VTOL

XTI to establish a presence in Estonia

XTI to establish a presence in Estonia

10-May-2021Source: XTI Aircraft Company

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Aviation Cluster (EAC), and the Estonian Aviation Academy (EAVA) to recognize Estonia as a Regional Mobility hub for the TriFan 600, the world’s first civilian hybrid-electric long-range vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) airplane. The organizations intend to collaborate with XTI... Read more

VFS gives special access to Forum 77 virtual technology display

VFS gives special access to Forum 77 virtual technology display

29-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society announced special access to the virtual exhibit hall at its 77th Annual Forum and Technology Display. Forum 77, held online this year on May 10–14, is the world’s leading international conference on vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft technology — everything from advanced rotorcraft to advanced air mobility. Information about the... Read more

EUROPEAN ROTORS and VFS announce partnership

EUROPEAN ROTORS and VFS announce partnership

27-Apr-2021Source: EUROPEAN ROTORS

Both parties are delighted to announce future cooperation. EUROPEAN ROTORS is the new platform for rotorcraft and vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) represents the international technical community working to advance vertical flight technology. The VTOL Show and Safety Conference is further expanding its network. The cooperation with the... Read more

ANA partners with Wingcopter to develop drone delivery infrastructure

ANA partners with Wingcopter to develop drone delivery infrastructure

19-Apr-2021Source: Wingcopter

ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter “ANA HD”) is collaborating with German drone manufacturer and service provider Wingcopter to accelerate the delivery of vital pharmaceuticals and other consumer products via unmanned aircraft. The two aviation innovators is conducting comprehensive trials with the electrical fixed-wing VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft developed by Wingcopter, with the aim of... Read more

Transcend Air awarded USAF research project

Transcend Air awarded USAF research project

7-Apr-2021Source: Transcend Air

Transcend Air announces it has been awarded an AFWERX Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development contract, in partnership with Auburn University, to develop Simplified Vehicle Operation and flight control laws for high speed VTOL “nap of the Earth” flight with the Vy 400 Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. “Nap of the Earth” is... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2021 Group of Its Prestigious Awards

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2021 Group of Its Prestigious Awards

6-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the 2021 group recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since the establishment of the VFS awards program in 1944, they have paid tribute to outstanding teams in industry, government and academia working on vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, serving as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners... Read more

VFS Announces 2021 Individual Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards

VFS Announces 2021 Individual Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards

29-Mar-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society announced the 2021 individual recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since the establishment of the VFS awards program in 1944, they have paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft and technology, serving as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized virtually... Read more

Urban Aeronautics announces first pre-orders of EMS CityHawk

Urban Aeronautics announces first pre-orders of EMS CityHawk

8-Jan-2021Source: Urban Aeronautics

Urban Aeronautics Ltd., a leading Israeli aerospace, announced it has reached an agreement to provide four CityHawk VTOL aircraft to Hatzolah Air for emergency medical service (EMS) applications, company executives announced. ​ ​ In addition, Hatzolah Air will become Urban Aeronautics’ official sales representative and distribution channel to other EMS and Rescue organizations worldwide. The companies... Read more

Change of date for EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 2020

Change of date for EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 2020

19-Oct-2020Source: EASA

The new date for the Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 2020 is December 9, 2020. EASA had to make this adjustment to taken into account some enhancements of the technical set-up for the virtual event. We hope you will be able to join us on the new date and we look forward to seeing you. There... Read more

THOR VTOL Completes Environmental Qualification Tests

THOR VTOL Completes Environmental Qualification Tests

18-Aug-2020Source: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems’ THOR, a multi-rotor Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) mini Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), successfully completed a series of environmental qualification tests ahead of the delivery of more than a thousand of units to an army in Southeast Asia. As announced on October 6, 2019, the Company was awarded a $153 million contract to... Read more

GE partners with Hybrid Project for high-endurance VTOL UAV

GE partners with Hybrid Project for high-endurance VTOL UAV

11-Nov-2019Source: GE Aviation

GE Aviation announced a teaming agreement with Hybrid Project to provide a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAV designed for high endurance commercial applications at scale. Flight testing will commence in Q4 this year with commercial availability targeted for Q1 2020. The agreement enables Hybrid Project’s 35-pound hybrid-powered SuperVolo VTOL UAV with a full stack... Read more

Schiebel completes successful flight trials in Finland

Schiebel completes successful flight trials in Finland

18-Sep-2019Source: Schiebel

After chosen for one of the companies for test trials by the Border and Coast Guard Division of the Finnish Border Guard, Schiebel’s proven CAMCOPTER® S-100 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS) performed a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration aboard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Turva. The intense flight trials took place at the... Read more

First building block to enable safe VTOL operation and new air mobility in Europe

First building block to enable safe VTOL operation and new air mobility in Europe

3-Jul-2019Source: EASA

On 2 July 2019, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) released the first building block to enable the safe operation of hybrid and electrical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director declared “We are actively engaging with the industry to develop the right technical requirements to take benefit of the... Read more

Vertical Flight Expo appoint Earlymarket to run an Innovation Zone

Vertical Flight Expo appoint Earlymarket to run an Innovation Zone

28-Jun-2019Source: Vertical Flight Expo

Earlymarket has partnered with Vertical Flight Expo to create the new Innovation Launchpad which will showcase the development of vertical flight technologies including helicopters, UAVs, eVTOLs, VTOLs and advanced drone hardware and software. The Vertical Flight Expo will be held at Farnborough International from 5-7 November. Vertical Flight Expo, previously known as Helitech International, aims... Read more

AeroVironment buys VTOL UAS Developer Pulse Aerospace

AeroVironment buys VTOL UAS Developer Pulse Aerospace

19-Jun-2019Source: AeroVironment

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it has acquired Pulse Aerospace, LLC, a developer and supplier of small VTOL UAS, for $25.7 million in cash, including milestone-based earn-out payments of $5 million. AeroVironment financed the transaction entirely from available cash on... Read more

Heliflite secures XTI Trifan 600 VTOL distributorship

Heliflite secures XTI Trifan 600 VTOL distributorship

4-Jun-2019Source: Heliflite

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) announced it has entered into a sales and services agreement with Heliflite, one of the leading aircraft distributors in Australasia. “This is a major development for XTI,” said XTI Chief Executive Officer Robert LaBelle. “We’re pleased to be working with Heliflite on an exclusive basis in this part of the world.... Read more

Jetcopter VTOL urban air taxi to be shown at Aero Friedrichshafen

Jetcopter VTOL urban air taxi to be shown at Aero Friedrichshafen

1-Apr-2019Source: Jetcopter

The new Jetcopter urban VTOL air taxi will be shown for the first time at the AERO 2019 general aviation trade exhibition, from April 10 until 13 in Friedrichshafen in Germany. The five-seat VTOL Jetcopter currently is the most powerful urban VTOL air taxi under development. EASA The new Jetcopter will meet all EASA requirements... Read more

Honeywell And Pipistrel Collaborate on VTOL air vehicle

Honeywell And Pipistrel Collaborate on VTOL air vehicle

30-Jan-2019Source: Honeywell

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Pipistrel have signed a memorandum of understanding that will bring both companies together to explore and develop solutions for the urban air mobility market. The companies will integrate Honeywell avionics, navigation, flight control systems, connectivity and other beneficial products and services onto a future Pipistrel Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) air vehicle to... Read more

Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

8-Jan-2019Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, revealed the configuration and full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle today during CES 2019. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans that are designed to safely and efficiently redefine... Read more

Bell and Moog Collaborate

Bell and Moog Collaborate

7-Dec-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Moog, for the development of the Flight Control Actuation System (FCAS) to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “Bell continues to identify solutions and teammates that will achieve new possibilities together,” said Bell’s Scott... Read more

Schiebel doubles Camcopter S-100 production capacity

Schiebel doubles Camcopter S-100 production capacity

7-Dec-2018Source: Schiebel

Schiebel is expanding its flagship facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, to meet the growing demand for its market-leading Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). Schiebel’s high-tech facility in Wiener Neustadt, a well-known and highly visible landmark in the region, opened in 2006. Comprised of a production plant of 2,300 m²... Read more

Schiebel wins European Maritime Safety Agency Contract

Schiebel wins European Maritime Safety Agency Contract

3-Dec-2018Source: Schiebel

Schiebel, the market leader in Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), was awarded the coveted maritime surveillance service provision contract by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS was selected based on its impressive service record in the maritime domain, as well as its proven maritime surveillance expertise. Payload... Read more

JETcopter finalizes 7-seat flying car design

JETcopter finalizes 7-seat flying car design

20-Nov-2018Source: JETcopter

VTOL aviation startup JETcopter announced that it has finished the primary air turbine tests, which confirmed the concept feasibility. The design team also released the latest JETcopter design. Six passengersWith the latest design, the JETcopter has become more compact and now has a flatter bottom. JETcopter will be able to drive on roads as well... Read more

Bell and Thales Collaborate

Bell and Thales Collaborate

26-Oct-2018Source: Thales

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a teaming agreement with Thales, for the development of flight control systems for Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “We continue to expand our team and capabilities for our ODM aircraft to bring the most advanced technology available and new... Read more

Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

3-Oct-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Garmin International, Inc. on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. At Bell, we believe a convergence of technological advancements is enabling the industry to drive solutions that... Read more

Schiebel establishes Australian base

Schiebel establishes Australian base

2-Oct-2018Source: Schiebel

Schiebel, the market leader in Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), has founded Schiebel Pacific Pty Ltd (SPL) to provide the Pacific region with a permanent and comprehensive programme, logistics and sales hub. The Schiebel Group, with already established Defence contracts in the region, sees considerable further potential in Australia and in... Read more

JETcopter to test innovative propulsion system for VTOL aircrafts

JETcopter to test innovative propulsion system for VTOL aircrafts

29-Aug-2018Source: JETcopter

JETcopter – VTOL aviation startup , today announced launch of tests of a new type propulsion system for VTOL aircrafts . 2 centrifugal air turbines in enclosed housings , each 200 cm diameter (6.6 feet ) , will rotate in opposite directions at high RPM to create thrust similar to 11 meters ( 36 feet... Read more

Bell and Safran Announce Shared Vision for On-Demand Mobility

Bell and Safran Announce Shared Vision for On-Demand Mobility

21-Jun-2018Source: Bell Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Future of Transportation World Conference a newly formed collaboration with Safran (Euronext Paris: SAF) on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept. “Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility – ushering a new... Read more

AHS Remembers Barney McCormick

AHS Remembers Barney McCormick

5-Dec-2017Source: AHS

McCormick’s impact on the department, its faculty, students, industry and government spanned nearly 60 years, and his teaching inspired and guided the careers of numerous engineers at work today in the helicopter/vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry. “We are truly saddened by the loss of one of the most influential individuals our department has ever... Read more

TriFan 600 VTOL holds over 60 orders

TriFan 600 VTOL holds over 60 orders

10-Nov-2017Source: XTI Aircraft

Responding to invitations from the superyacht community, XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) exhibited the revolutionary TriFan 600 at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 1-5, 2017, the world’s largest boat show.  Following the show, XTI announced today it has received over 60 orders from customers under its pre-sales program, in addition to several more large... Read more

XTI reports more orders for VTOL TriFan 600 from NBAA Conference

XTI reports more orders for VTOL TriFan 600 from NBAA Conference

23-Oct-2017Source: XTI Aircraft

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) announced today it received several additional orders and deposits from customers under its pre-sales program.  “We’re pleased with the strong interest that we received at NBAA’s 2017 Business Aviation Convention,” said Robert LaBelle, Chief Executive Officer of XTI. “These are serious buyers who reserved a priority number for the eventual commercial production... Read more

CityAirbus demonstrator passes testing milestone

CityAirbus demonstrator passes testing milestone

11-Oct-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has recently completed the first full-scale testing for the propulsion system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. During this successful testing phase, the CityAirbus team thoroughly checked the individual performance of the ducted propellers as well as the integration... Read more

Airbus advances on-board image processing capabilities for VTOL systems

Airbus advances on-board image processing capabilities for VTOL systems

9-Oct-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

In line with its strategy of innovation for the future of vertical flight, Airbus Helicopters is developing an experimental on board image processing management system aimed at performing automatic approaches and landing in challenging conditions, as well as paving the way for future sense & avoid applications on autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems.... Read more

Volocopter agrees 25M Euro funding

Volocopter agrees 25M Euro funding

16-Aug-2017Source: Volocopter

The objective of making flying possible for everyone has drawn closer:  In July 2017 the aviation start-up Volocopter agreed a finance deal over 25 million Euros with the automobile firm Daimler from Stuttgart, the technology investor Lukasz Gadowski from Berlin and further investors. Using this fresh capital  Volocopter will further expand upon the leading technology... Read more

AHS announces results of annual Student Design Competition

AHS announces results of annual Student Design Competition

15-Aug-2017Source: VTOL

The Vertical Flight Technical Society today announces the winners of the 34th Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in both the graduate and undergraduate categories. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, sponsored the competition this year with a total of $12,500 in prize money. The 2017 Student Design Competition was for... Read more

Wirth Research announces hydrogen-powered tiltrotor mapping drone

Wirth Research announces hydrogen-powered tiltrotor mapping drone

13-Jun-2017Source: Wirth Research

The all-new Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will be VTOL capable for its long-endurance missions, carrying its primary mission payload of a sophisticated suite of terrain-mapping sensors and on-board data processing capabilities.   To allow the longest possible endurance with zero in-flight emissions, and reduced vibrations, this unique UAS will be powered by an advanced hybrid... Read more

AHS supports Uber vision of electric VTOL

AHS supports Uber vision of electric VTOL

26-Apr-2017Source: AHS International

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, applauds Uber Technologies for its bold plan to transform urban transportation with electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. Uber is convening its Elevate Summit this week (April 25-27) in Dallas, Texas, featuring more than 50 speakers over three days, many of whom are AHS members The Uber... Read more

World premiere of the Volocopter series model 2X

World premiere of the Volocopter series model 2X

19-Apr-2017Source: Volocopter

The German start-up e-volo is celebrating the world premiere of the first series model of a passenger multicopter on April 5 – 8, 2017 at Europe’s largest general aviation trade fair AERO in Friedrichshafen. After six years of development e-volo is presenting the Volocopter 2X, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft powered purely by... Read more

100 seat VTOL Patent Awarded To Boeing

100 seat VTOL Patent Awarded To Boeing

7-Nov-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Boeing has been awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office, indicating the desire to build a 100 seat commercial passenger VTOL aircraft. The patent was filed in June 2014 and was awarded to them this past Tuesday, 25th October 2016. Boeing reports that their aim to build a VTOL aircraft was in... Read more

ESA provides seed funding for electric two-seat VTOL aircraft

ESA provides seed funding for electric two-seat VTOL aircraft

10-May-2016Source: ESA

A start-up company hosted in a European Space Agency (ESA) business incubator is developing the world’s first vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for personal use. The electric two-seater will open the door to a new class of simpler, quieter and environmentally friendly planes available from 2018. “Our goal is to develop an aircraft for use... Read more

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