Aerospace

Full-scale air taxi demonstrated at the Kentucky Derby

10 May 2022
The Air One eVTOL can take off from any flat service and can fit into a garge, driveway or a trailer. Source: Air

Over the weekend at the Kentucky Derby, Air unveiled its full-scale prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

Called Air One, the aircraft was used to showcase how far eVTOL technology has developed, with consumers attending the Derby able to sit inside the aircraft and experience a virtual flight.

Showcasing eVTOL aircraft at a huge event such as the Derby shows that the technology is closer than maybe many people believe. The number of startups and aerospace companies developing aircraft for air mobility has increased substantially in the last few years and full-scale prototypes are currently under testing.

Simultaneously, Air announced a partnership with Aeroauto to establish a specialized urban air mobility showroom in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Prototype details

Air One can take off and land on any flat service. The all-electric aircraft also offers a range of 110 miles on a single charge at speeds up to 155 mph. The collapsible wings allow the aircraft to be stored in garages, driveways and even trailers.

Air said the Kentucky Derby is one of the first of several stops on its prototype tour, and between events the prototype will be on display at the Aeroauto showroom.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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