eVTOL Timeline

2014
August 13, 2014

NASA Greased Lightning

NASA Greased Lightening GL-10 First Flight tethered August 19 2014.

First tethered flight of the NASA Greased Lightning hybrid diesel-electric tilt-wing VTOL at NASA Langley Landing Loads Facility, Hampton, Virginia, USA.

August 11, 2014

BlackFly v1

BlackFly v1

First unmanned flight of the Opener BlackFly v1 in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

2013
November 17, 2013

VC200

VC200

First unmanned flight of Volocopter VC200 in Fair Hall, Rheinstetten, Karlsruhe, Germany.

2012
May 19, 2012

Project Zero (untethered)

Project Zero (untethered)

First unmanned untethered flight of the AgustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters) Project Zero at the AgustaWestland facility in Cascina Costa, Lombardy, Italy (The two flights that day were the final flights.)

2011
December 1, 2011

Zee Aero POC

Zee Aero POC

First unmanned hover flight of the Zee Aero Proof of Concept (POC) aircraft in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA (day of month and exact location unknown).

October 21, 2011

VC1

Volocopter VC1 First Flight

First manned flight of the Volocopter VC1 prototype at the Rheinstetten Glider Field, Karlsruhe, Germany.

October 5, 2011

SkyKar Rebel

SkyKar Rebel

First manned flight of Opener SkyKar Rebel proof-of-concept vehicle flown by the founder of Opener, in his front yard, in Warkworth, Ontario, Canada.

August 12, 2011

Solution F

Video frame of the first free flight hover test (the appearance of four blades per rotor is an artifact of the video capture).

First free flight of the Solution F electric helicopter demonstrator in Venelles, France.

June 1, 2011

Project Zero (tethered)

Project Zero (tethered)

First unmanned tethered flight of the AgustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters) Project Zero at the AgustaWestland facility in Cascina Costa, Lombardy, Italy (exact date unknown; photo is from final flight).