• 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...

  • Joby S4 eVTOL aircraft, January 15, 2020, USA.

    Joby Aviation Unveils S4

    Joby Press Release:

    Joby Aviation Raises $590 Million in Series C Financing to Launch Air Taxi Service

    Toyota Motor Corporation Leads the Investment Round with $394 Million Investment

    Santa Cruz, CA, January 15, 2020 – Joby Aviation, a pioneer in the development of an electric air taxi, has raised $590 million in Series C funding led by Toyota...

  • Uber and Hyundai Motor Announce Partnership

    Uber Press Release:

    Uber and Hyundai Motor Announce Aerial Ridesharing Partnership, Release New Full-Scale Air Taxi Model at CES

    • Hyundai is the first Uber Elevate partner with manufacturing capabilities to mass produce Uber Air Taxis
    • Hyundai’s UAM (Urban Air Mobility) will vitalize cities by enabling on-demand urban air mobility in Uber’s Elevate...
  • The eVTOL View from Europe

    The eVTOL View from Europe

    Some European eVTOL developers are focused on longer-range regional air mobility rather than intra-city UAM.

    By Richard Whittle


  • Joby S4 Featured Image

    Joby Joins Uber Elevate

    Joby Joins Uber Elevate

    On Dec. 20, Uber announced that the company had signed a multi-year commercial partnership with Joby Aviation to launch a fast, reliable, clean and affordable urban air taxi service in select markets. Joby will supply and operate the electric air taxis, and Uber will provide airspace support services, skyport infrastructure, connections to ground transportation and customer interfaces through its aerial...

  • Uber and Joby Aviation announce aerial ridesharing partnership

    Uber Press Release:
    Uber and Joby Aviation announce aerial ridesharing partnership

    Uber and Joby have signed an agreement targeting air taxi deployment by 2023

    [SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 20, 2019] - Joby Aviation and Uber have signed a multi-year commercial partnership to launch a fast, reliable, clean and affordable urban air...

  • Uber helipad, Frisco, Texas, USA, 2019. Uber photo.

    Uber Elevate Expands According to Plan

    According to WFAA TV, Uber completed a helipad in Frisco (just north of Dallas, Texas) in September that will serve as the first test site for its Uber Elevate initiative. "The next leap is to be going vertical and into the air. We're excited that Frisco is going to be the first location in country, if not the world, to test this technology," said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, adding that it will take about seven minutes to travel by Uber Air from the...

  • Uber Elevate eCRM-004 electric Common Reference Model 2019 --- USA

    Uber Elevate eCRM-004

    eCRM-004Uber ElevateSan Francisco, California, USAwww.uber.com/elevate

    Uber Elevate Background

    Uber Elevate is the name of Uber’s internal team and initiative focused on launching their Uber Air product for the public. On October 27, 2016, Uber published a white paper titled,...

  • 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...

  • Press release: Karem Aircraft Launches New Air Taxi Company

    Press Release:

    Karem Aircraft Launches New Air Taxi Company with $25M Series A

    Lake Forest, Calif. – July 15, 2019 – Karem Aircraft, Inc, a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) vehicle developer, has announced a new spin-off venture dedicated to bringing its all-electric air taxi vehicle, Butterfly, to market. The new company is backed by a $25M Series A...