Press Release: The Electric VTOL News Tops 100 Aircraft in Directory

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July 23, 2018
Executive Director
Vertical Flight Society

The Electric VTOL NewsTM Tops 100 Aircraft in Directory 

Press Release Jul 23, 2018: Opener BlackFly v2

Opener BlackFly Debuts at Oshkosh, photo by Kenneth I Swartz.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA — The Electric VTOL News™ now has more than 100 aircraft cataloged in the most extensive directory of electric and hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the world. Launched in April 2017 after the first Uber Elevate Summit, the directory grew at a rate of about one aircraft per week during the first year, but this has now accelerated to an average rate of two aircraft per week as more aircraft are unveiled and new actors join the Electric VTOL revolution.

The website is managed by The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) and builds on more than five years of past in-depth articles, workshops and conferences on the incredible promise and progress of electric/hybrid-electric VTOL for manned and large unmanned applications.

Electric VTOL aircraft on display this week at EAA AirVenture include the Opener BlackFly, Workhorse SureFly and Kitty Hawk Flyer. 

 “Electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is an exciting new approach to vertical flight aircraft design,” said Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director. “We have been helping to lead this electric VTOL revolution by working with the leaders from industry, academia, government and other associations to provide the foundational support necessary to see eVTOL aircraft come to fruition.”

In conjunction with AirVenture, VFS Board of Directors member Kenneth I. Swartz presented at the CAFE Foundation’s Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, co-sponsored by the Vertical Flight Society. 

As of July 23, 2018, the directory lists:

Recent additions to the directory that broke 100 include the Opener “BlackFly”, the Rolls-Royce “EVTOL” and the Aston Martin Volante, with additional aircraft added as they become public. In addition, the website now hosts nearly 100 news articles and in-depth stories on eVTOL aircraft and developments. 

Follow the eVTOL News™ via our eVTOL eNewsletter or via social media on Twitter @electricVTOL and Facebook @electricVTOL, and check out our eVTOL videos on YouTube @VTOLsociety, including profiles of XTI Aircraft, Urban Aeronautics and Kitty Hawk

The Vertical Flight Society is the world’s premier vertical flight technical society. Since it was founded as the American Helicopter Society in 1943, the Society has been a major force in the advancement of vertical flight. VFS is the global resource for information on vertical flight technology. For more than 75 years, it has provided global leadership for scientific, technical, educational and legislative initiatives that advance the state of the art of vertical flight.

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