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VFS Streams Full-Speed Ahead

VFS Streams Full-Speed Ahead

  • 31 Aug 2020 01:33 PM
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The Vertical Flight Society has been busy providing regular webinars and symposiums to help keep our members in the know and to keep advancing vertical flight. Links to past and future webinars are available at www.vtol.org/webinars

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Alaka’i Building Second-Gen H2 eVTOL

Alaka’i Building Second-Gen H2 eVTOL

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:11 PM
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Massachusetts-based Alakai revealed to NewAtlas.com on July 9 that it was developing a second-generation liquid hydrogen-powered Skai eVTOL prototype. Originally unveiled in May 2019 (see “Flying in the Skai with Hydrogen, Vertiflite, July/August 2019), the first-generation prototype made tethered tests last year.

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Urban Aero Moves Forward with Hydrogen

Urban Aero Moves Forward with Hydrogen

  • 28 Aug 2020 06:07 PM
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Yavne, Israel-based Urban Aeronautics announced on June 11 that it had signed an agreement with hydrogen fuel-cell innovator HyPoint, Inc., with offices in Menlo Park, California. Urban Aeronautics, the developer of the CityHawk Fancraft, and HyPoint, a leader in next-generation, high-power, high-temperature proton-exchange-membrane (HTPEM) hydrogen fuel-cell systems, will explore the development of an advanced version of the CityHawk eVTOL powered by HyPoint’s cutting-edge, hydrogen fuel-cell stack technology.

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Happy Takeoff Publishes Hydrogen Paper

Happy Takeoff Publishes Hydrogen Paper

  • 07 Aug 2020 12:19 AM
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VFS corporate member Happy Takeoff published a 32-page white paper on Aug. 7, 2020 entitled, "Captive-Use Hydrogen For Advanced Air Mobility." Hydrogen has much greater energy density than batteries, and so holds incredible promise for electric VTOL aircraft in the future. 

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14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual

14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual

  • 08 Jul 2020 01:28 PM
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Three dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the CAFE Foundation’s 14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) which will be held online for the first time on July 28-30, 2020.

Electric and hybrid electric powered aircraft have the potential to significantly reduce air transportation costs, carbon emissions and community noise and enable new aviation markets. 

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Urban Aero, Ascent Partner for Asian UAM

Urban Aero, Ascent Partner for Asian UAM

  • 17 May 2020 09:39 AM
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Israeli ducted-fan VTOL maker Urban Aeronautics announced on March 20 a partnership with Singapore-based helicopter charter booking company Ascent Flights Global to offer UAM services in Asia using the CityHawk, a six-seat manned VTOL aircraft manufactured by Urban subsidiary Metro Skyways. Although currently powered by a turboshaft engine, the aircraft is being designed for operational conversion to a hydrogen-powered eVTOL....

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Toyota’s Hydrogen eVTOL

Toyota’s Hydrogen eVTOL

  • 03 Mar 2020 10:35 AM
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On Feb. 10, Reddit editor Red_Jensen posted a high-resolution image of a large unmanned aircraft hovering at the Mojave Air and Space Port in southern California. The aircraft — N871YT, registered to Toyota — appears to have six lift propellers and no forward thruster. It may be designed as a cargo transporter, with twin outriggers and twin tails.

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Uber and Hyundai Motor Announce Partnership

Uber and Hyundai Motor Announce Partnership

  • 06 Jan 2020 12:45 PM
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LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2020 – Uber and Hyundai Motor Company have today announced a new partnership to develop Uber Air Taxis for a future aerial ride share network and unveiled a new full-scale aircraft concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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The Potential of eCTOL

The Potential of eCTOL

  • 29 Aug 2019 09:15 AM
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While essentially all of the news on electric aviation in Vertiflite has focused on electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, developments of electric conventional take-off and landing (eCTOL) airplanes have recently accelerated.

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Flying in the Skai with Hydrogen

Flying in the Skai with Hydrogen

  • 01 Jul 2019 02:11 PM
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On May 29, Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based Alaka’i Technologies revealed a “non-flying prototype” of its hydrogen-powered Skai electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The unveiling was held in Newbury Park, California, at the facilities of BMW-owned global creative consultancy Designworks, which was contracted for the vehicle design, with a focus on the passenger experience.

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