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  • Kitty Hawk Enters Service

    Kitty Hawk 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 engaged a...

  • 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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  • AeroMobil 5.0 eVTOL Flying Car Planned

    Bratislava, Slovakia-based AeroMobil s.r.o. was founded in 2010 to develop vehicles that can convert from street-legal automobiles to aircraft, though the AeroMobil design has been in development since 1990. The company flew its 3.0 short takeoff and landing (STOL) design in 2013 and announced its 4.0 production model in April 2017, capable of STOL operations from 650 ft (200 m) grass strips; the company is currently taking pre-orders for the vehicle.

    On March 21, AeroMobil unveiled its...

  • XTI Trifan 600 Ducts

    XTI Aircraft Prototype Begins to Come Together

    XTI Aircraft announced on Feb. 20 that it was on schedule and on budget as it completed the ducts and fans for its 60% scale flying prototype of the TriFan 600 aircraft, and moved toward ground testing those components (see “XTI Aircraft Refines Its TriFan 600 VTOL BizJet,” Vertiflite March/April 2018). The wing ducts for the prototype were received from Trek Aerospace in late March: the photo shows XTI founder Dave Brody (second from left) with the two ducts.

    “In this...

  • EHang Flight Test

    EHANG Doubles its 184

    In February 2018, EHANG — a major player in the quadcopter market — revealed a new version of its 184 eVTOL drone with two-seats and twice as many arms and propellers. The new version can carry a total payload of up to 620 lb (280 kg). The company had unveiled the original 184, whose name means “1 passenger, 8 propellers, 4 arms”, in January 2016 at the Consumer Electronics Show.

    In a video of the 184’s first public flights in Lianyungang city, China, EHANG said that the 40 or...

  • HopFlyt Venturi 1/7th scale model, Dec 16, 2017

    HopFlyt Begins Scale Hover Tests

    The American company HopFlyt began hovering tests of its Venturi one-seventh scale model in its hangar in Lusby, Maryland, in December. The Venturi pairs variable incidence, tandem channel wings with eight counter-rotating propellers within the channels that can generate very high levels of static thrust and lift while reducing propeller noise. “Combining these technologies,” the company said, “with [distributed electrical propulsion] reduces mechanical complexity by removing...