Six-generation air taxis are ready for real flights

Six-generation air taxis are ready for real flights

The Wisk Aero flight startup has increased the passenger capacity of the future air taxi from two to four. It is noteworthy that it is a unmanned model. The company intends to market a 6th generation autonomous electric urban transport and will now seek certification from the US Federal Civil Aviation Authority.

A four-seat passenger eVTOL has been developed for an autonomous flight, which is the responsibility of a set of on-board sensors and a bypass system.

The model has a configuration with 12 screws spread over the length of the 15 m wing. The new model has larger forward screws than the early prototypes and has five blades, while the rear screws with four blades are disabled and locked while in motion to reduce resistance. In the new model, engineers have placed wings above the passenger compartment to increase safety and reduce noise in the passenger compartment.

The company is now seeking certification in New Zealand and beyond, with more than 1,600 test flights. Wick Aero is ranked sixth in the SMG Advance Air Mobile Reality Index. It tracks the probability that the OEM manufacturer will certify the aircraft by putting them into service and producing thousands of transport units a year. Startup is just above Archer, but behind Lilium, Volopter, Joby and others.