Welcome to Vertipedia!

What is Vertipedia?
Vertipedia is a comprehensive online reference for vertical lift aircraft. Our goal is to provide high-quality information on aircraft design and configuration, key physical and performance characteristics, and rotors and powerplants to industry, academia and the public.

Vertipedia provides data on a wide and growing range of aircraft, from historical and experimental examples to up-to-the-minute machines in front-line service. Each aircraft provides an overview that contains basic information such as manufacturer, operational status, and number of engines. This information is available to all.

Much more complete, in-depth views, however, are available to AHS members. This includes dimensional and layout data, specific performance data, powerplant information, and data on lift and control devices such as main and tail rotors. If you are not currently a member of AHS, we provide valuable benefits well beyond Vertipedia - why not join us today?
Learn more...
Get started!
Vertipedia's search page provides a number of ways to locate individual aircraft, as well as manufacturer and operator information.

Finding information in Vertipedia: More specific searches can be made based on VTOL type (i.e. autogyro, helicopter, jet lift, and so on), by lift configuration (i.e. single main rotor, coaxial rotor, tilt wing), or even by operational status.

Give it a try!
Learn more...
Help Vertipedia grow!
Vertipedia currently contains data on 862 aircraft and 465 powerplants. 394 organizations are also represented, including manufacturers, operators and design authorities.

One day, Vertipedia will be the standard reference for all makes and models of vertical lift aircraft ever flown. But we need your help to get there. If you'd like to contribute, check out how you can get involved! We are looking for volunteers across the AHS membership to help Vertipedia grow, especially in areas like research and data entry.
Learn more...
On February 19 in the history of vertical flight:

1957 - First flight of a vectored thrust VTOL aircraft (Bell X-14)

1999 - MD Helicopters Inc. is formed

Featured Aircraft
Our latest featured aircraft for February is the Erickson S-64F/CH-54B Aircrane .

Entering service as the Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe heavy-lift helicopter, this aircraft became known as the S-64 Aircrane when Erickson Air-Crane purchased the type certificates, as well as manufacturing and support rights, from Sikorsky in 1992. The S-64F models are upgraded, certified CH-54B aircraft, with remanufactured airframes.

Used in construction, logging, and firefighting around the world, these aircraft set several flight records, many of which are still current. For example, in 1971 a S-64F/CH-54B set a record for highest altitude in level flight (11,010 m, or 36,122 ft) that still stands today.

The Aircranes are unique in that they feature an aft-facing position for load master or engineer. The aircraft can be piloted from this position. While three crew are employed when carrying external loads, only two crew (as per EASA TCDS No. EASA.IM.R.003 page 6) are required to fly the aircraft.

Let us know how we are doing!
We want to hear your opinion - let us know how we are doing using the "Feedback" link to the left. Or, contact the Vertipedia team directly using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of each page.
Join the discussion!
Share your expert opinions, or read the opinions of others, in our discussion forums. Here's some of the latest talk on Vertipedia's aircraft:
Jun 17, 2017: RE: What was the date of the first helicopter Type certificate?
Issue clarified via and the [url=https://vertipedia.vtol.org/milestones.cfm?milestoneID=10]milestone has been updated in Vertipedia[/url] ...  [read more]
Jun 11, 2017: Date of the first heliciopter Type certificate?
There is currently a milestone in Vertipedia that shows that first helicopter Type certificate was awarded to the Bell 47B on Mar 08, 1946 (see link below). ...  [read more]
Dec 21, 2016: RE: XV-15
Post discussions with the Vertipedia team it has been agreed to restructure this entry to reflect only the XV-15 TRRA and remove the XV-3 as the parent Type. Th ...  [read more]
Sep 1, 2016: RE: Tip-jet propulsion systems and anti-torque devices
There are a number of different forms of anti-torque device. These include, - Fenestrons, or ducted/shrouded tail rotors - these usually include many more bl ...  [read more]
Aug 31, 2016: RE: Tip-jet propulsion systems and anti-torque devices
Thanks comodo15, that makes sense. Are there anti-torque devices other than tail rotors? ...  [read more]
Aug 25, 2016: RE: Tip-jet propulsion systems and anti-torque devices
A great question! To make the rotor rotate something has to overcome the drag forces on each blade, which require a compensating torque to applied to the rot ...  [read more]
Aug 24, 2016: RE: FIrst flight of the McDonnell XV-1 Convertaplane
The [url=http://www.vtol.org/qr/july-2013/]AHS Calendar entry for July 2013[/url] seems to fully support your response and the [url=http://vertipedia.vtol.org/m ...  [read more]
Aug 19, 2016: Re: McDonnell XV-1
“My research says the first lift off of ship #1 was Feb. 1954 [url=https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi09 ...  [read more]
Aug 16, 2016: Tip-jet propulsion systems and anti-torque devices
I see you have some aircraft with main rotors driven by tip jets, such as the [url=http://vertipedia.vtol.org/aircraft.cfm?aircraftID=294]Hiller Hornet[/url], t ...  [read more]
Aug 11, 2016: RE: Twist definitions
"Twist on a wing is most usually defined as positive nose up from root to tip; this is called wash-in. Most wings in practice have negative twist from root to t ...  [read more]
What's new in Vertipedia?
Newest aircraft: Autogyro Cavalon
Recently updated:
Sznycer-Gottlieb SG-VI-D Grey Gull
First flight of Sznycer-Gottlieb SG-VID Grey Gull
Robert Ernst
Anubhav Datta
Aircraft: 862
Organizations: 394
Powerplants: 465
Milestones: 613
The Latest News from VFS

Feb 6, 2020: Press Release: UAM 101 and Infrastructure Workshop Events in March

Jan 24, 2020: Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Leads Electric VTOL/ Urban Mobility Efforts at Heli-Expo

Jan 13, 2020: Press Release: Vertical Flight Society Announces Continued Strong Growth

Jan 6, 2020: Press Release: VFS Congratulates New HAI President & CEO

Jan 2, 2020: Commentary: Looking Back from 2020

Jan 2, 2020: Jan-Feb 2020 Vertiflite Now Online

Dec 16, 2019: VFS Recognizes Focke's Wind Tunnel as Vertical Flight Historic Site

Dec 9, 2019: Press Release: Transformative Vertical Flight 2020

Nov 18, 2019: Donate to VFF through Amazon.com

Nov 5, 2019: Nov-Dec 2019 Vertiflite Now Online

Rotorcraft News from Google News

Jan 30, 2020: More than 1000 Rotorcraft Now Sharing Data with Airbus Helicopters - AviationPros.com

Feb 19, 2020: Rostec Ready to Commence Ansat Supplies to China - AviationPros.com

Jan 23, 2020: Avidyne Launches Helios for Rotorcraft | Flying - Flying Magazine

Jan 21, 2020: ITT to Showcase Proprietary Customizable Silicone Elastomer and Industry-Leading Rotorcraft Solutions at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 - Yahoo Finance

Jan 28, 2020: Out of this world rotorcraft - wingsmagazine.com

Jan 24, 2020: eVTOL Aircraft Market Projections, 2025-2035: Lucrative Opportunities in Rotorcraft Technologies - Yahoo Finance

Feb 3, 2020: Russian Helicopters to Present Its Civilian Line at Defexpo 2020 - AviationPros.com

Feb 19, 2020: Garmin GTN 650Xi and GNT 750Xi Touchscreen Navigators Approved fro Helicopters - AviationPros.com

Jan 28, 2020: FIREHAWK Helicopter Described as 'Best All-in-One' Aerial Firefighter - AviationPros.com

Jan 27, 2020: Kobe Bryant helicopter: What we know about the Sikorsky S-76B - USA TODAY

Feb 13, 2020: Russian Helicopters Presents New Financial Products at the Singapore Airshow 2020 - AviationPros.com

Jan 28, 2020: Leonardo to Acquire Kopter With the Aim of Extending Its Helicopter Market Leadership - AviationPros.com

Jan 21, 2020: New European Rotors helicopter & VTOL show to launch in Cologne, Germany - Vertical Magazine

Jan 29, 2020: Heli Broker Sees Preowned Sales Rising - Aviation International News

Jan 28, 2020: Donaldson Makes Protecting Rotorcraft Investments Easier - AviationPros.com

Jan 23, 2020: Avidyne unveils helicopter FMS - AOPA Pilot

Jan 29, 2020: Z-20 Medium-Lift Utility Helicopter, China - Army Technology

Jan 22, 2020: New and unique helicopter show launches in Cologne - Aerospace Manufacturing

Feb 18, 2020: Airborne Weapon Systems for Rotorcraft Market To Observe Strong Development By 2026 - TechNews.mobi

Jan 28, 2020: The Last Flight of Kobe Bryant - AviationPros.com

Feb 19, 2020: Gama Aviation releases augmented flight data monitoring system for H135 and H145 - AirMed and Rescue Magazine

Feb 5, 2020: Honeywell Forecasts 4100 New Civil Helicopter Deliveries Over Next Five Years - AviationPros.com

Feb 13, 2020: Singapore Airshow 2020: Naval rotorcraft refresh expected across Asia-Pacific - Defence Helicopter - Shephard Media

Jan 27, 2020: Universal Avionics Introduces Latest Developments in 'Fly by Sight' Flight Deck Concept at Heli-Expo 2020 - AviationPros.com

Feb 14, 2020: Airbus Helicopters Maintains Global Market Leader Position in 2019 - AviationPros.com

Jan 27, 2020: HAI Statement on Calabasas Crash - AviationPros.com

Jan 29, 2020: Why the Army Has Ordered Prototypes for a Brand-New Scout Helicopter - Yahoo News

Jan 27, 2020: Probe of Kobe Bryant Crash will Probably Focus on Fog, Possible Mechanical Problems, Experts Say - AviationPros.com

Jan 29, 2020: Sikorsky Honors S-92 Helicopter Operators for 2019 Search & Rescue Missions - AviationPros.com

Jan 31, 2020: Italy's Leonardo acquires rotorcraft developer from Russian-backed company - www.rusaviainsider.com

Dec 12, 2019: tailBeacon approved for rotorcraft - AOPA Pilot

Feb 5, 2020: Rotorcraft Market Size Analysis by Type, 2020-2025 - Instant Tech News

Feb 18, 2020: TOPS aiming for stronger safety culture across air tour sector - Vertical Magazine

Feb 11, 2020: Bristow Announces Contract Extensions with ConocoPhillips - AviationPros.com

Jan 29, 2020: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense promotes 2 key employees - Vertical Magazine

Jan 27, 2020: Astronautics Provides Badger Pro+ Integrated Flight Display System for Bell 412EPX And Bell 429 New Production Rotorcraft - AviationPros.com

Feb 10, 2020: Helicopter Association International Congratulates Tim Obitts as New President and CEO of National Air Transportation Association - AviationPros.com

Feb 5, 2020: Russian helicopters at Defexpo 2020 for hard-selling - Outlook India

Feb 10, 2020: Astronautics' Readies its Airborne Communication System fro Various Airbus Helicopter Platforms - AviationPros.com

Aug 28, 2019: Learn to Fly: Rotorcraft | Flying - Flying Magazine

Feb 7, 2020: Helicopter Pilot in Fatal Hawaii Crash Lost License for 2010 Drug Use; 2 From Wisconsin Died - AviationPros.com

Feb 4, 2020: Kobe Bryant Crash Fuels Berks Aviation Community Focus on Flight safety - AviationPros.com

Feb 5, 2020: Italian Helicopter Operator Alidaunia and its Training Company Both Achieve IS-BAO Stage 2 Registration - AviationPros.com

Feb 6, 2020: Airbus Helicopters Continue the Militarization of the H160 and its Support Framework - AviationPros.com

Feb 6, 2020: Russian Helicopters Signs an Events Roadmap for Ka-226T Localization in India - AviationPros.com

Jan 29, 2020: Bell Announces Tennessee Valley Authority Will Add Four Bell Aircraft to Existing Fleet - AviationPros.com

Feb 4, 2020: Slight Change in Total U.S. Helicopter Accidents During 2019 - AviationPros.com

Jan 29, 2020: More Power and Enhanced Aerial Work Capabilities for the H125 - AviationPros.com

Jan 31, 2020: HAI Members Select New Board Directors - AviationPros.com

Jan 28, 2020: Erickson Announces the S-64f+ Air Crane Helicopter - AviationPros.com

Jan 31, 2020: Ascent Helicopters Adds Third H125 to Its Growing Fleet - AviationPros.com

Jan 30, 2020: Metro Aviation Signs Order for 12 Additional EC145e Helicopters - AviationPros.com

Jan 28, 2020: Sikorsky Expands Commercial Offerings with S-92A+Upgrade Kit and new production S-92B Helicopter - AviationPros.com

Jan 30, 2020: Airbus Helicopters Adds 250 More Helicopters to Global Support Contracts - AviationPros.com

Jan 22, 2020: Aero Asset Reports Rising Preowned Helicopter Market - AviationPros.com

Jan 21, 2020: Airbus Displays Its Customer-Centric Solutions at Heli-Expo 2020 - AviationPros.com

Jan 30, 2020: HALO-Flight Signs Purchase Agreement for IFR Configured Bell 407GXi - AviationPros.com

Jan 31, 2020: Botswana Police Air Support Orders Three Enstrom 480B Helicopters - AviationPros.com

Jan 30, 2020: Kobe Bryant's Helicopter Didn't Have Terrain Alert System. Could It Have Averted Tragedy? - AviationPros.com

Feb 14, 2020: Rotorcraft Seating Market Production Volume 2019 | Zodiac Aerospace, BAE Systems, Rockwell Collins - News Times

Jan 29, 2020: Safran Launches Its Brand New Health Monitoring Service - AviationPros.com

Nov 6, 2019: Inmarsat Launches SB-Helo X-Stream High Data Rate Services for Rotorcraft - Aviation Today

Jan 30, 2020: Safran Signs Contract to Support Portuguese EH101 Merlin engines - AviationPros.com

Jan 28, 2020: Leonardo Philadelphia Grows In Prominence - Aviation International News

Jan 28, 2020: CAMTS Awards First Accreditation for Special Operations – Medical Retrieval - AviationPros.com

Jan 30, 2020: Kopter and INAEC Launch SH09 in the Philippines for Helicopter Ride-Sharing Service, Ascent - AviationPros.com

Feb 11, 2020: S.A.F.E. Develops Innovative Pitch Adjustment Tool for the Robison R22, R44 and R66 - AviationPros.com

Feb 19, 2020: I Almost Died Flying Into A Mountain Near Kobe's Crash: Veteran Navy Pilot Explains The Risks - The Drive

Oct 4, 2019: Bell Textron unveils new rotorcraft for US Army's FARA competition - Army Technology

Jan 23, 2020: Military Rotorcraft Market May See a Big Move | Boeing, Airbus, Textron Bell - The Market Journal

Jan 29, 2020: Bell Announces Alameda County Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit to Receive the First Bell Manufactured Public Safety Configured Bell 505 - AviationPros.com

Aug 14, 2019: Fillmore gives Rotorcraft the OK to stay, despite unpaid fees, unfinished work - Ventura County Star

Jan 21, 2020: Switzerland's Kopter Pursues 2020 Certification - Aviation Week

Feb 7, 2020: Global Rotorcraft Engine Market 2019 Industry Key Players, Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand, Analysis & Forecast to 2025 - Chronicle 99

Jan 31, 2020: Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act Would Require Terrain Alarms on Choppers - AviationPros.com

Jan 16, 2020: Heli-Expo 2020 Set to Showcase the Latest in Rotorcraft - Flying Magazine

Sep 16, 2019: Asia to Lead Light Military Rotorcraft Market Over the Next 15 Years - Defense & Security Monitor

Feb 13, 2020: Rotorcraft Seats Market: Maintaining a Strong Outlook – Here's Why - Instant Tech News

Sep 2, 2019: This High-Tech VTOL Is the First to Harness Hydrogen for Eco-Friendly Flights - Robb Report

Feb 19, 2020: Rotorcraft Seating Market to Witness Huge Growth by 2025 | BAE Systems, United Technologies, Rockwell Collins,Stelia Aerospace - Redhill Local Councillors

Feb 5, 2020: Airbus protests US Navy helicopter trainer award to Leonardo - Vertical Magazine

Jan 23, 2020: Safran Calls 2019 'Fantastic Year' | General Aviation News - Aviation International News

Nov 18, 2019: Russian Helicopters Jointly with Tawazun First Introduced the VRT500 Project Abroad - AviationPros.com

Jan 6, 2020: NBAA Welcomes James Viola as President and CEO of Helicopter Association International - AviationPros.com

Jan 14, 2020: PODCAST: The T-53 Engine — Powering Military Rotorcraft from Huey to K-Max - Defense Daily Network

Feb 13, 2020: Rotorcraft Seats Market Dynamics Analysis to Grow at Cagr with Major Companies and Forecast 2029 - Instant Tech News

Mar 7, 2019: Honeywell Brings Connectivity to Rotorcraft with New Satcom Terminal - Aviation Today

Jan 17, 2020: Airbus Helicopters Appoints Laurence Petiard as Head of External Communications - AviationPros.com

Dec 26, 2019: Joint State Tests of Mi-26T2V Helicopter Started - AviationPros.com

Feb 3, 2020: Type Certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems - A Proposed Rule by the FAA - sUAS News

Jan 3, 2020: Airbus and Aston Martin create a luxury rotorcraft | Article - Asia Times

Nov 8, 2019: Safran Ardiden 1U Helicopter Engine Obtains EASA Certification - AviationPros.com

Dec 13, 2019: NASA Plans on Sending a Rotorcraft to Explore Titan, a Moon of Saturn - Machine Design

Oct 24, 2019: Russian Helicopters Present Mi-35P and Ansat Helicopters at Russia-Africa Economic Forum - AviationPros.com

Dec 2, 2019: Helicopter Occupant Safety Toolkit - AviationPros.com

Nov 14, 2019: Mi-38 Launched in the International Market - AviationPros.com

Jan 7, 2020: Hyundai Motor and Uber Announce Aerial Ridesharing Partnership, Release New Full-Scale Air Taxi Model at CES - AviationPros.com

Nov 25, 2019: MDHI Completes Delivery of First 30 Enhanced MD 530F Cayuse Warrior Helicopters Ordered Against the Company's $1.4B IDIQ - AviationPros.com

Nov 25, 2019: Airbus Helicopters Boosting Support for French Cougar and Caracal Fleets - AviationPros.com

Feb 19, 2020: Rotorcraft Seats Market Increasing Demand of Key Players: BAE Systems, United Technologies, Rockwell Collins, Stelia Aerospace - Redhill Local Councillors