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Competing Standards

Competing Standards

  • 18 Dec 2023 10:39 PM
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As AAM aircraft near production, competing charging standards come to the fore.

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Press Release: VFS Selects Competitors for Annual Student eVTOL Drone Competition

Press Release: VFS Selects Competitors for Annual Student eVTOL Drone Competition

  • 21 Nov 2023 07:07 AM
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The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the selection of teams from 16 universities to compete in the fourth annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. The 16 academic teams involved in the competition represent universities located in 12 US states, plus Canada, India and Malaysia. The selection marks the largest number of academic teams to participate in the DBVF Competition since VFS launched the event in 2021.

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A Master Class in AAM Infrastructure

A Master Class in AAM Infrastructure

  • 11 Nov 2023 04:15 AM
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The end of September found numerous industry experts, government officials and entrepreneurs from around the world in Cape May, New Jersey, participating in what some attendees declared was one of the best conferences in the burgeoning advanced air mobility (AAM) industry to date.

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Hydrogen Gains Ground

Hydrogen Gains Ground

  • 07 Nov 2023 04:45 PM
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In conjunction with the 18th UAS Summit & Expo, the HYSKY Society held its first conference, FLYING HY. Headed by former VFS hydrogen advisor Danielle McLean — who initiated the hydrogen electric vertical takeoff and landing (H2eVTOL) aircraft efforts at VFS — the educational non-profit HYSKY is a spinoff of the VFS H2eVTOL Council.

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Helijet International Orders Four Beta eVTOL Aircraft

Helijet International Orders Four Beta eVTOL Aircraft

  • 04 Nov 2023 01:05 AM
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Vancouver-based Helijet International has placed a firm order for four Beta Technologies Alia 250 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and secured options for four additional aircraft. When delivered, these will join its current fleet of 19 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

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Beta Goes the Distance

Beta Goes the Distance

  • 27 Oct 2023 09:20 AM
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Beta Technologies’ recent opening of its new 188,500-ft² (17,500-m²) manufacturing plant for its Alia aircraft is the latest indicator that the 2017-founded South Burlington, Vermont-based company is one of the world’s leading electric aircraft companies. Beta has two prototype Alia aircraft that it is currently testing for two future models: the CX300 electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) and A250 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The two aircraft share 80% common design elements, creating a simple, streamlined path to commercialization and certification, Beta says. The company plans to produce up to 300 aircraft per year and eventually hire hundreds of factory workers, beyond its 600 employees today.

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NBAA-BACE Showcases AAM

NBAA-BACE Showcases AAM

  • 24 Oct 2023 09:26 AM
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This year’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (BACE) featured a number of advanced air mobility (AAM) exhibitors in the show’s innovation area and a series of presentations highlighting emerging technology and market challenges.

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VFS Electric VTOL Directory Hits 900 Concepts

VFS Electric VTOL Directory Hits 900 Concepts

  • 10 Oct 2023 06:30 AM
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The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that the number of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concepts being tracked in its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory has now exceeded 900 designs from more than 400 companies and innovators worldwide.

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Joby Connects the Dots and Delivers

Joby Connects the Dots and Delivers

  • 26 Sep 2023 11:32 AM
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Joby Aviation recently achieved a major milestone with the US Department of Defense when it delivered the first Joby production eVTOL aircraft (N5421A) to Edwards Air Force Base in California for military evaluation and flight testing.

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SURVICE: Humble Beginnings

SURVICE: Humble Beginnings

  • 20 Sep 2023 06:49 PM
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VFS began its Transformative Vertical Flight workshops nearly a decade ago because of the groundswell of innovators around the world who were harnessing advancements in batteries, electric motors, advanced manufacturing and fly-by-wire flight controls to get eVTOL aircraft off the ground.

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