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Skyportz links with Electra Aero for Melbourne air taxi services, starts infrastructure crowd-funding campaign

Australian urban air mobility infrastructure provider Skyportz has announced it is working with US company Electra Aero to investigate bringing hybrid-electric aircraft to Victoria, Australia.

Chief executive of Skyportz and former state Liberal MP, Clem Newton-Brown, in a Linkedin post has said his company is working with Electra Aero to introduce hybrid powered short take off and landing air services in Melbourna.

According to an interview in a local newspaper Newton-Brown’s company is investigating landing sites for the aircraft.

“What I’m doing … is assembling these landing sites, focusing more on realistic use cases starting with industrial land, city fringe, rural and regional green field flights,” he said. “The issue is how they’re going to be operated, are they going to be different to planes and helicopters? And that’s dependent on the community accepting that these small, quiet essentially electric helicopters are acceptable in places where helicopters might not be.”

The company has started a crowd-funding campaign to attract investors from around the world to invest in the required urban air mobility infrastructure.

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