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Flying Taxi Takes Off from International Airport for the First Time

August 30th 19__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Advanced Transport
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Ready for Take Off

A flying taxi just broke the record for being the first of its kind to ever vertically take off at an international airport, while sharing the airspace with numerous commercial aircraft nearby.

The Volocopter 2X, a multirotor aircraft built by German startup Volocopter, took off from the Helsinkin International Airport on Thursday. What set this particular flight apart was the fact that it was fully integrated with the airport’s Air Traffic (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) systems.

“The [Golf of Finland] U-space flight trial demonstrated how ATM and UTM can act in combination to enable safe and efficient air taxi operation in urban environments, including airports,” read a press release.

Flying Cabs

The news comes after Volocopter revealed its brand new commercial aircraft design earlier this month, dubbed the VoloCity. The flying car features an impressive 18 rotors with additional stabilizers, allowing it to ferry up to two passengers plus hand luggage at up to 68 mph (110 km/h).

The startup will also be showing off a landing facility in Singapore before the end of the year.

READ MORE: Volocopter’s 2X eVTOL records a first with flight at Helsinki International Airport [TechCrunch]

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