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14 Jun 20211 minute read

UK-made 'air taxis' set for takeoff

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UK-made 'air taxis' set for takeoff

UK-based electric aircraft startup Vertical Aerospace are set to produce up to 1,000 electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOLs) for clients including American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

A statement from Vertical Aerospace says, "Capable of carrying up to five people (four passengers and a pilot), the VA-X4 is set to be the world’s first certified winged all-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and is on course to start commercial flights in 2024.

"VA-X4 will boast cruise speeds of 202 mph with a useable range of up to 120 miles.

"Additional features will include reduce noise pollution – 100x quieter than a helicopter thanks to the VA-X4’s distributed propulsion system, a 15-meter wingspan, 13 meters in length, ensuring it can take off and land from existing helipads, a fly-by-wire flight control systems to make aircraft simple to fly, while its simple design optimizes safety, efficient aerodynamics, enabling it to fly with far less energy and power than a helicopter, a payload capacity of 450kg, EASA-certified design and is powered by Lithium-ion batteries."

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