eVTOL Timeline

2017
September 16, 2017

Elroy

Passenger Drone first manned flight

First manned flight of the Astro Aerospace Elroy (formerly “Passenger Drone” and “AA360”) took place near Sofia, Bulgaria.

August 25, 2017

Vertical Aerospace POC

Vertical Aerospace logo

First unmanned flight (no photo available) of the Vertical Aerospace proof of concept aircraft which flew indoors at Cotswold Airport in Kemble, Gloucestershire, England.

August 1, 2017

Z-P2

Z-P2

First manned flight of the Zee Aero Z-P2 (now Kitty Hawk’s Cora) at the Hollister Municipal Airport, Hollister, California, USA.

July 20, 2017

Gravity X Hoverboard

First manned outdoor free flight of Gravity X Octocopter hoverboard prototype on 20 July 2017, Philippines.

First manned outdoor free flight of the Gravity X Hoverboard proof-of-concept vehicle at the Marikina Sports Center, Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines.

July 7, 2017

Gravity X Hoverboard

First manned indoor free flight of Gravity X Octocopter hoverboard prototype on 7 July 2017, Philippines.

First manned indoor free flight of the Gravity X Hoverboard proof-of-concept vehicle at Club Gymnastics, Rosario, Pasig City, Philippines.

June 7, 2017

4th TVF Workshop

4th Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop

4th Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop held in Denver, Colorado, USA.

May 17, 2017

FlytCycle

Flyt Aerospace'S FlytCycle first manned untethered flight May 17, 2017, USA.

First manned flight of the full scale technology demonstrator of Flyt Aerospace’s FlytCycle in the inventor’s backyard in Cupertino, California, USA.

May 9, 2017

Forum 73

Forum 73, 9-11 May 2017, held in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Forum 73 included the Transformative Urban Air Mobility Special Session in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

April 25, 2017

AA360

Passenger Drone flight

First unmanned flight of the Astro AA360 near Sofia, Bulgaria.

April 20, 2017

Eagle

LiliumJet first flight, April 2017

First unmanned flight of the Lilium Eagle all electric jet prototype at the Mindelheim-Mattsies Airfield near Munich, Germany.

2016
September 29, 2016

On-Demand Mobility

Greased Lightning

NASA Strategic Framework for On-Demand Air Mobility White Paper presented at the Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts workshop at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

September 28, 2016

3rd TVF Workshop

3rd Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop

Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts: 3rd Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts Through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures held at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

September 13, 2016

Tier 1 Robinson R44

Tier 1 in flight

First manned flight of the Tier 1 Robinson R44 electric helicopter at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Los Alamitos, California, USA.

May 18, 2016

FlyKart 1

FlyKart 1 First Unmanned Free Flight on 18 May 2016

First unmanned free flight of the Trek Aerospace FlyKart 1 at an undisclosed location.

May 16, 2016

Forum 72

Forum 72, May 16-19, 2016, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Forum 72 included the Transformative Vertical Flight Special Session in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

March 30, 2016

VC200

1st Manned VC200 flight

First manned flight of the Volocopter VC200 at the Bruchsal Airfield near Karlsruhe, Germany.  

February 17, 2016

Volta

First Volta Flight

First hover flight of the Aquinea Volta in Castelnaudary, France.

February 11, 2016

BlackFly v2

BlackFly v2

First unmanned flight of the Opener BlackFly v2 near Palo Alto, California, USA.

2015
August 3, 2015

2nd TVF Workshop

2nd Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop

Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts: Second Annual Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures held at the NASA Ames Research Center Conference Center, Moffett Federal Airfield, California, USA.

2014
August 26, 2014

1st TVF Workshop

1st Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop

Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures held at CENTRA Technology, Inc., Arlington, Virgina, USA.