Tampa International Airport becomes the first major U.S. airport to test electric ‘air taxis’ | eVTOL

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Tampa International Airport hosted a one-of-a-kind event Thursday morning as guests and officials witnessed the first-ever successful flight of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at a large U.S. airport.

Partnering with German-based urban air mobility and eVTOL manufacturer Volocopter, the event wowed onlookers as the crewed, all-electric vehicle — or “air taxi” for short — lifted into the skies above the airfield of Tampa International.

The eight-minute test flight, also a first for the state of Florida, marks a major milestone for proponents of the technology who are looking to integrate it into the future of urban transportation.

Speaking to the airport’s innovation-oriented vision, Tampa International CEO Joe Lopano said the technology “has the potential to transform the aviation and transportation…

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