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The Electric VTOL News, Vol 4, No 5, Mar 14, 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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The Electric VTOL Revolution @ Heli-Expo

The Vertical Flight Society hosted two sessions at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2019 trade show held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Monday, March 4, VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg presented on The Future of Vertical FlightSlides are available and the video recording has been posted. 

On Wed., March 6, the Vertical Flight Society hosted a special two-hour panel on The Electric VTOL Revolution. Moderated by Elan Head of Vertical Magazine, our second annual panel featured leaders in the helicopter industry discussing how electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are poised to revolutionize vertical flight — and perhaps society as a whole.

Watch this special 2-hour panel of experts discuss the incredible promise and progress of the Electric VTOL Revolution on the VFS YouTube Channel! (Slides are linked from the speakers’ names and bios are posted.)

The Electric VTOL Revolution
Moderated by Elan Head, Vertical Magazine
  1. Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, Vertical Flight Society
  2. Scott Drennan, VP Innovation, Bell
  3. Zach Lovering, VP of Urban Air Mobility Systems, Airbus UAM
  4. Thierry Grison, Business Development Hybrid New Market, Safran
  5. Danny Sitnam, President/CEO, Helijet International
  6. Rex Alexander, President, 5 Alpha
  7. Michael Dyment, Managing Partner, NEXA Capital Partners

In addition, helicopter and eVTOL videos were made and are available on the VFS YouTube Channel, including an interview with Jeffrey Bennett, SureFly Project Manager. Helicopter and eVTOL photos from the Heli-Expo exhibits are also available at (VFS members can request access to high-resolution images.)

Mark Your Calendars!
April 9-10, 2019 @ Atlanta, Georgia
Aviation Week's Urban Air Mobility ConferenceVFS members save 20% off registration!

April 29, 2019 @ Chicago, Illinois 
VFS Panel on Autonomous & Electric VTOL at AUVSI Exponential 

May 13-16, 2019 
@ Philadelphia, PA
Some 300 technical papers and 50+ invited presentation will be featured at the Vertical Flight Society's 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display. Register now to attend the largest VTOL technology conference ever. Save up to $300: Early Bird Deadline is April 2!

Jun 11-12, 2019 @ Washington, DC 
Uber Elevate Summit 2019

Jun 17-21, 2019 @ Dallas, Texas
Is an important eVTOL event missing? Let us know!

VTOL Companies Hiring!

VFS corporate members are looking for top talent. Members can search 165+ VTOL job openings and apply at

6th Annual eVTOL Symposium

The Vertical Flight Society's 6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium was held on Jan. 29-31 as part of the 8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting, in Mesa, Arizona. This sell-out event topped 375 attendees, included helicopter OEMs, eVTOL developers, academics, defense experts and investors.

If you missed this blockbuster event, you can download the invited presentations. VFS members can log in and download all of the presentations in the eVTOL Symposium at no charge! In addition, the Autonomous VTOL technical papers are available for purchase from the Vertical Flight Library.

50 videos of the invited presentations are available at no charge to VFS members at This is a tremendous collection of 19 hours of content and knowledge from the world's leading eVTOL experts!

Plan now to attend the 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium on Jan. 21-23, 2019 in San Jose, California, as part of the VFS Transformative Vertical Flight 2020!
NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society are collaborating on a new study, "Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets." The prospectus for this groundbreaking study is available now: It will cover market and economic forecasts for more than 75 metropolitan areas, 2020 – 2040, including technologies, policies, markets, infrastructure and economics.
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 more than 175 articles and 155 eVTOL designs 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 50 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 marketing, directory, conference and sponsorship opportunities.

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Vertically yours,

Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director
The Vertical Flight Society
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