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Commentary: The Forum for Advancing Vertical Flight

Commentary: The Forum for Advancing Vertical Flight

  • 20 Apr 2023 02:19 PM
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The Vertical Flight Society is now celebrating 80 years since it was founded on Feb. 25, 1943, and officially recognized by the State of Connecticut as "The American Helicopter Society, Incorporated" on June 25, 1943.

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H2-Aero Symposium: Zero Emissions Aircraft Take Flight

H2-Aero Symposium: Zero Emissions Aircraft Take Flight

  • 20 Apr 2023 05:55 AM
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The Vertical Flight Society hosted its Second Annual H2-Aero Symposium in Long Beach, California, on March 28–30.

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H2-Aero Symposium Resources

H2-Aero Symposium Resources

  • 11 Apr 2023 12:38 PM
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Video recordings and presentation PDFs are available for the Second Annual VFS H2-Aero Symposium.

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Press Release: VFS Continues Record Growth, Exceeds 185 Corporate Members

Press Release: VFS Continues Record Growth, Exceeds 185 Corporate Members

  • 11 Apr 2023 08:23 AM
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The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that the explosive growth of world’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft — plus significant developments in military and civil rotorcraft — have continued to expand its membership. 

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AAM Infrastructure Developments

AAM Infrastructure Developments

  • 19 Mar 2023 06:37 AM
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Since 2019, VFS has held a series of regular workshops on infrastructure to support future operations of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and other advanced air mobility (AAM) vehicles (see www.vtol.org/infrastructure), and has supported the development of initial standards (see “Vertiport Standards Update,” Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2022).

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Drone Inspector

Drone Inspector

  • 13 Mar 2023 01:56 PM
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This is sidebar of the main article - Melding Old and New Technology: Impact Testing for Crash Safety

The subject of the Gantry’s future was preceded by Vertiflite’s interest in the use of UAS, not personnel, to inspect various-sized structures.

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The Gantry: A Short History

The Gantry: A Short History

  • 13 Mar 2023 01:44 PM
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This is sidebar of the main article - Melding Old and New Technology: Impact Testing for Crash Safety

The LandIR became operational in 1965 as the Lunar Landing Research Facility (LLRF). Construction had begun in 1963 to model lunar gravity to allow Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and other astronauts selected for Apollo missions to train for the final 150 ft (45 m) before landing on the moon.

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Melding Old and New Technology: Impact Testing for Crash Safety

Melding Old and New Technology: Impact Testing for Crash Safety

  • 13 Mar 2023 12:07 PM
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While NASA ponders the fate of the Gantry, tests continue with this unique historic structure.

The NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, has a noteworthy dilemma: to keep and refurbish the Landing and Impact Research (LandIR) facility — typically just called the Gantry — or dismantle the structure that has served as a valuable aircraft and spacecraft testing facility since it was constructed for the Apollo program in the 1960s.

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Press Release: VFS Selects Angelo Collins as New Executive Director

Press Release: VFS Selects Angelo Collins as New Executive Director

  • 07 Mar 2023 05:00 PM
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The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, today announces the selection of Angelo N. Collins as its executive director, effective June 1, 2023. Outgoing Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, who has led the organization for 12 years, will be staying on staff in a supporting role as Director of Strategy. Collins will be only the seventh leader of VFS in its 80-year history.  

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eVTOL at the 10-Year Mark

eVTOL at the 10-Year Mark

  • 02 Mar 2023 11:10 AM
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The 10th Annual VFS Electric VTOL Symposium brought together more than 500 attendees to assess the current state of the industry.

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