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eVTOL Timeline

2020

Kitty Hawk Flyer

June 3, 2020

Kitty Hawk announces its cancellation of the Flyer and shifts resources to the Heaviside project.

Cityairbus

January 15, 2020

Official unveiling of the Joby Aviation pre-production prototype (derived from its S4 concept).

 

2019

Cityairbus

December 21, 2019

First uncrewed untethered flight of the Airbus Helicopters CityAirbus at the Donauwörth manufacturing plant airfield, Donauwörth, Bavaria, Germany.

Seraph

August 22, 2019

First unmanned free flight of the Vertical Aerospace Seraph eVTOL prototype at Llanbedr Airfield, Wales, United Kingdom.

Lilium Jet 5-Seater

May 4, 2019

First unmanned flight of the Lilium 5-seater all-electric jet at the Special Airport Oberpfaffenhofen in Munich, Germany.

Cityairbus

May 3, 2019

First unmanned tethered flight of Airbus Helicopters' CityAirbus demonstrator at the Airbus Helicopters' flight test facility in Donauwörth, Bavaria, Germany.

TriFan

May 2, 2019

First unmanned tethered flight of the XTI TriFan (65%-scale model) at the Placerville Airport, Placerville, California, USA.

eVTOL Symposium

January 28, 2019

8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting & 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium, Sheraton Mesa Hotel At Wrigleyville West, Mesa, Arizona, USA.

PAV

January 22, 2019

First unmanned flight of the Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, PAV (Passenger Air Vehicle) at the Manassas Regional Airport in Manassas, Virginia, USA.

 

2018

Hexa

November 11, 2018

First manned flight of the LIFT Hexa at a small airfield northwest of Austin, Texas, USA.

Koncepto Millenya

July 7, 2018

First manned flight of the Gravity X Koncepto Millenya full-scale prototype at an undisclosed location in the Philippines.

Ava XC

June 22, 2018

First manned flight of the Beta Technologies Ava XC at Plattsburgh International Airport, Plattsburgh, New York, USA.

Vertical Aerospace Prototype

June 6, 2018

First unmanned free flight of the Vertical Aerospace full scale prototype at Cotswold Airport in Kemble, Gloucestershire, England.

Forum 74

May 14, 2018

The Vertical Flight Society's Forum 74 which included electric VTOL Special Sessions, was held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

SureFly

April 30, 2018

First manned free flight of the Workhorse SureFly at Lunken Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

BlackFly v2

March 19, 2018

First manned flight of Opener BlackFly v2 near Palo Alto, California, USA.

EHang 184

February 5, 2018

First day it was revealed to the public that manned flights had been taking place with the EHang 184 in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, China.

A3 Vahana

January 31, 2018

First unmanned flight of the Airbus A3 Vahana at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, Pendleton, Oregon, USA.

5th TVF Workshop

January 16, 2018

Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight and The 5th Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop at the Holiday Inn at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California, USA.

 

2017

Cora

November 1, 2017

First unmanned flight of the Kitty Hawk Cora at the Hollister Municipal Airport, Hollister, California, USA.

Gravity X

October 27, 2017

First manned flight of the Gravity X full-scale proof-of-concept vehicle at an undisclosed location in the Philippines

BlackFly v3

October 20, 2017

First unmanned flight of the Opener BlackFly v3 near Palo Alto, California, USA.

Elroy

September 16, 2017

First manned flight of the Astro Aerospace Elroy (formerly Passenger Drone and AA360) took place near Sofia, Bulgaria.

Vertical Aerospace POC

August 25, 2017

First unmanned flight of the Vertical Aerospace proof of concept aircraft which flew indoors at Cotswold Airport in Kemble, Gloucestershire, England.

Z-P2

August 1, 2017

First manned flight of the Zee Aero Z-P2 (now Kitty Hawk's Cora) at the Hollister Municipal Airport, Hollister, California, USA.

Gravity X Hoverboard

July 20, 2017

First manned outdoor free flight of the Gravity X Hoverboard proof-of-concept vehicle at the Marikina Sports Center, Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Gravity X Hoverboard

July 7, 2017

First manned indoor free flight of the Gravity X Hoverboard proof-of-concept vehicle at Club Gymnastics, Rosario, Pasig City, Philippines.

4th TVF Workshop

June 7, 2017

4th Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop held in Denver, Colorado, USA.

FlytCycle

May 17, 2017

First manned flight of the full scale technology demonstrator of Flyt Aerospace's FlytCycle in the inventor's backyard in Cupertino, California, USA.

Forum 73

May 9, 2017

Forum 73 included the Transformative Urban Air Mobility Special Session in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

AA360

April 25, 2017

First unmanned flight of the Astro AA360 near Sofia, Bulgaria.

Eagle

April 20, 2017

First unmanned flight of the Lilium Eagle all electric jet prototype at the Mindelheim-Mattsies Airfield near Munich, Germany.

 

2016

On-Demand Mobility

September 29, 2016

NASA Strategic Framework for On-Demand Air Mobility White Paper presented at the Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts workshop at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

3rd TVF Workshop

September 28, 2016

Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts: 3rd Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts Through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures held at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

Tier 1 Robinson R44

September 13, 2016

First manned flight of the Tier 1 Robinson R44 electric helicopter at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Los Alamitos, California, USA.

FlyKart 1

May 18, 2016

First unmanned free flight of the Trek Aerospace FlyKart 1 at an undisclosed location.

Forum 72

May 16, 2016

Forum 72 included the Transformative Vertical Flight Special Session in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

VC200

March 30, 2016

First manned flight of the Volocopter VC200 at the Bruchsal Airfield near Karlsruhe, Germany.

Volta

February 17, 2016

First hover flight of the Aquinea Volta in Castelnaudary, France.

BlackFly v2

February 11, 2016

First unmanned flight of the Opener BlackFly v2 near Palo Alto, California, USA.

 

2015

2nd TVF Workshop

August 3, 2015

Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts: Second Annual Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures held at the NASA Ames Research Center Conference Center, Moffett Federal Airfield, California, USA.

 

2014

1st TVF Workshop

August 26, 2014

Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures held at CENTRA Technology, Inc., Arlington, Virgina, USA.

NASA Greased Lightning

August 13, 2014

First tethered flight of the NASA Greased Lightning hybrid diesel-electric tilt-wing VTOL at NASA Langley Landing Loads Facility, Hampton, Virginia, USA.

BlackFly v1

August 11, 2014

First unmanned flight of the Opener BlackFly v1 in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

 

2013

VC200

November 17, 2013

First unmanned flight of Volocopter VC200 in Fair Hall, Rheinstetten, Karlsruhe, Germany.

 

2012

Project Zero (untethered)

May 19, 2012

First unmanned untethered flight of the AgustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters) Project Zero at the AgustaWestland facility in Cascina Costa, Lombardy, Italy (The two flights that day were the final flights.)

 

2011

Zee Aero POC

December 1, 2011

First unmanned hover flight of the Zee Aero Proof of Concept (POC) aircraft in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA (day of month and exact location unknown).

Zee Aero POC

October 21, 2011

First manned flight of the Volocopter VC1 prototype at the Rheinstetten Glider Field, Karlsruhe, Germany.   

SkyKar Rebel

October 5, 2011

First manned flight of Opener SkyKar Rebel proof-of-concept vehicle flown by the founder of Opener, in his front yard, in Warkworth, Ontario, Canada.

Solution F

August 12, 2011

First free flight of the Solution F electric helicopter demonstrator in Venelles, France.

Project Zero (tethered)

June 1, 2011

First unmanned tethered flight of the AgustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters) Project Zero at the AgustaWestland facility in Cascina Costa, Lombardy, Italy.