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Hard-Core Hybrids

Hard-Core Hybrids

  • 01 May 2021 05:41 PM
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Numerous electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) designs rely on hybrid electric propulsion to offset the limited power density of current battery technology (see “Halfway to Paradise?” Vertiflite, Sept/Oct 2020).

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Beta Announces Multiple Sales

Beta Announces Multiple Sales

  • 01 May 2021 01:58 PM
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On April 7, United Parcel Service (UPS) announced that its UPS Flight Forward subsidiary plans to purchase and operate cargo aircraft from Burlington, Vermont-based Beta Technologies.

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A Little Bit of VFS in Ingenuity

A Little Bit of VFS in Ingenuity

  • 28 Apr 2021 01:45 AM
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Much has been written about the plans and development progress for Ingenuity; see "Red Planet Rotorcraft," Vertiflite, July/August 2018 and "NASA Mars Helicopter Team Striving for a 'Kitty Hawk' Moment," Vertiflite, May/June 2020.

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Ingenuity Takes Off On Mars

Ingenuity Takes Off On Mars

  • 28 Apr 2021 01:25 AM
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April 19, 2021 — a day for the record books: the successful first flight of an aircraft on another planet. Lifting off from the surface of Mars to a modest 10 ft (3 m), NASA’s diminutive Ingenuity helicopter made a humble start that holds huge significance for future flights.

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Stamping Out Air Taxis

Stamping Out Air Taxis

  • 23 Apr 2021 12:21 PM
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Making lightweight, crashworthy aerostructures affordable is essential for advanced air mobility (AAM), given the huge number of aircraft needed to unclog roads.

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VFS eVTOL Infrastructure Workshop Review — Advancing Technology through Policy

VFS eVTOL Infrastructure Workshop Review — Advancing Technology through Policy

  • 21 Apr 2021 01:40 PM
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Since 2014, the Vertical Flight Society has been leading efforts to promote the advancement of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and their operations for a variety of advanced air mobility (AAM) missions, including for the subset of urban air mobility (UAM).

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Virtual Meetings — Powering Through a Full Year

Virtual Meetings — Powering Through a Full Year

  • 20 Apr 2021 02:58 PM
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After a full year of precautionary measures related COVID-19, VFS continues to provide webinars on relevant vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and electric VTOL (eVTOL) developments to keep members learning and actively engaged.

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Lilium Merges in an $830M SPAC

Lilium Merges in an $830M SPAC

  • 30 Mar 2021 07:32 AM
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On March 30, Lilium GmbH announced that it had agreed to merge with Qell Acquisition Corp., and revealed the development of its 7-seat Lilium Jet.

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Leadership Profile: Ken Swartz

Leadership Profile: Ken Swartz

  • 11 Mar 2021 10:19 AM
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Today, the Toronto-based aerospace consultant, photojournalist and VFS Board member is a subject matter expert on a wide range of vertical, short and conventional takeoff and landing (VTOL, STOL and CTOL) aircraft operations.

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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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