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Wisk Aero Completes First-Ever Public Demonstration Flight at EAA AirVenture

Wisk Aero Completes First-Ever Public Demonstration Flight at EAA AirVenture

Wisk Aero, a global leader in Advanced Air Mobility, has accomplished the world’s first public demonstration flight of a completely autonomous, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) fixed-wing air taxi. The company’s first public display of its 5th Generation autonomous, eVTOL technology demonstrator (Cora) occurred during the milestone flight at EAA AirVenture.

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Wisk conducted a multi-transition flight in which the air taxi converted four times from hover to wing-borne flight. The flight also included multiple maneuvers that demonstrated the unique capabilities of the aircraft, such as hover, 360-degree turns in place, and more. 

Brian Yutko, CEO of Wisk, stated, “We’re thrilled to demonstrate the autonomous technology underlying our self-flying initial approach. This exhibit shows how autonomous technology and electric propulsion have advanced to a ready stage. Together with the advancements we’re making towards Type Certification for our sixth-generation air taxi, we’re demonstrating that autonomy is a reality right now. Within this decade, we hope to introduce the first passenger service on an entirely electric, self-driving air taxi.

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Wisk’s public demonstration flight continues the company’s history of aviation firsts, which also includes the first full transition of an eVTOL aircraft in the world (1st Generation air taxi), the first piloted flight of an all-electric, fly-by-wire aircraft that is human-rated in the world (2nd Generation air taxi, 2015), and the first piloted full transition flight of an eVTOL aircraft that is human-rated in the world (3rd Generation air taxi, 2017).

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