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LIFT Announces Demo Tour

LIFT Announces Demo Tour

  • 30 Jun 2019 01:13 PM
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LIFT Aircraft gave the public an opportunity to check out their Hexa autonomous single-seat eVTOL prototype at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festival in Austin, Texas, held this year on Mar. 8–17. Attendees of the Smart Mobility Summit got to sit in the Hexa demonstrator and simulate flying in the ultralight eVTOL using virtual reality (VR) goggles.

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Commentary: VFS Expands Support to eVTOL

Commentary: VFS Expands Support to eVTOL

  • 30 Jun 2019 10:23 AM
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Electric/hybrid-electric propulsion enables new vertical flight aircraft configurations that have tremendous potential — but also significant challenges — to bring a radical transformation of air transportation for unmanned package delivery, unmanned logistics, personal air travel, air taxis, urban air mobility (UAM), regional air mobility (RAM) and many other missions.

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Forum 75 eVTOL Presentations

Forum 75 eVTOL Presentations

  • 10 Jun 2019 01:06 PM
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The Vertical Flight Society held its 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display, the world's leading international event on vertical flight technology, on May 13-16, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This special 75th anniversary event spanned four days and included a record 280+ technical papers, plus 75 presentations and discussions by leaders in industry, the military, government agencies and academia. Forum 75 was a spectacular success with a record 1,400 attendees celebrated 75 years of advancing vertical flight. Find out more about Forum 75 proceedings papers, photos and more!

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XTI TriFan 665 flies!

XTI TriFan 665 flies!

  • 08 May 2019 01:03 PM
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On May 8, 2019, XTI Aircraft announced that they had successfully completed the first test flights of its 65% scale prototype of the TriFan 600 VTOL aircraft:

The TriFan 600 prototype completed multiple takeoffs, hover, and landings, which tested and validated the electric motors, battery power system, ducted fan propulsion, flight controls, other electrical systems and instrumentation. The aircraft was on a short tether during the tests due to its location at an airport in northern California where it was constructed. Future flights at a certified UAV test facility will be untethered in hover and will also test forward, wing-borne flight, as well as the transition phase between vertical and forward-flight modes.

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VFS at AUVSI XPO2019

VFS at AUVSI XPO2019

  • 06 May 2019 12:33 PM
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On Monday, April 29, 2019, the Vertical Flight Society hosted a panel at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2019 trade show, with some 200 attendees.

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Flying Solo: GoFly Advances Single-Passenger Air Mobility Solutions

Flying Solo: GoFly Advances Single-Passenger Air Mobility Solutions

  • 25 Apr 2019 10:01 AM
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The $2M GoFly Prize competition has completed its second phase and has so far received more interest than ever imagined. The idea to fund safe and innovative designs for a personal flying machine was a longtime dream for Gwen Lighter and she worked for years to get it started, including getting help from the Vertical Flight Society and other experts (see “AHS Supports GoFly!,” Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2017).

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Bell Nexus Partners Connect

Bell Nexus Partners Connect

  • 24 Apr 2019 09:26 AM
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Bell and its partners talk about its Nexus eVTOL and the team’s approach to creating a revolutionary new type of aircraft.

As its name suggests, the Bell Nexus hybrid-electric VTOL is all about making connections.

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eVTOL Corporate Leadership Moves

eVTOL Corporate Leadership Moves

  • 22 Apr 2019 08:04 PM
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Opener, the developer of the BlackFly electric Personal Aerial Vehicle (ePAV) for consumer travel, has appointed a president, Ben Diachun, the company announced on April 2. He will report to Marcus Leng, Opener founder and CEO. Diachun comes from Scaled Composites; Burt Rutan lauded Diachun, stating, “Ben Diachun’s spark of genius enhances any company he joins.... As an engineer, Ben played a key role in the creation of 14 revolutionary experimental aircraft, and as the President of Scaled Composites, he developed a talented team, explored new innovations and ensured our growth.”

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eVTOL Short Course VOD

  • 31 Mar 2019 12:27 PM
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A new short course on eVTOL Design has been added to the VFS video-on-demand educational series:

  • Electric VTOL Design Short Course, Jan 2019: This 7-hour course, taught by renowned eVTOL designer Dr. James Wang, provides an overview of the unique design challenges and opportunities of this new class of vehicles. Both electric and hybrid-electric passenger-carrying vertical flight aircraft are covered for a variety of missions ranging from personal/private use to urban air taxis to regional electric VTOL bizjets. Download the course description for this insightful course.
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The Electric VTOL News eNewsletter

The Electric VTOL News eNewsletter

  • 15 Mar 2019 12:16 PM
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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.

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