Air taxis currently employ many companies. From BMW to Airbus to Startup Lilium Air many companies see the future of mobility in the air. With the Silent Air air taxi, a research team from Aachen is now joining the ranks of well-known and less well-known names.

The developers’ vision: No more traffic jams on the way through the city or to the airport. The Aachen electrohybrid air taxi Silent Air, which is developed by RWTH and the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, is to go into operation by 2024. The five-seater small airplane is to be fast over 300 km/h and cover a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers.

There is still some work to be done before the finalisation. Even if the aircraft only needs a runway of about 400 metres, it still needs some technical and legal adjustments. So there will still be some work to do until 2022, when the first maiden flight of the air taxi is planned.

With many German companies currently researching air taxis and plans such as that of the Frankfurt Airport, Germany can quickly become a pioneer in the field of small aircraft.

 

Post picture: Silent Air / dpa

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