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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

    AutoFlightX GmbH, based near Munich, Germany, unveiled its full-sized V600 prototype on April 10, 2019, at the AERO Friedrichshafen 2019 aviation trade show. The two-place, all-electric AutoFlightX V600 has six propellers for lift fitted on two booms parallel to the fuselage and a pusher propeller in the rear for forward flight. The design uses four propellers underneath (one each at the ends...

  • Volocopter at Frankfurt Airport

    Frankfurt Airport Studies Voloports

    Volocopter GmbH and Fraport AG (the manager of Frankfurt Airport) are developing concepts for ground infrastructure and operations required for air taxi services at airports. This cooperation focuses on smooth passenger handling and efficient integration into existing transport infrastructure. In the future, Voloports could link existing urban transportation junctions with one another and...

  • GoFly

    GoFly Hits 40

    GoFly announced on Feb. 6 that 40 teams were officially participating in Phase II (the building phase) of its GoFly Prize competition. On March 26, GoFly will announce the Phase II winners and award $50,000 USD to up to four winning teams. GoFly is awarding $2M in prizes for building the world’s first personal flying device. Electric propulsion is a key enabler for the competition.

  • Airbus CityAirbus

    Airbus CityAirbus Prepares for Flight

    Bloomberg stated on Jan. 23 that Airbus’s quad-duct CityAirbus eVTOL demonstrator was “poised for takeoff within weeks.” Initial tests will be brief unmanned hovers, building up to translating flight and longer missions. The CityAirbus demonstrator is undergoing ground testing at the company’s helicopter plant in Donauwörth, Germany, north of Munich. Airbus said the four-seat air...

  • Airbus Vahana

    Airbus Vahana Picks Up Speed

    A³ by Airbus has continued development of its single-seat Vahana eVTOL demonstrator since its first flight on Jan. 31, 2018. In December, Airbus released new images of the Vahana demonstrator in flight at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton, Oregon. Notably, Airbus has replaced the electric motors with more powerful ones, as well as added propeller spinners, additional nose...

  • Bell Nexus over Dallas, Texas

    Bell Reveals Nexus Air Taxi

    Jan. 7, 2019

    The Vertical Flight Society Salutes Bell’s Nexus eVTOL Air Taxi Design
    Bell Executive Thacker to Keynote Upcoming VFS eVTOL Symposium

    Fairfax, Virginia, USA — The Vertical Flight...

  • Terrafugia Unveils New TF-2

    At the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAABACE) held Oct. 16–18, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, flying car company Terrafugia announced that it had down-selected to a single approach for its multi-modal passenger and cargo-carrying transportation system. The company was previously considering two approaches for its TF-2 eVTOL aircraft: one...

  • Boeing and SparkCognition Launch SkyGrid

    Boeing and SparkCognition announced plans in November to launch a joint venture, SkyGrid, which will develop a software platform to ensure the safe, secure integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace. Using blockchain technology, artificial intelligence-enabled dynamic traffic routing, data analytics and cybersecurity features, SkyGrid's platform will go...

  • Fantastic eVTOL Forecasts

    In November, Roland Berger, a strategy consulting firm headquartered in Munich, Germany, released a study dubbed, “Urban air mobility — The rise of a new mode of transportation.” In it, the company noted that “pilot projects are already scheduled to go live in cities like Dubai, Singapore, Los Angeles and Dallas in the early 2020s,” and predicted about 3,000 passenger drones would be...