AIR ONE Achieves Transition Flight
AIR EV, Ltd., based in Pardes Hanna, Israel (near Tel Aviv), successfully completed a test of its AIR ONE personal eVTOL aircraft in which it transitioned from hover to cruise flight modes. According to the press release, “At approximately 3:00PM Israel time on December 18th, AIR’s full-scale AIR ONE prototype, loaded to full capacity of 1100kg (2425lbs), took off and transitioned to its nominal cruising speed.” The company plans to move its operations to the US, and AIR said that the successful demonstration marks the start of a test flight campaign to prepare for the certification with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The AIR ONE made its first tethered flight on June 21, 2022, and the company has received more than 260 preorders for the aircraft. Meanwhile, in January, AIR said that it is working to market its AIR ONE eVTOL to owners of luxury yachts.