Vertical, Skyports, Virgin and others to create full UK AAM ecosystem
A consortium has been formed by UK aviation companies including Vertical Aerospace, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and Skyports, with the objective of testing and preparing launch of electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) flight services like air taxis in what members call the world’s first full advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystem.
Creation of the group was announced today against the backdrop of the Farnborough Air Show. Operating on a $11.2 million grant from the nation’s Future Flight Challenge and an additional $6 million provided by members, the consortium will undertake work to “significantly accelerate the introduction of AAM in the UK.” That will include a full activity range of vertiport construction, ground and air passenger transportation, testing of navigation and other tech, and air taxi flights to Heathrow Airport and longer hauls between London and the southwest city of Bristol.
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