Jason Hurst, VP of Innovation, Bell, April 2020.

Leadership Moves

Hurst Appointed Bell VP of Innovation In April, Bell named Jason Hurst as its new vice president of innovation, after more than 17 years at the company. Hurst is a graduate of the University of North Texas, and received a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. He joined Bell in 2002 as a project engineer on the V-22 Osprey ...
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In May, EHang received the world’s first approval to conduct a pilot program for unmanned air logistics delivery. All photos via EHang.

How EHang Built an eVTOL for the World

How EHang Built an eVTOL for the World Vertiflite asked EHang’s co-founder how the company developed its eVTOL models, and learned about the startup’s culture, mission and history. By Nicolas Zart Vertiflite, July/August 2020 EHang is a unique story of how a Chinese aviation startup developed electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft on its own. Away from the western urban air mobility (UAM) buzz, EHang ...
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Archer eVTOL aircraft, Palo Alto, California, USA. 21 May 2020.

Archer Flies Out of Stealth

Archer Flies Out of Stealth By Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director Vertiflite, July/August 2020 On May 21, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft startup Archer unveiled its plans and progress to the world. The company is led by co-founders Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein, serial entrepreneurs who recently sold hiring marketplace startup Vettery to The Adecco Group for over $100M. The company, which said it is ...
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Agility Prime, USA.

Agile Change in Air Force “Agility Prime” Launch Pays Off

Agile Change in Air Force “Agility Prime” Launch Pays Off The Air Force pivoted to a virtual launch of its $100M+ effort to support the Electric VTOL Revolution and made an outsized impact on the public consciousness. By Richard Whittle Vertiflite, July-August 2020 The US Air Force got an unexpected payoff in April from, of all things, the novel coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 led the service to ...
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Wisk Boeing Kitty Hawk front view.

Financing the Electric VTOL Revolution

Financing the Electric VTOL Revolution COVID-19 Pandemic Will Thin eVTOL Herd, Experts Predict By Richard Whittle Vertiflite, July-August 2020 Aviation industry and finance experts say the global economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will prove deadly for many developers of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and may lead big corporate investors to slow their eVTOL ventures. But the recession will likely just speed ...
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GoFly Inspires Innovation

GoFly Inspires Innovation Five years of efforts culminated in a showcase of VTOL innovation at the GoFly Prize Final Fly Off on Leap Day. VFS was “all-in” from the beginning. By Kenneth Swartz Vertiflite, May/June 2020 Twenty-one teams from 10 countries were invited to participate in the GoFly Prize Final Fly Off competition on Feb. 28–29, many to showcase their “personal flyers” and several to compete ...
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Justin Paines receives the AIAA Newbold Award at TVF 2020. L-R: Jeram, Paines, Bevirt and VFS Executive Director, Mike Hirschberg. (VFS photo by Warren Liebmann)

Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Committee Highlights

Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Committee Highlights By Carl RussellVFS AVF TC Chair Vertiflite, March/April 2020 We have restarted our regular series highlighting the activities of our 22 technical committees. Interested in joining or finding out more? Go to www.vtol.org/tech-committees. The 2020 International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC) was held in January as part of the Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 Conference. This biennial conference rotates between the American ...
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The Bell Smart City display at Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2020, Jan 7-10, USA. (All photos by the author.)

Urban Air Mobility Steals the Show at CES 2020

Urban Air Mobility Steals the Show at CES 2020 While most of the world watched CES for the latest 8K TVs, electronic gadgets and fitness equipment, aerospace and automotive companies used CES to provide a new vision of the future of personal transportation — one that utilizes the third dimension. By Jim ShermanVFS Director of Strategic Development Vertiflite, March/April 2020 There were plenty of noteworthy announcements ...
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Dr. James Wang.

Leadership Profile: Dr. James Wang

Leadership Profile: Dr. James Wang Vertiflite, March/April 2020 With a distinguished career in rotorcraft engineering and marketing, James Wang now teaches aircraft design and performance at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and consults for companies in the nascent electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) industry. He explained, “Since I helped pioneer eVTOL ten years ago, I want to share my passion and experience for electric flight ...
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XTI Trifan 600 graphic at high-rise heliport, USA.

XTI Aircraft’s TriFan 600 Development Continues

XTI Aircraft’s TriFan 600 Development Continues Patience, sufficient capital and experience are prerequisites when developing a new aircraft, explains XTI’s CEO. By Robert W. Moorman Vertiflite, March/April 2020 XTI Aircraft Company is playing the long game with the ongoing development of its TriFan 600 hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. In the last year, the company — based at Centennial Airport near Denver, Colorado — ...
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