Future of Vertical Flight Showcased at AHS International Event

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January 18, 2018

Julie M. Gibbs



Future of Vertical Flight Showcased at AHS International Event
5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop Held in Silicon Valley

Uber Elevate Reference ModelSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — More than 250 of the world's leading vertical flight engineers,scientists and innovators are gathering over the next two days in San Francisco, California, for AHS International's 5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight workshop. The event highlights the incredible promise and progress of electric and hybrid-electric powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

Helicopters have dominated vertical flight since the early 1940s, but recent advances in electric motors, batteries and autonomous systems are enabling the development of an entirely new paradigm of aircraft.

"We are at the beginning of an exciting new era in vertical flight innovation and most of the pioneers of this new era are attending or speaking at our workshop," says Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director of AHS International–The Vertical Flight Technical Society. "Harnessing electric power transmission instead of mechanical drive systems enables the transformative design freedoms of distributed electric propulsion and other innovative approaches."

Aurora eVTOL conceptConference sponsors Uber, Aurora Flight Sciences, Bell Helicopter and Piasecki Aircraft—as well as many other AHS corporate members—are developing eVTOL solutions for urban air mobility operations.

AHS International is tracking more than 50 different eVTOL aircraft development efforts on its www.eVTOL.news website, including four eVTOL concepts displayed for the first time this month at the Consumer Electronics Show (Bell, Volocopter and Workhorse) in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (AirspaceX MOBi-ONE).

Bell Air TaxiSince 2014, AHS International has been leading a series of transformative vertical flight workshops with support from NASA. This has helped build a community of aerospace professionals that includes technical, regulatory and business elements, and has been exploring the potential for new forms of air transportation systems with innovative propulsion systems. The focus has been on systems that embody combinations of on-demand, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, and vertiport-capable configurations and designs. Next year's event is planned for January 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.

AHS International was founded in 1943—75 years ago—as the American Helicopter Society (AHS); since that time, the mission of AHS has expanded to encompass the entire spectrum of global vertical flight technology. The world's largest vertical flight technical conference, the AHS International 74th Annual Forum and Technology Display, is being held in Phoenix, Arizona on May 14–17, 2018. Focusing on "The Future of Vertical Flight", Forum 74 will cover all forms of VTOL aircraft, from micro air vehicles to helicopters, advanced rotorcraft and eVTOL. See www.vtol.org/forum for more information.

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