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Tier 1 Engineering Reveals its Second Battery-Electric Robinson R44 Helicopter

Tier 1 Engineering Reveals its Second Battery-Electric Robinson R44 Helicopter

  • 15 Jul 2021 09:09 AM
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For the past five years, Tier 1 Engineering of Santa Ana, California, has been flight-testing and refining an electric-powered version of the Robinson R44 — the world’s best-selling general aviation helicopter for the past 22 years — with nearly 7,500 delivered.

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Ingenuity Takes Off On Mars

Ingenuity Takes Off On Mars

  • 28 Apr 2021 01:25 AM
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April 19, 2021 — a day for the record books: the successful first flight of an aircraft on another planet. Lifting off from the surface of Mars to a modest 10 ft (3 m), NASA’s diminutive Ingenuity helicopter made a humble start that holds huge significance for future flights.

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Virtual Meetings — Powering Through a Full Year

Virtual Meetings — Powering Through a Full Year

  • 20 Apr 2021 02:58 PM
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After a full year of precautionary measures related COVID-19, VFS continues to provide webinars on relevant vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and electric VTOL (eVTOL) developments to keep members learning and actively engaged.

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Piasecki Aircraft: Carrying on the Spirit of Innovation

Piasecki Aircraft: Carrying on the Spirit of Innovation

  • 02 Mar 2021 01:36 PM
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Among the many luminaries in rotorcraft history, the name Frank Piasecki stands out alongside that of Igor Sikorsky. While Sikorsky flew America’s first successful helicopter in 1939, young Piasecki was close on his heels. In 1943, he became the second designer to fly a successful helicopter in the US (see sidebar).

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Skyworks is a $100M GEM

Skyworks is a $100M GEM

  • 26 Feb 2021 01:52 PM
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Skyworks Aeronautics Corp. announced on Feb. 8, a $100M investment commitment from GEM Global Yield LLC SCS, a fund of the Luxembourg Global Emerging Markets Group (GEM).

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DragonAir Stands Tall

DragonAir Stands Tall

  • 05 Nov 2020 10:35 AM
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DragonAir Aviation’s viral YouTube videos have turned millions of viewers on to the idea of personal VTOL flight.

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Eco Helicopters Coming to LA

Eco Helicopters Coming to LA

  • 28 Oct 2020 10:39 PM
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Newly founded Eco Helicopters announced plans to start an on-demand UAM service in early 2021.

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The ((Quiet)) Electric VTOL Revolution

The ((Quiet)) Electric VTOL Revolution

  • 02 Mar 2020 09:06 AM
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Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft promise to be quieter than helicopters, but how much quieter? And how will that shape the future of urban air mobility (UAM)?

These are some of the questions that were addressed at “The ((Quiet)) Electric VTOL Revolution,” the third annual VFS eVTOL panel at the annual Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2020 trade show. 

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