• VFS Propulsion & Power presentations posted

    The Vertical Flight Society held its quadrennial Propulsion and Power Technical Meeting at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia, on Oct. 29-30, 2019. The theme of the two-day conference was “Powering the Future of Vertical Flight,” which highlighted research and development efforts — both current and planned — related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft and other vertical flight vehicles.

    Some 110 vertical flight propulsion...

  • Uber helipad, Frisco, Texas, USA, 2019. Uber photo.

    Uber Elevate Expands According to Plan

    According to WFAA TV, Uber completed a helipad in Frisco (just north of Dallas, Texas) in September that will serve as the first test site for its Uber Elevate initiative. "The next leap is to be going vertical and into the air. We're excited that Frisco is going to be the first location in country, if not the world, to test this technology," said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, adding that it will take about seven minutes to travel by Uber Air from the...

  • AeroMobil Announces Technical Services Unit

    AeroMobil, the Bratislava, Slovakia-based company with an actual flying car, announced on Sept. 3 that it has expanded its business to offer specialist technical consulting services for VTOL and UAM aircraft. Aeromobil’s Technical Consulting Services division will provide services in three areas: technical advisory, engineering consulting and concept development on offer for existing organizations, and new entrants aiming to solve engineering...

  • Uber eCRM-001 eVTOL Common Reference Model side view, USA.

    200 eVTOL Aircraft on eVTOL.news

    Sept. 6, 2019
    Jim Sherman
    Director of Strategic Development
    1-703-684-6777 x110

    Vertical Flight Society Reports More than 200 eVTOL Aircraft Now in Development
    Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft Projects Double in Past...

  • EASA Publishes SC-VTOL

    EASA Publishes SC-VTOL
    EASA Takes the First Shot at eVTOL Regulations.
    Did They Miss the Mark?

    By Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director

    Vertiflite, September/October 2019

    The Vertical Flight Society has been supporting the development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft since 2014. One of the...

  • Oshkosh e-AirVenture

    Oshkosh e-AirVenture
    This was the year that the “Electric VTOL Revolution” arrived in Oshkosh. It will never be the same.

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

     Vertiflite, September/October 2019

    The world’s largest gathering of pilots and aviation enthusiasts takes place every year in Oshkosh,...

  • XTI Continues Progress

    Testing of the 65%-scale unmanned demonstrator of the XTI Aircraft TriFan 600 has moved to the Northrop Grumman Utah Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site in Box Elder County, Utah, which was coordinated by the Deseret UAS organization. Meanwhile, the company announced in July that it had selected GE Aviation’s Catalyst engine as the core of the hybrid-electric propulsion system for the TriFan 600. GE said its Catalyst is, “the first all-new,...

  • Hanwha Invests in Karem Butterfly

    South Korean industrial giant Hanwha announced on July 11 that it was investing $25M in a spin-off from Karem Aircraft, Inc., dedicated to bringing its all-electric air taxi vehicle, Butterfly, to market. The Butterfly is being developed for Uber Elevate and uses Karem’s Optimum Speed Rotor technology to power a vectored-thrust vehicle with four large rotors mounted on the wings and tail. Butterfly’s large, slow-turning rotors provide efficient...

  • Ascendance at Paris

    At the Paris Air Show, Paris, France-based startup Ascendance Flight Technologies unveiled its Atea hybrid-electric VTOL concept. Atea uses three lift fans powered by electric motors — one in each wing and a fan in the nose of the aircraft — plus a conventional turboprop in the nose. When the aircraft is cruising, the turbine engine charges the batteries for vertical take-offs and landings. The Atea is sized for a pilot and three passengers, with...

  • Electric Aircraft Symposium 2019 Synopsis

    The Vertical Flight Society co-sponsored the CAFE Foundation’s 13th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, held July 20-21, 2019, at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. EAS 2019 was held in conjunction with the Experimental Aviation Association’s annual AirVenture in Oshkosh, July 22-28 (see eVTOL News from AirVenture).

    Two dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts spoke at EAS 2019, all of which are available...