NYC reveals plans to build air taxi infrastructure as test flights hit its skies

  • Date: 11/13/2023
  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced today that the downtown Manhattan heliport would add the infrastructure necessary to support electric-powered aircraft that take off and land vertically. “We’re going to reimagine the assets as a new hub for sustainable transportation,” he said.
  • Joby Aviation flew its eVTOL aircraft from New York City’s downtown heliport in Manhattan on Sunday and today, marking the first flight of an air taxi in the city. Volocopter, a Germany-based eVTOL company, announced that it also completed a test flight at New York City’s public showcase of the technology following other U.S. flights in Las Vegas; Tampa, Florida; and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
  • More cities and states have discussed bringing air taxis to their communities as major developers move closer to commercial operations, executives at prominent eVTOL companies said in recent earnings calls. Archer Aviation CEO and founder Adam Goldstein named Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida and Texas as potential future markets for advanced air mobility service on the company’s Nov. 9 earnings call. These are in addition to previously announced routes serving Chicago and New York City.
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