Transformative Vertical Flight Initiative

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The VFS Electric VTOL efforts started in 2013 and soon led to the Society's "Transformative Vertical Flight" initiative. The success of the eVTOL industry today is due in a small part to the efforts of VFS and its members over the years. 

Today, VFS has an Electric VTOL Technical Committee. VFS has also created a bespoke website with news and the comprehensive World eVTOL Aircraft Directory, the Electric VTOL News — check it out and subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter! 

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Also, be sure to check out all of our video-on-demand short courses and other video recordings!

TVF Workshops and Working Groups

In 2014, the Vertical Flight Society began leading a series of workshops — initially with NASA, AIAA and SAE as well — on Transformative Vertical Flight (TVF), and built a community of aerospace professionals that included technical, regulatory and business elements, 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.

The third workshop in 2016, collocated with the SAE AeroTech, built on the work of the previous two by soliciting expert opinions from the participants on the work and timeframes needed to transform air transportation consistent with the TVF vision. These inputs served as a starting point for the development of an advocacy roadmap needed to generate support for TVF transportation systems, technology, and markets. The TVF roadmap continued to be advanced, but required further refinement and vetting before it could be a credible advocacy tool. To accomplish this, VFS created small, focused TVF Working Groups, to enable volunteers to join and contribute in their areas of expertise.

Since 2018, the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) has been leading these joint TVF Working Groups:

  1. Private / Recreational Vehicles (Short Range)
  2. Commercial Intra-city (Short Range) — Report: Status of eVTOL Technology (Jan 2018)
  3. Commercial Inter-city (Longer Range) — now combined with TVF2
  4. Public Services — Report: eVTOL Aircraft Technology for Public Services – A White Paper (Aug 2021)
  5. TVF4

In 2019, NASA formed what is now known as its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Ecosystems Working Groups, bringing together the entire industry to advance AAM. VFS continues to support these working groups as well.


Last updated: June 6, 2022