Airports for air taxis: infrastructure projects for eVTOL are being studied in the UK

The British aviation regulator has announced that it is studying airport designs for air taxis as the new mode of transportation is approaching, reports Reuters.

Aircraft with electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) are being touted as the future of urban air mobility. Potentially, their use will help to cope with traffic jams.

But before such transportation becomes commonplace, there are a number of obstacles to overcome. For example, regulatory approval needs to be obtained and consumers need to be convinced of their safety. eVTOL also needs infrastructure for landing and takeoff.

In view of this, the British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced the launch of consultations on airports for eVTOL. In particular, they will consider issues related to the safe and efficient operation of the infrastructure. The consultations will last until March 15.

“This consultation is a big step towards enabling this new and innovative way of travelling to become part of our everyday life,” said the CAA.

Hyundai recently demonstrated the S-A2 air taxi, which can reach a speed of about 193 km/h. Earlier, the Archer Maker air taxi prototype made its first flight with a transition from vertical takeoff to horizontal movement.