Archer’s Maker eVTOL prototype makes its first full transition flight
Next-generation aircraft developer Archer passed another milestone in what had already been an eventful year for the company, with its Maker prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft making its first full transition flight this week.
Archer announced the news two days after Maker on Tuesday successfully completed what sector experts consider one of, if not the most critical tests in eVTOL development. As a reminder of just how quickly the Santa Clara-based startup has been progressing toward its objective of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, meanwhile, Maker made its first vertical-to-forward-thrust flight just under a year after its rose from the ground for the first time ever in a hover trial.
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That, meanwhile, transpired only three weeks after Maker obtained the FAA’s all-clear for testing with its Special Airworthiness Certificate,…