Commentary

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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 seriously by the aviation establishment. The founders of the helicopter industry established the...

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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, Jan/Feb 2018

    Seventy-five years ago, on Feb. 25, 1943, 26-year old Edward Katzenberger stood up in a...

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    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 months. Equally prevalent were stories of vertical flight aircraft saving lives, protecting...