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 — ...
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Meet Cora

Meet Cora By Mike Hirschberg Vertiflite May/June 2018 On March 12, Kitty Hawk revealed its latest surprise: Cora. After nearly ...
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Vertical Flight Society logo

AHS is the Vertical Flight Society

AHS is the Vertical Flight Society By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director From Vertiflite, May/June 2018 (A pdf of this article is also available.) The ...
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Thinking Outside the Box Is Inside the Box at Aurora Flight Sciences

Thinking Outside the Box.... ...Is Inside the Box at Aurora Flight Sciences By Douglas Nelms Vertiflite, May/June 2018 Since the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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A³ Vahana eVTOL Tiltwing

A³ Vahana eVTOL Tiltwing Advanced VTOL Demonstrators Accelerate Full Tilt Vertiflite, March/April 2018 Vahana, the all-electric VTOL aircraft from A³ ...
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Joby Aviation S4 eVTOL Tiltprop

Joby Aviation S4 eVTOL Tiltprop Advanced VTOL Demonstrators Accelerate Full Tilt Vertiflite, March/April 2018 Joby Aviation, Inc., which went silent ...
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XTI Aircraft Refines its TriFan 600 VTOL BizJet

XTI Aircraft Refines its TriFan 600 VTOL BizJet Will the civil air transport sector accept a regional VTOL aircraft that ...
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The eVTOL is in the Details

The eVTOL is in the Details The AHS International Transformative Vertical Flight meeting looks at the payoffs and challenges of electric ...
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Aviation Comes to the Consumer at CES 2018

Aviation Comes to the Consumer at CES 2018 By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director Vertiflite, March/April 2018 The Consumer ...
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Commentary: Bringing the Vertical Flight Community Together

Bringing the Vertical Flight Community Together By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director From Vertiflite March/April 2018 Seventy-five years ago, the ...
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Airbus Starts Testing CityAirbus Iron Bird

Airbus Starts Testing CityAirbus Iron Bird In mid-December, Airbus Helicopters began testing the “iron bird” for its four-passenger CityAirbus quad-duct ...
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Vimana Global Displays at Davos, Switzerland

Single- and four-seat Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) designs are being developed by VIMANA Global, Inc. The AAVs have fore and ...
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AirspaceX Unveils New eVTOL in Detroit

AirspaceX Unveils New eVTOL in Detroit Airspace Experience Technologies, LLC (AirSpaceX), a subsidiary of Detroit Aircraft Corp., unveiled a sub-scale ...
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Original Zee Aero Concept Now Public

Original Zee Now Public In a CNN episode airing on Dec. 24, Fareed Zakaria interviewed Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Kitty ...
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Turning Volts to VTOL

Turning Volts to VTOL The motors that propel and control electric vertical flight pose design, integration and certification challenges. By ...
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From Hummingbird to Cormorant

From Hummingbird to Cormorant Sidebar to "Compact Vertical Flight: Urban Aeronautics Advances" By Kenneth I. Swartz Vertiflite, Jan/Feb, 2018 As a ...
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Compact Vertical Flight: Urban Aeronautics Advances

Compact Vertical Flight: Urban Aeronautics Advances By Kenneth I. Swartz Vertiflite, Jan/Feb, 2018 Urban Aeronautics is developing a family of quiet ...
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Commentary: 75 Years of Advancing Vertical Flight

Commentary: 75 Years of Advancing Vertical Flight By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director AHS can claim a share of ...
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VerdeGo Green Team

VerdeGo Green Team Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, has founded VerdeGo Aero, “an innovative ...
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Uber Elevate Joins NASA, Los Angeles

Uber announced on Nov. 8 that it had signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for “the development of new ...
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Vahana Prepares for Liftoff

Vahana Prepares for Liftoff By AHS Staff Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2018 Vahana Prepares for Liftoff In early November, A³ by Airbus ...
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From Aerovelo to Kitty Hawk (sidebar)

Aerovelo Wins World Records: Aerovelo to Kitty Hawk By Kenneth I. Swartz Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2017 The Kitty Hawk engineering team is ...
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Back to Kitty Hawk

Back to Kitty Hawk: Exploring the Secrets of the Kitty Hawk Flyer By Kenneth I. Swartz Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2017 It’s a ...
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Black Hawk rescue helicopters land after Hurricane Harvey

Commentary: “Vertical Flight Saves Lives”

Commentary: Vertical Flight Saves Lives By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2017 Unprecedented earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, flooding ...
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Airbus CityAirbus

CityAirbus Starts Spinning

Airbus Helicopters announced that its four-seat, quad-ducted propeller eVTOL, the CityAirbus, was getting close to its maiden flight planned for ...
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Volocopter VC200 in Dubai

Dubai is Electric

Germany’s Volocopter (previously known as “e-volo”) conducted the first public flight of its VC200 in Dubai on Sept. 25 (shown) ...
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LiliumJet rendering

Lilium Raises $90M

In early September, Munich-based Lilium announced that it had raised $90M in a Series B funding round. Investors included Chinese ...
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Passenger Drone first manned flight

Manned Passenger Drone

On Aug 28, the company Passenger Drone announced that it had been working in “stealth mode” on a two-seat distributed ...
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(Image) Interview with Dr. Todd Reichert, Kitty Hawk, July 28, 2017

eVTOL News Video, Ep.1: Kitty Hawk Flyer Demo

AHS is proud to kick off its original series of eVTOL News videos! Episode 1: "Kitty Hawk Flyer Demo" is ...
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Terrafugia TF-X

Terrafugia Acquired

Terrafugia Acquired Chinese company Zhejiang Geely, which owns the Volvo and Lotus car brands, has reportedly acquired flying car company ...
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EHang video still

EHang in Dubai

EHang in Dubai The Chinese drone company, EHang, revealed in July that its EHang 184 eVTOL conducted numerous tests for ...
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Volocopter Gains Momentum

Volocopter Gains Momentum Bruchsal, Germany-based Volocopter (previously known as “e-volo GmbH”) has continued its series of stunning announcements. The company, ...
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A Little CityAirbus Flies

A Little CityAirbus Flies Airbus Helicopters has unveiled more information about their CityAirbus quad duct electric VTOL. CityAirbus is a ...
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Vahana Comes Together

Vahana Comes Together A3 by Airbus Group, the company’s Silicon Valley outpost, is independently developing another eVTOL concept. The single-seat, ...
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Uber Flying Taxis in Dubai

From the Ground Up: Uber Elevate in 2020

From the Ground Up: Uber Elevate in 2020 Uber keeps talking about flying its eVTOL aircraft in Dallas-Ft. Worth and ...
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Uber Flying Taxis in Dubai

Is 2020 Really Possible? (sidebar)

Is 2020 Really Possible? Sidebars to From the Ground Up: Uber Elevate in 2020 Uber said that by the time flight ...
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Lilium Jet Hover (close up)

Charging Forward: New eVTOL Concepts Advance

Charging Forward: New eVTOL Concepts Advance By Kenneth I. Swartz Look! Up in the sky! It’s a car — It’s a ...
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VTOL Execs at Forum 73 Banquet

AHS Commentary: Not Just Helicopters

AHS Commentary: Not Just Helicopters By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director Vertiflite Jul-Aug 2017 At the Forum 73 Grand Awards ...
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Commentary: Electric VTOL Wheel of Fortune

Commentary: Electric VTOL Wheel of Fortune By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director Vertiflite Mar-Apr 2017 Twenty years ago, in the March/April 1997 ...
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Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers By Richard Whittle Vertiflite, Mar-Apr 2017 In this continuation from last issue’s article, ...
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SVD X-Plane scale model

Hybrid-Electric LightningStrike

Hybrid-Electric LightningStrike By Richard Whittle Vertiflite, Mar-Apr, 2017 Pure electric propulsion isn’t the only route to aeronautical revolution — and maybe ...
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Uber

The Demand for On-Demand Mobility

The Demand for On-Demand Mobility By Richard Whittle Vertiflite, Jan-Feb 2017 The hurdles are high and there is ample reason for ...
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Greased Lightning

Lift Where You Need It

Lift Where You Need It Given advances in power generation, storage and control, Distributed Electric Propulsion opens new design opportunities ...
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e-volo Volocopter

German Ultralight VTOL Innovations

German Ultralight VTOL Innovations By Ian Frain Vertiflite, Sept-Oct 2016 The German aerospace industry has enjoyed global success and recognition ...
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Italdesign - Airbus Pop Up

Electric VTOL News

Electric VTOL News The Latest in eVTOL Developments By AHS Staff Vertiflite, May-June 2017 Serious progress is being made around ...
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Aurora SVD

A Small LightningStrike

A Small LightningStrike By Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director Vertiflite, Jul-Aug 2016 (All photos by Aurora) As described in the last ...
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First manned flight of the VC200

The e-volo VC200 Volocopter

The e-volo VC200 Volocopter The World’s First Certified Multicopter By AHS Staff Vertiflite, May-Jun 2016 (e-volo photo by Nikolay Kazakov) ...
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Aurora LightningStrike Hover

Lightning Strikes Aurora

Lightning Strikes Aurora DARPA Awards VTOL X-Plane Demonstrator Contract By AHS Staff Vertiflite, May-June 2016 (All photos by Aurora Flight ...
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Mike Hirschberg 2005

Commentary: The Tesla of Vertical Flight?

Commentary: "The Tesla of Vertical Flight?" By Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director Vertiflite, May-June 2016 The past two months have been ...
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Elytron 2S

Elytron – Bringing Back the Convertiplane

Elytron – Bringing Back the Convertiplane By Ian Frain Vertiflite, May-Jun 2015 Hayward, California is the San Francisco Bay area headquarters ...
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Joby S2 top view

The Joby S2 VTOL Concept

The Joby S2 VTOL Concept Exploring the New Degrees of Design Freedom of Distributed Electric Propulsion By Mark Moore Vertiflite, ...
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Mike Hirschberg in 2013

Commentary: Innovation Outpaces Regulation

Commentary: Innovation Outpaces Regulation By Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director Vertiflite, Sept-Oct 2014 The past decade or so has seen an incredible infusion ...
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