The Electric VTOL News eNewsletter

The Electric VTOL News™ eNewsletter started in 2016 as a means to inform the attendees of the VFS Transformative Vertical Flight Workshops and interested parties of news in the eVTOL world. Since then, it has grown to be a regular report on eVTOL aircraft, progress and developments. Since April 2017, it has also highlighted new aircraft in the World eVTOL Aircraft Directory and other resources on the eVTOL.news website. Check out...

VFS Propulsion & Power presentations posted

The Vertical Flight Society held its quadrennial Propulsion and Power Technical Meeting at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia, on Oct. 29-30, 2019. The theme of the two-day conference was “Powering the Future of Vertical Flight,” which highlighted research and development efforts — both current and planned — related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft and other vertical flight vehicles.

Some 110 vertical flight propulsion...

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...

Hoversurf at Dubai Airshow 2019

The Vertical Flight Society's Vertiflite contributor Ian Frain attended the Dubai Airshow 2019, held Nov. 17-21 at the Dubai South Event and Exhibition Center, Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

One highlight was the Dubai Police hoverbike. Built by California-based Hoversurf, this ultralight <span...

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...

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

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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...