• 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...

  • Workhorse Gathers Momentum

    On Nov. 29, the Workhorse Group flew its SureFly hybrid-electric quadcopter demonstrator at the Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. The SureFly performed slow forward hovering flights of approximately 100 yards (100 m) at skid heights up to about 10 ft (3 m). In addition, Workhorse signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement in late November with an unspecified “branch of the U.S. Military.” The company stated that...

  • Workhorse to Sell SureFly eVTOL Business

    Electric truck manufacturer Workhorse Group announced on Sept. 18 that it had engaged investment bank B. Riley FBR to sell its SureFly operating unit, which is developing its hybrid-electric SureFly eVTOL. "Now that SureFly is doing hover test flights and has entered into the Type Certification Process with the FAA, we believe it is the ideal time to find a suitable partner or buyer that wishes to lead the eVTOL race," stated Stephen Burns, CEO of...

  • The EAA AirVenture VTOL Adventure

    The EAA AirVenture VTOL Adventure
    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Vertiflite, Sep/Oct 2018

    Vertiflite attended the world’s largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to report on the latest developments in vertical flight for the experimental and general aviation...

  • SureFly Flies Higher

    Workhorse Group has posted video of its SureFly hybrid-electric two-seat eVTOL conducting multiple free flights. In a video posted on YouTube on Aug. 6, 2018, entitled "SureFly 8-2-2018 Flight Test Reel", the aircraft is seen rising up on multiple hovers to a skid height of approximately 10-20 ft (3-6 m) for several seconds at a time, apparently at the Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    The company has also unveiled a new...

  • SureFly Takes Flight

    Workhorse completed the first flight of its two-seat SureFly hybrid eVTOL quadcopter on April 30, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This was the world’s first manned free flight of a hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft. The SureFly made a 10-second, untethered hover with an experimental flight certification.

    Workhorse also announced in June that "the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepted the company’s application for type certification for its...

  • Moog SureFly

    Elma, New York, USA

    The first flight of the Workhorse (Now Moog) SureFly "electric helicopter" was made on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. The flight was a 10-second untethered hover. This was the world's first manned flight of a hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft. Initially, the concept was planned to fly at CES2018, after tether testing in Jan. 2018....