Commentary

  • Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

    By Mike Hirschberg, The Vertical Flight Society
    Vertiflite Jan/Feb 2019

    The explosion of interest in electric and hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technology over the past few years has been overwhelming. The Vertical Flight Society hosted the first annual Transformational Vertical Flight Workshop on eVTOL in 2014, has held...

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    Electric VTOL is Taking Off. Beware the Hyper-Hype Cycle.

    Electric VTOL is Taking Off. Beware the Hyper-Hype Cycle.

    By Mike Hirschberg
    Vertical Flight Society Executive Director

    Vertiflite, Sept/Oct 2018

    One of the reasons why members of the nascent helicopter community decided in early 1943 to establish the American Helicopter Society was because they didn’t feel that they were being taken...

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    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.)

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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 the credit in the development of the V-22 and F-35B, and is working to do the same with FVL and eVTOL.

    From Vertiflite,...

  • 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 and other natural disasters filled the news over the past several...