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Kitty Hawk Flyer Enters Service

Kitty Hawk Flyer Enters Service

  • 12 Jul 2018 08:18 AM
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The recent explosion of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft development has engaged a wide audience of engineers, technologists, enthusiasts and investors, as well as the general public. (News about and details on more than 100 electric VTOL designs can be found in the Vertical Flight Society’s online directory: www.eVTOL.news.)

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GoFly Enters Phase II

GoFly Enters Phase II

  • 10 Jul 2018 08:54 AM
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The goal of the GoFly Prize is to foster the development of safe, quiet, ultra-compact, near-VTOL personal flying devices capable of flying twenty miles while carrying a single person. Here’s the story so far, nine months into the two-year competition. On June 14, the GoFly Prize announced the 10 award recipients after its Phase I competition.

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eVTOL Briefing at NASA Ames

eVTOL Briefing at NASA Ames

  • 02 Jul 2018 12:23 PM
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Vertical Flight Society Executive Director Mike Hirschberg provided an overview of eVTOL promise and progress in a briefing, "The Electric VTOL Revolution," to the VFS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter on July 2, 2018. More than 100 people attended, including dozens of NASA Rotorcraft Aeromechanics interns from around the United States.

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EHang Makes More 184s and 216s

EHang Makes More 184s and 216s

  • 01 Jul 2018 02:01 PM
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At the Future of Transportation conference in Cologne, Germany, on a panel chaired by VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, Derrick Xiong, co-founder and chief marketing officer of EHang, provided new insights into the company’s Autonomous Aerial Vehicle.

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Canada Invests in VTOL Technology

Canada Invests in VTOL Technology

  • 20 Jun 2018 12:13 PM
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Canada is providing CAD$49.5M (USD$37.7M) in financial support for a major technology demonstration program (TDP) designed to advance five key technologies to support the development of urban air taxis, conventional helicopters and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Government of Canada announced on April 16 during International Aerospace Week in Montréal that it is providing the funding to an aerospace consortium of 20 industry and academic partners led by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd (BHTCL).

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Bell and Safran Partner

Bell and Safran Partner

  • 19 Jun 2018 12:11 PM
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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.

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Uber Second Summit Summary

Uber Second Summit Summary

  • 01 Jun 2018 12:02 PM
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Uber’s Second Annual Elevate Summit was held in Los Angeles, California, on May 8–9, the week before Forum 74, with about 1,000 attendees. Uber said that some 10,000 people live-streamed the event. (All of the press releases and links to the videos of most of the presentations and panels are available at www.evtol.news/uber.)

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Embraer X unveils first eVTOL concept

Embraer X unveils first eVTOL concept

  • 24 May 2018 02:30 PM
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Embraer X, an Embraer organization dedicated to developing disruptive businesses, unveiled on May 8 its first electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept.

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Uber Elevate Summit 2018 Videos

Uber Elevate Summit 2018 Videos

  • 24 May 2018 11:24 AM
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Uber's Second Annual Elevate Summit was held in Los Angeles, CA, May 8-9, 2018. It brought together about 1,000 of the world's foremost on-demand aviation leaders in industry, government, and academia for two full days of programming. Uber said that some 10,000 people livestreamed the event.

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NASA Supports eCTOL and eVTOL UAM

NASA Supports eCTOL and eVTOL UAM

  • 24 May 2018 11:20 AM
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NASA is broadening its support to Urban Air Mobility through several initiatives, as outlined in a May 7, 2018 NASA news story:

The goal, known as Urban Air Mobility (UAM), is a safe and efficient air transportation system where everything from small package delivery drones to passenger-carrying air taxis operate over populated areas, from small towns to the largest cities....

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