World's first tilt-rotor e-taxi could be flying passengers as soon as 2024

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British aerospace manufacturer Vertical Aerospace has released designs for a vectored-thrust flying taxi that could start commercial flights as early as 2024, if everything goes according to plan.

The VA-1X would be the world's first certified winged all-electric vertical take-off and landing, or eVTOL, aircraft. According to Vertical Aerospace, the VA-1X will be 30 times quieter than a conventional helicopter and use less energy and power. This is because the aircraft is powered by lithium-ion batteries and features a distributed propulsion system, the company says.

Vertical Aerospace unveiled the design on Wednesday, August 26. The company says the VA-1X will be able to fly up to around 100 miles at speeds of 150 miles per hour. It could make the 47-mile commute from Brighton to London in 30 minutes, or half the time of a train commute.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of VA-1X flying over London
2. Specs of the VA-1X
3. Range and cruise speed of VA-1X
4. Interior and cabin capacity of VA-1X
5. VA-1X is small enough to take off and land at existing heliports

VOICEOVER (in English):
"British aerospace manufacturer Vertical Aerospace has released designs for a vectored-thrust flying taxi that could start commercial flights as early as 2024, if everything goes according to plan."

"Construction on the aircraft will start soon at the company's headquarters in Bristol."

"The VA-1X would be the world's first certified winged all-electric vertical take-off and landing, or eVTOL, aircraft."

"According to Vertical Aerospace, the VA-1X will be 30 times quieter than a conventional helicopter and use less energy and power. This is because the aircraft is powered by lithium-ion batteries and features a distributed propulsion system, the company says."

"Vertical Aerospace unveiled the design on Wednesday, August 26. The company says the VA-1X will be able to fly up to around 100 miles at speeds of 150 miles per hour. It could make the 47-mile commute from Brighton to London in 30 minutes, or half the time of a train commute."

"The cabin of the VA-1X will accommodate up to four passengers and one pilot. Payload capacity will be 992 pounds."

"The VA-1X has a wingspan of just over 49 feet and a 42-feet-long fuselage. This means it would be able to take off and land at existing helipads, the company says."

SOURCES: Vertical Aerospace, Aviation Today, Bluesky Business Aviation News
https://newatlas.com/aircraft/vertical-aerospace-va-1x-evtol/
https://www.vertical-aerospace.com/va-1x/
https://www.aviationtoday.com/2020/08/26/vertical-aerospace-reveals-va-1x-air-taxi-targets-2024-commercial-operations/
https://www.blueskynews.aero/issue-522/Edmiston-brings-its-iconic-branding-to-the-iconic-vertical-gateway.html