The plan’s aggressive timeframe aims to create a pathway forward by the end of the decade.

Posted BY: Wyatt | NwoReport

For the first time, California-based electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer Wisk Aero and its major backer Boeing (NYSE: BA) have released a comprehensive concept operations report for their uncrewed, self-flying air taxis.

The 64-page document represents the next step in Wisk’s plan to move ahead of its competitors by launching service with automated air taxis, operated by “multi-vehicle supervisors” (MVS) on the ground. Wisk’s competitors, including Archer Aviation (NYSE: ACHR) and Joby Aviation (NYSE: JOBY), intend to fly passengers initially using on-board pilots, before eventually transitioning to an automated platform. Wisk, Archer, Joby, and others are flight testing full-size prototypes of their eVTOLs. Both Archer and Joby have said they expect to achieve FAA certification in time to enter service in 2024.

Trending: Fulton County, Pennsylvania Attorneys Sue Dominion Voting

Investors and leaders across the air taxi industry believe scalability is the key to unlocking the economic potential of this entirely new form of air transportation, which aims to provide short, on-demand, emission-free flights above urban traffic gridlock. Operating fleets of self-flying aircraft supervised by a human in the loop is seen by many as critical to successful and profitable scaled operations. 

Released Tuesday, the document, titled “Concept of Operations for Uncrewed Urban Air Mobility,” is a culmination of “studies by experts across Boeing, Wisk, Aurora Flight Sciences, SkyGrid, and other industry affiliates.”

Read more