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One of the first flying cars.

10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Flying Cars

But Were Afraid to Ask

Who invented the world’s first successful flying car? Waldo Waterman, a San Diego, California-based aviation developer and pioneer, invented the first flying car in 1932. The tailless monoplane was dubbed the Whatsit because that’s the question most reporters asked first. The Waterman Aerobile followed in the late 1930s. Painted “Buick blue,” this flying car was…

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Vertical Flight Society Awards $100,000 in Scholarships

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) awarded more than US$100,000 to 27 young engineering scholars at 11 universities in the U.S. and Germany to recognize, incentivize, and reward their promise and talent toward advancing vertical flight. “Since 1977, our Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) Scholarships have helped inspire generations of students to pursue careers in vertical flight,…

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eVTOL UAVs to Take on Jaws as Shark-Spotters

Think of it as a sort of "Shark Eye for the Beach Guys (and gals)."

It’s been 45 years since film director Steven Spielberg frightened beachgoers and boaters out of the oceans with his iconic, shark-fest thriller, Jaws. Now, scientists at the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) may have found a way, using artificial intelligence (AI) and UAVs (drones), to spot sharks, track…

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EUROPEAN ROTORS 2020

EUROPEAN ROTORS 2020, launched this year by the European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will be held in Cologne, Germany, November 10-12, 2020. The conference is the sole European event designed for the entire rotorcraft industry (OEMs, suppliers, and operators). It covers vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft—everything from…

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CAMI Gives Lift to UAM

If you’ve been paying attention, you know a new industry is taking shape. Sooner than most people realize, there are going to be “flying cars,” AKA eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft), for shared and personal intra- and inter-urban transportation and emergency services. To facilitate the integration of the third dimension into personal transportation,…

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That’s a Wrap! Transformative Vertical Flight 2020

With 60 invited speakers, 60 technical paper presentations, and record-breaking attendance, the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) wrapped up its Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 conference and the 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium in San Jose, CA, January 23rd. The event informed industry professionals where eVTOLs are today, where the industry is headed, and what challenges remain…

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