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  • New eVTOL Videos

    The Vertical Flight Society recently added several eVTOL video interviews to its YouTube Channel:

    eVTOL News In-depth Interview: Opener BlackFly - Marcus Leng & Ben Diachun (13:18 minutes)

    This is an in-depth interview with the executive leaders of Opener, which is developing the BlackFly all-electric, single-seat electric-powered eVTOL personal air vehicle. The Vertical Flight Society interviewed Opener Founder & CEO Marcus...

  • VFS at AUVSI XPO2019

    On Monday, April 29, 2019, the Vertical Flight Society hosted a panel at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2019 trade show, with some 200 attendees.

    This special interactive panel featured innovation leaders from Aurora, Bell, Sikorsky and NASA, as well as investment companies NEXA Capital and Starburst Accelerator discussing how autonomy, electric propulsion and other critical technologies are enabling an...

  • The full-scale mock-up of the Bell Nexus sparked the imagination of Heli-Expo attendees for the potential of eVTOL. (VFS photo)

    Bell Nexus Partners Connect

    Bell Nexus Partners Connect
    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    Bell and its partners talk about its Nexus eVTOL and the team’s approach to creating a revolutionary new type of aircraft.

    As its name suggests, the Bell Nexus hybrid-electric VTOL is all about making connections.

    From a development perspective, Bell has leveraged the...

  • Airbus A³ Vahana eVTOL in flight.

    The Electric VTOL Industry Shifts Gears

    The Electric VTOL Industry Shifts Gears
    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    A VFS panel and other discussions at Heli-Expo provided an opportunity for the commercial helicopter operating community to ask some tough questions about eVTOL technology.

    For the second year in a row, the Vertical Flight Society organized a panel discussion at Heli-Expo to brief the civil...

  • Bell Nexus at CES 2019.

    eVTOL Captures the Attention of CES

    eVTOL Captures the Attention of CES
    Electric VTOL and urban air mobility developers are reaching out to the consumer
    to create demand and prepare the way for public acceptance.

    By Jim Sherman
    Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019

    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest assembly of the latest and...

  • Bell Nexus over Dallas, Texas

    The eVTOL Industry in Transition

    The eVTOL Industry in Transition
    In light of the watershed 6th Annual eVTOL Symposium, and recent news and events,
    Vertiflite asses
    ses how the burgeoning industry is maturing.

    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019

    In the five years since the Vertical Flight Society hosted its first...

  • Bell APT20

    Bell Flies APT 70 UAV

    As part of the VFS Electric VTOL Symposium, Bell Executive Vice President Michael Thacker announced that the Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 — capable of transporting up to 70 lb (32 kg) — had flown in January. This follows prior flight testing of the APT 20 (shown), which can carry up to 20 lb (9 kg) loads.

    Last year, Bell said it was “selected for the NASA Systems Integration and Operationalization (SIO) project. Using the APT 70...

  • VFS at CES2019

    The Vertical Flight Society was actively engaged in the CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 8–11, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. See below for panel reports, photos and a consolidation of news on the Bell Nexus air taxi.

  • Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT)

    Autonomous Pod Transport (APT)
    Bell
    Fort Worth, Texas
    www.bellflight.com

    The Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) is an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vectored thrust multicopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

    The APT uses gimbaled propellers at the each end of biplane-style wings. A cargo pod with bracket attachments sits between the wings. Under each rotor is a “vector thrust module” containing the batteries, speed...

  • Bell Nexus hybrid-electric VTOL, USA.

    CES 2019 Panel: Future of Transportation

    CES 2019 Panel:
    "The Future of Transportation"

    By Jim Sherman

    Once again, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest assembly of the latest and greatest consumer technology from around the world, kicked off in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11, 2019. And as usual the Consumer Technology Association assembled some very exciting conference sessions, especially in...