Bell

  • Bell AirTaxi at Heli-Expo 2018 (Ian Frain photo)

    Bell Furthers Multiple eVTOL Efforts

    Bell announced on Oct. 2 that it had signed teaming agreement with Garmin International, Inc. on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support the company's eVTOL on-demand mobility aircraft, the Bell Air Taxi. As noted previously, Safran will provide the hybrid-electric propulsion system for Bell’s VTOL aircraft.

    Bell president and CEO Mitch Snyder also echoed previous statements that the reduced noise signature of eVTOL aircraft...

  • A patent for a possible design of the Bell Air Taxi

    Bell Files eVTOL Patent

    Bell filed for a patent entitled “Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Aircraft” on Jan. 2, 2018, and it was published July 26, 2018. Aviation Week’s Graham Warwick noted (in "Does Patent Application Reveal Bell’s eVTOL Design?, The Weekly Of Business Aviation, Aug. 13, 2018) that it “may provide clues to Bell’s design for [its eVTOL] air taxi.” US Patent US20180208305A1 shows, added Warwick, “a tiltrotor concept with three tilting ducted fans — a pair of...

  • Canada Invests in VTOL Technology

    Canada Invests in VTOL Technology

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, July/August 2018

    Canada is providing CAD$49.5M (USD$37.7M) in financial support for a major technology demonstration program (TDP) designed to advance five key technologies to support the development of urban air taxis, conventional helicopters and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The...

  • Bell and Safran Partner

    At the Future of Transportation conference in Cologne, Germany, on a panel chaired by VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, Bell’s director of Innovation, Scott Drennan, announced a newly formed collaboration with Safran on the development of innovative hybrid-electric power system solutions to support Bell’s eVTOL Air Taxi concept.

    “Thanks to the long and sustained technology-development strategy conducted within the Safran group, we can now offer Bell our hybrid electric power...

  • Uber Second Summit Summary

    Uber’s Second Annual Elevate Summit was held in Los Angeles, California, on May 8–9, the week before Forum 74, with about 1,000 attendees. Uber said that some 10,000 people live-streamed the event. (All of the press releases and links to the videos of most of the presentations and panels are available at www.evtol.news/uber.)

    Of note was the addition of Karem Aircraft to the group of five aircraft development partners: Karem replaced Mooney International, which had...

  • 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 — rather than some crazy idea for a far-away future — electric VTOL almost broke into the mainstream this year.

    On Monday, Feb. 26, the day before Heli-Expo began, AHS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg gave a press briefing, entitled, “The Future of Vertical Flight,”...

  • 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...

  • 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 Banquet, the leaders of the major rotorcraft manufacturers and Uber Technologies’ chief of product development talked about the future of vertical flight....

  • Bell Air Taxi

    Air Taxi
    Bell
    Fort Worth, Texas, USA
    www.bellflight.com

    Bell (then "Bell Helicopter") announced on April 25, 2017 at the Uber Elevate Summit that the two companies will be working together "to accelerate the eventual large-scale deployment of electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) in order to fulfill its mission of providing a safe, reliable transportation service to everyone, everywhere."

    The company unveiled the Bell Air Taxi cabin experience at...