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Press Release: 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium

Press Release: 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium

  • 14 Jul 2021 12:18 PM
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Nearly 60 of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the CAFE Foundation’s 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS), held online next week on July 20-22, 2021. Registration information and details are available at www.vtol.org/eas.

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Commentary: Workforce: Diversity Wins

Commentary: Workforce: Diversity Wins

  • 30 Jun 2021 02:12 PM
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Much has been said and debated about diversity, particularly in the US over the past year. While this is often wrapped up in discussions of discrimination and social justice — very important issues for society to tackle — this commentary is not about that.

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Orlando Helicopter’s Electric Sikorsky S-52

Orlando Helicopter’s Electric Sikorsky S-52

  • 06 Jun 2021 11:30 AM
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Sikorsky’s model S-52 two-place helicopter was developed using company funds following the successful S-51/H-5. The S-52 was Sikorsky’s first helicopter with an offset flapping hinge and all-metal rotor blades, and was aimed at the military observation and medical evacuation role. The project engineer was Ralph Alex, one of the founders of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) and its first and 15th president.

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Press Release: VFS Supports Launch of AAM Supply Chain Electronic Exchange Platform

Press Release: VFS Supports Launch of AAM Supply Chain Electronic Exchange Platform

  • 06 Jun 2021 08:21 AM
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On May 5, VFS-member NEXA Capital Partners, LLC, announced the formation and funding of a collaborative consortium of US companies and organizations to develop and launch an integrated supply chain solution for the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, which is projected to be multi-trillion-dollar aerospace sector.

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Press Release: 2021 DBVF Winners

Press Release: 2021 DBVF Winners

  • 27 May 2021 08:52 AM
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The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of its inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. The University of Michigan took first place with a prize of $2,000. The team from the University of Maryland took second place and the Ohio State University took third place; the teams will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively.

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Commentary: Workforce: Winning the War for Talent

Commentary: Workforce: Winning the War for Talent

  • 04 May 2021 11:33 AM
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VFS conducted a workforce study early last year (www.vtol.org/workforce) identifying some of the major challenges for the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry and addressed key points in our commentary, “Looking Back: A Perspective on the Future Vertical Workforce,” Vertiflite, July/Aug 2020.

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Beta Announces Multiple Sales

Beta Announces Multiple Sales

  • 01 May 2021 01:58 PM
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On April 7, United Parcel Service (UPS) announced that its UPS Flight Forward subsidiary plans to purchase and operate cargo aircraft from Burlington, Vermont-based Beta Technologies.

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A Little Bit of VFS in Ingenuity

A Little Bit of VFS in Ingenuity

  • 28 Apr 2021 01:45 AM
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Much has been written about the plans and development progress for Ingenuity; see "Red Planet Rotorcraft," Vertiflite, July/August 2018 and "NASA Mars Helicopter Team Striving for a 'Kitty Hawk' Moment," Vertiflite, May/June 2020.

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Stamping Out Air Taxis

Stamping Out Air Taxis

  • 23 Apr 2021 12:21 PM
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Making lightweight, crashworthy aerostructures affordable is essential for advanced air mobility (AAM), given the huge number of aircraft needed to unclog roads.

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VFS eVTOL Infrastructure Workshop Review — Advancing Technology through Policy

VFS eVTOL Infrastructure Workshop Review — Advancing Technology through Policy

  • 21 Apr 2021 01:40 PM
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Since 2014, the Vertical Flight Society has been leading efforts to promote the advancement of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and their operations for a variety of advanced air mobility (AAM) missions, including for the subset of urban air mobility (UAM).

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