SPRINGFIELD – Several companies made the first public flights of electric vertical take-off and landing, or eVTOL, aircraft at Springfield-Beckley Airport.
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The next-generation aircraft builds on the legacy of Miami Valley flying, which began with the birth of aviation with the Wright brothers of Dayton.
“Once again, our state is leading the way in advanced air mobility,” said Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, Director of InnovateOhio. Whether it’s on our roads, across our workforce, in our universities, in our manufacturing plants or in the air, Ohio has the people and industry to make big ideas come true, continuously advancing. our administration’s mission to make our state the most innovative and entrepreneurial state in the Midwest.
Small electronic planes contain functions of both helicopters and airplanes, and technology leaders say they could one day lead to flying cars.
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The state estimates that the new industry has the potential to add $ 13 billion in market value to the state’s economy and potentially support tens of thousands of new infrastructure jobs.
One of the companies demonstrating the new technology is Kitty Hawk, who on Wednesday morning demonstrated their unmanned winged plane. The other company, Lift, demonstrated their planes in the afternoon. Lift flight involves a manned wingless aircraft.
The companies were joined on Wednesday by executives from the US Air Force and NASA.
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