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    Join the Vertical Flight Society!

    VFS is the world's oldest and largest professional society for engineers, scientists, innovators and leaders working to advance vertical flight. The Vertical Flight Society was founded as the American Helicopter Society in 1943 by the pioneers of the helicopter industry, who believed that technological cooperation and collaboration was essential to advance vertical flight. Today, history is repeating itself with VFS playing a similar role helping to...

  • HoverSurf March 2018

    FAA Confirms Hoversurf S3 is Ultralight

    A third eVTOL has been acknowledged by the FAA as a Part 103 ultralight, according to a Hoversurf news release on Sept. 28, 2018: "HOVERSURF has met FAA part 103 guidelines for a personal Vertical Take - Off and Landing aircraft." (Originally this was posted as "Hoversurf just became an approved personal Vertical...

  • RPI MOVE ribbon cutting 2018: (L-R): Dr. Shekhar Garde, Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson and Prof. Farhan Gandhi

    RPI MOVE Videos/Lectures Posted

    The opening of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Center for Mobility with Vertical Lift (MOVE) was held on Oct. 2-3, 2018, at the university, located in Troy, New York: http://move.rpi.edu

    Fueled by explosive growth in the emergent field of electric VTOL aircraft, as well as the U.S. DoD’s interest in high-speed VTOL aircraft, vertical lift technology is undergoing a major renaissance and is at one of the most exciting points in its development history....

  • CAFE EAS2018 Videos Now Available!

    The CAFE Foundation's 12th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) was held on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus on July 21-22 prior to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The theme was "The Future of Flight: Electric Aviation Technologies and Opportunities."

    Since many of the talks were relevant to eVTOL (as well as eCTOL), the presentations were video recorded by the Vertical Flight Society and are available on the VFS YouTube channel. Direct links are as follows:

    1- Electric...

  • eVTOL Briefing at ERF

    Vertical Flight Society Executive Director Mike Hirschberg is providing an overview of eVTOL promise and progress in a briefing, "The Electric VTOL Revolution," to the 44th European Rotorcraft Forum (ERF) at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands on Sept. 19, 2018. More than 250 people are registered for the event from around the world.


  • FAA talks at The Electric VTOL Revolution press briefing

    eVTOL News at Heli-Expo 2018

    Heli-Expo Press Briefing:
    The Electric VTOL Revolution

    Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N110
    Wednesday, Feb. 28 @ 11:00-11:45 am

    AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg hosted a panel discussing the promise, progress and challenges of electric VTOL aircraft development. More than 50 companies are currently developing eVTOL aircraft (see the AHS...

  • 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 by Airbus, made its first full-scale flight on Jan. 31, 2018, at the Pendleton UAS Range in Pendleton, Oregon. The first untethered flight of the unmanned, fully self-piloted electric...

  • Advanced VTOL Demonstrators Accelerate Full Tilt

    Joby Aviation S4 eVTOL Tiltprop

    Advanced VTOL Demonstrators Accelerate Full Tilt

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018

    Joby Aviation, Inc., which went silent in late 2016 shortly after telling Vertiflite that it would fly in early 2017 (“The Demand for On-Demand Mobility, Vertiflite, Jan./Feb. 2017), revealed on Feb. 1 that it is well...

  • 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 is not a tiltrotor? Vertiflite looks at one company’s offering.

    By Robert W. Moorman

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018

    Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) -capable aircraft other...

  • 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 vertical takeoff and landing.

    By Frank Colucci

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018


    All 61 technical papers from the TVF...