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Q&A: The Vertical Flight Society’s Take On the Evolution of VTOL

The Vertical Flight Society has connected VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft enthusiasts, engineers and innovators since the birth of the helicopter industry. Founded as the American Helicopter Society in 1943, the institution helped the helicopter evolve from a widely dismissed invention, to a vitally important form of transportation. Today, a similar path is unfolding […]

Q&A: Making Safety a Priority for Personalized Flight

Designing and building a personal flying device is hard enough, but making it safe for use by the public is a whole other challenge. For the teams competing in the GoFly Prize, safety will be a priority, and their aircraft will have to meet strict standards to ensure their security. According to Jon Beatty, president […]

Q&A: Why GoFly Prize Competitors Should Leverage the Aviation Community

Flight enthusiasts are a tightly knit group. United by their love of flying, they often share a passion not only for being up in the air, but also for designing and building the aircrafts that take them there. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) brings these dedicated individuals together, offering them an avenue to connect with […]

Q&A: How Drones Are Changing What It Means to Be a Pilot

Unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, have captured the imagination of hobbyists for decades. Today, new generations of pilots and enthusiasts are reaping the advances in technology that have made it possible for nearly anyone to own a drone. To keep up with interest and drone demand, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), […]

Q&A: The Progress & Pitfalls in Developing Personal Flying Devices

The dream of flying on demand, perhaps just mere steps from one’s front door, is edging closer to reality. One organization interested in this pursuit is the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a GoFly Prize partner. In the following Q&A, Ben Iannotta, editor in chief of Aerospace America, the magazine of the AIAA, […]

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