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  • The EAA AirVenture VTOL Adventure

    The EAA AirVenture VTOL Adventure
    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, Sep/Oct 2018

    Vertiflite attended the world’s largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to report on the latest developments in vertical flight for the experimental and general aviation market.

    The Experimental Aircraft Association’s...

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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...

  • Uber announces countries for next Elevate City

    Uber announces countries shortlisted to have first international Uber Air City

    Uber Elevate Press Release, Aug. 30, 2018

    Uber Elevate has announced five shortlisted finalist countries that could be home to the first international Uber Air City within the next five years. Additionally, Uber Elevate has announced plans to experiment with drone delivery for Uber Eats, and demonstrated how potential Uber Air routes in Asia-Pacific...

  • SureFly Flies Higher

    Workhorse Group has posted video of its SureFly hybrid-electric two-seat eVTOL conducting multiple free flights. In a video posted on YouTube on Aug. 6, 2018, entitled "SureFly 8-2-2018 Flight Test Reel", the aircraft is seen rising up on multiple hovers to a skid height of approximately 10-20 ft (3-6 m) for several seconds at a time, apparently at the Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    The company has also unveiled a new Workhorse Group logo and a separate...

  • Kitty Hawk Flyer Enters Service

    Kitty Hawk Flyer Enters Service

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, July/August 2018

    Kitty Hawk is taking electric vertical flight to the consumer market. If the Flyer lives up to its promises, hundreds — if not thousands — will be flying every day.

    The recent explosion of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development has...

  • EHang Makes More 184s and 216s

    At the Future of Transportation conference in Cologne, Germany, on a panel chaired by VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, Derrick Xiong, co-founder and chief marketing officer of EHang, provided new insights into the company’s Autonomous Aerial Vehicle.

    Xiong provided updates on the company’s development testing, and revealed that “30 to 40” of the EHang 184 AAVs have been built; the 184 is for one pilot, and has eight propellers on four arms. Xiong also noted that the new...

  • Uber Elevate Summit 2018 Videos

    Uber's Second Annual Elevate Summit was held in Los Angeles, CA, May 8-9, 2018. It brought together about 1,000 of the world's foremost on-demand aviation leaders in industry, government, and academia for two full days of programming. Uber said that some 10,000 people livestreamed the event.

    • Uber Elevate Summit 2018: Live Stream Day 1, Part 1 – Tuesday morning, May 8, 2018
    • Uber Elevate Summit 2018: Live Stream Day 1, Part 2...
  • 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,”...

  • Meet Cora

    Meet Cora

    By Mike Hirschberg

    Vertiflite May/June 2018

    On March 12, Kitty Hawk revealed its latest surprise: Cora. After nearly eight years of secretive electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development, the Mountain View, California-based company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page finally went public.

    With the hashtag #MeetCora, Kitty...

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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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