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The Electric VTOL News, Vol 4, No 17, Sep 30, 2019

Welcome to our latest eVTOL eNewsletter! These emails are intended to keep you up to date with important news and events on electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The Electric VTOL News™ is published twice monthly by the Vertical Flight Society. Not a member? Join today to enjoy the many benefits of being part of the world's largest international vertical flight technology community. 

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Successful Workshop on eVTOL Defining Challenges for UAM:
Infrastructure, Airspace Management and System Safety

The Vertical Flight Society hosted its successful Workshop on eVTOL Defining Challenges, Sept. 10-12, in Washington, DC. Nearly 150 people attended the three-day workshop, which was focused on several critical barriers that need to be solved to realize the potential of eVTOL for urban air mobility (UAM). 

Presentation slides are now available for free for attendees and all current VFS members. A proceedings summary of the workshop will also be published in the coming weeks.

VFS has been holding electric VTOL workshops since 2014. We are planning additional workshops on eVTOL Defining Challenges next year. 

For small businesses seeking to fund development across the spectrum of eVTOL technologies, the US Air Force recently posted a new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program release. Applications are open Sep 24 to Oct 23, 2019. This includes Focus Area 14: eVTOL/UAM (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing/Urban Air Mobility). 

Learn more at

Mark Your Calendars!
Oct 7-8, 2019 @ Berkeley, CA
Sustainable Aviation Symposium 2019 in conjunction with UC Berkeley

Oct 29-30, 2019 @ Hampton, VA
VFS Propulsion Technical Meeting
The conference highlights research and development efforts related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft, as well as electric and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft. 

Dec 10-11, 2019 @ Vienna, Austria
UKi Future of Transportation World Conference

Jan 21-23, 2020 @ San Jose, CA
VFS Transformative Vertical Flight 2020
Including the 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium. Plan now to attend: a record number of paper abstracts were received!

May 19-21, 2020 @ Montreal, Quebec
VFS 76th Annual Forum
The world's largest conference on VTOL technology! The call for papers is now available. Paper abstract deadline extended to Oct 21.

Is an important eVTOL event missing? Let us know!

GoFly Prize Phase III Deadline

The GoFly Prize has issued its challenge to innovators around the world to create a personal flyer. New teams are being accepted until Oct 1. Join GoFly to win nearly $2M and change the world.
VFS Forum 76 Abstract Deadline is Oct. 21!

The 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 200 technical presentations on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems. The Technology Display, running concurrent 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. 

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 Design.

Learn more and make your plans today to attend The Biggest and Best Vertical Flight Technology Conference in the World! Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities available!

Plan Now to Attend the VFS Transformative Vertical Flight Meeting

The Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 will take place in San Jose, California from Jan. 21-23, 2020. A record number of abstracts were received for what promises to be an action-packed 3-day event! It includes the following meetings:
  • 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium: 50+ invited speakers discussing the latest plans and progress in electric and hybrid-electric VTOL, urban air mobility and disruptive electric aviation technologies.
  • Aeromechanics For Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Meeting: A forum for discussions of emerging aeromechanics challenges and solution methods for future VTOL aircraft. Abstract topics are invited in all areas related to rotorcraft aeromechanics.
  • International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC): The premier event for engineers, technologists and managers to discuss the developments in jet, prop and rotor-powered vertical and/or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft research, concepts and programs. IPLC 2020 will focus on three primary areas: advanced rotorcraft, jet-lift concepts and technologies and progress in propulsion applications such as electric VTOL.
In addition, the VFS Short Course Electric VTOL Design is planned for Monday, Jan. 20, and a tour of NASA Ames Research Center is planned for Friday, Jan. 24. 

For more information:
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!
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 210+ eVTOL designs and 200+ articles listed in the World eVTOL Aircraft Directory, and the number continues to grow! Check out our: 

  • timeline of eVTOL milestones
  • world map of eVTOL developments
  • consolidated list of all eVTOL aircraft
  • sort by categories such as passenger capacity, energy storage type, thrust type, autonomy and design maturity
  • eVTOL company directory of more than 70 VFS member organizations working on eVTOL, including air vehicle, propulsion, avionics, analysis and academic members. Not a member?? Join today to be part of the world’s largest organization supporting vertical flight technology. 

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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