The Vertical Flight Society

Written by Charlie Copeland

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), formerly known as the American Helicopter Society International, is a professional organization dedicated to advancing vertical flight technology. Established in 1943, VFS serves as a global forum for the exchange of knowledge and information about vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, including helicopters, tiltrotors, drones, and emergent technologies such as electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles. With members from academia, industry, and government, the society plays a crucial role in the development and promotion of VTOL technology, addressing both current operational needs and future innovations.

VFS organizes conferences, workshops, and technical meetings that provide opportunities for professionals to share research, developments, and insights within the vertical flight community. One of the society's flagship events is the Annual Forum & Technology Display, which is one of the leading international conferences for VTOL aircraft research and development. This event brings together engineers, scientists, academics, and industry leaders to discuss advancements, challenges, and the future directions of vertical flight technology.

In addition to hosting events, VFS publishes a wealth of technical resources, including the Journal of the American Helicopter Society, Vertiflite magazine, and various technical papers that cover the latest research findings and industry trends. These publications are invaluable resources for anyone involved in the research, design, manufacturing, and operation of VTOL aircraft.

The Vertical Flight Society also focuses on education and workforce development, recognizing the importance of nurturing future generations of engineers and scientists. Through scholarship programs, educational outreach, and student design competitions, VFS encourages students and young professionals to pursue careers in vertical flight and contribute to the field's advancement.

Moreover, VFS advocates for the interests of the vertical flight community to policymakers and the public, promoting understanding and support for VTOL technology's benefits and potential. By fostering innovation, facilitating collaboration, and supporting education, The Vertical Flight Society plays a pivotal role in driving the future of vertical flight and ensuring its sustainable growth and development.


Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship

Multiple awards worth
$5,000 - $6,000
Grade Level
College & Graduate Students
The Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship is targeted at students who are pursuing careers related to vertical flight technology. This includes areas such as rotorcraft and VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft design, engineering, and...