The air taxi cabin revealed by Bell Helicopter at CES 2018. Image courtesy of Bell Helicopter
The fifth installment of AHS International’s Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop has begun as part of the society’s Aeromechanics Design of Transformative Vertical Flight technical meeting. The meeting was slated from Jan. 16 through Jan. 18 in San Francisco.
“We are at the beginning of an exciting new era in vertical flight innovation and most of the pioneers of this new era are attending or speaking at our workshop,” said Mike Hirschberg, executive director of AHS International. “Harnessing electric power transmission instead of mechanical drive systems enables the transformative design freedoms of distributed electric propulsion and other innovative approaches.”
With sponsors including Bell Helicopter, Aurora Flight Sciences and Piasecki Aircraft Corp., the event highlights the concept of urban mobility and the electric VTOL — perhaps autonomous — aircraft that might fly in such an ecosystem.
According to AHS International, more than 250 attendees are expected at the sold-out workshop.
Speakers at the meeting and workshop include representatives from NASA, Uber, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and others.