Vertical Flight Society Press Releases

Press Releases 2019 – 2022

Archived press releases dating back to 2001

2022

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]

2020

Press Release: Winner of 2020 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, December 8, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 76th Annual Forum and Technology Display (Virtual). [PDF]

Press Release: The Vertical Flight Society Announces Design-Build-Vertical Flight Student Competition, September 25, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces the details of the inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. This electric-powered remote-control vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) competition seeks to encourage interest in unmanned aircraft technology, and small air vehicle design and fabrication. [PDF]

Press Release: 2020 Student Design Winners, August 13, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of its 37th Annual Student Design Competition: The University of Maryland took first place in the Graduate Category, while the team from Delft University of Technology took first place in the Undergraduate Category along with Best New Entrant honors. [PDF]

Press Release: Leading Experts to Address Vertical Flight Aircraft Autonomy, August 5, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) is hosting its fourth annual panel, “Progress Towards Autonomous Vertical Flight,” on Monday, August 10, 2020. The half-day webinar is sponsored by Near Earth Autonomy and is supported by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). [PDF]

Press Release: Revolutionary Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Accelerate, July 22, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that it has now cataloged its 300th electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory. [PDF]

Press Release: 14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual, July 8, 2020

Three dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the CAFE Foundation’s 14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) which will be held online for the first time on July 28-30, 2020. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Receives Nearly $1M Donation for Scholarship Fund, June 18, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce it has received its largest donation ever to its Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship fund. On June 12, VFS officially received a donation of $922,146.46 from the estate of Robert Head. Head — an engineer with McDonnell, Hughes and Boeing — was a VFS Emeritus Member who passed in 2009; his last heir passed away in 2019. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces 2020 Board of Directors, May 13, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit dedicated to advancing vertical flight, is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2020-2021. [PDF]

VFS Announces 2020 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients, April 24, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2020 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded again this year to 29 of the world's most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces 2020 Lichten Award Winners, April 10, 2020

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 Banquet on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, during the Society’s 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2020 Group Award Winners, April 1, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the 2020 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. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Announces 2020 Individual Award Winners, April 1, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the 2020 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. [PDF]

Press Release: UAM 101 and Infrastructure Workshop Events in March, February 6, 2020

The Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) are hosting a pair of co-located urban air mobility events at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, on March 16-19, 2020. On the afternoon of March 16th, CAMI is hosting UAM 101, a foundational event crafted specifically to provide state and local decision makers with key information as they begin to consider integrating urban air mobility (UAM) into their communities’ transportation landscapes. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Leads Electric VTOL/ Urban Mobility Efforts at Heli-Expo, January 24, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today its activities at Heli-Expo to highlight advanced new military and civil vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Heli-Expo 2020 is hosted by the Helicopter Association International (HAI) and is being held Jan. 28–30, 2020, in the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, California. [PDF]

Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces Continued Strong Growth, January 13, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that it continues its strong growth in membership as a result of the unprecedented global investment in advanced new military and civil vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. [PDF]

Press Release: VFS Congratulates New HAI President & CEO, January 6, 2020

The Vertical Flight Society congratulates longtime VFS member James A. Viola on his selection as the incoming President and CEO of the Helicopter Association International. Viola takes over HAI on Jan. 16, 2020, replacing Matthew S. Zuccaro, who announced his retirement this past June. [PDF]

2019

VFS Recognizes Focke's Wind Tunnel as Vertical Flight Historic Site, December 16, 2019

On Sept. 15, the Vertical Flight Society held its Vertical Flight Heritage Site Award ceremony at the Focke Wind Tunnel in Bremen, Germany. This was the 12th site recognized since VFS began the program in 2013, which recognizes and helps preserve the most important vertical flight historical sites around the world. [PDF]

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]