The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) has experienced steady growth in the second quarter of 2022, with a total of 176 companies now members, 20 up from a year ago, and record growth with a 13% annual increase, doubling the number of corporate members from just five years ago.

Much of this growth is due to the extensive support efforts and resources that VFS provides to the vertical electric flight community, including technical resources, talent acquisition, educational opportunities and networking.

Propelled largely by the continued expansion of electric aircraft developments around the world, descriptions of each company are listed below, including links to websites and contact information found in the VFS Corporate Member Directory.

They include:
EHang Intelligent Equipment (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd. (Small Business Class)
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation (Small Business Class)
Lockheed Martin Government Affairs (Small Business Class)
MightyFly (Associate Class)
OSS Air Management Pvt Ltd (Associate Class)
PSSC Labs (Small Business Class)
Qarbon Aerospace (Silver Class)
Technology for Energy Corporation (Associate Class)
Xagon Solutions Inc (Small Business Class)

In addition, VFS is pleased to announce that Lilium, which was one of the first eVTOL aircraft companies to join VFS in February 2017, has increased its membership level from Associate to Gold Member, the same level as GE Aviation and Joby Aviation.

The Gold Membership Class is second only to that of the five VFS Platinum Members, major helicopter manufacturers Airbus, Bell, Boeing, Leonardo and Sikorsky.

Partly due to Lilium’s early support, VFS was able to expand its mission over the past several years from conventional helicopters and advanced rotorcraft to electric flight aircraft.

This has continued with expanding VFS support to other types of electric aircraft that use battery-electric, hybrid-electric or hydrogen-electric propulsion systems, like fixed-wing electric-powered conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) and short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft.

VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg said: “The advanced air mobility (AAM) industry has changed tremendously since Lilium and other eVTOL companies first joined VFS more than five years ago.

“Beyond moving from drawings to advanced prototypes, many other facets of the AAM ecosystem — including supply-chain, infrastructure, standards, regulations, manufacturing and operational approaches — are coming together to support the eVTOL Revolution.”

Last month, VFS announced the winners of its second annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition, supported by ARL, and sponsored by Survice Engineering and Wisk Aero as Gold and Bronze sponsors.

In April, VFS announced three competitively selected engineering students at US minority-serving institutions for its inaugural 2022 DiversiFlite Scholars programme, which selected engineering students for an all-expenses-paid trip to the VFS’ annual Forum, which is the largest and longest-running VTOL technical event in the world.