Vertical Aerospace’s VX4 eVTOL completes its first test flight
Developer of electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis, Vertical Aerospace has completed the first test flight of its VX4 prototype in what it says was the first trial of a new UK aircraft in two decades.
Vertical said the tethered hover flight of its VX4 eVTOL took place over the weekend, following its previous certification by UK regulator Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permitting testing. The company says the trial was the first in the long process of attaining full operational certification by its target date of 2025, which will entail sequential stages operating the craft at higher altitudes, increased, speeds, and performing transitions from vertical to horizontal forward flight.
Earlier this year Vertical announced it would pursue certification of the VX4 concurrently in the UK and European Union, one of the few eVTOL developers to seek plane authorization from two separate regulation bodies at once.
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