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BLADE and BETA Technologies complete demonstration flight of eVTOL over greater New York

Helicopter charter operator BLADE reports on social media that in partnership with BETA Technologies, it has “successfully completed the demonstration of a piloted quiet and emission-free electric vertical aircraft (“EVA” or “eVTOL”) in the greater New York region.”

The company says “This marks a very important step to enable the rapid introduction of EVA into BLADE’s New York and short-distance businesses and our future ability to expand where we can operate and land within urban area”.

The six-seat Alia-250 EVA eVTOL flew from the Westchester County Airport (KHPN) in White Plains, New York alongside a conventional helicopter before pulling away for a second pass ver the airport to highlight the eVTOL’s comparative quietness.

In April 2021  Blade agreed to support the purchase of up to 20 passenger-configured Alia-250s by its network of operators for use in the USA.

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