Air-Taxi Stories June 22

Volocopter 2X air taxi prototype in flight at the Paris Air Forum

The future of European urban air mobility (UAM) drew a little bit nearer after German vehicle manufacturer Volocopter piloted the first public flight in France of its 2X copter. Company officials say they hope to have a similar craft in commercial air taxi service in time for the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Air-Taxi Stories June 15

Developments in advanced aerial mobility (AAM) are heating up amid a flurry of moves by deep-pocketed, traditional airline players. And Bristol-based electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company Vertical Aerospace has been at the center of most of it.

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Air-Taxi Stories June 8

Computer rendition of Kelekona 40 passenger drone

If you’re going to think new, think new really big. That’s the attitude of New York startup Kelekona, which plans to produce an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) craft capable of transporting 40 people, or 10,000 lbs. of cargo.

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Air-Taxi Stories May 13, 2020

For more than a half century, much of the urban experience has been built around the needs and capabilities of automobiles. Now China is experimenting with a framework built around air taxis to create the world’s first drone hotel. expand full story

Air-Taxi Stories September 9, 2019

Led by Volvo owner Geely, air-taxi Volocopter raises $55M

Led by Volvo owner Geely, air-taxi Volocopter has raised $55M and hopes to bring the passenger drone and services to market in the next two to three years. The company’s focus has not been on the US market due to regulatory challenges.

Air-Taxi Stories January 23, 2019

Boeing’s autonomous air taxi completes its first flight

On Tuesday, Boeing’s autonomous air taxi completed its first flight in Manassas, Va. The aircraft takes off and lands vertically (VTOL) but transitions into a horizontal flight path once airborne. A number of other companies, such as Bell, Volocopter, and eHang are developing similar air taxis.

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