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Virtual Meetings Continue to Provide Timely Information

Virtual Meetings Continue to Provide Timely Information

  • 08 Mar 2021 09:09 AM
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As we turned the calendar over to 2021, VFS continued to provide webinars on relevant vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and electric VTOL (eVTOL) developments to keep members learning and engaged. Links to past and future webinars are available at www.vtol.org/webinars.

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Autonomous & Electric VTOL Meeting Sets New Record

Autonomous & Electric VTOL Meeting Sets New Record

  • 05 Mar 2021 03:38 PM
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The 9th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and 8th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium was held Jan. 26–28, sponsored by the VFS Arizona Chapter.

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VFS Forms Councils on eVTOL Flight Testing and Hydrogen

VFS Forms Councils on eVTOL Flight Testing and Hydrogen

  • 05 Mar 2021 03:22 PM
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The explosive growth in eVTOL has led to the formation of two collaborative councils to advance the understanding. Both councils report to the VFS provisional Electric VTOL Technical Committee, led by Dr. Anubhav Datta. Contact Jim Sherman at jsherman@vtol.org for more information or to join.

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Electric Vertical HEMS: A New Era in Air Ambulance?

Electric Vertical HEMS: A New Era in Air Ambulance?

  • 05 Mar 2021 10:33 AM
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In Germany, there are two main providers of helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS): the DRF Luftrettung (“German Air Rescue” — originally Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht e.V.) and ADAC Luftrettung, run by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V. (“General German Automobile Association”).

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Archer Advances eVTOL Commercialization

Archer Advances eVTOL Commercialization

  • 05 Mar 2021 08:30 AM
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Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer Archer Aviation announced an agreement on Jan. 12 with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles — which has now merged with the French car company Groupe PSA (Peugeot) to form Stellantis — for the startup to benefit from the automaker’s low-cost supply chain, advanced composite material capabilities, and engineering and design experience.

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US Air Force Primes the eVTOL Industry

US Air Force Primes the eVTOL Industry

  • 03 Mar 2021 03:12 PM
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The US Air Force officially launched its Agility Prime initiative when it issued a request for information (RFI) on Dec. 17, 2019 — the 116th anniversary of the Wright Flyer making the first heavier-than-air powered flight. In the first intake of companies in the Air Force’s “Air Race to Certification,” some 20 eVTOL companies applied to participate.

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Agility Prime Accelerates eVTOL Development

Agility Prime Accelerates eVTOL Development

  • 02 Mar 2021 07:14 PM
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This year, the US Air Force’s Agility Prime initiative will help finance the flight test and certification efforts of about 20 different eVTOL aircraft participating in its “Air Race to Certification” program.

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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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Commentary: Capitalizing on the Miraculous eVTOL Gold Rush

Commentary: Capitalizing on the Miraculous eVTOL Gold Rush

  • 02 Mar 2021 10:48 AM
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For the past two years, I have included a discussion about the “Five Key Challenges” of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in my public briefings. I initially referred to them (tongue in cheek) as “five simultaneous miracles” necessary to have urban air mobility (UAM) air taxi in service by the Uber Elevate goal of 2023.

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Coming to Terms: Aircraft Survivability is Revered — But What About Availability?

Coming to Terms: Aircraft Survivability is Revered — But What About Availability?

  • 01 Mar 2021 04:01 PM
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Most consider aircraft survivability only about reduction of aircraft radar signature, or radar cross section (RCS), through shaping and materials. Lowered RCS reduces the range at which a threat radar can detect, locate and identify a target, ideally reduced to a range so small that one can act with impunity — a significant military advantage.

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