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 vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the speculative air taxi market is the prize at the end of the finish line — one that ...
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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 at tourism and short distance travel. It completed its first manned test flight on Nov. 1, 2018. The Hexa has a motor strut assembly resembling a web of six inward-pointing ...
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Bell Nexus at CES 2019.

eVTOL Captures the Attention of CES

eVTOL Captures the Attention of CES Electric VTOL and urban air mobility developers are reaching out to the consumer to create demand and prepare the way for public acceptance. By Jim Sherman Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019 The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest assembly of the latest and greatest consumer technology from around the world — from phones and TVs, to drones, cars and, yes, even ...
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6th eVTOL Symposium

6th eVTOL Symposium Presentations

The sell-out 8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting & 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium was a phenomenal success, with some 375 attendees. A series of articles in this issue of Vertiflite highlight the news and announcements from this event. PDFs of the papers and presentations are now available: Attendees can go to and enter the passcode provided. VFS members can download the eVTOL presentations at ...
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Bell Nexus over Dallas, Texas

The eVTOL Industry in Transition

The eVTOL Industry in Transition In light of the watershed 6th Annual eVTOL Symposium, and recent news and events, Vertiflite assesses how the burgeoning industry is maturing. By Kenneth I. Swartz Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019 In the five years since the Vertical Flight Society hosted its first “Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures,” electric vertical takeoff ...
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Airbus Blueprint Vahana

Airbus Reveals UTM Blueprint and UAM Perceptions

Airbus Reveals UTM Blueprint and UAM Perceptions How the Airbus UTM plans to integrate the future of our aerial mobility safely and how perceptions are shaping up for acceptance. By Nicolas Zart Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019 What will urban air mobility (UAM) look like in the near future? How will electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft share airspace with helicopters, traditional airplanes, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) ...
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Eric Fanning

3rd Congressional Hearing Talks UAM

On Feb. 7, Eric Fanning, the President and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) testified in a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing entitled, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.” In his remarks, Fanning spoke extensively of the potential of UAM ...
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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 provide connections to and from Frankfurt Airport. Meanwhile, German rescue organization ADAC Luftrettung ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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