Electric-powered inner-city 'air taxis' that fly at almost 200mph



Ovo now counts around 680,000 customers, or 2.5 per cent of the UK domestic retail energy market and employs 1,200 staff. Pictured is the air taxi
 
  • The inter-city 'flying taxi' service could offer short-haul, inter-city flights
  • Since 2016, the firm has hired 28 aerospace and technical experts
  • Aircraft could carry multiple passengers using piloted aircraft, says the founder
  • It is the first UK company to test electric Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft
Electric-powered taxis that can fly at almost 200mph (320kmh) could be picking up passengers in just four years, according to a British firm. 
The inter-city 'flying taxi' service could offer short-haul, inter-city flights carrying multiple passengers using piloted aircraft, according to the founder of Bristol-based flying company Vertical Aerospace.
Since its inception in 2016, the firm has hired 28 veteran aerospace and technical experts from Airbus, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Martin Jetpack and General Electric.
Founder Stephen Fitzpatrick, who is a one-time Formula 1 racing team owner,  said his new venture will apply lessons from F1 racing to build the electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft.


The battery-powered vehicle has a range of 93 miles (150km) with a top speed of 186mph (300kmh), with a more powerful model set to carry people 500 miles (800 km), which means it could easily take passengers to Paris and back.
The firm conducted a test flight of an unmanned, single-passenger vertical take-off prototype at an airport in Gloucestershire in June.
It did this after being granted flight permission by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). 
The company is the first in the UK to test an eVTOL vehicle that could be used in some of the most congested air corridors in the world as it doesn't require a runway.
The black passenger pod is now gearing up to produce a fixed-wing, piloted version of its vertical take-off aircraft capable of carrying multiple passengers. 
It will work with regulators to win certification in the first stage of the air taxi project in 2022
The inter-city 'flying taxi' service could offer short-haul, inter-city flights carrying multiple passengers using piloted aircraft within four years, according to Stephen Fitzpatrick, founder of Bristol-based flying company Vertical Aerospace.
Since its inception in 2016, the firm has hired 28 veteran aerospace and technical experts from Airbus, Boeing , Rolls-Royce, Martin Jetpack and General Electric.
The firm has conducted a test flight of an unmanned, single-passenger vertical take-off prototype at an airport in Gloucestershire in June.
It did this after being granted flight permission by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The company is the first in the UK to test electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles which could potentially revolutionise short-haul flying.
The electric-powered aircraft could be used in some of the most congested air corridors in the world as it doesn't require a runway.
The black passenger pod is now gearing up to produce a fixed-wing, piloted version of its vertical take-off aircraft capable of carrying multiple passengers.
It has a range of 93 miles (150km) with a top speed of 186mph (300kmh), with a more powerful model set to carry people 500 miles (800 km), which means it could easily take passengers to Paris and back.
It will work with regulators to win certification in the first stage of the air taxi project through 2022, representatives from the firm said.















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