Vertical Flight Society Press Releases

Press Releases 2021 – 2024

Archived press releases dating back to 2001

2024

Press Release: VFS Announces Winner of 2024 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, July 2, 2024

This year’s Gessow Best Paper is entitled, Scenario-Based Helicopter Flight Simulation of Accident-Prone Vortex Ring State (VRS) Encounters, by Eleni Sotiropoulos-Georgiopoulos of the Georgia Institute of Technology. [PDF]

Press Release: World's Longest-Running Aircraft Symposium - Oshkosh, June 18, 2024

More than 40 of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the 18th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS), hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). The event will once again be held online and in person in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 20–21, 2024 — the weekend prior to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2024. [PDF]

Press Release: Hirschberg Receives NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal, May 30, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces that VFS Director of Strategy Mike Hirschberg has received the Exceptional Public Service Medal (EPSM) from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The prestigious EPSM recognition “Is awarded to any individual who was not a Government employee during the period in which the service was performed. This award is granted for exceptional contributions to NASA’s mission.” [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces the Winners of the 4th Annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight Competition, April 23, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the winners of its fourth annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Competition. Texas A&M University took first place, University of Maryland took second and the Georgia Institute of Technology took third. VFS awarded a total of more than $5,000 in the competition. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Electric VTOL Directory Hits 1,000 Designs, April 22, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that the number of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concepts being tracked in its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory has now reached 1,000 concepts from more than 430 designers. The directory is part of the VFS Electric VTOL News website, www.eVTOL.news, the world’s first and most extensive online resource on eVTOL aircraft and technology. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Technology Leaders Head to Montreal for 80th Annual Forum & Technology Display, April 18, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) is holding its 80th Annual Forum & Technology Display (Forum 80) on May 7–9, 2024, at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada, focused on the theme, “The Future of Vertical Flight.” [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2024 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients, April 1, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2024 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $120,000 are being awarded this year to 29 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces 2024 Lichten Award Winners, March 25, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 9, 2024, during the Society’s 80th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [PDF]

Press Release: 2024 VFS Group Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards, March 8, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announced the 2024 group recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since its establishment in 1944, VFS Awards have paid tribute to the outstanding leaders in the vertical flight community and serve as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast Banquet on Thursday, May 9, 2024, during VFS’ 80th Annual Forum and Technology Display in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [PDF]

Press Release: 2024 VFS Individual Award Winners, March 6, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the 2024 individual recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since its establishment in 1944, the VFS awards program pays tribute to the outstanding leaders in the vertical flight community and serves as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 9, 2024, during the Society’s 80th Annual Forum and Technology Display in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS to Hold World’s Largest & Longest Running eVTOL Symposium Next Month, January 16, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight technology, announces today that its annual conference on electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will be the world’s largest event ever on the emerging industry. [PDF]

Boeing’s Panda Selected for 2024 Nikolsky Lectureship, January 3, 2024

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that Boeing’s Dr. Brahmananda Panda has been selected for the 2024 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at communicating technical knowledge and experience.” [PDF]

2023

Press Release: VFS Selects Competitors for Annual Student Drone Competition, November 21, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the selection of teams from 16 universities to compete in the fourth annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. The 16 academic teams involved in the competition represent universities located in 12 US states, plus Canada, India and Malaysia. The selection marks the largest number of academic teams to participate in the DBVF Competition since VFS launched the event in 2021. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS 7th Workshop on Advanced Air Mobility Infrastructure, August 31, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) is holding its 7th Workshop on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Infrastructure on Sept. 26-28, 2023, in Cape May, New Jersey. Registration is now open for in-person and online attendance. [PDF]

Press Release: 2023 Student Design Winners, August 25, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of its 40th Annual Student Design Competition. The team of University of Maryland took first place in the Graduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology/US Military Academy in the Undergraduate category. In addition, the Military Institute of Technology (Bangladesh) took Best New Undergraduate Entrant honors. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co. was the sponsor of this year’s competition, supporting a total of $12,500 in prize money. [PDF]

Press Release: Forum 79 Gessow Best Paper Winner, July 17, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best overall technical paper presented at the 79th Annual Forum and Technology Display. This year’s winning paper is from the Crew Stations sessions entitled, “Validation of a Motion Sickness Prediction Model via Flight Tests on DLR’s Bo-105 Helicopter,” by Philippe Petit of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). [PDF]

Press Release: EAS Features AAM Interagency Working Group, July 12, 2023

More than 40 of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the 17th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS), hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). The event will once again be held online and in person in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 22–23, 2023 — the weekend prior to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2023. [PDF]

Press Release: 17th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium to Highlight AAM Progress, June 14, 2023

More than 40 of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the 17th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS), hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). The event will once again be held online and in person in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 22–23, 2023 — the weekend prior to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2023. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2023 eVTOL Drone Student Competition Winners, June 9, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of its third annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. Auburn University took first place, University of Maryland took second and the McGill University took third. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Publishes Study on One-Way Attack Drones, May 4, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s oldest and largest technical society dedicated to enhancing the understanding of vertical flight technology, published an expansive report on one-way attack drones, also known as loitering munitions. The study, “One-Way Attack Drones: The Loitering Munitions of Past and Present,” finds that the origins of these weapons are more complex than often understood and that the market for one-way attack (OWA) drones has grown larger than expected. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2023 Board of Directors, May 2, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit dedicated to advancing vertical flight, is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2023-2024. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2023 DiversiFlite Winners, April 18, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the selected participants for its inaugural DiversiFlite Scholars program. The three winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 12, 2022, during the Society’s 78th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The program selects promising engineering students interested in vertical flight at US-recognized minority-serving institutions (MSI) for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Forum. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Continues Record Growth, Exceeds 185 Corporate Members, April 11, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that the explosive growth of world’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft — plus significant developments in military and civil rotorcraft — have continued to expand its membership. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2023 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients, April 6, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2023 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded this year to 22 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces 2023 Lichten Award Winners, March 28, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 18, 2023, during the Society’s 79th Annual Forum & Technology Display in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. [PDF]

Press Release: 2023 VFS Group Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards, March 22, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the group recipients of its prestigious 2023 awards. For nearly 80 years, the VFS awards program has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the 79th Annual Grand Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 18, 2023, during the Society’s 79th Annual Forum & Technology Display in West Palm Beach, Florida (www.vtol.org/forum). [PDF]

Press Release: 2023 VFS Individual Award Winners, March 21, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the individual recipients of its prestigious 2023 awards. For nearly 80 years, the VFS awards program has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the 79th Annual Grand Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 18, 2023, during the Society’s 79th Annual Forum & Technology Display in West Palm Beach, Florida. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Selects Angelo Collins as New Executive Director, March 7, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, today announces the selection of Angelo N. Collins as its executive director, effective June 1, 2023. Outgoing Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, who has led the organization for 12 years, will be staying on staff in a supporting role as Director of Strategy. Collins will be only the seventh leader of VFS in its 80-year history. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces Spin-Off of H2eVTOL Council into HYSKY Society, January 20, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce the spin-off of its highly successful H2eVTOL Council into its own independent nonprofit organization, the HYSKY Society. The VFS Hydrogen-Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (H2eVTOL) Council was formed in 2020 to promote the development and advancement of hydrogen fuel cell technology in electric aircraft, has grown to over 400 participants and has become a leading voice in the hydrogen-electric aviation community. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Continues Record Growth, Exceeds 180 Corporate Members, January 10, 2023

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that the explosive growth of world’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft — plus significant developments in military and civil rotorcraft — have continued to expand its membership. [PDF]

2022

Press Release: VFS Publishes “Multimodal H2-Airport Hub”, December 21, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, is publishing what it believes is the first white paper for multimodal hydrogen airport proposal in the world.

Serge Germanetti Selected for 2023 Nikolsky Lectureship, December 13, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that Airbus’s Serge Germanetti has been selected for the prestigious 2023 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at communicating technical knowledge and experience.” [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Hits 180 Corporate Members , October 17, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that it has continued to experience steady growth in corporate members during the second quarter of year, propelled largely by the continued expansion of electric aircraft developments around the world. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Report on Workforce, October 11, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) has today published the results of a groundbreaking study, “2022 Vertical Flight Workforce Report: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is Vital.” The study was conducted for VFS by HYSKY Society, both of which are 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organizations. The 28-page report is available at www.vtol.org/workforce. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS 6th Infrastructure Workshop Tackles Site Selection, August 30, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that it has continued to experience steady growth in the second quarter of year, propelled largely by the continued expansion of electric aircraft developments around the world. [PDF]

Press Release: 2022 Student Design Winners, August 22, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the winners of its 39th Annual Student Design Competition: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute took first place in the Graduate category and University of Maryland in the Undergraduate category. In addition, a team of four schools in Turkey — Erciyes, Eskisehir Osmangazi, Necmettin Erbakan and Samsun Universities — took Best New Undergraduate Entrant honors. Bell was the sponsor of this year’s competition with a total of $12,500 in prize money. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Electric VTOL Directory Hits 700 Concepts, August 16, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that the number of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concepts being tracked in its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory has now reached 700 designs from nearly 375 companies worldwide. The directory is part of the VFS Electric VTOL News website, www.eVTOL.news, the world’s oldest and most extensive online resource on eVTOL aircraft and technology. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Exceeds 175 Corporate Members, July 26, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that it has continued to experience steady growth in the second quarter of year, propelled largely by the continued expansion of electric aircraft developments around the world. [PDF]

Press Release: Forum 78 Gessow Best Paper Winner, July 19, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best overall technical paper presented at the 78th Annual Forum and Technology Display. This year’s winning paper is from the Handling Qualities session entitled, “Toward a UAS Handling Qualities Specification: Development of UAS-Specific MTEs,” by Dr. Christina Ivler and Kate Russell of the University of Portland; and Drs. Anthony Gong, Tom Berger and Mark J.S. Lopez of US Army [PDF]

Press Release: 16th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Returns to Oshkosh, June 24, 2022

More than 40 of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the 16th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS), hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). The event will once again be held in person and online in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 23-24, 2022 — the weekend prior to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2022. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces eVTOL Drone Student Competition Winners, June 6, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of its second annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. The Ohio State University took first place, University of Maryland took second and the Pennsylvania State University took third. [PDF]

Press Release: 2022 Board of Directors, May 2, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit dedicated to advancing vertical flight, is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2022-2023. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2022 DiversiFlite Winners, April 20, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the selected participants for its inaugural DiversiFlite Scholars program. The three winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 12, 2022, during the Society’s 78th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The program selects promising engineering students interested in vertical flight at US-recognized minority-serving institutions (MSI) for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Forum. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Continues Record Growth, Exceeds 170 Corporate Members, April 7, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that it has continued to experience record growth this quarter, propelled largely by the continued expansion of electric aircraft developments around the world. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces 2022 Lichten Award Winners, April 6, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 12, 2022, during the Society’s 78th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2022 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients, April 1, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2022 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded this year to 22 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. [PDF]

Press Release: 2022 VFS Group Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards, March 17, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the 2022 group recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since its establishment in 1944, VFS Awards have paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 12, 2022, during the Society’s 78th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas. [PDF]

Press Release: 2022 VFS Individual Award Winners, March 16, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announced the 2022 individual recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since its establishment in 1944, VFS Awards have paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 12, 2022, during the Society’s 78th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Hosts First Hydrogen Aviation Symposium in U.S., March 7, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, is holding the first public event in the United States on the use of hydrogen and fuel cells for aviation applications. The event, the 1st H2-Aero Symposium & Workshop, is being held March 29-31, 2022, in Long Beach, California. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Electric VTOL Directory Hits 600 Concepts, January 21, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that the number of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concepts being tracked in its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory has now reached 600 designs from nearly 350 companies worldwide. The directory is part of the VFS Electric VTOL News website, www.eVTOL.news, the world’s oldest and most extensive online resource on eVTOL aircraft and technology. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Continues Record Growth, Exceeds 160 Corporate Members, January 14, 2022

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that the explosive growth of world’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft plus significant developments in military and civil rotorcraft have continued to expand its membership. [PDF]

2021

Marilyn Smith Selected for 2022 Nikolsky Lectureship, December 9, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that Prof. Marilyn J. Smith has been selected for the prestigious 2022 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at communicating technical knowledge and experience.” [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Now Has 160 Corporate Members, October 7, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that it has continued to experience record growth, propelled largely by the continued expansion of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) / advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft developments around the world. [PDF]

Press Release: 2021 Student Design Winners, August 16, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the winners of its 38th Annual Student Design Competition: The University of Maryland took first place in both the Graduate and Undergraduate Categories. In addition, the UMD undergraduate team also won the Bonus Weight Optimization task and the team from the University of Kansas took Best New Undergraduate Entrant honors. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2021-2022 Student Design Competition, August 11, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society today announces that the request for proposal (RFP) for its 39th Annual Student Design Competition (SDC) has been published. The 2021-2022 competition challenges students to design an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that accommodates passengers with a broad spectrum of mobility difficulties or other disabilities for urban air mobility (UAM) missions. [PDF]

VFS Electric VTOL Aircraft Directory Reaches 500 Concepts, August 9, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that the development of all-electric and hybrid-electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft has continued to gain momentum. [PDF]

Press Release: Forum 77 Gessow Best Paper Winner, July 21, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 77th Annual Forum and Technology Display. This year’s winning paper is from the Aerodynamics session entitled, “Does Scatter Matter? Improved Understanding of UH-60A Wind Tunnel Rotor Measurements Using Data-Driven Clustering and CREATE™-AV Helios,” by Dr. Manikandan Ramasamy and Mr. Rohit Jain of the US Army Combat Capability Development Command (DEVCOM), Aviation & Missile Center (AvMC); and Mr. Thomas R. Norman, NASA Ames Research Center. [PDF]

Press Release: 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, July 14, 2021

Nearly 60 of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the CAFE Foundation’s 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS), held online next week on July 20-22, 2021. Registration information and details are available at www.vtol.org/eas [PDF]

VFS Helps Launch VAST Safety Initiative, June 1, 2021

International rotorcraft safety organizations, regional safety teams, and other global safety stakeholders are pleased to announce the establishment of the Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST). [PDF]

2021 Board of Directors, May 28, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit dedicated to advancing vertical flight, is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2021-2022.

Press Release: 2021 DBVF Winners, May 27, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of its inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Competition. The University of Michigan took first place with a prize of $2,000. The team from the University of Maryland took second place and the Ohio State University took third place; the teams will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces Special Access to Forum 77 Virtual Technology Display, April 27, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society today announced special access to the virtual exhibit hall at its 77th Annual Forum and Technology Display. Forum 77, held online this year on May 10–14, is the world’s leading international conference on vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft technology — everything from advanced rotorcraft to advanced air mobility. [PDF]

VFS Now Has 150 Corporate Members, April 15, 2021

In the first quarter of this year, an additional 15 companies have joined the Society, bringing the total to 150 net corporate members. This is a 50% increase since January 2018, when the Society exceeded 100 members, and a 100% increase over the past 5 years. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces 2021 Lichten Award Winners, April 13, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, during the Society’s 77th Annual Grand Awards Ceremony, premiering at 2:00 pm EDT (UTC-4), on the Society’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/VTOLsociety. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients, April 1, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded this year to 27 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces 2021 Group Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards, March 31, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the 2021 group recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since the establishment of the VFS awards program in 1944, they have paid tribute to outstanding teams in industry, government and academia working on vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, serving as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces 2021 Individual Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards, March 29, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the 2021 individual recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since the establishment of the VFS awards program in 1944, they have paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft and technology, serving as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. [PDF]

Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Advancing Despite Pandemic, January 12, 2021

Vertical Flight Society and its members continue to move forward to support transformative vertical flight aircraft developments [PDF]

Nannoni Selected for 2021 Nikolsky Lectureship, January 4, 2021

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that Fabio Nannoni has been selected for the prestigious 2021 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]