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  • Airbus A³ Vahana eVTOL in flight.

    The Electric VTOL Industry Shifts Gears

    The Electric VTOL Industry Shifts Gears
    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    A VFS panel and other discussions at Heli-Expo provided an opportunity for the commercial helicopter operating community to ask some tough questions about eVTOL technology.

    For the second year in a row, the Vertical Flight Society...

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

    AutoFlightX Breaks Cover

    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    AutoFlightX GmbH, based near Munich, Germany, unveiled its full-sized V600 prototype on April 10 at the AERO Friedrichshafen 2019 aviation trade show. The two-place all-electric V600 aircraft has six propellers for lift fitted on two booms parallel to the fuselage and a pusher propeller in the...

  • EHang 216 flying in the Generali Arena in Vienna, Austria on April 4, 2019. Photo credit: Gerry Frank.

    EHang Flies in Austria

    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    On April 4, the EHang Air Mobility Group, based in Guangzhou, China, and the Austrian FACC aviation company flew media representatives on demonstration flights in the two-seat EHang 216 eVTOL. The flights were conducted in the Generali Arena in Vienna, Austria. EHang is part of the Urban Air...

  • XTI Trifan 600 March 23, 2019.

    XTI TriFan 600 Nearly Complete

    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    Englewood, Colorado-based XTI Aircraft Company announced in a March 23 tweet that it was making progress with their 65%-scale hybrid-electric VTOL demonstrator: “Finalizing assembly and preparing for first flight … new motors arrive this week, fly soon after!!” In addition, the photo...

  • PopUp Next by Volkswagen and Audi March 21, 2019.

    Pop.Up Next Will Take Off

    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    Volkswagen AG, the owner of the Audi brand, announced on March 21 that it and its partners would build a full-scale demonstrator of its Pop.Up Next multi-modal eVTOL system and fly it by the end of 2020. The joint Airbus-Audi-Italdesign system was originally proposed only as a feasibility concept...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...