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A vertical take-off and landing (vtol) aircraft is one that can hover, take off, and land vertically. this classification includes fixed-wing aircraft as well as helicopters and other aircraft with powered rotors, such as cyclogyros/cyclocopters and tiltrotors. some vtol aircraft can operate in other modes as well, such as ctol (conventional take-off and landing), stol (short take-off and landing), and/or stovl (short take-off and vertical landing).