• 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...

  • VFS Supports UAM Symposium at Ohio State

    VFS members, consultants and staff were featured at the first OSU Urban Air Mobility Symposium intended to feature activities in Ohio and increase the aerospace prominence of the Buckeye State.

    By Jim Sherman
    VFS Director of Strategic Development

    Vertiflite, May/June 2020

    On Feb. 27, experts from around the country descended on...

  • Cargo eVTOL Matures

    Cargo eVTOL Matures

    TVF 2020 covered the use of electric VTOL technology for goods as well as people.

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, March/April 2020

    The Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 event in San Jose, California, in mid-January, featured a wide range of...

  • Urban Air Taxis Underway — UAM at Heli-Expo

    Urban Air Taxis Underway — UAM at Heli-Expo

    Vertiflite, March/April 2020

    VFS members are well aware of the “Electric VTOL Revolution” that has been underway for several years, with more than 250 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concepts on the VFS website, Most of the helicopter OEMs, most visibly Airbus...

  • The ((Quiet)) Electric VTOL Revolution

    The ((Quiet)) Electric VTOL Revolution

    As Urban Air Mobility advances toward becoming reality, the industry is taking public perception seriously and is working to understand eVTOL noise signatures and how they will be perceived by the public and educate communities on how they will be a benefit. VFS held an expert panel to discuss this critical issue.


  • 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...

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    NEXA and VFS Initiate UAM Study

    In October, NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society announced the prospectus for a new study, "Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets." This groundbreaking study will cover market and economic forecasts from 2020 to 2040 for 70 metropolitan areas, including technologies, policies, markets, infrastructure and economics. NEXA Advisors, a NEXA Capital company and the lead underwriting sponsor, has a well-known record of performing...

  • NASA Crown NEXA UAM market study

    NASA Releases Two UAM Consultant Reports

    In 2017, NASA hired two teams of consultants to study the viability of different urban air mobility (UAM) use cases.

    On Nov. 6, 2018, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) released highlights of the two in-depth UAM reports to the public.

    Both reports explore many of the complex opportunities and challenges that NASA expects to address with industry, government and academic partners in its Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge...

  • 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,...