For 75 years, the organization has been working to advance vertical flight aircraft of all types and recently announced its name change to “The Vertical Flight Society.”
“The pioneers of the helicopter industry created our Society as a means where engineers, scientists, innovators, academics, students, operators and aviators could share their knowledge and learn from others,” explained Mike Hirschberg, Vertical Flight Society Executive Director. “Our 6,000 members around the globe continue to advance vertical flight every day, developing new and better products for world.”
When the then-American Helicopter Society was founded at the birth of the American helicopter industry. In 1943, Sikorsky, Bell and Piasecki had each flown prototype helicopters, but there were no operational helicopters in existence. The engineers and leaders in industry, academia and government working to develop these new aircraft naturally cooperated during World War II and helped lay the groundwork for the postwar civilian helicopter market.