• NASA’s National Campaign

    NASA has relaunched the UAM Grand Challenge as the AAM National Campaign. The goal is to mature the eVTOL ecosystem through a series of technology field tests.

    By Jim Sherman
    VFS Director of Strategic Development

    Vertiflite, May/June 2020

    In 2015, NASA began a four-year project to provide guidance for low-altitude (under 500...

  • FAA: “Helicopter Safety – Time to Think Outside the Box”

    "Helicopter Safety – Time to Think Outside the Box"

    Stephen M. Dickson, Administrator
    US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    Remarks as delivered (UAM discussion highlighted below)

    Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo
    January 28, 2020
    Anaheim, California

    Good morning,...

  • VFS @ Heli-Expo 2020

    Vertical Flight Society Leads Electric VTOL / Urban Air Mobility Efforts at Heli-Expo 
    Three Opportunities to Learn About eVTOL/UAM in Anaheim

    Anaheim, California, Jan. 24, 2020 — The Vertical Flight Society, the...

  • FAA Comments About UAM

    On Jan. 13, 2020, the Transportation Research Board hosted a panel discussion, "Automation Technology and Transportation," with senior transportation officials to talk about automation technology in the transportation space. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) joined two deputy assistant Transportation secretaries to talk about various new technologies and the...


    On July 2, 2019, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) formally published its “Special Condition for Small-Category Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Aircraft” (SC-VTOL-01). This page provides a reference for those interested in this first-of-its-kind pathway to eVTOL aircraft type certification.

    • EASA page on Special Condition VTOL, July 2, 2019
    • SC-VTOL-01, published July 2, 2019
    • Draft SC-VTOL,...
  • Electric Aircraft Symposium 2019 Synopsis

    The Vertical Flight Society co-sponsored the CAFE Foundation’s 13th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, held July 20-21, 2019, at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. EAS 2019 was held in conjunction with the Experimental Aviation Association’s annual AirVenture in Oshkosh, July 22-28 (see eVTOL News from AirVenture).

    Two dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts spoke at EAS 2019, all of which are available...

  • Uber eCRM-003

    EASA and FAA Consider eVTOL

    At the VFS Electric VTOL Symposium, Greg Bowles, the vice president of global innovation at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), noted that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has proposed adding a “special condition” for non-helicopter VTOL aircraft. Bowles noted that the proposed “SC-VTOL” incorporates significant parts from EASA’s CS-23 certification specification for light airplanes — which would expedite...

  • NASA Urban Air Mobility vision

    NASA Launches Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge

    On Nov. 1-2, more than 400 representatives from government, industry and academia gathered in Seattle, Washington, to attend an industry day marking the launch of NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge plan.

    Over the next few years, NASA will host a series of operational demonstration programs that will address known UAM challenges that will allow participants to learn from each other and collectively “raise the water level” together,...

  • FAA talks at The Electric VTOL Revolution press briefing

    eVTOL News at Heli-Expo 2018

    Heli-Expo Press Briefing:
    The Electric VTOL Revolution

    Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N110
    Wednesday, Feb. 28 @ 11:00-11:45 am

    AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg hosted a panel discussing the promise, progress and challenges of electric VTOL aircraft development. More than 50 companies are currently...