companies, working together towards a...

Uber signs Karem Aircraft to develop eVTOL

As part of its second annual Elevate Summit, Uber and Karem Aircraft have formally announced a partnership to develop eVTOL technology. Abe Karem, Karem Aircraft’s Founder, is a pioneer in VTOL technology, with decades of experience designing flying concepts including the Predator drone and A160 Hummingbird. His newest invention — Butterfly — represents a rider-friendly adaptation of optimum...