Vy 400 Transcend Air Carlisle, Massachusetts, USA www.transcend.aero The Transcend Air Vy 400 is a tilt-wing Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft that is designed for efficient city-to-city transportation. The Vy 400 has fully tilting wings with props powered by a P&WC PT6 -67F turboshaft 1,300 kW engine. It also employs a collective and a 30 kW electric pusher prop at its tail fan for fly-by-wire envelope protection. It uses Geofencing plus sensors to avoid obstacles. It has a speed 650 km/h and a range of up to 725 km. Its payload is 1,000 kg. It includes whole airframe parachute. The Vy will carry one pilot and five passengers. Units are expected to run $3.5 million dollars. In November 2018 Transcend Air selected VerdeGo Aero to provide hybrid electric propulsion systems for an expanding family of Vy aircraft after the turbine Vy 400 has matured. The company plans to establish a short-haul air service between barges in 46 cities including Boston – New York – Washington D.C., San Francisco – Los Angeles – San Diego or Montreal – Toronto. In September 2018 two electric-powered, one-fifth-scale prototypes began flight test to evaluate vertical and forward flight transition. These will be followed by a half-scale prototype powered by a smaller PT6A engine to demonstrate the drive train. As of January 2019, assuming a successful Series A round funding round, first flight of a full-scale manned prototype is expected in 2021. Certification is expected in late 2023. TThe Vy 400 is based on a long line of flying VTOL prototypes, including the 900kg manned Elytron Converticopter. Resources Search eVTOL news posts Website: Transcend Air Article: Transcend Air and Lily Helipads announce zero-emission landing spots, Vertical Magazine, May 17, 2019 Article: Transcend Air announces “affordable” city-to-city VTOL aircraft, Vertical Magazine, June 28, 2018 Tags: Transcend, Vectored Thrust, Scaled Prototype, 6 Passengers, Electric/Batteries, Piloted
Listed below are 70+ Vertical Flight Society (VFS) corporate members which work in all aspects of eVTOL aircraft development (aircraft, software, engines, simulations, universities, etc.). Our corporate members have an unprecedented opportunity to network and engage with all levels of the rotorcraft technical community, including industry, academia and government. More than 100 VTOL companies and organizations have joined the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). Please go to www.vtol.org/corporate to be part of the world’s largest organization supporting vertical flight technology. Aircraft Developers A³ by Airbus 225 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113 www.vahana.aero Aircraft: Vahana Airbus Helicopters F-13725 Marignane Cedex, Aéroport International Marseille-Provence, France www.airbus.com Aircraft: Airbus CityAirbus, Pop.Up Next Airspace Experience Technologies, LLC 11499 Conner Street, Detroit, Michigan 48213 USA www.asx.us Aircraft: AirspaceX MOBi Aurora Flight Sciences 9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, Virginia 20110 USA www.aurora.aero Aircraft: Aurora eVTOL AutoflightX GmbH Friedrichshafener Str. 1, Gilching 82205 Germany www.autoflightx.com Aircraft: AutoFlightX BAT600 Bartini, Inc. 19421 Phil Lane, Cupertino, California 95014 USA www.bartini.aero Aircraft: Bartini Flying Car Bell 3255 Bell Flight Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 USA www.bellflight.com Aircraft: Bell Nexus Beta Technologies, Inc. 265 Aviation Ave, South Burlington, Vermont 05403 USA www.beta.team Aircraft: Ava XC Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC 2730 Commerce Street, Suite 600, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301 USA www.cartercopters.com Aircraft: Carter Aviation Air Taxi Kitty Hawk Corporation 2700 Broderick Way, Mountain View, California 94043 USA www.kittyhawk.aero Aircraft: Kitty Hawk Cora, Kitty Hawk Flyer Jaunt Air Mobility, LLC www.jauntairmobility.com Aircraft: Jaunt Joby Aviation 340 Woodpecker Ridge, Santa Cruz, California 95060 USA www.jobyaviation.com Aircraft: Joby S4 Karem Aircraft, Inc. 1 Capital Drive, Lake Forest, California 92630 USA www.karemaircraft.com Aircraft: Karem Butterfly Leonardo Helicopters 3050 Red Lion Road, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114 USA www.leonardocompany.com Aircraft: AgustaWestland Project Zero (defunct) * Formerly AgustaWestland. LIFT Aircraft Inc. 3402 Mount Bonnell Road, Austin, Texas 78731 USA www.liftaircraft.com Aircraft: Hexa Lilium GmbH Gilching, Bavaria 82205 Germany www.lilium.com Aircraft: Lilium Jet Neoptera Aero Ltd 24 Rock Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS348PF United Kingdom neoptera.aero Aircraft: Neoptera eOpter NFT Inc. 4653 Table Mountain Drive, Golden, Colorado 80403 USA www.askafly.com Aircraft: NFT ASKA eVTOL Piasecki Aircraft Corporation Second Street West, PO Box 360, Essington, Pennsylvania 19029-0360 USA www.piasecki.com Aircraft: Piasecki eVTOL Pipistrel Vertical Solutions d.o.o. Vipavska cesta 2, Ajdovscina 5270 Slovenia www.pipistrel.si Aircraft: Pipistrel Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc. 275 Durley Avenue, Unit H-3, Hangar 2, Camarillo Airport, Camarillo, California 93010 USA www.sabrewingaircraft.com Aircraft: Sabrewing Draco-2 UAS Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company 6900 Main Street, Stratford, Connecticut 06601 USA www.lockheedmartin.com Aircraft: Sikorsky VERT Skyworks Global 9980 South 300 West, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84070 USA www.skyworks-global.com Terrafugia, Inc. 23 Rainin Road, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 USA www.terrafugia.com Aircraft: Terrafugia TF-X Transcend Air Corporation 779 West Street, Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741 USA www.transcend.aero Aircraft: Vy400 Uber 1455 Market Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, California …
On Nov. 6, VerdeGo Aero, headquartered in the Research Park at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, announced that it would be providing its Integrated Distributed Electric Propulsion (IDEP) technology platform to enable future hybrid and battery-electric variants of the Transcend Air Vy 400 aircraft. “VerdeGo Aero’s IDEP systems are a modular set of battery-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion components that are under development to support a wide array of VTOL aircraft and mission profiles,” the company stated. Later in November, VerdeGo announced a partnership with Seyer Industries to build a world-class supply chain to manufacture VerdeGo’s IDEP hybrid-electric powertrain systems. Seyer is a third-generation family-owned business founded in 1957 that specializes in aerospace structural assemblies. Seyer serves as a supplier to both commercial and defense manufacturers, as well as a supplier directly to the US Department of Defense.
Listed below are Vertical Flight Society (VFS) corporate members which have developed or are developing eVTOL aircraft. Our corporate members have an unprecedented opportunity to network and engage with all levels of the rotorcraft technical community, including industry, academia and government. More than 100 VTOL companies and organizations have joined the Vertical Flight Society. Please go to www.vtol.org/corporate to be part of the world’s largest organization supporting vertical flight technology. A³ Vahana AgustaWestland Project Zero (defunct) Airbus CityAirbus AirspaceX MOBi Aurora eVTOL Aurora LightningStrike (defunct) AutoFlightX BAT600 (defunct) AutoFlightX V600 Bartini Flying Car Bell Air Taxi Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) Beta Technologies Ava XC Boeing Cargo Aerial Vehicle Carter Air Taxi Jaunt Air Mobility Joby Lotus (defunct) Joby S2 (defunct) Joby S4 Karem Butterfly Kitty Hawk Cora Kitty Hawk Flyer Kitty Hawk Flyer (defunct prototype) LIFT Hexa Lilium Jet Neoptera eOpter NFT AKSA Piasecki Air Scout Piasecki eVTOL Piasecki PA-890 Pipistrel (unnamed) Pop.Up Next Rolls-Royce EVTOL Sabrewing Draco-2 UAS Sabrewing RHAEGAL UAS Sikorsky Firefly (defunct) Sikorsky VERT Terrafugia TF-2 Lift + Push Terrafugia TF-2 Tiltrotor Terrafugia TF-X Transcend Air Vy 400 Urban Aeronautics CityHawk Vertical Aerospace Volocopter 2X Volocopter VC1/VC2 (defunct prototypes) Volocopter VC200 XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 Zee Aero Z-P2 Zenith Altitude EOPA Don’t see your company on this list? Join as a corporate member!
Piloted All eVTOL aircraft that operate with a pilot Aeroxo LV ERA Aviabike AgustaWestland Project Zero (defunct) Airbus CityAirbus Alauda Airspeeder Aquinea Volta Assen A1 Aston Martin Volante Astro AA360 (Passenger Drone) Avianovations Hepard Bay Zoltán Flike Carter Aviation Air Taxi chAIR Multicopter CollaborativeBee Mini-Bee Dekatone Flying Car Dufour aEro 2 EAC Whisper ElectraFly ElectraFlyer Electric Jet EJ-1 Embraer DreamMaker Flexcraft FlytCycle Georgia Tech HummingBuzz Gravity X Hero Flyer Hi-Lite Lynx-us HopFlyt Venturi Hoversurf Scorpion JAXA Hornisse Jetpack Aviation Joby Aviation S4 Kalashnikov (unnamed) Kármán XK-1 Kenyan Passenger Drone Kitty Hawk Flyer Kitty Hawk Flyer (defunct prototype) Leap Vantage Malloy Hoverbike ManDrone Moller Skycar M200 Moller Skycar M400 Napoleon Aero VTOL NASA Puffin Neva AirQuadOne NUS Snowstorm Opener BlackFly Penn State University Blue Sparrow Ray Research Dart Flyer Ray VTOL Aircraft Sikorsky Firefly (defunct) Silverwing S1 Scoop Pegasus 1 Sky-Hopper Solution F Supervolant Pegasus Swarm Multicopter Talaria Hermes I Terrafugia TF-2 Lift + Push Terrafugia TF-2 Tiltrotor Terrafugia TF-X teTra 3 Texas A&M University Harmony Tier 1 Robinson R44 Transcend Air Vy 400 Trek Aerospace FlyKart 2 University of Kansas Mamba Urban Aeronautics CityHawk Varon V200 Vickers WAVE eVTOL Volocopter VC1/VC2 (defunct prototypes) Voyzon Aerospace e-VOTO Workhorse SureFly XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 View all pages with the tag “Piloted”
Electric/Batteries All eVTOL aircraft that utilize electric batteries A³ Vahana AeroMobil 5.0 Aeroxo LV ERA Aviabike AgustaWestland Project Zero (defunct) Airbus CityAirbus AirisOne AirspaceX MOBi Alauda Airspeeder Aquinea Volta Astro AA360 (Passenger Drone) Aurora eVTOL AutoFlightX BAT600 Autonomous Flight Y6S Avianovations Hepard Bartini Flying Car Bay Zoltán Flike Boeing Cargo Aerial Vehicle Carter Air Taxi Cartivator SkyDrive chAIR Multicopter CollaborativeBee Mini-Bee Dekatone Flying Car DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 Digi Robotics DroFire Digi Robotics Droxi EAC Whisper EHang 184 EHang 216 Electric Jet EJ-1 Embraer DreamMaker EVA X01 FlytCycle Georgia Tech HummingBuzz Gravity X Hero Flyer Hi-Lite Lynx-us HopFlyt Venturi Hoversurf Drone Taxi R-1 Hoversurf Formula Hoversurf Scorpion JAXA Hornisse Jetpack Aviation Joby Aviation S2 (defunct) Joby Aviation S4 Kalashnikov (unnamed) Karem Butterfly KARI Optionally Piloted PAV Kármán XK-1 Kenyan Passenger Drone Kitty Hawk Cora Kitty Hawk Flyer Kitty Hawk Flyer (defunct prototype) Leap Vantage LIFT Hexa Lilium Jet Malloy Hoverbike ManDrone Napoleon Aero VTOL NASA Puffin Neoptera eOpter Neva AirQuadOne NUS Snowstorm Opener BlackFly Penn State University Blue Sparrow Piasecki eVTOL Pipistrel (unnamed) Pop.Up Next PteroDynamics Transwing Ray Research Dart Flyer Scoop Pegasus 1 Sikorsky Firefly (defunct) Silverwing S1 Sky-Hopper SKYLYS Aircraft AO Solution F Swarm Multicopter teTra 3 Texas A&M University Harmony Tier 1 Robinson R44 Transcend Air Vy 400 Trek Aerospace FlyKart 2 University of Kansas Mamba Varon V200 Vertical Aerospace Vertiia Vision VTOL Volocopter 2X Volocopter VC1/VC2 (defunct prototypes) Volocopter VC200 Voyzon Aerospace e-VOTO VRCO NeoXCraft Zee Aero Z-P2 Zenith Altitude EOPA View all pages with the tag “Electric/Batteries”
6 Passengers All eVTOL aircraft that carry six passengers Bell Air Taxi Carter Aviation Air Taxi Pipistrel (unnamed) Transcend Air Vy 400 XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 View all pages with the tag “6 Passengers”
Scaled Prototype All eVTOL aircraft that have been tested at a smaller scale Aergility ATLIS Airbus CityAirbus AirspaceX MOBi Alauda Airspeeder Aurora eVTOL Aurora LightningStrike (defunct) Bartini Flying Car Bay Zoltán Flike Boeing Cargo Aerial Vehicle Cartivator SkyDrive Davinci ZeroG DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 Dufour aEro2 EAC Whisper Electric Jet EJ-1 HopFlyt Venturi JAXA Hornisse Jetoptera J2000 Joby Aviation Lotus (defunct) ManDrone Moller Skycar M200 PteroDynamics Transwing Ray Research Dart Flyer Ray VTOL Aircraft Samad Starling Jet Sikorsky Firefly (defunct) SKYLYS Aircraft AO Talaria Hermes I Transcend Air Vy 400 Urban Aeronautics CityHawk VerdeGo Aero PAT200 Vertical Aerospace Vertiia Vimana AAV View all pages with the tag “Scaled Prototype”
Vectored Thrust An eVTOL aircraft that uses any of its thrusters for lift and cruise A³ Vahana ACS Aviation aeroG Aviation aG-4 AgustaWestland Project Zero AirisOne AirspaceX MOBi Aston Martin Volante Aufeer Design Flying Taxi Aurora Flight Sciences LightningStrike (defunct) Autonomous Flight Y6S Aviaereo Aereo-bee Bartini Flying Car Bell Autonomous Pod Transport Bell Nexus Beta Technologies (prototype) Collaborative Mini-Bee DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 Digi Robotics DroFire Digi Robotics Droxi Dufour aEro2 Eco’Trip EVA X01 EVA Valkyr Future Transportation Concept Gizio CellCraft G150 Gizio CellCraft G450 Gizio DDRH/DDVL Gizio EJ11 ElectroJet Grug Group Business eVTOL Jet Grug Group Ghost X V1 Grug Group Ghost X V2.2 Grug Group Ghost X V3 Grug Group Personal eVTOL Jet Grug Group SBX HopFlyt Venturi Hoversurf Formula (No wing) Imaginactive Transvolution JAXA Hornisse 2B Jetoptera J2000 Joby Aviation Lotus (defunct) Joby Aviation S2 (defunct) Joby Aviation S4 Karem Butterfly KARI PAV KineticCo Aerospace and Advanced Technologies Kitty Hawk Heaviside Kronstadt Air Taxi Lilium Jet Lilium Jet “Eagle” Prototype (Defunct) Macchina Volontis Flying Car Moller Skycar M200 Moller Skycar M400 MyDraco NASA Greased Lightning NFT ASKA Neoptera eOpter Opener BlackFly Paragon VTOL Aerospace T21 Raptor Porsche (unnamed) PteroDynamics Transwing Ray Research VTOL Aircraft Rolls-Royce EVTOL Sabrewing Draco-2 (dormant) Sabrewing Rhaegal Samad Aerospace HUMA SKYLYS Aircraft AO Starling Jet Supervolant Pegasus Terrafugia TF-2 Tiltrotor Terrafugia TF-X Transcend Air Vy 400 Uber Elevate eCRM-001 Uber Elevate eCRM-004 VerdeGo Aero PAT200 Vertiia Vickers WAVE eVTOL Vimana AAV Vision VTOL Volerian Voyzon e-VOTO VRCO NeoXCraft VTOL Aviation Abhiyaan XTI Aircraft Trifan 600 Zenith Altitude EOPA Zeva Zero Not what you’re looking for? Check out our listing of all eVTOL aircraft!
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.) The Vertical Flight Society Logo The colors of the AHS logo have long been the red, white and blue of the American flag, signifying the heritage of the Society; these colors are retained in the new logo. The hummingbird, named “Hovey” decades ago, endures as the symbol of vertical flight and of the Society; she also remains outlined in yellow to evoke the gold fringe and eagle that embellish the flag. The name of the Society is also in blue, providing an enduring bond with the vertical flight capabilities of the hummingbird. Finally, the red arc depicts the tip path of rotating blades that generate lift or thrust — the quintessential essence of technology that defines the domain of the Vertical Flight Society.For more on the history of the AHS logo through the ages, go to www.vtol.org/hovey. AHS International is pleased to announce that the Society is rebranding to better reflect our membership and our role in the world. After years of discussion and months of debate, the Board of Directors of AHS International voted to change the identity of AHS to the “Vertical Flight Society,” the moniker that the Society had been using in various forms for at least a half century. While not a legal name change, the “Vertical Flight Society” will become the “trade name” for AHS. The Board approved the change on March 6, after studying the results of multiple surveys, considering the proud legacy of AHS, and debating how to best position the Society for the future. The Society will transition to our new name by Jan. 1, 2019. A Bit of History Although AHS was founded 75 years ago as the “American Helicopter Society, Inc.,” the expansion of the Society beyond helicopters and beyond the US industry began with its birth in 1943. During World War II, engineers and leaders from allied countries joined the nascent Society and took leadership positions. Autogiros, convertiplanes and more advanced configurations were always considered part of the domain of AHS. As noted in previous issues of Vertiflite, the AHS brand evolved over the decades to be ever-more expansive. In the 1950s, when the Society also began to hold a “Western Forum” — west of the Mississippi River — the Annual Forum (then held every year in Washington, D.C.) was called the “Annual National Forum.” In the 1970s, it was renamed the “Annual National V/STOL Forum” — to expand its brand beyond helicopters. But by 1979 (Forum 35), the Society’s leadership recognized that “National” and “American” were no longer entirely accurate representations of the organization; “National” was dropped and the word “International” was added below the American Helicopter Society logo. (See www.vtol.org/history for …