Archer has released video of the first flight of the Archer Maker electric air taxi, transitioning from a helicopter-style hover to horizontal flight, in which the lifting force is created thanks to the wings.
Archer Maker is the company’s two-seater eVTOL prototype, which will test the technologies that will be used in the four-seater (plus pilot) Archer Midnight electric air taxi.
Test Flight with transition from vertical movement to the horizontal, which occurs due to the rotation of 12 paired main propellers, took place on December 1, 2022. During the flight, Archer Maker accelerated to a speed of 170 km/h.
Archer specifically emphasizes that it took only 12 months from the first hover flight to the Archer Maker’s horizontal flight with the transition from the hover stage.
Archer Midnight, which uses the same aerodynamic design as Archer Maker, is due to make its first flight in the second quarter of 2023 and will reach customers as soon as 2025.
In fact, Archer already has orders for its air taxis. In August 2022, United Airlines paid a $10 million deposit and placed an immediate order for 100 Archer Midnight air taxis.