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Commentary: Bringing the Vertical Flight Community Together

Commentary: Bringing the Vertical Flight Community Together

  • 20 Feb 2018 03:38 PM
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Seventy-five years ago, the burgeoning helicopter industry came together to establish the American Helicopter Society, which was legally recognized on June 25, 1943. By that time, development teams at Bell and Piasecki had solved many of the basic problems of helicopter flight, joining Sikorsky to become the first successful American helicopter developers; Hiller made their first flight a year later.

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Airbus Starts Testing CityAirbus Iron Bird

Airbus Starts Testing CityAirbus Iron Bird

  • 01 Feb 2018 02:40 PM
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In mid-December, Airbus Helicopters began testing the “iron bird” for its four-passenger CityAirbus quad-duct eVTOL in Taufkirchen, Germany. The test bench operates the entire electric propulsion system, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit, from flight controls to the dynamic loads of the propellers, verifying the electrical, mechanical and thermal dynamics.

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Vimana Global Displays at Davos, Switzerland

Vimana Global Displays at Davos, Switzerland

  • 01 Feb 2018 02:29 PM
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Single- and four-seat Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) designs are being developed by VIMANA Global, Inc. The AAVs have fore and aft tilting wings, each with four electric propellers powered by electric or hybrid-electric motors. VIMANA is an international company with headquarters in Redwood City, California, and offices in the United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Russia.

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AirspaceX Unveils New eVTOL in Detroit

AirspaceX Unveils New eVTOL in Detroit

  • 01 Feb 2018 02:07 PM
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Airspace Experience Technologies, LLC (AirSpaceX), a subsidiary of Detroit Aircraft Corp., unveiled a sub-scale model of the latest version of its autonomous, electric VTOL aircraft, "MOBi-ONE," at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on Jan. 15.

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Original Zee Aero Concept Now Public

Original Zee Aero Concept Now Public

  • 01 Feb 2018 10:44 AM
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In a CNN episode airing on Dec. 24, Fareed Zakaria interviewed Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Kitty Hawk/Zee Aero. Thrun unveiled the first public flight footage of the original eVTOL concept built and flown by Zee Aero in 2013.

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Compact Vertical Flight: Urban Aeronautics Advances

Compact Vertical Flight: Urban Aeronautics Advances

  • 01 Jan 2018 09:45 PM
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Imagine a time in the not-too-distant future when unmanned vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft stealthily cross urban battlefields, while piloted versions easily navigate crowded cities and quietly touchdown in confined areas inaccessible to conventional helicopters or winged VTOL aircraft.

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Turning Volts to VTOL

Turning Volts to VTOL

  • 01 Jan 2018 08:57 PM
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The motors that propel and control electric vertical flight pose design, integration and certification challenges.

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ARL Looks to the Future of Vertical Flight

ARL Looks to the Future of Vertical Flight

  • 01 Jan 2018 02:29 AM
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The ARL Vehicle Technology Directorate is busy working on numerous vertical flight technology projects, and it’s looking out for new ideas from young scientists, collaborative regional campuses, and partners in academia and industry.

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From Hummingbird to Cormorant

From Hummingbird to Cormorant

  • 31 Dec 2017 10:11 PM
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In 1997, Yoeli designed, built and flew AD&D’s Hummingbird ducted fan flying platform kit, which was powered by four Hirth piston engines. Yoeli placed a small advertisement for Hummingbird kit aircraft in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Sport Aviation magazine for the kit.

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Commentary: 75 Years of Advancing Vertical Flight

Commentary: 75 Years of Advancing Vertical Flight

  • 30 Dec 2017 11:15 AM
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Seventy-five years ago, on Feb. 25, 1943, 26-year old Edward Katzenberger stood up in a high school gymnasium in Stratford, Connecticut, and called a meeting to order. At that meeting, the participants resolved to establish the American Helicopter Society.

Katzenberger, having joined Sikorsky Aircraft the year before, had been talking with other employees about establishing “The Sikorsky Helicopter Club.”

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