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

eVTOL at Heli-Expo 2018

eVTOL at Heli-Expo 2018

Vertiflite, May/June 2018

For those who knew to look for it as something potentially revolutionary — rather than some crazy idea for a far-away future — electric VTOL almost broke into the mainstream this year.

On Monday, Feb. 26, the...

Meet Cora

Meet Cora

By Mike Hirschberg

Vertiflite May/June 2018

On March 12, Kitty Hawk revealed its latest surprise: Cora. After nearly eight years of secretive electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development,...

Dufour aEro 2 in the Alps

Dufour Unveils aEro 2 electric VTOL tiltwing

On March 7, 2018, Zurich, Switzerland-based Dufour Aerospace announced the development of its latest aircraft, the aEro 2. Building on the success of its aEro 1 fully-electric aerobatic plane — which first flew in June 2016 — the aEro 2 is a modular hybrid-electric VTOL.

The two-seat Dufour aEro 2 tiltwing is designed to cruise at speeds of up to...

AeroMobil 5.0 eVTOL Flying Car Planned

Bratislava, Slovakia-based AeroMobil s.r.o. was founded in 2010 to develop vehicles that can convert from street-legal automobiles to aircraft, though the AeroMobil design has been in development since 1990. The company flew its 3.0 short takeoff and landing (STOL) design in 2013 and announced its 4.0 production model in April 2017, capable of STOL...

XTI Trifan 600 Ducts

XTI Aircraft Prototype Begins to Come Together

XTI Aircraft announced on Feb. 20 that it was on schedule and on budget as it completed the ducts and fans for its 60% scale flying prototype of the TriFan 600 aircraft, and moved toward ground testing those components (see “XTI Aircraft Refines Its TriFan 600 VTOL BizJet,” Vertiflite March/April 2018). The wing ducts for the prototype were...

16 arm EHANG 184 with Derrick Xiong

EHANG Doubles its 184

In February 2018, EHANG — a major player in the quadcopter market — revealed a new version of its 184 eVTOL drone with two-seats and twice as many arms and propellers. The new version can carry a total payload of up to 620 lb (280 kg). The company had unveiled the original 184, whose name means “1 passenger, 8 propellers, 4 arms”, in January 2016...

HopFlyt Venturi 1/7th scale model, Dec 16, 2017

HopFlyt Begins Scale Hover Tests

The American company HopFlyt began hovering tests of its Venturi one-seventh scale model in its hangar in Lusby, Maryland, in December. The Venturi pairs variable incidence, tandem channel wings with eight counter-rotating propellers within the channels that can generate very high levels of static thrust and lift while reducing propeller noise....

Uber

Uber presentations to USHST Infrastructure Summit

The US Helicopter Safety Team has held an Infrastructure Summit annually since February 2016; the last two featured presentations on the Uber Elevate ecosystem plans. Both presentations are now available online.

2018 USHST Infrastructure Summit, Feb. 14-15, 2018, Washington, D.C.

  • Tom Prevot, "Uber Elevate: Emerging Technologies in...