Vertipedia is a product of the Vertical Flight Society. With data on 848 aircraft, 581 historical milestones, 374 people, and 382 organizations, Vertipedia is your "one-stop shop" for all things vertical lift.

1992 - Robinson R44 certificated

1998 - First flight of the Russian multipurpose Army helicopter, Ka-60 Kasatka

Our latest featured aircraft for December is the Guimbal Cabri G2 .


The Cabri G2 is a two seat helicopter designed for both the training role and personal use. The over-arching design was by Bruno Guimbal, a former Eurocopter engineer who created the company.

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Vertipedia notes are brief descriptions of how and why Vertipedia works the way it does. Check back often for the latest note, or view the complete list.

Linking milestones and biographies
A key feature of Vertipedia is making connections between important events in VTOL history and the people who helped to create them. Wherever possible, we attempt to highlight the most direct connection (e.g. the pilot or crew of a first flight). Some connections are more subtle but still worth recording (e.g. key people involved in creating a concept, theory or design). These connections will always be open to debate so we welcome feedback on how these connections can be improved.

Vertipedia makes it easy for you to find a range of information on vertical flight, including:

  • Targeted searches of documents provided by the Vertical Flight Society, as well as public sources from across the internet
  • Important milestones that have helped shape the history of vertical flight
  • People who have played a role in vertical flight
  • Vertical flight aircraft, such as helicopters, tilt rotors and tilt wings, jet-lift VTOL, and more.

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