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The Electric VTOL News, Vol 4, No 14, Aug 15, 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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Gannett-Fleming Skyport
Workshop on eVTOL Defining Challenges for Urban Air Mobility:
Infrastructure, Airspace Management and System Safety

The Vertical Flight Society is hosting a workshop on the "defining challenges" of electric VTOL aircraft, Sept. 10-12, at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. This three-day workshop is focused on the biggest barriers that need to be solved to realize the potential of eVTOL for urban air mobility (UAM), including what key organizations are working on and looking for any gaps or overlaps in standards developments.

Registration is now open! We made the rates extra low to maximize the educational opportunity. 

  • US Federal Govt Employees and Speakers: $150
  • VFS Members: $300
  • Non-Members: $400 (includes 1 year of VFS membership)

All registration rates will increase by $50 on August 31 if there are still seats left. Note: since this is a working meeting, members of the press cannot attend. 

There are a limited number of sponsorships available. Go to for more information. 

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.

The Challenge: Design and build a safe, quiet, ultra-compact, near-VTOL personal flying device capable of flying 20 miles while carrying a single person. 

Electric Aircraft Symposium Videos & Synopsis Available

Two dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts spoke at the CAFE Foundation’s 13th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, on July 20-21. The two-day event is now available for free viewing in 26 videos on the VFS YouTube Channel, with executives from Ampaire, Bye Aerospace, Embraer, Eviation Aircraft, FAA, Faraday, Joby, Kitty Hawk, NASA, Trek Aerospace, Uber, VFS and more!

Don't have time to watch all the videos? We've summarized the key points for each speaker. Some 10 hours of videos and 10,000 words of content are available — check it out!
Mark Your Calendars!
Sept 10-12, 2019 @ Washington, DC
VFS Defining Challenges Workshop
Covering air vehicle design for certification, infrastructure and airspace management, this will be the first in a new series of workshops on the defining challenges of electric VTOL developments. Early bird deadline Aug. 30.

Sept 23-24, 2019 @ San Francisco

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 will highlight 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! The call for papers is now available. Paper abstracts due no later than Aug. 19.

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 abstracts due no later than Oct 7.

Is an important eVTOL event missing? Let us know!

NEXA Advisors Completes Landmark Urban Air Mobility Study

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society 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 characteristics of each city, as well as the study’s findings on their potential market for urban air mobility (UAM). Included on these web pages are custom ArcGIS maps of each city. The public can explore the deep city-level analysis available, using New York City as an example, at

Read our press release for more on the conclusions and the importance of this landmark report. 

NEXA will make the first public presentation of the study at the upcoming VFS Workshop on eVTOL Defining Challenges for Urban Air Mobility.

Deadline for Abstracts on Transformative Vertical Fight is Aug. 19

Calling all authors! Are you working on research related to aeromechanics, fixed-wing/powered lift technology and/or electric VTOL? If so, please share with your peers! Last chance to submit your abstract for consideration is Monday, Aug. 19

The Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 will take place in San Jose, California from Jan. 21-23, 2020 promises to be an action-packed 3-day event! It includes the following meetings:
  • 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.
  • 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium (invited speakers only)
The abstract deadline is Monday, Aug. 19. For more information:
VFS Partners with eVTOL Community Forum on Slack

If you are on and/or interested in having robust discussions on electric VTOL and Urban Air Mobility, check out the eVTOL Community Forum. Go to to request account access.

Although affiliated with the Vertical Flight Society, all discussions are the responsibility of the independent Slack Community members and may not represent to the official positions of VFS.
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 200+ 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, so 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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