Unmanned test flight conducted at U.K. airport included vertical takeoff, flying and landing

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

July 20, 2023

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The remote-controlled, battery-powered plane completed its maiden flight
The remote-controlled, battery-powered plane completed its maiden flightVertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace has successfully flown its electric aircraft at Cotswold Airport in Kemble U.K.

The remotely controlled plane, powered solely by the battery-powered propulsion system, 
lifted, hovered, flew and landed.

The VX4 test aircraft reached speeds of just over 40 mph through a series of remotely piloted thrust-borne test flights.

“This is a very proud moment and a huge milestone for Vertical and our team, whose enormous dedication and hard work has made this possible,” said Stephen Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO of Vertical Aerospace.

Vertical’s partners include Honeywell, which is designing the aircraft control system, and Rolls Royce, also an investor in Vertical.

“The aircraft was remarkably easy to fly,” said Vertical’s chief test pilot Justin Paines. “It was rock-solid in stability and provided precise control even in demanding flight conditions such as hovering close to the ground. The aircraft leapt into a stable hover at lower rpm than expected, taking advantage of the ground effect cushion.”

Vertical Aerospace, founded in 2016, is building another aircraft to feature more advanced technology and is aiming for a certified aircraft by the end of 2026.
Three months ago, Vertical received design organization approval (DOA) from the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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About the Author(s)

Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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