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The Electric VTOL News, Vol 5, No 2, Jan 17, 2020

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The ((Quiet)) Electric VTOL Revolution
Panel at Heli-Expo 2020

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA @ Room 210 AB

Going to Heli-Expo? VFS has partnered with Vertical Magazine to host this third annual panel discussion at Heli-Expo, with experts discuss the acoustic benefits of eVTOL aircraft. Leading members from the eVTOL industry and HAI’s Fly Neighborly/Environmental Committee will provide their perspectives in this important discussion, and invite greater engagement from the rotorcraft operational community.

Moderated by Elan Head, Vertical Magazine

  • Jim Sherman, Vertical Flight Society
  • Juliet Page, Volpe — HAI Fly Neighborly/Environmental Committee Chair
  • Mark Moore, Uber Technologies
  • Ben Goldman, Joby Aviation
Note that HAI is also holding a "Urban Air Mobility Forum," on the afternoon before. More details can be found on both events at

The panel will be video recorded and posted in the VFS Video Library.
CES2020 Headlines
The annual Consumer Electronics Show was held Jan 6-10 in Las Vegas. Here are some of the major eVTOL announcements. 
Mark Your Calendars!
Jan 21-23, 2020 @ San Jose, CA
VFS Transformative Vertical Flight 2020including the 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium. SOLD OUT!

Jan 29, 2020 @ Anaheim, CA
The ((Quiet)) Electric VTOL Revolution panel at HAI Heli-Expo. The VFS/Vertical Magazine 3rd Annual panel on eVTOL at Heli-Expo has a special focus on eVTOL acoustics, including experts from Uber, Volpe, Joby and more. 

Feb 4-5, 2020 @ Ames Research Center, CA
NASA Sustainable Aerospace Supply Chain and Manufacturing Workshop, covering everything from UAS and UAM to hypersonic aircraft. 

Feb 27-29, 2020 @ Ames Research Center, CA
GoFly Final Fly Off

The final competition of the GoFly Prize, preceded by two days of related activities. VFS is a sponsor. 

March 17-18, 2020 @ Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
VFS Workshop on Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility
Dedicated to identifying the foundational elements needed to support the development of infrastructure for UAM.

May 19-21, 2020 @ Montreal, QC
VFS 76th Annual Forum
The world's largest and longest-serving conference on rotorcraft and eVTOL technology! 

July 18-19, 2020 @ Oshkosh, WI
CAFE Foundation 14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium

Is an important eVTOL event missing? Let us know!
The GoFly Final Fly Off will be held at NASA’s Ames Research Center with support by Boeing, Google’s Planetary Ventures and Pratt & Whitney on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 – Leap Day! It's open to the public.

Feb. 27-Feb. 28 are ticket-only days, when Teams will fly their personal flyers and GoFly is joined by leaders from NASA, the FAA, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Embraer, VFS, AIAA, SAE, GAMA, AUVSI, AOPA, and many more. Purchase your tickets HERE!

Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 Meeting Sold Out!

The Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 with our 7th Annual eVTOL Symposium will take place in San Jose, California, Jan. 21-23, 2020. Overall, the event includes 60 technical paper authors and 60+ invited speakers will present the gamut of technologies, technical breakthroughs, key challenges and innovative solutions for transformative vertical flight aircraft. Keynote talks are being provided by leaders in government and industry, including NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), US Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), Bell, Joby, Lockheed Martin and Uber. (Read press release)

Each year we move to a larger and larger facility, but the eVTOL Symposium event sold out for the third year in a row. We are beyond capacity an no one else can be registered. We will be video recording the eVTOL presentations and providing the PDFs of the presentations within a few weeks after the event — subject to the approval of the presenters. Stay tuned!

Please plan for the 8th Annual eVTOL Symposium next January, in Mesa, Arizona, as well as our 76th Annual Forum this May in Montreal!
eVTOL Workshop: Infrastructure for UAM

Following the Vertical Flight Society's very successful Workshop on eVTOL Defining Challenges in September, VFS is hosting a follow-on 2-day solution-focused Workshop on Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility on March 17-18, 2020, at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey (not far from the FAA Tech Center in Atlantic City or Philadelphia).

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society have collaborated on an important study, "Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets." This groundbreaking study covers market and economic forecasts for 74 metropolitan areas, 2020 – 2040, including technologies, policies, markets, infrastructure and economics. All 74 cities have been examined with deep city-level analysis and built out. See for a demo of New York City’s UAM potential!
The Vertical Flight Society's 76th Annual Forum and Technology Display will be held May 19-21, 2020 at the Palais des Congres de Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, with the theme, “The Future of Vertical Flight.” 

The VFS Annual Forum is the world's leading international conference on vertical flight technology. The three-day event will include more than 250 technical presentations on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems. Featured this year will be in-depth eVTOL technical paper sessions, a series of invited expert panels and speakers, and a new Short Course on Electric VTOL Aircraft Design. 

The Technology Display, running concurrently with the Forum, is the most extensive exposition of cutting edge vertical flight technologies in the world, and also includes other technologies more broadly applicable to aerospace in general. Submit your application to exhibit at the world's largest and longest-running vertical flight technology conference.

Learn more and make your plans today to attend — Registration is now open!
In Case You Missed It:
eVTOL articles in the Jan/Feb Vertiflite!

eVTOL articles featured in this issue:

VFS members read the full Vertiflite magazine plus all back-issues for free. (Not a member? Join today!) Adds 250th Aircraft to Directory

VFS has been at the forefront of what it calls “The Electric VTOL Revolution,” having held the world’s first meeting of the eVTOL development community in 2014.

The Society’s Electric VTOL News™ website,, the first and foremost eVTOL information website, catalogues all known eVTOL aircraft; this comprehensive directory now includes more than 250 eVTOL aircraft concepts — a leap of 100 aircraft since this time last year — representing 187 different companies/developers.

VFS press release: Vertical Flight Society Announces Continued Strong Growth, Jan 13, 2020

eVTOL.News Website

Have you checked out our™ website lately? Learn about the different eVTOL aircraft now under development and check out our latest news stories. Past editions of The Electric VTOL News™ are also available.

We now have 250+ eVTOL designs listed in the World eVTOL Aircraft Directory, and the number continues to grow! Check out our: 

Do you have a product or service of interest to the global eVTOL and UAM community? Contact VFS regarding membership and sponsorship opportunities to see how we can help support you!

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Vertically yours,

Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director
The Vertical Flight Society
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