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  • Cargo eVTOL Matures


    Cargo eVTOL Matures

    TVF 2020 covered the use of electric VTOL technology for goods as well as people.

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, March/April 2020

    The Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 event in San Jose, California, in mid-January, featured a wide range of...

  • Bell APT lifts 60 lbs in 2019, USA.

    Bell APT 70 Lifts 60 lb

    On Nov. 18, Bell announced that its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 had conducted additional envelope expansion, with a 60-lb (27.2-kg) payload in tow. Bell plans to expand this to 70 lb (31.8 kg), its maximum payload. Bell’s APT demonstration was in response to the US Navy’s PMA-263 Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TRUAS) Challenge. The challenge will be hosted in Yuma, Arizona in 2020.

  • New eVTOL Videos

    The Vertical Flight Society recently added several eVTOL video interviews to its YouTube Channel:

    eVTOL News In-depth Interview: Opener BlackFly - Marcus Leng & Ben Diachun (13:18 minutes)

    This is an in-depth interview with the executive leaders of Opener, which is developing the BlackFly all-electric, single-seat electric-powered eVTOL personal air vehicle. The Vertical Flight Society interviewed Opener Founder & CEO Marcus...

  • Bell Has APT eVTOL Cargo Drone

    On Aug. 26, Bell announced the first autonomous flight of its largest Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) to date. The APT 70 is part of the eVTOL family of vehicles the company is developing. It has a baseline payload capability of 70 lb (32 kg) and can reach speeds of more than 100 mph (160km/h). The demonstration, which was conducted with the media, was completed at their test site near Fort Worth, Texas. Bell says its APT systems allow for flexible...

  • VFS at AUVSI XPO2019

    On Monday, April 29, 2019, the Vertical Flight Society hosted a panel at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2019 trade show, with some 200 attendees.

    This special interactive panel featured innovation leaders from Aurora, Bell, Sikorsky and NASA, as well as investment companies NEXA Capital and Starburst Accelerator discussing how autonomy, electric propulsion and other critical technologies are enabling an...

  • The full-scale mock-up of the Bell Nexus sparked the imagination of Heli-Expo attendees for the potential of eVTOL. (VFS photo)

    Bell Nexus Partners Connect

    Bell Nexus Partners Connect
    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    Bell and its partners talk about its Nexus eVTOL and the team’s approach to creating a revolutionary new type of aircraft.

    As its name suggests, the Bell Nexus hybrid-electric VTOL is all about making connections.

    From a development perspective, Bell has leveraged the...

  • 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 organized a panel discussion at Heli-Expo to brief the civil...

  • 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 Society, the world’s leading non-profit organization...

  • Bell Broadens its eVTOL Team

    Bell announced new membership in its eVTOL air taxi development team. In addition to various companies revealed over the past several months — including Garmin, Honeywell and Safran — the Ft. Worth, Texas, company announced that Thales, Electric Power Systems (EPS) and Moog would also join its team. Bell meanwhile published another patent on Oct. 23, which showed another possible eVTOL approach that the company may be pursing. US patent 10,106,253...

  • Bell AirTaxi at Heli-Expo 2018 (Ian Frain photo)

    Bell Furthers Multiple eVTOL Efforts

    Bell announced on Oct. 2 that it had signed teaming agreement with Garmin International, Inc. on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support the company's eVTOL on-demand mobility aircraft, the Bell Air Taxi. As noted previously, Safran will provide the hybrid-electric propulsion system for Bell’s VTOL aircraft.

    Bell president and CEO Mitch Snyder also echoed previous statements that the...