• Letter to the Trump Administration Supporting eVTOL

    In response to the Aug. 30, 2019 White House Policy Memorandum, “Fiscal Year 2021 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities,” which included eVTOL, the Vertical Flight Society and nine other leading associations and professional societies sent a letter to the Trump Administration. This collaborative product came together as a result of coordinating efforts kicked off at the VFS Workshop on eVTOL Defining Challenges. The Vertical...

  • First eVTOL Defining Challenges Workshop 10-12 September 2019, Washington, D.C., USA.

    VFS eVTOL Defining Challenges Workshop

    By VFS Staff

    Vertiflite, November/December 2019

    On Sept. 10–12, the Vertical Flight Society hosted its first workshop on the defining challenges of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for urban air...

  • Porsche Boeing eVTOL initial design cityscape, 10 October 2019, Germany-USA.

    Boeing Partners with Porsche

    Boeing announced Oct. 10 that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche to “explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace.” Boeing, Porsche and Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences are also developing a concept for a fully electric VTOL aircraft. Engineers from both companies, as well as Porsche subsidiaries Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and Studio...

  • Autoflight V600 graphic.

    AutoFlightX Prepares for Takeoff

    Oberpfaffenhofen Airfield, southwest of Munich, is home to two innovative companies developing eVTOL aircraft: Lilium and AutoflightX. The latter, formed last year, is preparing to fly its first manned demonstrator.

    By Richard Whittle


  • At Drone Week in Amsterdam Audi, Airbus and Italdesign are presenting for the first time a flying and driving prototype of “Pop.Up Next”. This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously. This is still a 1:4 scale model.

    Audi Puts Hold on Airbus Pop.Up

    According to Automotive News Europe on Oct. 14, Audi has stopped work on the Pop.Up multi-modal eVTOL concept — which consists of an electric automotive chassis, a detachable people-pod, and an autonomous quad copter propulsion system — that its subsidiary Ital design had been developing with Airbus. In a statement, Audi said: “We believe it will be a very long time before an air taxi can be serially produced that does not require...

  • eHang deliveries, China, 2019.

    EHang Delivers

    Chinese drone maker EHang delivered the first batch of “passenger grade” EHang 216 autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs) in June, followed by a second batch in October. The company says these aircraft have now reached customers in Asia, Europe and North America.

    EHang founder, chairman and CEO Hu Huazhi stated:
    This delivery of AAVs marks a major step forward in EHang’s efforts to offer a full-stack solution for the emerging urban air mobility...

  • Volocopter 2X in urban area.

    Inspiring Students with UAM

    Dr. Juergen Rauleder at the Technical University of Munich teaches rotorcraft aerodynamics to students excited about the Electric VTOL Revolution.

    By Richard Whittle


  • Boeing CAV Cargo Air Vehicle May 2019 - USA.

    Boeing Moves Forward With CAV

    On Oct. 3, Boeing NeXt announced that it had flown its Cargo Air Vehicle demonstrator outdoors up to 20 kt (37 km/h). Since its first outdoor flight in February, Boeing has completed more than 90 outdoor flight tests. Boeing stated that the CAV, designed to carry a payload up to 500 lb (225 kg), will open new markets by offering efficiencies in delivering time-sensitive and high-value goods for cargo and logistics applications.