Rolls-Royce EVTOL concept aircraft with M250 hybrid engines

Rolls-Royce Revs Hybrid Engine

Vertiflite May/June 2019

Rolls-Royce announced on March 14 that the company had conducted successful ground tests of a hybrid system using the company’s ubiquitous M250 gas turbine. The company said that it successfully tested the hybrid version of the M250 gas turbine in a ground demonstration setting in three...

CityAirbus rollout in Ingostadt, Germany on 11 March 2019.

CityAirbus Demonstrator Unveiled

Vertiflite May/June 2019

Airbus revealed photos of its completed but unpainted unmanned CityAirbus at Heli-Expo on March 5, followed by an official unveiling of the demonstrator in Ingolstadt, Germany, on March 11. Developed about 35 miles (60 km) away at the company’s Donauwörth, Germany, plant, the aircraft will be...

eVTOL Corporate Leadership Moves

Vertiflite May/June 2019

Opener Names Ben Diachun President

Opener, the developer of the BlackFly electric Personal Aerial Vehicle (ePAV) for consumer travel, has appointed a president, Ben Diachun, the company announced on April 2. He will report to Marcus Leng, Opener founder and CEO....

AutoflightX V600 prototype front view, first unveiled in Germany on 10 April 2019. Photo for VFS by Ian Frain.

AutoFlightX Breaks Cover

AutoFlightX GmbH, based near Munich, Germany, unveiled its full-sized V600 prototype on April 10, 2019, at the AERO Friedrichshafen 2019 aviation trade show. The two-place, all-electric AutoFlightX V600 has six propellers for lift fitted on two booms parallel to the fuselage and a pusher propeller in the rear for forward flight. The design uses four propellers underneath (one each at the ends...

eVTOL Short Course VOD

A new short course on eVTOL Design has been added to the VFS video-on-demand educational series:

  • Electric VTOL Design Short Course, Jan 2019: This 7-hour course, taught by renowned eVTOL designer Dr. James Wang, provides an overview of the unique design challenges and opportunities of this new class of vehicles. Both electric and hybrid-electric passenger-carrying vertical flight...

The Electric VTOL News eNewsletter

The Electric VTOL™ eNewsletter started in 2016 as a means to inform the attendees of the VFS Transformative Vertical Flight Workshops and interested parties of news in the eVTOL world. Since then, it has grown to be a regular report on eVTOL aircraft, progress and developments. Since May 2017, it has also highlighted new aircraft in the World eVTOL Aircraft Developments and...

Eric Allison testimony March 2019

4th Congressional Hearing on UAM

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the US House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing on "Looking Forward: Aviation 2050" that included testimony on Urban Air Mobility (UAM) by Eric Allison, Head of Uber Elevate. The video lasts 2 hours 22 minutes.

Chair Statement 

  • Rick Larsen (D-WA),...

Vertical Flight Society at Heli-Expo 2019

The Vertical Flight Society hosted two sessions at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2019 trade show held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Monday, March 4, VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director of VFS presented on The Future of Vertical Flight. Slides are available and...

Beta Ava XC eVTOL

Electric VTOL for Organs on Demand

Electric VTOL for Organs on Demand
United Therapeutics has big plans for the future of organ transplantation,
and eVTOL aircraft are an integral part of its vision.

By Elan Head
Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019

For many entrants in the race to develop electric...

Lift's Hexa.

LIFT’s Hexa Lifts Off

LIFT’s Hexa Lifts Off

By Andrew Barber
Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019

Austin, Texas-based LIFT Aircraft revealed itself on Dec. 11, 2018. The LIFT Hexa is an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) single-passenger wingless multicopter aimed primarily...