Beta Alia-250 Flies to New Hampshire
By Kenneth I. Swartz
Since it was first publicly revealed in mid-June 2020, the prototype Beta Technologies Alia-250 eVTOL aircraft has always been flown in the vicinity of its headquarters at Burlington International Airport (BTV), Vermont, and its initial test facility at Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG), New York, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restrictions as an experimental aircraft.
However, on Friday, April 15, 2022, Beta expanded its geographic horizons when the battery-electric Alia-250 (N250UT) flew from Burlington to Lebanon Municipal Airport (LEB), New Hampshire, in 73 minutes and then on to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), New Hampshire in 59 minutes. The Beta team completed a battery swap and and took off again in about a half hour at LEB (the photo by Rory Feely is after battery swap and checkout).
After laying over the weekend, the aircraft flew non-stop back to Burlington on Monday, April 18, in 1 hour 20 minutes.
FlightAware tracking of Beta's Alia (N250UT):
Learn more about the Beta Alia in the VFS World eVTOL Aircraft Directory.
At the VFS 8th Annual eVTOL Symposium in January 2021, Beta CEO Kyle Clark presented plans for a network of stations in the Northeast US, spanning to the Springfield Airport near Wright-Patterson Air Force Based in Dayton, Ohio. In a webinar presentation to the VFS Northeast New England Chapter in June 2021, Beta's CTO Herman Wiegman showed showed a network that stretched to Florida and Texas (see below).