On Feb. 4, Wisk announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a passenger transport trial in Canterbury, New Zealand. Wisk’s Cora two-seat eVTOL has been testing in the Canterbury region since 2017. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New Zealand, Wisk is an independent company backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation (see “Cora + Boeing = Wisk,” Vertiflite Jan/Feb 2020, pg. 40). While planning for the trial is now underway, the passenger route will open after Cora’s certification by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. In an interview with eVTOL.com, Wisk CEO Gary Gysin stated, “We’re going direct to autonomy. At this point, we’re not announcing or talking about any piloted versions.” The press release also noted that Wisk has “a decade of experience and over 1,000 test flights completed.”

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