The Vertical Flight Society

VFS announces winners of student helicopter design competition

VFS announces winners of student helicopter design competition

3-Jun-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of its inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. The University of Michigan took first place with a prize of $2,000. The team from the University of Maryland took second place and the Ohio State University took third place; the teams will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively. Photos are... Read more

VFS Announces Design-Build-Vertical Flight Student Competition

VFS Announces Design-Build-Vertical Flight Student Competition

28-Sep-2020Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announces the details of the inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. This electric-powered remote-control vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) competition seeks to encourage interest in unmanned aircraft technology, and small air vehicle design and fabrication. The competition is designed to develop hands-on skills and familiarization with electric VTOL and urban... Read more

Winners of 37th Annual VFS Student Design Competition announced

Winners of 37th Annual VFS Student Design Competition announced

14-Aug-2020Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of its 37th Annual Student Design Competition: The University of Maryland took first place in the Graduate Category, while the team from Delft University of Technology took first place in the Undergraduate Category along with Best New Entrant honors. Leonardo Helicopters was sponsor of this year’s competition with... Read more

Revolutionary Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Accelerate

Revolutionary Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Accelerate

23-Jul-2020Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that it has now cataloged its 300th electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory. “Electric VTOL aircraft hold out the promise of being much safer, cheaper, cleaner and quieter,” said VFS Executive... Read more

NEXA Advisors and the VFS Announce Equity Partnership in UAM Geomatics, Inc.

NEXA Advisors and the VFS Announce Equity Partnership in UAM Geomatics, Inc.

16-Jul-2020Source: UAM Geomatics

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) have formed an equity partnership in UAM Geomatics, Inc., whose purpose is to promote the development and utilization of eVTOL aircraft, including accelerated investment into related supply chains. A key asset of UAM Geomatics is the groundbreaking study, Urban Air Mobility—Economics and Global Markets 2020-2040. Updated quarterly,... Read more

14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual

14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual

10-Jul-2020Source: The Vertical Flight Society

Three dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the CAFE Foundation’s 14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) which will be held online for the first time on July 28-30, 2020. Electric and hybrid electric powered aircraft have the potential to significantly reduce air transportation costs, carbon emissions... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Receives Nearly $1M  Donation for Scholarship Fund

Vertical Flight Society Receives Nearly $1M Donation for Scholarship Fund

22-Jun-2020Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce it has received its largest donation ever to its Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship fund. On June 12, VFS officially received a donation of $922,146.46 from the estate of Robert Head. Head — an engineer with McDonnell, Hughes and Boeing — was a VFS Emeritus Member who... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2020 Board of Directors

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2020 Board of Directors

15-May-2020Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit dedicated to advancing vertical flight, is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2020-2021. The following members were elected to the Board’s Executive Committee for the one-year term of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021: Chair: Edward Hoskin, VP Engineering, Pratt & Whitney Canada (previously... Read more

VFS Awards $100,000 in Scholarships

VFS Awards $100,000 in Scholarships

24-Apr-2020Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2020 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded again this year to 29 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight.   “Since 1977, our Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships have helped inspire generations of students to pursue careers in... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2020 Lichten Award Winners

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2020 Lichten Award Winners

14-Apr-2020Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, during the Society’s 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. Ms. Chloe Johnson of University of Texas at Austin was... Read more

TH-119 Certification Team Wins Harry T. Jensen Award

TH-119 Certification Team Wins Harry T. Jensen Award

6-Apr-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is pleased to announce the company’s TH-119 Certification Team, led by Program Manager Enzo Galli, has won the Vertical Flight Society’s prestigious Harry T. Jensen Award. The Harry T. Jensen Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the improvement of reliability, maintainability, safety or logistics support through improved design or technical achievement. Leonardo’s TH-119 Certification Team,... Read more

VFS 2020 Annual Awards announcements

VFS 2020 Annual Awards announcements

2-Apr-2020Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society has announced nine individuals and nine groups as the 2020 recipients of its prestigious 76th Annual Awards program. Since its establishment in 1944, VFS Awards have paid tribute to the world’s outstanding leaders of vertical flight in industry, government and academia, and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. The... Read more

Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 and eVTOL  Symposium

Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 and eVTOL Symposium

11-Dec-2019Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society, the leading advocate for the advancement of helicopters, rotorcraft and other vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL), announces details for its unique conference, Transformative Vertical Flight 2020, being held in San Jose, Calif., Jan. 21-23, 2020. Some 60 technical paper authors plus 75 invited speakers will present the gamut of technologies,... Read more

VFS Selects Army Senior Scientist for Prestigious Nikolsky Lectureship

VFS Selects Army Senior Scientist for Prestigious Nikolsky Lectureship

28-Oct-2019Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that US Army Senior Scientist Dr. Mark B. Tischler has been selected for the prestigious 2020 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research... Read more

VFS announces Student Design Winners

VFS announces Student Design Winners

22-Aug-2019Source: VFS

 The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of the 36th Annual Student Design Competition: the University of Maryland took top honors in the graduate category, while the collaborative team from University of Maryland and Universidad de Carlos III took first place in the undergraduate category. Airbus was this year’s sponsor of the competition this year with a total of... Read more

NEXA Advisors Completes Landmark Urban Air Mobility Study

NEXA Advisors Completes Landmark Urban Air Mobility Study

20-Aug-2019Source: Vertical Flight Society

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announce the completion of a comprehensive year-long study, Urban Air Mobility—Economics and Global Markets. The groundbreaking NEXA report, undertaken in a partnership with VFS, contains forecasts for 74 metropolitan areas over the period of 2020 – 2040. The online databases include thousands of geocoded data features and... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Announces Winner of 2019 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award

Vertical Flight Society Announces Winner of 2019 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award

15-Jul-2019Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 75th Annual Forum and Technology Display. This year’s winning paper is the Aerodynamics session: Helicopter Rotor Boundary Layer Transition Measurement in Forward Flight using an Infrared Camera, by Anthony Gardner of the German... Read more

13th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Lands in Oshkosh

13th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Lands in Oshkosh

11-Jul-2019Source: VFS

Two dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the CAFE Foundation’s 13th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, on July 20-21 — the weekend prior to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture 2019. The CAFE Foundation and Vertical Flight Society have been... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Board of Directors

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Board of Directors

14-May-2019Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce the election results for its Board of Directors. The next Board meeting will be held during the world’s largest vertical flight conference — its 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display — May 13–16, 2019 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia: http://www.vtol.org/forum. The following members were elected to... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

12-Apr-2019Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded this year to 28 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. “As part of our 75th anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to provide a record number of scholarships this... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Lichten Award Winners

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Lichten Award Winners

10-Apr-2019Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, during the Society’s 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Mr. Benjamin León of Georgia Institute of Technology was selected as... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Announces Surge in Membership

Vertical Flight Society Announces Surge in Membership

25-Jan-2019Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces that it has experienced strong growth in all its membership categories, thanks to the unprecedented global investment in advanced new military and civil vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Worldwide increases in funding from governments and industry are fueling the... Read more

VFS to host 6th eVTOL Symposium in Arizona

VFS to host 6th eVTOL Symposium in Arizona

7-Jan-2019Source: Vertical Flight Society

More than 100 technical experts will speak at the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) 6th Annual Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft Symposium and 8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting in Mesa, Arizona on January 29-31, 2019. Information is available at www.vtol.org/autonomous. “Electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is an exciting new approach to vertical flight aircraft... Read more

Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

21-Dec-2018Source: Bell

In 1951, Bell broke ground in Fort Worth for the first factory in the world specifically built to manufacture helicopters. Since then, generations of iconic rotorcraft and tiltrotor have been conceived, with more than 35,000 Bell aircraft delivered worldwide to date. Bell’s Fort Worth Headquarters is the second facility in company history to be designated... Read more

VFS Recognizes Weston Airport as Historic Site

VFS Recognizes Weston Airport as Historic Site

27-Nov-2018Source: Vertical Flight Society

At a ceremony on Nov. 15, 2018, the Vertical Flight Society officially recognized Weston Airport, Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, UK, as a VFS Vertical Flight Heritage Site. The land is now owned by The Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest dedicated helicopter museum, and the plaque was installed on the Museum’s restored World War II era control tower/pilots’ block.... Read more

NEXA Advisors and VFS to  Produce Landmark Urban Air Mobility Study

NEXA Advisors and VFS to Produce Landmark Urban Air Mobility Study

15-Nov-2018Source: Vertical Flight Society

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announce their collaboration on a new study, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets. A growing community of aerospace innovators, engineers, futurists and investors believe that the next urban transportation revolution will be in the air. The global economy has become increasingly connected with point-to-point... Read more

NEXA Advisors and VFS to Produce Landmark Air Mobility Study

NEXA Advisors and VFS to Produce Landmark Air Mobility Study

24-Oct-2018Source: Vertical Flight Society

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announce their collaboration on a new study, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets. A growing community of aerospace innovators, engineers, futurists and investors believe that the next urban transportation revolution will be in the air. The global economy has become increasingly connected with point-to-point... Read more

VFS Announces the Winners of Student Design Competition

VFS Announces the Winners of Student Design Competition

22-Aug-2018Source: The Vertical Flight Society

The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of the 35th Annual Student Design Competition: the team comprised of the University of Maryland and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics took top honors in the graduate category, while the University of Maryland’s undergraduate team took first place in the undergraduate competition. The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) sponsored the competition... Read more

Vertical Flight Society, aka AHS celebrates 75th Birthday

Vertical Flight Society, aka AHS celebrates 75th Birthday

26-Jun-2018Source: Vertical Flight Society

Seventy-five years ago today, the pioneers of the helicopter industry joined together and established a non-profit to advance vertical flight technology: the American Helicopter Society (AHS) was incorporated on June 25, 1943.  For 75 years, the organization has been working to advance vertical flight aircraft of all types and recently announced its name change to... Read more

The Helicopter Museum receives Heritage Site Award

The Helicopter Museum receives Heritage Site Award

28-May-2018Source: The Helicopter Museum

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) presented its 2018 Heritage Sites Award on 17th May at its 74th annual Forum in Phoenix, Arizona to the Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. The award was presented to museum volunteer Alan Norris by Michael Hirschberg, Executive Director of the VFS. Previously known as the American Helicopter Society, the VFS... Read more

AHS Rebrands as “The Vertical Flight Society”

AHS Rebrands as “The Vertical Flight Society”

23-Apr-2018Source: AHS International

The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, Inc. today announced that it is changing its name to The Vertical Flight Society — the tagline that it has used in various forms for the past half-century. Incorporated on June 25, 1943 as the “American Helicopter Society, Inc.” and known as “AHS International” since 1997, the Society is the... Read more

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