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The Electric VTOL News, Vol 4, No 9, May 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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Forum 75 Was Incredible!

The Vertical Flight Society's 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display, the world's leading international event on vertical flight technology, was held this month, May 13-16, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This special 75th anniversary event spanned four days and included a record 280+ technical papers, plus 75 presentations and discussions by leaders in industry, the military, government agencies and academia. Forum 75 was a spectacular success with a record 1,400 attendees celebrated 75 years of advancing vertical flight. 

The Annual Forum again featured an entire day of in-depth invited talks on electric VTOL/urban air mobility (UAM). Individual presentations and session videos for the following have been posted:

Urban Air Mobility Innovations [90 minute video]
Moderated by Dr. Ken Rosen, ASTA

Challenges in Electric VTOL  [2 hour video]
Moderated by Chris Silva, NASA Ames Research Center Electric VTOL System Safety Panel [90 minute video]
Moderated by Jonathan Hartman, Disruptive Technology Lead, Sikorsky
  • Patrick Darmstadt, Drive Systems Engineer, Boeing
  • Sean Redfern, Director Sales & Business Development, Associated Aircraft Group
  • Brandon Keene, Chief Technology Officer, BLADE
  • Ife Ogunleye, Acting Mgr, Regulations & Policy, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA
Progress in Development of Electric VTOL [90 minute video]
Moderated by Jim Sherman, Vertical Flight Society
  • Misconceptions of eVTOL Aircraft for UAM,” Mark Moore, Director of Aviation Engineering, Uber Technologies
  • The Nexus Air Taxi,” Scott Drennan, VP Innovation, Bell
  • “Boeing’s Passenger Air Vehicle & Cargo Air Vehicle eVTOL Demonstrators,” Brian Yutko, Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company
* Articles citing VFS/Forum 75
Mark Your Calendars!
Jun 11-12, 2019 @ Washington, DC 
Uber Elevate Summit 2019

Jun 17-21, 2019 @ Dallas, Texas
July 20-21 @ Oshkosh, Wisconsin
CAFE Foundation/VFS 
Electric Aircraft Symposium

July 22-28 @ Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Experimental Aircraft Association

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. Presentation abstracts due July 15.

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 July 19.

Is an important eVTOL event missing? Let us know!
VTOL Companies Hiring!

Vertical Flight Society corporate members are looking for top talent!

VFS members can search 165+ VTOL job openings and apply at

VFS Educational VTOL Videos

The Vertical Flight Society has nearly 100 hours of lectures, panels and presentations available through the VFS Video Library, including all the eVTOL panels from the 2018 Annual Forum, the 2018 eVTOL Symposium, the 2019 eVTOL Symposium, and the recent Heli-Expo 2019 panels and interviews. Forum 75 videos are currently being posted as well. All of these videos are free to VFS members!

In addition, VFS has affordably-priced eVTOL-related short courses available for purchase through our video-on-demand service. Courses, taught by experts in their fields, are available on Rotorcraft Modeling & Simulation, eVTOL Fundamentals, eVTOL Design, and eVTOL Aeromechanics & Acoustic Prediction Software.


On April 29, the Vertical Flight Society hosted its third annual eVTOL/UAM panel at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2019 trade show. The VFS panel, "Autonomous Flight for Tomorrow — Technology & Market Drivers for Urban VTOL," focused on large autonomous VTOL platforms for passenger and cargo applications. Briefing slides are available for presentations from Sikorsky, NASA, NEXA and Starburst Accelerator.

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society are collaborating on an important study, "Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets." The prospectus for this groundbreaking study is available now: It covers 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 163 eVTOL designs and 180+ articles listed in the World eVTOL Aircraft Directory, and the number continues to grow! Check out our: 

  • timeline of eVTOL milestones
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  • consolidated list of all eVTOL aircraft
  • sort by categories such as passenger capacity, energy storage type, thrust type, autonomy and design maturity
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Vertically yours,

Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director
The Vertical Flight Society
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