A FLYING taxi service employing green Formula One technology has been launched – and it’s set to revolutionise intercity travel.
British-based Vertical Aerospace has been given the green light by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority regulator after conducting successful test flights.
And although UK commuters will be the first to benefit, they have already attracted investors in the US, with the first flights set to take to the skies as early as next year.
Up to four passengers can be ferried at 200 mph in distances up to 500 miles within the sleek 750kg pod.
The fully electric aircraft have been customised for cramped city life by taking-off vertically before transitioning to horizontal flight.
“We are building cutting-edge aircraft for the 21st century”
Vertical Aerospace founder Stephen Fitzpatrick
And in a bid to decarbonise air travel, the company promises the aircraft will be 100% green.
“Passenger numbers for short-haul flights have exploded in recent years, but as a result aviation is now a major contributor to climate change and local air pollution,” explained Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace founder Stephen Fitzpatrick.
“Congestion around airports has become a huge problem and for flights of 500 miles or less, we are spending more time travelling to and from the plane than we are in the air.”
The company, employing world-class experts drawn from the likes of Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce said it has learned a lot from Formula One, focusing on lightweight materials, aerodynamics and electrical systems.
“By putting those technologies in the hands of experienced aerospace engineers, we can build cutting-edge aircraft for the 21st century,” he added.