First crewed eVTOL air taxi test flight at Rome AAM vertiport debut
Italy took a significant step closer to the launch of advanced air mobility (AAM) services with an event at Rome’s Fiumicino’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport featuring the country’s first crewed test flight of an electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) plane designed for use as an air taxi.
Operator Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) staged the eVTOL trial in cooperation with AAM developer Atlantia, Volocopter, and ADR’s UrbanV unit dedicated to preparing vertiports needed to enable planned 2024 introduction of air taxi service in Italy. In addition to providing feedback to advance work toward the rollout of that activity to and from Rome, the test will aid UrbanV’s vertiport partnership with other Italian aerial hubs Aeroporto di Venezia and Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna, and Nice’s Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur in France.
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The flight portion of the Italian…