UK Startup Completes Successful First Flight Of Flying Car It Wants In The Skies By 2028

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A London-based eVTOL startup has successfully completed the first untethered test flight of its two-seat Volar aircraft prototype.

Bellwether Industries' futuristic-looking Volar - which wouldn't look out of place in a James Bond movie - has a target of being in the skies by 2028.

The Volar will pioneer a "new category of private urban aircraft for intra-city travel, which has a hidden propulsion system, a very compact profile, a lifting body" and a safe way to travel into and around a city, Bellwether said in a release.

The final version of the aircraft will measure approximately 10.5 ft (3.2 meters) wide, while the prototype model for the recent test flights was roughly half the size. The current Volar aircraft prototype is a two-seater, while the final machine will include space for four to five seats.

Last year, Bellwether Industries made its debut at DroneX/Helitech, held in London, to showcase its prototype and introduce the concept of Volar, the derivative that defines private UAM aircraft for intracity travel, to the public.

One month later, the startup was present at the Dubai Air Show, a landmark event in the global aviation industry, as an exhibitor and panellist.

"Our volar flies smoothly and proves our efforts that go into innovation and technology. We are confident in our volar and will strive for perfection with continuous improvement." said Kai-Tse (KT) Lin, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder at Bellwether Industries. The latest flight test was conducted at an altitude of 13 feet (4 metres) with a speed of 40 kilometres per hour (25 miles per hour). The team mentioned that the test flight demonstrated stability and controllability of the prototype and would be the start of a series of development projects.

Kun-Yang (Daniel) Chen, CEO and founder at Bellwether Industries, said: "The year 2021 marks the point at which Bellwether Industries takes a great step forward and has shown our potential towards the next level. It's an exciting moment to witness the world's first eVTOL without a large wingspan or exposed blades come into reality."

Bellwether Industries also heralded that the ultimate vision of a full-scale volar will carry out intracity travels at an altitude of 3,000 feet (915 metres) with a speed of up to 220 kilometres per hour (135 miles per hour).

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