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Orlando Helicopter’s Electric Sikorsky S-52

Orlando Helicopter’s Electric Sikorsky S-52

  • 06 Jun 2021 11:30 AM
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Sikorsky’s model S-52 two-place helicopter was developed using company funds following the successful S-51/H-5. The S-52 was Sikorsky’s first helicopter with an offset flapping hinge and all-metal rotor blades, and was aimed at the military observation and medical evacuation role. The project engineer was Ralph Alex, one of the founders of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) and its first and 15th president.

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Press Release: VFS Supports Launch of AAM Supply Chain Electronic Exchange Platform

Press Release: VFS Supports Launch of AAM Supply Chain Electronic Exchange Platform

  • 06 Jun 2021 08:21 AM
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On May 5, VFS-member NEXA Capital Partners, LLC, announced the formation and funding of a collaborative consortium of US companies and organizations to develop and launch an integrated supply chain solution for the emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, which is projected to be multi-trillion-dollar aerospace sector.

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Press Release: 2021 DBVF Winners

Press Release: 2021 DBVF Winners

  • 27 May 2021 08:52 AM
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The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of its inaugural Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student 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.

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Washington Report, May-June 2021

Washington Report, May-June 2021

  • 12 May 2021 10:24 PM
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On Feb. 25, Representatives Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) and Garret Graves (R-Louisiana) introduced H.R.1339, the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, in the US House of Representatives.

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Lilium’s Technology Approach Explained

Lilium’s Technology Approach Explained

  • 05 May 2021 02:00 AM
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Although the previous Lilium Jet full-scale demonstrators were not flown extensively — and neither transitioned to fully wingborne flight — Lilium has conducted extensive analysis and ground testing that supports their technology.

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Lilium Goes Big

Lilium Goes Big

  • 04 May 2021 11:22 PM
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In the timeline of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developments, Lilium GmbH first came to widespread public attention in April 2017 with the release of a video of the futuristic, prototype, two-seat Lilium Jet flying around outside the Bavarian capital of Munich, at the Special Airport Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

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Commentary: Workforce: Winning the War for Talent

Commentary: Workforce: Winning the War for Talent

  • 04 May 2021 11:33 AM
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VFS conducted a workforce study early last year (www.vtol.org/workforce) identifying some of the major challenges for the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry and addressed key points in our commentary, “Looking Back: A Perspective on the Future Vertical Workforce,” Vertiflite, July/Aug 2020.

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MightyFly Reveals MF-100

MightyFly Reveals MF-100

  • 02 May 2021 11:58 PM
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MightyFly, based in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, announced on April 20 that it is developing an autonomous air cargo eVTOL, and had closed a $5.1M seed funding round.

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XTI Aircraft Continues Developments

XTI Aircraft Continues Developments

  • 02 May 2021 11:53 PM
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On April 15, Denver, Colorado-based XTI Aircraft Company announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Enterprise E

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Pipistrel to Deliver in China

Pipistrel to Deliver in China

  • 02 May 2021 11:50 PM
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Ajdovščina, Slovenia-based Pipistrel announced on April 12 that it had partnered with SF Express, one of China’s leading integrated logistics providers, to develop a hybrid-electric eVTOL cargo aircraft, apparently based on Pipistrel’s Nuuva V300 unmanned cargo aircraft that it announced last year.

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