Volocopter at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport Studies Voloports

Volocopter GmbH and Fraport AG (the manager of Frankfurt Airport) are developing concepts for ground infrastructure and operations required for air taxi services at airports. This cooperation focuses on smooth passenger handling and efficient integration into existing transport infrastructure. In the future, Voloports could link existing urban transportation junctions with one another and...

GoFly

GoFly Hits 40

GoFly announced on Feb. 6 that 40 teams were officially participating in Phase II (the building phase) of its GoFly Prize competition. On March 26, GoFly will announce the Phase II winners and award $50,000 USD to up to four winning teams. GoFly is awarding $2M in prizes for building the world’s first personal flying device. Electric propulsion is a key enabler for the competition.

Bell APT20

Bell Flies APT 70 UAV

As part of the VFS Electric VTOL Symposium, Bell Executive Vice President Michael Thacker announced that the Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 — capable of transporting up to 70 lb (32 kg) — had flown in January. This follows prior flight testing of the APT 20 (shown), which can carry up to 20 lb (9 kg) loads.

Last year, Bell said it was “selected for the NASA...

Pipistrel eVTOL Uber

Pipistrel eVTOL News

Honeywell and Pipistrel announced on Jan. 24 that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore and develop solutions for eVTOL. “This is the beginning of a long-term relationship to collectively pursue the future of urban air mobility [UAM],” said Ivo Boscarol, founder and president of Pipistrel.

“Honeywell's expertise in integrated avionics and flight control systems,...

Uber eCRM-003

EASA and FAA Consider eVTOL

At the VFS Electric VTOL Symposium, Greg Bowles, the vice president of global innovation at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), noted that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has proposed adding a “special condition” for non-helicopter VTOL aircraft. Bowles noted that the proposed “SC-VTOL” incorporates significant parts from EASA’s CS-23 certification...

Jetson Aero Speeder

Jetson Aero Speeder

On Jan. 29, Jetson Aero revealed its Speeder hoverbike prototype: a single-seat all-electric flying go-kart with four pairs of propellers powered by brushless electric motors. The company was founded in October 2017 and has carried out manned test flights, first in Tuscany, Italy, and then in Poznan, Poland. The Speeder can carry a passenger weighing up to 220 lb (100 kg) for up to 15...

EHang 184

EHang Certification Progress

On Jan. 23, the Airworthiness Department of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued its “Guidance on UAV Airworthiness Certification based on Operational Risks,” aimed at establishing a risk-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airworthiness management system by the end of 2019. EHang and four other Chinese UAV companies were authorized to initiate and develop different...

Airbus CityAirbus

Airbus CityAirbus Prepares for Flight

Bloomberg stated on Jan. 23 that Airbus’s quad-duct CityAirbus eVTOL demonstrator was “poised for takeoff within weeks.” Initial tests will be brief unmanned hovers, building up to translating flight and longer missions. The CityAirbus demonstrator is undergoing ground testing at the company’s helicopter plant in Donauwörth, Germany, north of Munich. Airbus said the four-seat air...

Airbus Vahana

Airbus Vahana Picks Up Speed

A³ by Airbus has continued development of its single-seat Vahana eVTOL demonstrator since its first flight on Jan. 31, 2018. In December, Airbus released new images of the Vahana demonstrator in flight at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton, Oregon. Notably, Airbus has replaced the electric motors with more powerful ones, as well as added propeller spinners, additional nose...

Bell Nexus over Dallas, Texas

VFS Panel on eVTOL at Heli-Expo 2019

On Wed. morning, March 6, 2019, the Vertical Flight Society is hosting a special two-hour panel at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo trade show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Room B310. Moderated by acclaimed journalist Elan Head of Vertical Magazine, our second annual "Electric VTOL Revolution" panel features leaders...