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  • Opener BlackFly Debuts at Oshkosh

    Opener BlackFly Debuts at Oshkosh

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, Sept/Oct 2018

    On July 12, Opener shocked the world by announcing that its BlackFly was the first US- and Canadian-qualified fixed-wing ultralight eVTOL. The company showed stunning video and off-the-charts performance. Here’s the inside story.

    On Oct. 5, 2011, Canadian engineer...

  • 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...

  • Joby S4 Featured Image

    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...

  • A patent for a possible design of the Bell Air Taxi

    Bell Files eVTOL Patent

    Bell filed for a patent entitled “Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Aircraft” on Jan. 2, 2018, and it was published July 26, 2018. Aviation Week’s Graham Warwick noted (in "Does Patent Application Reveal Bell’s eVTOL Design?, The Weekly Of Business Aviation, Aug. 13, 2018) that it “may provide clues to Bell’s design for [its eVTOL] air taxi.” US Patent US20180208305A1 shows, added Warwick, “a tiltrotor concept with three tilting ducted fans — a pair of...

  • UrbanAero Launches Full-Scale Development

    Urban Aeronautics has launched full-scale development of its CityHawk hybrid-electric VTOL (see Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2018). The vehicle will be developed at Urban’s subsidiary, Metro Skyways Ltd, with first manned flights in 2021–22, followed by full certification to US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAR Part 27 requirements. The company said CityHawk’s “main advantage over helicopters and currently proposed eVTOL aircraft is its car-sized dimensions, resulting from...

  • VerdeGo Becomes eVTOL Propulsion Provider

    Florida-based VerdeGo Aero has refocused its efforts from developing its PAT200 tandem tiltwing eVTOL aircraft towards developing powertrain and controls solutions. The company announced on Aug. 1 that it was launching its Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) systems to be a supplier for other eVTOL developers. VerdeGo President Erik Lindbergh said that “As our customers focus on designing, developing, and producing more than 20,000 aircraft by 2035, VerdeGo will be helping...

  • 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...

  • 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...