U.K.-based Bellwether Industries has released footage of its first flight test with a half-scale prototype of its Volar eVTOL aircraft. The flight test took place in Dubai in November 2021 where the Volar flew at an altitude of 13 feet (four meters) and speed of 40 kilometers per hour (25 miles per hour). Bellwether said its flight test is the beginning of a series of development projects to improve the prototype. It is currently working on the next iteration of the Volar eVTOL aircraft, and securing partnerships.
Bellwether is aiming to develop a private urban aircraft with a hidden propulsion system for intracity travel. The eVTOL developer said the final full-scale model will be able to carry four to five people, cruise at altitudes of up 3,000 feet (915 meters), and speeds of up to 220 km/h (135 mph).
Releasing the flight test footage closes the loop on the company’s announcement last month that it had graduated from a year of indoor tethered flights to complete its first flight test in Dubai. The company’s eVTOL design garnered significant attention from the public in a short period of time, making Bellwether one of eVTOL.com’s top read stories of 2021.