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  • 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 AirTaxi at Heli-Expo 2018 (Ian Frain photo)

    Bell Furthers Multiple eVTOL Efforts

    Bell announced on Oct. 2 that it had signed teaming agreement with Garmin International, Inc. on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support the company's eVTOL on-demand mobility aircraft, the Bell Air Taxi. As noted previously, Safran will provide the hybrid-electric propulsion system for Bell’s VTOL aircraft.

    Bell president and CEO Mitch Snyder also echoed previous statements that the...

  • Bell Air Taxi mock-up, USA.

    Bell and Safran Partner

    At the Future of Transportation conference in Cologne, Germany, on a panel chaired by VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, Bell’s director of Innovation, Scott Drennan, announced a newly formed collaboration with Safran on the development of innovative hybrid-electric power system solutions to support Bell’s eVTOL Air Taxi concept.

    “Thanks to the long and sustained technology-development strategy conducted within the Safran group, we can...