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 865 aircraft and 465 powerplants. 395 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...
Featured Aircraft
Our latest featured aircraft for June 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: Gyrodyne GCA-2A Helidyne
Recently updated:
Bruno Nagler
Dr. Hans Mark
Robin Gray
Dr. Jing Gwo Yen
Aircraft: 865
Organizations: 395
Powerplants: 465
Milestones: 620
The Latest News from VFS
Rotorcraft News from Google News

Jun 17, 2022: NATO Allies Launch Next-Gen Rotorcraft Concept Phase - The Defense Post

Jun 3, 2022: Flexjet Private Helicopter Promises A Boost For The Rotorcraft Segment - Forbes

Jun 13, 2022: GAO: Key Defense Rotorcraft Programs Delayed - Aviation International News

Jun 19, 2022: Constant Aviation expands into rotorcraft MRO - Asian Aviation

Jun 14, 2022: France Announces ‘Booster Shot’ For NH90 Rotorcraft After NATO Helicopter (NHI) Faces Dual Rejection - EurAsian Times

Jun 23, 2022: Global Military Rotorcraft Market Emerging Trends and Demand Forecast 2022-2029 | Boeing, Airbus, Textron Bell, Leonardo – Designer Women - Designer Women

Jun 9, 2022: Army’s Future Vertical Lift Competition Could Have A Devastating Impact On The Industrial Base - Forbes

May 28, 2022: NASA video shows Mars helicopter Ingenuity's record-breaking flight - Space.com

May 27, 2022: Thrilling New Video Shows Ingenuity Helicopter's Record-Breaking Flight Over Mars - Gizmodo

May 30, 2022: Global Commercial Helicopter Market (2022 to 2030) - Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report - Yahoo Finance UK

Jun 7, 2022: NASA Mars Helicopter Has a Dead Sensor, but It Might Still Fly - CNET

Jun 22, 2022: First Helicopter Flight Powered Solely by Sustainable Aviation Fuel - Aviation Pros

Jun 18, 2022: Solar Powered UAV Market by Type (Fixed-wing UAV, rotorcraft UAV, Umbrella UAV), Application (Defense, Commercial), and Geography – Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019-2029 – Indian Defence News - Indian Defence News

Jun 23, 2022: Move Over Osprey: The Army's New Tiltrotor Chopper Is Ready for Combat - The National Interest Online

May 31, 2022: Early Report on Mercy Flight Helicopter Crash Suggests Main Rotor Blades Sliced Tail - Aviation Pros

Jun 9, 2022: Airbus pushes Racer derivative for NGRC and European independence | Shephard - Shephard News

May 31, 2022: Helicopter Crew Helps Rescue Lost Hikers in Dauphin County - Aviation Pros

Jun 20, 2022: New Lifeline: Air Ambulance Service Sets Up in Weslaco - Aviation Pros

Jun 1, 2022: Piasecki Enters Hydrogen Helicopter into eVTOL Race - Aviation International News

Jun 25, 2022: Microflite orders new five-bladed H145 - Asian Aviation

Jan 14, 2022: Rotorcraft Operators Face Disruptions, Groundings as 5G Rollout Looms - Aviation Pros

Dec 14, 2021: NASA Awards Contracts for Rotorcraft Vertical Lift Technology Services - NASA

Mar 24, 2022: United Rotorcraft delivers Firesystem to Santa Barbara County - Vertical Magazine

May 19, 2022: NGRC 'need for speed' to drive unconventional rotorcraft design - Jane's

May 31, 2022: TransDigm Completes Dart Acquisition - Aviation International News

Jun 24, 2022: Hexcel Advanced Composite Structures Selected for CH-53K Cargo Ramp Production - Hexcel

May 12, 2022: Alpine Aerotech receives STC for traffic systems In Bell 212/412 rotorcraft - Vertical Magazine

Mar 8, 2022: Media - Media - Lockheed Martin - Releases

Jun 13, 2022: Italy Locates Crashed Helicopter, Says All Seven Aboard Dead - Aviation Pros

Jun 3, 2022: Aidro Becomes Qualified Supplier of Leonardo Helicopters for Additive Manufacturing of Aluminum Flight Parts - Business Wire

Jun 24, 2022: Austin tech entrepreneur John Nagle dies in helicopter crash - Austin Business Journal - The Business Journals

Jun 16, 2022: CareFlite Adds Bell 407GXi to Air Ambulance Fleet - Aviation Pros

May 3, 2022: Firm With Rotorcraft Innovation History Plans Updated Version Of Sikorsky's S-52 - AVweb

May 12, 2022: UK launches future military rotorcraft study - Jane's

Sep 13, 2021: United Rotorcraft expands partnership with PZL Mielec - Vertical Magazine

Nov 17, 2021: Sikorsky-Boeing team to transform the operational landscape of future rotorcraft - defence-blog.com

May 18, 2022: Alpine Aerotech receives STC for EFIS in Bell 212/412 rotorcraft - Vertical Magazine

Mar 3, 2022: HAI to Bring First Flights, Broad Range of Rotorcraft to Heli-Expo 2022 - FLYING

Dec 17, 2021: Virtual sensing in predictive maintenance boosts rotorcraft availability - Vertical Magazine

Mar 8, 2022: Garmin Expecting STC For GI 275 This Month For Rotorcraft Applications - AVweb

Nov 2, 2021: Army’s Future Vertical Lift Program Is Pivotal To Revitalizing Its Aged Rotorcraft Fleet - Forbes

Feb 16, 2022: The American and British Armies Are Pairing Up on Future Rotorcraft - The National Interest Online

Jun 7, 2022: UAV Navigation's GNSS-Denied Navigation Capability Ensures Optimum Performance for Alpha's Helicopter UAVs - Aviation Pros

Apr 4, 2022: Bell Offers Manned, Unmanned Tiltrotors for Navy's Next Rotorcraft - Seapower - SEAPOWER Magazine Online

Jan 6, 2022: New-type rotorcraft from China's key national defense project passes acceptance review - Global Times

Sep 27, 2021: Leveraging motorsports composites for next-gen rotorcraft - CompositesWorld

Apr 28, 2022: Alpine Aerotech receives STC for ADS-B transponders in Bell medium rotorcraft - Vertical Magazine

May 27, 2022: Video Images from Mars captured flight of a rotorcraft - ABC News

Nov 26, 2021: Collins' Perigon computer will give rotorcraft more brain power - Vertical Magazine

Jun 17, 2022: Military Aircraft Stand Guidance System Market by Type (Visual Docking Guidance System, Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System), Application (Fighter, Rotorcraft, Military Transport, Regional Aircraft, Trainer), and Geography – Global Trends & Fo - Indian Defence News

Jun 26, 2022: Airbus flies first helicopter on 100% sustainable fuel - The National Business Review

Dec 17, 2021: Red Planet Rotorcraft Record! NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Reaches an Airborne Milestone Never Considered Achievable - SciTechDaily

Aug 11, 2021: Bell reveals concepts for future high speed military rotorcraft - Aerospace Testing International

May 19, 2022: 19 May 2022 New Medium Helicopter tender attractive prospect as UK military rotorcraft budget to reach $4.62 billion between 2021 and 2031 says GlobalData - GlobalData

Mar 9, 2022: Former Boeing Rotorcraft Director Joins Xeriant’s Board of Advisors - Yahoo Finance

Nov 1, 2021: Upgrades Ready AW169 Rotorcraft for Defense Role - Aviation Week

Apr 22, 2022: Bell highlights sustainable rotorcraft manufacture – Helicopter Investor - Helicopter Investor

Nov 28, 2021: 2021 Photo Contest Finalists: US Military Rotorcraft - Aviation Week

Feb 21, 2022: Mars Ingenuity rotorcraft still going strong: Report - Gadgets Now

Feb 21, 2022: Shield AI to work on swarming drones, autonomous rotorcraft for Air Force - Breaking Defense

Mar 7, 2022: GE announces Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System / Aviation Vibration Analyzer upgrade for civil and military rotorcraft - GE Aviation

Mar 7, 2022: Airbus Racer on Pace for 2022 First Flight - Aviation International News

May 13, 2021: NATO gives industry aim points for next-gen rotorcraft - Vertical Magazine

Feb 15, 2022: DARPA tasks Northrop Grumman with developing prototype AI assistant for rotorcraft | Military Aerospace - Military & Aerospace Electronics

Dec 20, 2021: Mi-171A3 Offshore Helicopter Successfully Completes its First Flight - Aviation Pros

Apr 7, 2022: Connected Rotorcraft Solutions - GE Aviation

May 16, 2022: Helicopter Carrying Three People Crashed in South Korea - Aviation Pros

Mar 28, 2022: GE begins testing on T901 rotorcraft engine for US Army - Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine

Aug 26, 2021: United Rotorcraft Awards Contract to Sikorsky for five S-70™ BLACK HAWK® Helicopters - GlobeNewswire

Jul 12, 2021: Army Bets on Faster, Stronger Rotorcraft After Notorious Flops - Bloomberg Law

Sep 8, 2021: United Rotorcraft looks forward to receiving S-70 Black Hawk Helicopters from PZL Mielec - GlobeNewswire

Feb 17, 2022: Airbus Advances Assembly Of Racer Compound Rotorcraft - Aviation Week

Nov 24, 2021: Berlin Security Conference 2021: United States becomes observer of NATO NGRC rotorcraft effort - Jane's

Jan 5, 2022: FDH Aero Seeks to Grow Military Rotorcraft Market Presence With Calco Aerospace Buy - GovCon Wire

Jun 18, 2021: EASA publishes Decision to improve rotorcraft safety - Vertical Magazine

Mar 28, 2022: 4 People in Myrtle Beach Helicopter Crash Not Seriously Injured, Officials Say - Aviation Pros

May 30, 2022: Global Commercial Helicopter Market (2022 to 2030) - Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report - GlobeNewswire

Apr 7, 2022: Massachusetts Man Barred From Flying a Helicopter Did It Again … From His Backyard: Feds - Aviation Pros

Jan 13, 2022: Hearst Ventures Invests in GPMS and its Breakthrough Technology for Monitoring the Health of Helicopters and Other Complex Machines - Aviation Pros

May 24, 2022: Lamont Signs Sikorsky Black Hawk Replacement Bill in Stratford - Aviation Pros

Apr 13, 2022: Exploring the Helicopter Market Landscape and MRO Ecosystem - Aviation Pros

Mar 8, 2022: BOOST Systems Hires Michael Petsche as VP of Engineering - Aviation Pros

Sep 16, 2021: Leonardo and Northrop Grumman join forces on future rotorcraft UAS opportunities - Vertical Magazine

May 23, 2022: Barnbrook Flying High with New Helicopter Win - Aviation Pros

May 5, 2022: Helicopter Hoists Snagged 3500-Pound Pontoon From Niagara River Rapids - Aviation Pros

May 2, 2022: Boeing Plant in Line for German Helicopter Deal Valued at Over $5 Billion, Report Says - Aviation Pros

May 17, 2022: Republic of Korea Selects Bell 505 as Its New Military Helicopter Trainer - Aviation Pros

May 19, 2022: Global Military Transport Aircraft Market Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecasts, 2021-2030: Rise in Demand for Rotorcraft Airplanes & Rising Need of Replacing Aging Fleets - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Business Wire

Jun 23, 2022: House authorizers pass $839B defense budget, adding money for ships, aircraft, Ukraine - Breaking Defense

May 3, 2022: Watch: Launch Company Rocket Lab Catches Booster with a Helicopter, At Least For a Bit - Aviation Pros

Mar 8, 2022: Blackhawk Aerospace Announces Agreement To Acquire Controlling Ownership of Recoil Aerospace - Aviation Pros

May 13, 2022: 'It's a game-changer': Here's a first look at Colorado's soon-to-be Firehawk - Denver 7 Colorado News

Apr 4, 2022: Volare Aviation Opens Dedicated Helicopter Facility at London Oxford Airport - Aviation Pros

Mar 15, 2022: NASA Extends Ingenuity Helicopter Mission – NASA Mars Exploration - NASA Mars Exploration

Feb 14, 2022: Ad-din Foundation Purchases First Two Bell 505 Helicopters in Bangladesh - Aviation Pros

Sep 14, 2021: DSEI 2021: NATO admits Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability could be FVL solution | Shephard - Shephard News

Mar 3, 2022: Joint FAA and United Kingdom CAA Statement on eVTOL Aircraft - Aviation Pros

Oct 21, 2021: US Army insists on human-piloted rotorcraft for armed reconnaissance mission instead of UAV - Jane's

Apr 25, 2022: Safran Renews MCO Contract for French Government Helicopter Engines for 10 Years - Aviation Pros

Mar 2, 2022: Sikorskys Share Fond Ukraine Family Memories, Condemn Putin's Actions - Aviation Pros