Vertiflite March-April 2019 cover
Vertiflite, March-April 2019

The Electric VTOL News™ highlights the incredible promise and progress of electric and hybrid-electric powered vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, focusing on non-helicopter VTOL aircraft large enough to carry passengers without conventional helicopter flight controls (though eRotorcraft are now listed as well). Electric propulsion throws open the VTOL aircraft design space by harnessing concepts such as distributed electric propulsion (DEP) as well as facilitating new approaches to wingborne VTOL.

The Electric VTOL News™ is published by the Vertical Flight Society. Founded as the American Helicopter Society (AHS) in 1943, VFS is the world’s first and largest VTOL technical organization. In January 2020, VFS will host its 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium — the world’s largest and longest-running eVTOL conference.

Here you can read our news stories, learn about the different aircraft being developed and the new enabling technologies such as motors and batteries, find out about applications like the Uber Elevate ecosystem, Urban Air Mobility and the NASA UAM Grand Challenge, or check out our social media and other resources available for those tracking or learning about eVTOL, including a timeline, world map and ways to sort through our World eVTOL Directory — we currently have 200+ eVTOL aircraft listed! And check out our upcoming events and resources from past events.

We also have 100+ hours of video presentations on eVTOL aircraft and technology in our video library, including a six-hour “Short Course on eVTOL Technology,” taught by four leading eVTOL technology experts.

Sign up for The Electric VTOL™ eNewsletter to get regular updates on progress in Electric VTOL, resources and important upcoming events. You can also check out our past issues.


Upcoming Vertical Flight Society Events:

  • The 2019 Propulsion and Power Technical Meeting will highlight research and development efforts, both current and planned, related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft and other VTOL vehicles. The event, Oct. 29-30, 2019 in Hampton, Virginia, will cover electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems.
  • Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 will include the 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium, International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC), and Aeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight Specialists’ Meeting at the Doubletree Hilton, San Jose, California, USA, on Jan. 21–23, 2020.
  • The 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display will take place May 19-21, 2020 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This is the world’s largest and longest-running VTOL technical conference with more than 1,300 attendees each year. Technical paper abstracts due Oct. 7, 2019!

The Electric VTOL News™ is produced by The Vertical Flight Society: www.vtol.org.

This website was started in April 2017 and is the oldest and most comprehensive compendium of eVTOL News and information in the world.

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Editorial Board

  • Mike Hirschberg, Publisher
  • Ken Swartz, Editor-in-Chief
  • Frank Colucci, Senior Editor
  • Ian Frain, Contributing Editor
  • Elan Head, Contributing Editor
  • Robert Moorman, Contributing Editor
  • Nicolas Zart, Contributing Editor