Vertical Flight Society Press Releases

Press Releases 2016 – 2019

Archived press releases dating back to 2001

2019

Press Release: Transformative Vertical Flight 2020, December 9, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society, the leading advocate for the advancement of helicopters, rotorcraft and other vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL), announces details for its unique conference, Transformative Vertical Flight 2020, being held in San Jose, Calif., Jan. 21-23, 2020. [PDF]

Tischler Selected for 2020 Nikolsky Lectureship, October 24, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that Dr. Mark B. Tischler has been selected for the prestigious 2020 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

Press Release: 200+ eVTOL Aircraft Now in Development, September 6, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) recently added the 200th electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept to its online World eVTOL Aircraft Directory. The Directory, launched in 2017, is the world’s most comprehensive compendium of electric and hybrid/electric-powered VTOL aircraft in development by aerospace companies, entrepreneurs and inventors around the globe. [PDF]

Press Release: 2019 Student Design Winners, August 21, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of the 36th Annual Student Design Competition. [PDF]

Press Release: NEXA Advisors Completes Landmark UAM Study, August 15, 2019

Groundbreaking report sets 20-year market value of $318 billion across eVTOL operators, vehicle manufacturers and infrastructure providers in 74 cities [PDF]

Press Release: Winner of 2019 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, July 12, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 75th Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

Press Release: CAFE Foundation & VFS Co-Host Electric Aircraft Symposium, July 10, 2019

The CAFE Foundation and Vertical Flight Society have been working to advance electric aviation for many years and have partnered again for this year’s EAS. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Expands Support to eVTOL, June 10, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, today announced several initiatives that expand its support to the growing field of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aviation. This expansion includes new personnel, eVTOL workshops and partnerships, and eVTOL educational resources. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Board of Directors Election 2019, May 10, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce the election results for its Board of Directors. The next Board meeting will be held during the world’s largest vertical flight conference — its 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display — May 13–16, 2019 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2019 Lichten Award Winners, April 4, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces $100,000 in 2019 VFF Scholarships, April 3, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded this year to 28 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2019 Group Award Winners, April 2, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the group recipients of its prestigious awards program for 2019. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2019 Individual Award Winners, April 1, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the individual recipients of its prestigious awards program for 2019. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS to Highlight Electric VTOL Revolution at Heli-Expo 2019, February 20, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading advocate for advancing vertical flight technology, announces that it will host a two-hour panel discussion on “The Electric VTOL Revolution” on March 6, 2019. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces Surge in Membership, January 25, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that it has experienced strong growth in all its membership categories [PDF]

Press Release: The Vertical Flight Society Salutes Bell’s Nexus eVTOL Air Taxi Design, January 7, 2019

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, salutes the unveiling of the Bell Nexus hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft [PDF]

Press Release: World’s Longest-Running eVTOL Meeting to be held in Mesa, Arizona, January 3, 2019

More than 100 technical experts will speak at the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) 6th Annual Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft Symposium and 8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting [PDF]

2018

Press Release: NEXA and VFS to Produce Landmark UAM Study, October 22, 2018

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announce their collaboration on a new study, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets [PDF]

Lappos Selected as 2019 Nikolsky Lecturer, October 18, 2018

The Vertical Flight Society announced today that Nicholas D. Lappos has been selected for the prestigious 2019 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship [PDF]

2018 Student Design Winners, August 15, 2018

The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of the 35th Annual Student Design Competition [PDF]

Press Release: The Electric VTOL News Tops 100 Aircraft in Directory, July 23, 2018

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.

Press Release: Winner of 2018 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, July 19, 2018

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 74th Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

Press Release: The Vertical Flight Society Celebrates 75 Years, June 25, 2018

Seventy-five years ago today, the pioneers of the helicopter industry joined together and established a non-profit to advance vertical flight technology: the American Helicopter Society (AHS) was incorporated on June 25, 1943. [PDF]

Vertical Flight Society Applauds NASA's Mars Helicopter Selection, May 14, 2018

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Society applauds the recent announcement by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that it will develop a small unmanned helicopter to explore the surface of Mars. [PDF]

2018 Board of Directors Announced, May 3, 2018

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce the election results for its Board of Directors. The following members of the Board's Executive Committee were elected for the one-year term of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 [PDF]

Press Release: VTOL Leaders Head to Phoenix for Forum 74, April 30, 2018

An entirely new generation of vertical flight aircraft are now in development that will radically transform the air transportation and defense sectors in the years ahead.

2018 Lichten Award Winners, April 2, 2018

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Society, today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. [PDF]

AHS Announces $90,000 in 2018 VFF Scholarships, March 30, 2018

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Society (VFF) is pleased to announce its 2018 Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $90,000 were awarded to 25 of the top engineering students interested in vertical flight

AHS Announces 2018 Group Award Winners, March 20, 2018

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Society, today announced the organizations that are the 2018 recipients of its prestigious awards program.

AHS Announces 2018 Individual Award Winners, March 19, 2018

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Society, today announced the 2018 individual recipients of its prestigious awards program. [PDF]

Future of Vertical Flight Showcased at AHS International Event, January 29, 2018

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.

2017

Chopra Selected as 2018 Nikolsky Lecturer, October 23, 2017

AHS International announced today that Dr. Inderjit Chopra — Alfred Gessow Professor in Aerospace Engineering and Distinguished University Professor has been selected for the prestigious 2018 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship [PDF]

2017 Student Design Winners, August 14, 2017

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society today announces the winners of the 34th Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in both the graduate and undergraduate categories. [PDF]

2017 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, June 30, 2017

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at AHS International's 73rd AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2017 Board of Directors, April 27, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, announced the election results for its 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The following members of the Board's Executive Committee were elected for the annual term of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. [PDF]

Press Release AHS International Supports Uber's Vision of Electric VTOL, April 25, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, applauds Uber Technologies for its bold plan to transform urban transportation with electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. [PDF]

Forum 73 Features Nearly 50 VIP Speakers, April 14, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, today announces the full line-up of VIP speakers at its 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display. [PDF]

2017 Lichten Award Winners, April 13, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2017 Award Recipients , March 28, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, today announced the 2017 recipients of its prestigious awards program. [PDF]

2017 VFF Scholarship Winners Announced, March 24, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, announced its 2017 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. 24 scholarships totaling $80,000 were awarded to some of the top engineering students interested in vertical lift. [PDF]

AHS Announces Forum 73 VIP Speakers , March 2, 2017

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the line-up of VIP speakers for its 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display on May 9-11, 2017, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. [PDF]

2016

Dr. Karen Jackson is 2017 Nikolsky Lecturer, October 14, 2016

AHS International announced today that Dr. Karen E. Jackson has been selected for the prestigious 2017 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

2016 Student Design Winners, August 12, 2016

AHS International today announces the winners of the 33rd Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in the graduate category and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) came in first in the undergraduate category. Bell Helicopter sponsored the competition with $10,000 in prize money plus $2,000 in travel stipends to the AHS Annual Forum. [PDF]

2016 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, July 12, 2016

AHS International announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 72nd AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

Georgia Tech Wins 4th Annual MAV Student Challenge, May 17, 2016

AHS International hosted the 4th annual electric-powered VTOL Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge on May 16, 2016, as part of the AHS International 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.

AHS Announces 2016 Board of Directors, May 4, 2016

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — is pleased to announce the election results for its 2016-2017 Board of Directors. [PDF]

2016 VFF Scholarship Recipients, April 12, 2016

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — is pleased to announce its 2016 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. [PDF]

AHS 2016 Lichten Award Winners, April 6, 2016

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical awards. [PDF]

2016 AHS Awards Recipients, March 15, 2016

AHS International today announced the 2016 recipients of its prestigious awards program. [PDF]