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Air Force Picks 11 Companies for High-Speed VTOL Program

Air Force Picks 11 Companies for High-Speed VTOL Program

  • 28 Feb 2022 08:00 PM
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In January, the US Air Force selected 11 companies to proceed with the conceptual development of a high-speed vertical takeoff and landing (HSVTOL) aircraft. Initiated in the spring of 2021 as the High-Speed VTOL Challenge, the effort is a collaboration between AFWERX, the Air Force’s innovation hub, and US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

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Changing the Face of the AAM Industry

Changing the Face of the AAM Industry

  • 28 Feb 2022 07:12 PM
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Both the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry and the drone industry are experiencing a talent crisis. According to DroneAnalyst’s “2021 Drone Market Sector Report,” pilots are at a premium. A 2020 VFS study indicated that 10,000 additional engineers will be needed over the next decade in vertical flight to meet the simultaneous demands of ramping up development of military rotorcraft and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The current talent pool is simply not large enough to meet these demands. 

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Coming to Terms: Rotor Redux

Coming to Terms: Rotor Redux

  • 04 Jan 2022 11:57 AM
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This series addresses the uses of terminology that drift toward becoming routine expressions or idioms — or already are — but are misleading or erroneous. Last issue’s “Coming to Terms” column on the definition of the word “rotor” generated a significant amount of discussion. The article was featured on the VFS eVTOL.news website and e-newsletter, with several thoughtful comments posted the first day, followed by emails to the author and Vertiflite.

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The H2eVTOL Council's Pioneering Year

The H2eVTOL Council's Pioneering Year

  • 04 Jan 2022 10:18 AM
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The H2eVTOL Council is now comprised of almost 200 senior engineers and leaders from eVTOL developers, professional societies, universities and government agencies, with the goal to help mobilize the global aerospace community and adjacent industries toward the transformation of air mobility, powered by hydrogen.

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Top 10 eVTOL.news articles for 2021

Top 10 eVTOL.news articles for 2021

  • 03 Jan 2022 08:25 PM
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The 2021 clicks are in and the results speak to the breadth and depth of the detailed stories published on eVTOL.news. Here are the top 10 feature articles published in 2021.

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Skyworks Aeronautics: Something Old, Something New

Skyworks Aeronautics: Something Old, Something New

  • 22 Dec 2021 09:02 AM
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Over the last two years, Skyworks has posted a steady stream of news regarding its gyroplane products, investments and partnerships, a clear indication that this industry veteran is serious about penetrating the AAM sector.

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Commentary: Workforce — Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Too

Commentary: Workforce — Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Too

  • 22 Dec 2021 09:00 AM
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I’ve been appalled to hear and see some of the gender bias — even today, in the 2020s! — in our industry. As a white man, it’s been easy to think that civilized society has transcended some of the more puerile behavior, but listening more to women tell these stories as a common occurrence has been a wakeup call. 

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Tier 1 Teams with magniX for New e-R44

Tier 1 Teams with magniX for New e-R44

  • 20 Dec 2021 11:57 AM
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Tier 1 Engineering is one of the pioneers of electric vertical flight and the only company in the world that’s been regularly flying a piloted electric helicopter since 2016 as part of its development program.

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Archer Hits Its Target

Archer Hits Its Target

  • 20 Dec 2021 07:23 AM
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Archer Aviation made the first flight of its Maker eVTOL demonstrator right on schedule.

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eMagic One Silently Comes Out of Stealth

eMagic One Silently Comes Out of Stealth

  • 18 Dec 2021 10:02 AM
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The eMagic One, a new electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) proof-of-concept demonstrator, made its public debut at the EUROPEAN ROTORS exhibition in Cologne, Germany, on Nov. 8–10. Developed by eMagic Aircraft, the eMagic One is the product of company founders Michael Kügelgen and Thomas Senkel, who sought to maximize the endurance and range of eVTOL aircraft without compromising on safety.

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